Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
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Game Reviewed: Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
ESRB Rating: T
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In this port of Street Fighter IV, players… well, fight people. It’s Street Fighter, what else did you expect? Players are put into a fighting ring against another character (either computer controlled or another player connected locally or online), where they must use attacks, combos, and special moves unique to their character in order to best the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. The gameplay takes place on a 2-dimensional plane, so there is no 3D movement (though there is a “dynamic view” that allows the player to fight with an over-the-shoulder view), but the 3D effects of the 3DS actually look quite nice.
The story revolves around a fighting tournament that seems to be put on by an evil organization called S.I.N. And that’s all I know about it. Each character has a different story, and I played through a few of them, but none of them really go anywhere particularly important. Ken’s story doesn’t even have anything to do with the tournament; it starts off about how he’s having a son, then he fights a bunch of dudes for no discernable reason, then he has his son and is happy. So don’t go into this one expecting a good story. But then, I probably shouldn’t have expected one in the first place.
So here we have a game about punching and kicking your enemy until they are knocked out. Obviously a bit violent, but is it too much for your children?
What Parents Need to Know
This obviously plays a large role in the game, but it isn’t really graphic at all. Attacks deal damage to a health meter, and characters react realistically to getting punched and kicked. There are some special moves that use cinematic camera angles and close-ups on some particularly spectacular attacks, but there is no blood or anything of the sort, and characters are only ever “knocked out,” not killed.
- The word “hell” is used occasionally.
- The word “damn” is used occasionally.
- The word “bastard” is used occasionally.
Some female characters are in revealing clothing or form-fitting outfits that accentuate their sexuality.
There does seem to exist some form of magic in this universe, given some of the player’s unrealistic abilities, but there is no detail regarding them.
A Child’s Perspective
I did not find a child to play this game. I’m sure some children would enjoy it, but the combo-based gameplay may be a bit too complicated for them to really understand.
I’ll admit, I’m not exactly a fan of the fighting genre. I’m too story-centric to really appreciate a game where the only story is in the backstory of its characters, effectively relegating the story to a set of short stories outside the game itself. When I first started playing Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, I was impressed with the 3D effects, but the gameplay frustrated me. However, as I got more familiar with some of the characters and learned to take advantage of the newbie-friendly touch controls, I enjoyed myself more. It’s pretty difficult to learn, but the characters’ movesets are unique and fun to play with, and the characters seem to be pretty balanced. The ability to play online is a pretty big plus as well.
All in all, Super Street Fighter IV is an enjoyable game that should please fans of the series and could be enjoyable to newcomers as well. It’s visually pleasing, fun to play (if hard to learn), and features a huge cast of iconic Street Fighter characters to play as. The violence is pretty tame, but also highly prevalent, so it’s up to you whether your child can handle it.