Caroline the Future Librarian

Caroline Davis | LIBR 265-10 | SJSU | Wrenn-Estes

Street Fighter IV

Name: Street Fighter IV
Developer: Capcom
Platform: Playstation 3
Date: February 2009
ESRB Rating: Teen
UPC: 013388340095

Summary: Let’s get ready to rumble!  Street Fighter IV is the ultimate street fighting game – it allows you to pick your character (with customizable options that let you change their outfit colors and set a handicap level), and pick an arena for your street fighting match.  Street Fighter IV features familiar characters from earlier versions in the Street Fighter series, such as Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li, as well as introduces new fighters, like super spy Crimson Viper and mixed martial artist Abel.  Each character has different strengths, weaknesses, and attack moves, so there are countless combinations of match-ups between the characters, allowing for hours of fun playing time.  There is a wide selection of match locations, from a crowded parking lot outside a diner at night to a secluded tropical bay, and new special moves to keep the matches interesting.  Street Fighter IV will appeal to any gamer who enjoys the Street Fighter canon, and it will interest new fans of the game as well.

Critical Evaluation: Street Fighter IV is a worthy addition to the Street Fighter line of games, and it combines nostalgic elements from earlier editions with enough new material to appeal to both old and new fans of the franchise.  One of my favorite features was the use of 3D effects – although the game primarily operates in a 2D field, like past Street Fighter games, it also incorporated 3D animation when introducing the characters and environments, although the style in general was a little too cartoony for my personal taste and the movements of the 3D characters seemed a little too unnatural.  I thought the outfits for the female fighters were unnecessarily suggestive – why aren’t they wearing pants? – but I realize this is somewhat standard for this genre of game.  In general, this is one of my favorite types of video games, because even if you are just pressing buttons at random you can hold your own!

Annotation: It’s time for the ultimate street fighting match!  In Street Fighter IV, pick your character, arena, and start fighting!

Company Information: Capcom Co., Ltd. is a Japanese developer and publisher of video games.  Founded in 1979 as Japan Capsule Computers, Capcom has created game franchises such as the Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Dead Rising series.

The CEO of Capcom Co., Ltd. is Kenzo Tsujimoto, and the company is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

Genre: Action, Fighting

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:
1) Do violent video games actually have any negative effects on gamers?
2) How does Street Fighter IV compare with earlier Street Fighter games?

Interest Age: 12 and older

Challenge Issues: violence, suggestive themes

Challenge Defense Ideas:

• Become familiar with the game and its content.

• Refer to the collection development policy of the library, if none, see here to develop one right away.

• Refer to reviews available for viewing on

• Try to get reviews of the game from teens who have played it.

Selection: I asked my closest teen gamer (my cousin) for some game suggestions to review, and this was one of his recommendations.


Street Fighter IV official website

Capcom US official website

Trailer for Street Fighter IV:


May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Games | ,

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