According to the ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

should only be mindful of the usual fighting game caveats regarding violence, martial arts and the aggressiveness required to knock opponents out. There are no bloody Mortal Kombat-style fatalities, and no nudity at all. However, sharp-eyed gamers will see extremely brief panty shots with some of the female characters, although nothing longer than a split-second.

Gamers in general will find a very solid fighting game with above-average multiplayer options (buy a multitap) and an extremely healthy selection of fighters. The singleplayer options are pretty weak, though, and the graphics arent anything to get very excited over.

Fighting game fans are in for a treat as long as they arent looking for a cutting-edge experience. Theres a good mix of new characters as well as old standbys. The tag system works well, and up to four players can trade blows at the same time. By the way, some of the finishing moves (especially the tag finishes) are a real treat to watch—dont miss Zangief and Daruns double clothesline smackdown.

Street Fighter fans may or may not dig this game, depending on how open-minded they are. If youre looking for the exact same gameplay as some of the fully 2D titles, skip it. If you want a wealth of new characters and are prepared to relearn a lot of the timing, moves and combos, it comes with my heartfelt recommendation.

Deaf and hard of hearing gamers will miss out on some of the sound bites and battle cries from the various characters, but otherwise there are no significant auditory cues or information. Play it with confidence.

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