Soul Calibur IV
A Pretty Good Fighting Game
If you're a fan of SoulCalibur, then you have to get this. This game is perfect for the fighting fan and SC fans. The graphics for this game are mind-blowing, and the gameplay is like your average fighting game, with health and everything. The sound is pretty good, from Ivy screaming loudly to the announcer warming you up for a match (a tale of two Souls collide or something like that). The Story Mode kind of lacks, making the boss battle Algol, which is easy to beat and he has double health. My favorite part of this game is Character Creation. You can create characters and there is a HUGE variety of armor, clothes, pants, etc. Overall, this game is perfect for SC fans, but don't expect too much from the Story.
good game but...
This is a great fighting game and you'll definitely like it if you Soul Calibur. There are however, some minor disappointments to keep in mind. The story for the game is no where near as good as it was in Soul Calibur 3 unfortunately. Some of the character dialogue is laughable too but what else is new. The online mode is average, they could have done more to make it a better experience. The characters are mostly balanced, but the star wars characters not so much. Darth Vader whom many regard as an elite badass is severly underpowered. Where as Yoda and the Apprentice are the cheapest characters in the game. It's to the point where someone who doesn't even know how to play the game could pick yoda or the apprentice and win against a skilled player using a different character. Now all that aside, the rest of the game is fine, such as the graphics which are superb. So all in all, if you like fighting games and can put aside the complaints I listed above then this is the game for you.
All flash, no class.
Here is a game that appeals to alot of players because it looks and sounds fantastic. Heck, it even play's fantastic. So what's my problem with it...NO DEPTH. The first time I played through the game I beat it by just blocking and attacking, blocking and attacking, throw them when they block, etc. The parries are cool in theory but you'll soon find that the timing is so strict that you're much better off not using them at all. I will reccomend this to casual fans of the fighting genre. If you want a game that will take some time to become skilled, go with...anything else but this. If you just want to choose darth vader and hack up some midaevil looking, s & m freaks for a half an hour now and then buy Soul Calibur IV. It's not a bad game, it just isn't my cup of tea. Namco Banai makes one of the best fighting franchises of all time...Tekken. To me Tekken has so much more depth of strategy than Soul Calibur that there is no comparison.
Fun, But Lacking..
Well first off. The graphics of SCIV are amazing, especially running it upscaled on 1080p HDMI. The Game itself is lacking the fundamentals of a game that is worth. The story mode spans a total of 5 matches, and the story behind each character seems to have been thrown together in half an hour. The fighting itself is clean, and crisp, as were most soul calibur titles. The online is decent.. more or less if you can get into a game. You spend most of your time searching for a game just to be told game full. The servers lag from time to time. Running an 8meg connection, I rarely have issues with that. In all honesty this game is a good renter, unless of course you're a die hard S.C. fan. The main thing going to SCIV is the introduction of the new game mode: "Tower of Lost Souls". In this game mode you climb or descend a tower battling bosses on each level. With each level you clear you have a chance of completing a bonus objective unlocking a chest and releasing a piece of armor to use in character creation. Other than that... Buy at own risk.
Don't get me wrong, Soul Calibur 4 is a very nice game. The graphics are beautiful, character moves look fluid and the controls are easy. The only thing I think they skimped on was a good story mode. Story mode is uber short..like you'll be playing and next thing you know it's already over. The character creation part of the game is kinda neat, plenty of choices found there. Pretty much can make yourself the perfect character for your play style. I still think this is a good buy because it still is a great fighting game and it's still loads of fun to play with a friend. Haven't tried multiplayer yet, but I'm sure that will be nice also. It's just the single player modes I think are just lacking, mainly story mode. Oh..and just be prepared to be ticked off trying to unlock the apprentice with vader. it's like a bus versus a sports car. He isn't that difficult with the other characters, but to unlock him you have to use Vader.
Not as good as SC3, but not as bad as SC5
Pros = PERFECTION, online mode, replay value
Cons = no chronicles of the sword and tutorial
Worth = buy it brand spanking new, heck get the premium edition
This is definitely a top notch fighter. With perfect graphics, music, character creation, and sound effects. The only thing not worth complaining about is the story because come on, who plays a fighter for the story?! They added a long awaited online mode, but in return it seems like they took away some offline content. I am especially missing the "chronicles of the sword mode." It still has ton of replay value though.
Some moves and characters feel cheap/unbalanced, yet it wouldn't feel that way if we had a decent tutorial mode. Which you don't have. It is not newcomer friendly and makes it harder to compete online because of that. Taking some of the joy away from it. Despite all this, support this game. Buy it brand spanking new or get the premium edition. Even buy the bloatware dlc. At least at this point the series was still going in the right direction even though it slightly fell off.
Very Solid Fighting Game
This game has everything you'd expect from a high end fighting game. Precise controls, a decent learning curve with depth of technique, and impressive next gen. graphics and sounds. I had to add this to my collection of great ps3 fighting games. The combat in this game is quite realistic. Second only to Virtua Fighter 5 actually in terms of realism. There is a very strong emphasis on countering and deflecting attacks, which makes the swordplay all the more exiting. The create-your-own character feature is a definite plus. I think Namco-Bandai is on to something great with this...not that they're the first to introduce it by any means. But its the first arcade style fighting game to include this feature that I've ever owned, and it's an awesome feature! Anyway, the stock characters are pretty cool too. Darth Vader is the most impressive character in my opinion. If I had to mount a complaing about this title, it would be that some of the thong wearing characters are a little too revealing for a family setting. Overall, great title that won't dissapoint.
4th time's a charm?
I've played through the Soul Calibur series from the very first, up to the third installment and I have to say that I'm looking forward to seeing how the game play mechanics will be in Soul Calibur IV. With the third installment being a bit of a disappointment to me in terms of balance; hopefully this game will adjust that and make things on a more even level for all characters. The addition of Yoda (for the 360) and Vader (for the PS3) is a nice touch, but then again, you feel like you're missing out if you're unable to use this character or that character. If there's going to be downloadable content for both consoles, that'll be a plus side. I'm looking forward to seeing how this game will turn out. The graphics are clean and smooth as expected on the Next-Gen consoles, so I'm sure graphics won't be a problem here for this game. It'll have a challenge when Street Fighter IV also comes out, but any good fan of the Soul Calibur series shouldn't be disappointed. I have my skepticism on a few things, but overall, I'm sure Soul Calibur IV will be awesome.
Depenends on your fighting game taste
It's the fighting game season. Which means we'll be seeing big name sequels, like Street Fighter IV, or crossovers like Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Soul Calibur IV is a big name sequel, and is famous for using "guest characters" Such as Link, Spawn, or Tekken characters. This time Darth Vader joins the fray for the PS3. If you're a veteran player of the series, you can dominate as the Sith Lord, but if you're new, you'll make Vader look weaker that a Stormtrooper without a gun. It's incredibly easy to unlock characters and the one that's difficult to unlock is Darth's Vader's secret apprentice. The fighting system is the same, except for the critical finishes, which look like a slap compared to Final Smashes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The game dominates with graphics, character creation, and online battles, but those are the only groundbreaking things. I returned the game after owning it for only 3 or 4 days.
Its pretty ok
I have been a fan of the series since the first one. The graphics are great, they seemed to have paid special attention to the details and sharpness of the graphics. The player movement is good. The problem I have with the game is the story mode. First the game starts with a written story instead a cinematic sequence for every character. The story line is very short, it takes perhaps 5 minutes to beat the game. Plus the story seems to be pretty much the same for every character. Before all the characters had distinct story line that weaved together to make sense. This seems to be fight, win, end the game. I am most disappointed with the new characters though. The new characters are simply variations of the old characters. That is to say that the fighting styles are pretty much the same. Same characters with new outfits. However the game is fun to play, always has and always will be.