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SoulCalibur IV

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
85
4.3
Xbox 360
86
3.0

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 9 4.3
Xbox 360 11 3.0
Combined MobyScore 20 3.6


The Press Says

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100
Xbox 360EL33TONLINE
There is no doubt that SoulCalibur IV is a remarkable achievement. With its accessibility, depth, gorgeous design and rich features, it is probably the finest fighting game available right now on either the 360 or PS3. Both hardcore and casual fighting enthusiasts are strongly advised to check it out.
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PlayStation 31UP
So with the classic, new-school, and infinitely customizable character roster at the ready, and with online play fully operational, it's not a stretch to say this might be 2008's best fighting game. Some other hot fighters -- notably Street Fighter IV, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and Battle Fantasia -- are on the horizon, but considering how fun Soul Calibur 4 is after a month of nonstop play, I think it'd be hard to top what Namco's accomplished with what is unquestionably their best fighting game to date.
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PlayStation 3Digital Chumps
You like fighting games? You like deep fighting games? You looking for a deep, deep fighting game that will provide you with the online, offline play like no other fighting games can? Look no further than Soulcalibur IV. It, right now, is the best fighting game on the market... to date. Namco Bandai worked hard on this title, and it certainly shows. It's everything you wanted it to be and more.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Soulcalibur IV is the definition of how to make a sequel to a beloved franchise. Everything is dialed up and the amount of content will keep gamers occupied for months to come. The fighting engine is deep enough for hardcores to take pleasure in while easy enough for casuals to simply pick up and enjoy. There is plenty to see and do and the addition of online will add serious legs to this already highly replayable game. While it may be a bold statement, Soulcalibur IV is quite possibly the greatest 3D fighting game of all time and well worth your sixty bucks.
95
PlayStation 3GamesCollection
SCIV si è fatto attendere, eccome, ma ne è valsa la pena. Splende sotto ogni punto di vista, è bello, dinamico, ricco di contenuti con una giocabilità maestosa. Quanto potete chiedere da un gioco? La storia e la cura dei particolari rende ancora una volta la saga appassionante quanto il secondo capitolo, dove si pensava aver toccato l'apice della profondità narrativa. E invece no: che sia questa versione o quella PS3 non esiste altro beat'em'up al di fuori di lui. Compratelo, now, adesso, subito!
95
Xbox 360GamesCollection
SCIV si è fatto attendere, eccome, ma ne è valsa la pena. Splende sotto ogni punto di vista, è bello, dinamico, ricco di contenuti con una giocabilità maestosa. Quanto potete chiedere da un gioco? La storia e la cura dei particolari rende ancora una volta la saga appassionante quanto il secondo capitolo, dove si pensava aver toccato l'apice della profondità narrativa. E invece no: che sia questa versione o quella PS3 non esiste altro beat'em'up al di fuori di lui. Compratelo, now, adesso, subito!
95
Xbox 360The Review Busters
If you haven’t picked up a fighting game for awhile now then you better consider buying Soulcalibur IV. This is the perfect fighting game on the Xbox 360 right now, both off and online. I really hate how Namco Bandai added into Star Wars characters, but at least we can beat the living hell out of Yoda if we want to.
95
PlayStation 3Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Diehard SoulCalibur fans might still not be satisfied with the 4th installment in the series. While they are stuck in the past comparing it to the Dreamcast game, the series have evolved in SoulCalibur IV and yet managed to bring back some key elements we enjoyed throughout the series. You shouldn’t call your game collection a “collection” without a great fighting game on the roster, and SoulCalibur IV fits that title perfectly. And keep all the good stuff we had to say about this game on one side, remember that with the PS3 version you will get to play as Darth Vader himself! So what exactly do you want more in a videogame?
94
Xbox 360Realm of Gaming
So how good is this game? Fantastic. As unbiased as I can be, I really do not have any negative words to give it except the addition of an adventure mode would have been even better. And that's about all of the negative words I can give it. If you love fighting games you owe it to yourself to pick this up, and even if you don't, even if you are only looking for a good party game, pick this up. It is Namco's greatest fighter to date and one of the best of all time.
94
PlayStation 3Playstation Illustrated
Overall, Soul Calibur IV is an excellent title with loads of new features and the highest level of polish most fighting games have ever received. The smooth online play and deep character creator make this a must have for the pugilistic enthusiast, but it also wins points with its accessibility to newcomers. While it may not appeal to everyone, it definitely has enough under the hood to not disappoint those who want to take a peek.
94
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
For the first big fighting game of 2008 Soul Calibur IV is setting the bar high. It has an excellent game system that’s been honed considerably for this release. It offers plenty of game modes, online play for those that want it, and it also looks and sounds great. Whatever system you get it for, you won’t be disappointed.
92
Xbox 360Power Unlimited
Soul Calibur IV is een topper binnen het genre en dankzij de heerlijke gameplay, onwaarschijnlijk knappe graphics en het ruimte assortiment aan personages en spelmodes, een waardige binnenkomer van de serie op de nieuwe consoles.
92
PlayStation 3GameCola.net
Even though this installment has less single player content than SCIII, between its story mode, Tower of Lost Souls mode, online versus, and character creation, I’ve already spent over 120 hours playing this with no signs of stopping. Obviously, all of that single player content isn’t necessary to keep a person playing, and, really, isn’t the most important part of fighting games the multiplayer modes, anyway? If you are at all into the Soul series of fighting games, or even fighting games in general, this is definitely a game you need to check out. I’ll even allow you the honor of having a match against me if you get the PS3 version! How can you pass up an offer like that?
91
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Soulcalibur 4 has its flaws, awful writing and stilted dialogue, but it is also the essential fighting game of the summer, if not the entire year. Well-balanced characters and endless customization will keep you coming back for more.
91
PlayStation 3Gaming Age
Toss in some cool unlockable art and movies and you have one complete package. I can't gush enough about how excited I am that the Soulcalibur name has reclaimed its greatness in the annals of fighting titles. I used to be a huge fan back in the Dreamcast days, and since then have been let down year after year with failing sequels that didn't really impress, let alone evolve. Well Soulcalibur IV has done both, it has wowed me and evolved all in one fell swoop. In four words…Buy Soulcalibur IV today!
90
Xbox 360GameSpy
Fighting games are iterative in nature. It's easy to take a look at the likes of Virtua Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl and argue that although both are amazing sequels, they offer little besides flashier visuals, extra characters, a few new moves, and online multiplayer. In the case of Soulcalibur IV, I simply ask: what's wrong with that? After nearly a week of back and forth rounds in the office and at home, Soulcalibur IV resurrects the sort of deep-seated resentment and blood-boiling rage that only a well-crafted fighting game can elicit. That's precisely what makes it a fine sequel.
90
Xbox 360UOL Jogos
Diante da escassez de jogos de luta desta geração, "Soulcalibur IV" chega em uma boa hora. O jogo continua a tradição da série, com combates acessíveis para novatos e atraentes para veteranos. Juntando a isto temos um robusto sistema de criação de personagens, vários personagens à disposição e um novo sistema multiplayer online. Para fechar o pacote com grande estilo, a Namco conseguiu exibir alguns dos modelos mais belos dos últimos tempos, em gráficos de tirar o queixo. É um grande jogo do estilo, imperdível para os fãs de gênero.
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PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
Diante da escassez de jogos de luta desta geração, "Soulcalibur IV" chega em uma boa hora. O jogo continua a tradição da série, com combates acessíveis para novatos e atraentes para veteranos. Juntando a isto temos um robusto sistema de criação de personagens, vários personagens à disposição e um novo sistema multiplayer online. Para fechar o pacote com grande estilo, a Namco conseguiu exibir alguns dos modelos mais belos dos últimos tempos, em gráficos de tirar o queixo. É um grande jogo do estilo, imperdível para os fãs de gênero.
90
Xbox 360GBase - The Gamer's Base
Mit Soul Calibur IV haben sich die alten Hasen von Namco wieder einmal selbst übertroffen. Das Spielprinzip wurde minimal verändert, was auch gut ist. Denn dadurch spielt es sich ähnlich und doch erfreulich frisch. Die Grafik wurde sehr schön auf ein höheres Niveau gehoben und in Sachen Kämpferbalance gibt es nichts zu meckern. Was ich mir persönlich gewünscht hätte, wäre ein besserer Storymodus. Dieser wurde leider vergessen. Dennoch hat mir der Titel ausserordentlich viel Spass gemacht und es ist immer ein Genuss, einen Gegner ungespitzt in den Boden zu rammen. Wer nur annähernd etwas mit Prügelspielen anfangen kann, muss hier zugreifen! Kaufempfehlung!
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PlayStation 3GBase - The Gamer's Base
Mit Soul Calibur IV haben sich die alten Hasen von Namco wieder einmal selbst übertroffen. Das Spielprinzip wurde minimal verändert, was auch gut ist. Denn dadurch spielt es sich ähnlich und doch erfreulich frisch. Die Grafik wurde sehr schön auf ein höheres Niveau gehoben und in Sachen Kämpferbalance gibt es nichts zu meckern. Was ich mir persönlich gewünscht hätte, wäre ein besserer Storymodus. Dieser wurde leider vergessen. Dennoch hat mir der Titel ausserordentlich viel Spass gemacht und es ist immer ein Genuss, einen Gegner ungespitzt in den Boden zu rammen. Wer nur annähernd etwas mit Prügelspielen anfangen kann, muss hier zugreifen! Kaufempfehlung!
90
Xbox 360GamersHell.com
In the end, whether it's your first time touching a Soul game or not, it's hard to not appreciate what's been done here: beautiful, crisp and bouncy graphics mix well with a fighter heavy on a classic formula of strategy, timing and execution, with it all backed by inviting-yet-deep character customization and creation. There are a few hiccups in presentation and a some odd choices here and there, but a strong heroic, rhythmic soundtrack nullifies any headaches you may get in trying to understand just what's going on with characters' stories. Now that gameplay feels to be right on, it seems like it's about time to show a bit of creativity and attention to all of the contexts within which we play, story and dynamic levels included.
90
PlayStation 3GamersHell.com
In the end, whether it's your first time touching a Soul game or not, it's hard to not appreciate what's been done here: beautiful, crisp and bouncy graphics mix well with a fighter heavy on a classic formula of strategy, timing and execution, with it all backed by inviting-yet-deep character customization and creation. There are a few hiccups in presentation and a some odd choices here and there, but a strong heroic, rhythmic soundtrack nullifies any headaches you may get in trying to understand just what's going on with characters' stories. Now that gameplay feels to be right on, it seems like it's about time to show a bit of creativity and attention to all of the contexts within which we play, story and dynamic levels included.
90
Xbox 360V2.fi
Muutenkin on vaikea kuvitella, että kunnon beat'em upia etsivä pettyisi poimiessaan Sielun Kalapelin pelihyllystä, oli sitten kone kumpi tahansa. Nämä pelit eivät ehkä enää ole suuren yleisön silmissä samanlaisessa killer app -asemassa kuin vielä muutama vuosi sitten - PS3:kaan ei ole vielä saanut "oikeaa" Tekkenin jatko-osaansa - mutta alan harrastajajoukko on edelleen tiivis, ja tutut hahmot kannessa myyvät epäilemättä peliä myös yleisölle valtavat määrät, minkä tuoreet tilastotkin todistavat. SC ei ole sitä aivan tiukkapipoisinta HC-vääntöä, mutta tarjoaa lajityypin ystäville varmasti kymmeniä tunteja viihdettä - jo Xbox-version saavutusten metsästämisessä kulunee kelpo tovi.
90
PlayStation 3GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
All in all however, Soulcalibur IV is great fun and will appeal to a wide section of gamers for the lovely graphics (which look almost identical on PS3 and 360) and exciting character development. It not only looks beautiful but it sounds just as great with some wonderful weapon sounds. Once again however I have to give the edge to the Playstation 3 version, the install, while slightly annoying at the start, makes the game load significantly faster than its counterpart. Also Darth Vader is much more useful than the ill balanced 360 Yoda. Both are recommended, however if you are lucky enough to have both consoles, go for the Playstation 3 version, it is superior.
90
Xbox 360JustPressPlay
It has giant phallic shaped swords, skin tight outfits and boobs the size of steroid infused watermelons. On top of this it has nicely balanced combat and a reliable online network. It has pretty much all a fighting game needs to be successful. Once you get past the cheesy voice acting you’re in for a game you’re going to love. Granted it might have a feature or two that series veterans might miss, but it’s still an enjoyable game. If you own both the PS3 and Xbox 360 and don’t know which version to get just get the one your online or real life friends are going to get because they look the same. I personally think the A.I. on the PS3 version is a lot cheaper though.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
SoulCalibur IV est un excellent jeu de combat qui saura satisfaire plusieurs types de public : les néophytes prendront du plaisir dès la première partie, les joueurs plus techniques pourront s'exercer afin de sortir des combos dévastateurs, et les collectionneurs passeront un temps fou à personnaliser leurs combattants et à débloquer tous les équipements.
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PlayStation 3JeuxActu
i l’on devait relever un point sombre de Soul Calibur IV, ce serait son mode solo, trop light par rapport à Soul Calibur III où l'on pouvait se gargariser avec un mode Chroniques de l'Epée parfait. Enfin, d’aucuns remarqueront que nous n’avons pas évoqué le mode online du jeu. Lors des quelques essais que nous avons effectués, le lag était tellement atroce – un temps de réaction d’une demi seconde – que nous préférons attendre que les serveurs soient complètement opérationnels pour porter un avis précis sur la question. Quoi qu’il en soit, Soul Calibur IV parvient à contenter !
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
SoulCalibur IV est un excellent jeu de combat qui saura satisfaire plusieurs types de public : les néophytes prendront du plaisir dès la première partie, les joueurs plus techniques pourront s'exercer afin de sortir des combos dévastateurs, et les collectionneurs passeront un temps fou à personnaliser leurs combattants et à débloquer tous les équipements.
90
Xbox 360JeuxActu
Si l’on devait relever un point sombre de Soul Calibur IV, ce serait son mode solo, trop light par rapport à Soul Calibur III où l'on pouvait se gargariser avec un mode Chroniques de l'Epée parfait. Enfin, d’aucuns remarqueront que nous n’avons pas évoqué le mode online du jeu. Lors des quelques essais que nous avons effectués, le lag était tellement atroce – un temps de réaction d’une demi seconde – que nous préférons attendre que les serveurs soient complètement opérationnels pour porter un avis précis sur la question. Quoi qu’il en soit, Soul Calibur IV parvient à contenter !
90
PlayStation 3GameSpy
If I were Namco, I'd be thinking about the future of the fighting game tournament. Right now, it's largely the domain of pro gaming leagues at the broad end, and local promoters on the narrow. A thriving competitive community around a fantastic game like Soulcalibur IV could go a long way toward jumpstarting this sort of scene online. It's no secret that Capcom is taking community-building seriously these days, as Street Fighter IV's home release approaches. Fostering strong, meaningful online tournaments goes hand in hand with this sort of effort. Personally, provided Namco Bandai is equally mindful of this stuff, I believe that Soulcalibur IV has got just as much of a shot.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
The Soul Calibur series hasn't changed much over the years, which is a good thing because it set the gold standard of what exceptional fighting games should be modeled after. SCIV takes the existing winning formula and carefully adds new elements to make this edition the best edition ever. The PS3 version edges out the 360 version slightly because Yoda is left out and the optional install speed ups frequent loading times. Start the fight on the stage of history for the fourth time, you will not regret it one ounce playing the best fighter of this generation, thus far.
90
PlayStation 3Gamernode
Even with occasional online hiccups, Soulcalibur IV is a very solid game, and excels in almost all areas. If it has one fault it's that they tried to cater more to the hardcore fighting crowd and ignore the casual gamers with the de-emphasis on single player story mode, but really, who can blame them? And if casual gamers can get past the lack of story modes and get into the meat of the game, there are hours and hours of fun to be had unlocking new equipment, mastering fighters, and taking the fight to your friends online. No matter how you slice it, Soulcalibur IV is a great game--even for those who don't consider themselves hardcore fans of the fighting genre.
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PlayStation 3Gamervision
The game is far from perfect, that is to be sure, and it does little to further the dwindling fighting game genre. That said, the additions that have been added work in the game’s favor and make it the best fighting game this generation. The customization, online play, and great game mechanics make this title a must-purchase for any fan of the series, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to explore the genre.
89
Xbox 360Gamesmania
Die Steuerung ist punktgenau wie eh und je und die tollen Charaktere sorgen für viel Spaß und Abwechslung. Technisch gibt es ebenfalls kaum Grund zur Kritik: Die Ladezeiten sind vollkommen OK, die Animationen erstklassig und wenn es einmal gelingt einen kritischen Finisher hinzubekommen wird ein grafisches Feuerwerk abgebrannt. Der Onlinemodus spielt sich, mit ganz wenigen Ausnahmen, lagfrei und ist ein absoluter Gewinn für die Serie. Der Storymodus enttäuscht zwar zunächst, da lediglich fünf Abschnitte zu erfüllen sind bevor die Endsequenz gespielt wird. Wenn man jedoch bedenkt, dass es für jede der 30 Charaktere einen eigenen Storyfetzen gibt, ist dies zu verschmerzen. Jeder, der auch nur ein wenig für Kampfspiele übrig hat, sollte sich diesen Leckerbissen nicht entgehen lassen!
89
PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Die Steuerung ist punktgenau wie eh und je und die tollen Charaktere sorgen für viel Spaß und Abwechslung. Technisch gibt es ebenfalls kaum Grund zur Kritik: Die Ladezeiten sind vollkommen OK, die Animationen erstklassig und wenn es einmal gelingt einen kritischen Finisher hinzubekommen wird ein grafisches Feuerwerk abgebrannt. Der Onlinemodus spielt sich, mit ganz wenigen Ausnahmen, lagfrei und ist ein absoluter Gewinn für die Serie. Der Storymodus enttäuscht zwar zunächst, da lediglich fünf Abschnitte zu erfüllen sind bevor die Endsequenz gespielt wird. Wenn man jedoch bedenkt, dass es für jede der 30 Charaktere einen eigenen Storyfetzen gibt, ist dies zu verschmerzen. Jeder, der auch nur ein wenig für Kampfspiele übrig hat, sollte sich diesen Leckerbissen nicht entgehen lassen!
89
Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
All in all however, Soulcalibur IV is great fun and will appeal to a wide section of gamers for the lovely graphics (which look almost identical on PS3 and 360) and exciting character development. It not only looks beautiful but it sounds just as great with some wonderful weapon sounds. Once again however I have to give the edge to the Playstation 3 version, the install, while slightly annoying at the start, makes the game load significantly faster than its counterpart. Also Darth Vader is much more useful than the ill balanced 360 Yoda. Both are recommended, however if you are lucky enough to have both consoles, go for the Playstation 3 version, it is superior.
89
PlayStation 3GameTrailers
Soul Calibur 4 offers an incredible volume of characters, modes, and extras. With every worthwhile addition there is some filler, but online play - lag or not - is a nice step forward. Though the best player may not always win, pop this game in at a party and everyone will want to play. It may not set your soul on fire, but it should keep it warm until the next installment.
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Xbox 360GamesFire
Am Anfang steht die Steuerung. Klar, denn von der Story ist nicht viel übrig geblieben. Deshalb interessiert nebenbei auch niemanden ernsthaft, wieso sich hier alle mal wieder verdreschen. Hauptsache die Charaktere sind cool und das sind sie! Wenn man den Bogen mit der Steuerung erstmal raus hat und einen Charakter gefunden hat, dessen Moves einfach von der Hand gehen macht, das Spiel Spaß. Alleine über Xbox Live und zu zweit vor dem TV ist das Spiel ein Garant für Langzeitmotivation, die in den heißen Sommertagen über die Runden kommen wollen.
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PlayStation 3Futuregamez.net
If you like your fighting games then this is a no brainer as Soul Calibur IV is one of the best fighting games in years. Graphically and sonically the game is superb, and the gameplay intense. We would have loved to see some more game modes, and longer Story modes, but there are so many characters to get to grips with here that you could spend months getting to grips with them all. Add this to your collection now!
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PlayStation 3GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Soul Calibur IV is een must voor de fans van de reeks. Al het goede is behouden, je zal enkele van de extra's als cosmetisch en overbodig afdoen, terwijl andere, zoals het online luik en de Tower of Lost Souls Mode wel degelijk een meerwaarde naar je favoriete schop, stoot en hak kick brengen.
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Soul Calibur IV is een must voor de fans van de reeks. Al het goede is behouden, je zal enkele van de extra's als cosmetisch en overbodig afdoen, terwijl andere, zoals het online luik en de Tower of Lost Souls Mode wel degelijk een meerwaarde naar je favoriete schop, stoot en hak kick brengen.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
All in all, SoulCalibur IV is a great addition to the franchise. There's a good amount of play modes, excellent character customization options, a strong character roster, smooth (though intricate) controls, and exciting online play. It's difficult to say which of the two versions is better, even though I think Yoda's the best. Both Yoda and Sith Lord Darth Vader will eventually be downloadable characters through Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network, so I don't think their current separation is a big issue.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
In the end, Soul Calibur IV is a great title to have in your collection, and as we said before, you really don't need to be a fighting expert. In fact, if you are, you might be disappointed in the lack of a challenge. But that's what Versus is for, and there's more than enough in the way of customization and upgrading options to satisfy you for an extended period of time. Yeah, most of the character stories are silly and even convoluted, and the English voice cast isn't very good, but the game itself is just packed to the brim with entertainment value. You can pick on any number of relatively significant drawbacks - like the ease of play and the depth falling short as a result - but there's no denying the fun factor. Equipment shatters, impacts are loud and satisfying, the number of moves is mind-boggling, and you can create just about anything in the Character Creation section. All good things, and they come together to make SCIV ceaselessly grin-inducing.
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PlayStation 3NZGamer
All in all, this game is definitely worth checking out, even if you’re only vaguely into fighting games. It’s much easier to get into than Tekken or Virtua Fighter, and the characters are generally - in my opinion at least - much more interesting. If you’re sitting on the fence, give this one a rent. But if you consider yourself a fighting fan or a longtime Soul Cal vet, then…well, you’ve probably bought this already.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Frame-counters and other savants will probably have issues with some aspects of Soulcalibur IV's gameplay, but the average player or fighting game enthusiast is well served by this title's array of game types and tight weapon-based duels. I know I'm more than satisfied.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Frame-counters and other savants will probably have issues with some aspects of Soulcalibur IV's gameplay, but the average player or fighting game enthusiast is well served by this title's array of game types and tight weapon-based duels. I know I'm more than satisfied.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Unique fighting styles, weapons and characters coupled with very fluid and technical gameplay is really the formula for success in an ideal fighting game. Soulcalibur IV hits all those right on the head. Getting some friends together to have a tournament and forcing everything to use the random character select is a great way to spend a night. Playing by yourself is equally fun and the option to battle online is very welcome, though a bit frustrating if you're not playing friends. This game is a must-have for any fighting fan and a great starting place for newcomers.
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PlayStation 3IGN
Despite the aforementioned concerns, Soulcalibur IV is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it, especially -- as I said before -- to fans of the series. The game runs well, looks beautiful, sports great music and obviously has enjoyable combat. The PS3 and 360 versions are just about identical (barring the differing guest characters), though I felt that the optional install on the PS3 made things feel even quicker and more polished. In the end, both are worthy members of a long- standing series and you won't be disappointed with the purchase. Now get that soul burning.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Soul Calibur IV is a beautiful looking fighting game that pushes the long running franchise into some new ground while keeping the core gameplay near the same level. The roster has been filled up with an assortment of wonderful characters, including three Star Wars cameos, but if that wasn’t enough make your own fighters, or edit the current souls waiting for battle. Namco Bandai covers new ground trying its hand at the online world of gaming with multiplayer versus, and the ability to download new content for the game. Soul Calibur IV might not re-invent the deadly battler, but it does a great job giving fans what they want and a little more. Either on the PS3 with Vader, or the 360 with Yoda, Soul Calibur IV is a safe purchase and a game that will be in your collection for a long time.
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Xbox 360Video Game Generation
All in all, Soulcalibur IV is a high quality game which will keep you coming back for more. From the surprisingly addictive character customization to the challenging Tower of Lost Souls, this game is well crafted and presented, leaving little room for improvement. Although the story mode will disappoint some and the voice acting is shocking, Soulcalibur IV brings a lot to the table with refined gameplay mechanics and is certainly a game worth adding to your collection.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Generation
All in all, Soulcalibur IV is a high quality game which will keep you coming back for more. From the surprisingly addictive character customization to the challenging Tower of Lost Souls, this game is well crafted and presented, leaving little room for improvement. Although the story mode will disappoint some and the voice acting is shocking, Soulcalibur IV brings a lot to the table with refined gameplay mechanics and is certainly a game worth adding to your collection.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
If you've ever wondered whether fight games are for you, then you should certainly try this one out. Even if in the end you don't have fun with the great gameplay, then there's still Yoda (or Darth Vader in the PS3 version) and the excellent volumes of boobs that have some great physics applied to them. Everything a healthy young man longs for!
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Xbox 360Mygamer.com
When all is said and done, Soul Calibur IV is a solid choice for any fan of the series and fighting games in general. Graphics aside, no single element stands out or demands your attention, but neither does the game come across as rehashed or “too safe”. In the end, Namco delivers a fun, well-polished sequel with plenty of content and great replay value. While you’ll know what you’re getting with SCIV, odds are you’ll enjoy it.
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Xbox 360Peliplaneetta.net
Soulcalibur IV on yllätyksetön, mutta adrenaliinia kutkuttavan vahva jatko menestyksekkäälle sarjalle. Veteraanit kiittelevät pelattavuuden uudistuksia, oman taistelujan luontimahdollisuutta ja nettimätkintää, satunnaisemmat pelaajat löytävät iloittavaa silmiä hivelevästä ulkoasusta ja Tähtien sota -hahmoista, jotka miellyttävät erityisesti kaltaistani saagan vannoutunutta fania.
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PlayStation 3Peliplaneetta.net
Soulcalibur IV on yllätyksetön, mutta adrenaliinia kutkuttavan vahva jatko menestyksekkäälle sarjalle. Veteraanit kiittelevät pelattavuuden uudistuksia, oman taistelujan luontimahdollisuutta ja nettimätkintää, satunnaisemmat pelaajat löytävät iloittavaa silmiä hivelevästä ulkoasusta ja Tähtien sota -hahmoista, jotka miellyttävät erityisesti kaltaistani saagan vannoutunutta fania.
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Xbox 360games xtreme
If the developers can fix the online issues, the game could be a serious online brawler. At the moment though it's really too much of a miss in that respect than a hit. Fortunately there's a lot more to keep you going in single player and vs modes.
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PlayStation 3GamingTrend
Soul Calibur IV is the first next-gen platform title in the series. There are very few new features, but the ones that are present are rock solid. Lag free online play and the new Tower of Lost Souls mode make for some compelling gameplay, and the graphics are certainly beautiful. While it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it does handle almost everything right. Players will have to decide for themselves whether their online or offline habits justify the price. Now that the base has been built, I look forward to seeing what new features Namco Bandai can bring to Soul Calibur V.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Generation
The game’s story mode is great for those who love the unique histories behind the characters and Arcade mode ramps up the difficulty for those who come for the action, but Tower of Souls is where the real challenge and a lot of this game’s replay value lies. Of course, that’s just the offline stuff. Once you go online, you get a chance to prove yourself against some real life opponents...assuming you can connect to a match, that is. But, more than just skill, you can also show off your creativity with Soulcalibur IV’s deep character creator, even though there is no way to directly share your creations with people you meet online. All in all, the game has its problems, but for fans of the series or even just fighters in general, it is a solid title that should fill the time for those burnt out on the last Tekken and still awaiting the next Street Fighter.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
SoulCalibur IV doesn’t stir up the pot too much, offering mostly the same gameplay as previous entries. Fortunately, the franchise has it down to a science, and the addition of online play further sweetens the deal.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
The fact that Yoda and Vader are exclusive to the 360 and the PS3 respectively is easily the most pronounced difference between the two versions, but given that both games have an empty box on the Star Wars row of the character-select screen, it seems reasonable to assume that it'll no longer be an issue once downloadable content starts coming. The only other noteworthy difference between the two games is that the PS3 version offers an optional install to make the load times between fights shorter. Depending on how seriously you take your fighting games, the controllers that you use to play Soulcalibur IV might also be a consideration The PS3 controller's D pad is superior to the Xbox 360's on this occasion, but the latter's analog sticks fare a lot better. The question, then, isn't whether or not you should play Soulcalibur IV, it's which version you should play.
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PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
Move over Mortal Kombat, there is a new fighting game in town in Soul Caliber IV. I have been one of the biggest fans of the Mortal Kombat series, ever since my first experiences on the Gameboy and Super Nintendo, and I wasn’t very excited about playing Soul Caliber IV because it seemed exactly like a knock off version of Mortal Kombat but with swords. To my surprise this game was above and beyond every expectation I had. Yes this is a hand to hand combat game, but the way it is played sets it about the rest.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
If you have played previous Soul Calibur titles, you will feel right at home with this game. Throw in a player creator and online play, slightly improved graphics, Yoda or Darth Vader and you have Soul Calibur IV. The story mode is still sub-par, but Arcade and the Tower of Lost Souls should keep you busy long enough. Not to mention all of the replay value you will get out of playing with friends offline or random strangers online. Soul Calibur IV is definitely worthy of a rent, while fans of the franchise shouldn't think twice about buying.
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PlayStation 3Console Monster
If you like beat 'em ups you can't go wrong with Soul Calibur IV. It can be frustrating just how far button mashing will get you in this game, but thankfully it doesn't spoil the game too much. If you're after an accessible and fun fighter then you should pick this up. If you're after you're next hardcore fighter, you may be better off letting this one slide past you.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
So there you have it - another page in the history of Soul Calibur is written to the polite applause of this reviewer. SCIV certainly doesn’t break any new ground, but it continues to do what it does best by providing us with some of the best weapons-based fighting action in town. The character customization is worth the price of admission, and the online game will keep you coming back for more.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
So there you have it - another page in the history of Soul Calibur is written to the polite applause of this reviewer. SCIV certainly doesn’t break any new ground, but it continues to do what it does best by providing us with some of the best weapons-based fighting action in town. The character customization is worth the price of admission, and the online game will keep you coming back for more.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
Yet these are irritations rather than deal breakers. I was never going to feel the same buzz playing Soul Calibur IV as I did the original: the core experience is too familiar. But the online play has been implemented impressively, and prevents this becoming a game that will sit on your shelf until your friends come round. Meanwhile the character creation mode allows for some interesting experimentation, and may one day create a community as focused on customisation and tuning as the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza. In the long run, it is this that may prove to be Soul Calibur IV's greatest achievement.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Soul Calibur IV provides a great arcade experience for home consoles. It’s shockingly pretty, and has the gameplay to back it up - especially when gaming with friends. The custom characters are also a great motivation to slog through the single player modes, earning money to buy more parts. Finally, the new online mode adds a solid multiplayer component to a genre that’s traditionally stuck to local play. It’s no revolution, but Soul Calibur IV adds enough to an old franchise to make it worthwhile.
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PlayStation 3Good Game
I think Virtua Fighter 5 is still the most technical, but Soul Calibur is flashy and fun, and the large amount of interesting characters gives it what it takes to become a living room favourite. 8/10 from me.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
From its first appearance, the Soul Calibur series laid a legitimate claim to the fighting genre throne. Soul Calibur IV brings the supremely balanced fantasy fighting to the next gen systems, with great success. There are a few drawbacks, such as the spotty online and the woefully inadequate storylines, but the pros far outweigh the cons. This is one of the easiest video game recommendations I've been able to make in a long time. Highly Recommended.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Soul Calibur IV doesn’t change a lot of the core experiences from the series, however it does continue to offer new reasons to keep playing. With the story mode, Tales of Swords, create a character and online modes, there are plenty of reasons to keep playing if you have no friends locally to play. Also the armor system adds a new incentive for players to not only stay off their own guard but to vary their attacks on an opponent, hoping for that elusive critical finish. It would have been nice to see a few more new characters that belong in the Soul Calibur universe, but it’s a minor problem in an otherwise great game. This one will keep your soul burning for some time.
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PlayStation 3Armchair Empire, The
Even with all the positives running for the game, I still felt a little bit underwhelmed by SCIV, it’s definitely still a solid entry to the series and finally being able to play online is worth the buy. If you are new to the series, I do not think you’ll be disappointed.
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Xbox 360Video Games Daily
One of the main selling points for this newest of the series is the addition of Star Wars characters - Yoda for the 360, Darth Vader for the PS3 and The Apprentice from the upcoming Force Unleashed on both consoles. They're... decent enough at best. Vader is suitably lumbering and nails, though he does seem to move quicker than he probably should, and he does fit in the game pretty well. The problem is it all seems a bit superfluous, and never feels like anything more than a cynical cash-in. Put Star Wars on the front cover and you're sure to lure in more plebs to throw their cash your way, and it obviously draws attention to the upcoming Lucasarts title. Bah.
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PlayStation 3Video Games Daily
One of the main selling points for this newest of the series is the addition of Star Wars characters - Yoda for the 360, Darth Vader for the PS3 and The Apprentice from the upcoming Force Unleashed on both consoles. They're... decent enough at best. Vader is suitably lumbering and nails, though he does seem to move quicker than he probably should, and he does fit in the game pretty well. The problem is it all seems a bit superfluous, and never feels like anything more than a cynical cash-in. Put Star Wars on the front cover and you're sure to lure in more plebs to throw their cash your way, and it obviously draws attention to the upcoming Lucasarts title. Bah.
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Xbox 360Game Couch
One of my frustrations with fighting games is pulling off special moves. That makes me a fan of Soulcalibur IV because every button I hit does something cool. Yes, I’m an unabashed button-masher even though it brings me endless shame online.
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PlayStation 3Gamereactor (Finland)
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Xbox 360The Next Level
At first, it can be easy to proclaim SoulCalibur 4 to be the greatest entry in the series. The gameplay tweaks are enjoyable and online play is a great way of adding value when your friends might not be around to compete with. But when you examine it closely, you can see the chipped pieces on the armor of Namco's weapons fighter, and although they are all minor, they take a bit of the luster away. This is not to say that it's a bad game, or even bad for the series. But like a hot new high-performance new car without a USB connector for your MP3 device, you can still be satisfied while wishing that a few of the details weren't overlooked.
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PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Soul Calibur IV provides the same great quality of fighting gameplay and presentation as you'd expect. Just don't be surprised if it doesn't leave the same impression as the previous titles.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
But for all the game's technical excellence, sumptuous graphics and epic soundtrack, Soulcalibur IV also serves to remind us just how bereft of basic innovation the one-on-one fight genre has become. Were it not for the customisation and online options, this would essentially be an HD rendition of previous games. As it is, Soulcalibur IV's new features and its ability to entertain both newcomers and fighting game experts make it a good buy - if not the revolutionary leap to the next level you might've hoped for.
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Xbox 360Gamekult
Ami des bonnes soirées viriles, SoulCalibur IV est le digne successeur des précédents. Certes, le travail a été plus important sur la forme, changement de génération oblige, que sur le fond, finalement assez inchangé. On appréciera en tout cas le nombre de nouveaux combattants même si une majorité d'entre eux ne sont que des ersatz de persos déjà existants, tandis que d'autres ne seront certainement jamais réutilisés par la suite. Techniquement, le titre reste toujours un modèle de jouabilité et d'esthétisme, même si l'on sent que les développeurs ont manqué d'inspiration sur les décors, ni épiques ni même inoubliables. Irréprochable mais sans grande inspiration, ce nouveau volet s'avère donc splendide et jouissif sans toutefois offrir de véritable surprise. Mais en ces temps de disette côté baston 3D, il est toujours bon d'avoir un phare pour s'éclairer dans les ténèbres de la moyenne du bourre-pif.
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
Ami des bonnes soirées viriles, SoulCalibur IV est le digne successeur des précédents. Certes, le travail a été plus important sur la forme, changement de génération oblige, que sur le fond, finalement assez inchangé. On appréciera en tout cas le nombre de nouveaux combattants même si une majorité d'entre eux ne sont que des ersatz de persos déjà existants, tandis que d'autres ne seront certainement jamais réutilisés par la suite. Techniquement, le titre reste toujours un modèle de jouabilité et d'esthétisme, même si l'on sent que les développeurs ont manqué d'inspiration sur les décors, ni épiques ni même inoubliables. Irréprochable mais sans grande inspiration, ce nouveau volet s'avère donc splendide et jouissif sans toutefois offrir de véritable surprise. Mais en ces temps de disette côté baston 3D, il est toujours bon d'avoir un phare pour s'éclairer dans les ténèbres de la moyenne du bourre-pif.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
All of this combines to form one of the most enjoyable fighting games in history, a punishing romp through the ages where swords and souls collide. Sure, it has flaws, but Soulcalibur IV's thrilling fights, competitive online mode and bounty of extras thrusts it to the very top of our must play list. No matter which version you choose, your soul still burns.
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PlayStation 3G4 TV: X-Play
Despite the minor step backwards in single player depth, SoulCalibur IV remains a gorgeous, fast-paced, accessible fighter that also has enough depth for expert level play. While online is more of a novelty than a functional feature, players looking for a next-gen upgrade to the on-the-couch weapons clasher of the Dreamcast days will find the same addicting gameplay here.
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PlayStation 3TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Despite the new gameplay features failing to change Soulcalibur's gameplay, Soulcalibur IV still manages to provide one of the most engaging and rewarding fighters around - plus Darth and Yoda aren't entirely that bad.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
While SCIII didn't go over well with fans, I think Namco more than makes up for it for SCIV. It's accessible, packs deep character customization, has much needed online play, not to mention it looks great and runs smoothly. However, the true test of SCIV's longevity in gamer hearts will come later on when Street Fighter IV finally hits.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
The first hour of play feels wonderfully fresh, what with the new Critical Finishers, character customisation and online play. But after that SoulCalibur IV starts to feel increasingly familiar. In reality, this is a reserved effort from Namco Bandai, and feels almost as if Project Soul has merely dipped its toe in the next-gen water for fear of causing too big a splash. It's gorgeous, and an essential purchase for any fighting game fan who likes aggressive counters and weapon clashes, but it's no fighting game revolution. Looks like we'll have to wait till SoulCalibur V comes out for that.
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PlayStation 3FiringSquad
SoulCalibur IV dots all the Is and crosses all the Ts, but doesn’t have a lot of life when you get beyond the brief thrill of playing a perfunctory beat-em-up with Yoda and Darth Vader. There aren’t any serious missteps here, so anyone looking for a stereotypical beat-em-up should be plenty entertained. But this game clearly had the potential to be much more than that, so it’s hard to come away completely satisfied.
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Xbox 360FiringSquad
SoulCalibur IV dots all the Is and crosses all the Ts, but doesn’t have a lot of life when you get beyond the brief thrill of playing a perfunctory beat-em-up with Yoda and Darth Vader. There aren’t any serious missteps here, so anyone looking for a stereotypical beat-em-up should be plenty entertained. But this game clearly had the potential to be much more than that, so it’s hard to come away completely satisfied.
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PlayStation 3AusGamers
All said and done, I can't help but feel like this is still just the same old game, and instead of hiding it with a face-lift or arbitrary features, Project Soul haven't even tried to mask its age. And that's what it comes down to, with Tekken V, Virtua Fighter V, Street Fighter IV and now this, it could actually be time the fighting genre, as a whole, went through a much needed revamp, even beyond cosmetic. I'm not one to try and break a golden set of fighting game rules, but if all you're doing is paying full-price for what is essentially just an expansion, then something needs to be done. Soul Calibur IV certainly maintains its solid fighting mechanics, but has done very little else to elevate the series in any way, and even the small gesture of adding Star Wars characters has left the community in an uproar - here's hoping a change is on the horizon.
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Xbox 360PlayDevil
It looks gorgeous, and fans have a great online experience to finally show off their skills all over the world. However, the Star Wars characters and freaky boobs detract from the experience somewhat. Its an odd, out of place experience and if you’ve played the games in the series you might find you tire from it easily, whilst if you’re new to the series you may find it a bid old hat and wonder what the fuss was all about. SCIV is by no means a bad game, but the next instalment needs to do something seriously special to retain my interest in it.
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PlayStation 3Computer Bild Spiele
Der bereits vierte Teil der berühmten Prügelspiel-Serie überzeugt zunächst einmal wieder mit der sehr effektgespickten und detailreichen Grafik. So können Sie jedes Detail jeder Spielfigur genau erkennen und auch die unterschiedlichen Spielumgebungen erstaunen. Am Spielprinzip nagt jedoch der Zahn der Zeit. War es vor ein paar Jahren noch lustig und spannend, einander eins auf die Mütze zu geben und die Effekte der verschiedenen Waffen zu bewundern, so ist es heute irgendwie langweilig und überholt.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
The story mode spices up the action by incorporating power-ups and pitting you against three opponents in a row. But the storylines themselves are crap. They begin with a text crawl (and I mean crawl), and end with an incomprehensible cut scene. The melodramatic dialogue tries to sound profound but it means absolutely nothing. "Her resolution gives her the strength to face her destiny." Whatever! The arcade mode lets you play for points, but sadly, they aren't recorded unless you're on-line, and that sucks. A rich create-a-fighter mode is included, which may appeal to some. Soul Calibur IV is still a quality fighter, but unless you want to play on-line, this edition has little new to offer.
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PlayStation 3Good Game
This game doesn’t look after newcomers, and if you’re not already in the soul calibur club, then it’s gonna be pretty hard to get entry, I’m giving it 6.5.
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PlayStation 3Giant Bomb
Overall, it's sort of hard to recommend Soulcalibur IV to anyone who isn't already a big fan of the series. It felt like everything I liked about the game (the actual fighting) was countered by something else (the meaningless story mode, equipment stats, Ivy's creepy-looking boobs) that made me want to take the disc out and put it away forever.