* Prices may differ from that shown
After renting and then buying SC IV I found that it was enjoyable for about two weeks or so until you hit that impossible level on the Tower or when you can't seem to win online. I found that the graphics were amazing and some of the best I've ever seen. Also, the character customization is great, I really loved being able to make the guy like some medival knight or without any armor at all. However, the online is not great because of the fact that everyone just picks Kilik and does the same move over and over again, so annoying. I also feel that it is to easy to get all the characters, after about two hours I bought everyone and still had plenty of money left over. The characters themselves however are great, I love the different styles and the addition of new characters. The last flaw I saw was the difficulty of the Tower, either the people are easily defeated and you have way to many characters, or you don't have enough and can't seem to pass one level. Also, on a side note, the secret armor and things for the tower are impossible to unlock. Overall I give the game an 4 out of 5 because of its amazing graphics and intense characters, just fix the online and the tower and SC V will be an even bigger hit
I will admit I am a fairly pathetic newbie in the gaming world. But while I am a fan of fighting games Soul Calibur 4 lacks some of the ingenuity of its predecessors in that that's all it is. Hit, block and kick. There is no maze of specific challenges to get through, for instance under earthquake simulated conditions and hence you seem to fight without aim. As for the rewards, will, the tower unlocks 'hidden treasures' but these are mysteriously unattainable unless one looks up the conditions online, which usual end up being something silly like swapping character three times in a single battle.
The custom females generated whenever I play seem to look like a defective doll/evil school teacher, a combination of horror that lacks the appeal of the usual pretty faced, ample chested characters such as Sophitia and Ivy.
The novelty of having Darth Vader wears thin as he is an extremely pathetic character to play with unless levelled up to extremes. On the other hand, the apprentice in arcade mode is near impossible to beat by mere button mashing, as a rather large group of my friends were shocked to discover... and yet kept on for a good few hours.
In essence, after about 3 weeks of futilely trying to get enough gold to buy pretty outfits and extra images you discover that some videogames really do not have any point.
Unfortunately, it seems these are the only kinds of games I am any good at.
Soul Calibur 4 is the highly anticipated next generation iteration of Namco Bandais popular fighting series, can it live up to the very highest standards set by the previous games? (short answer: No)
The big addition to this game is the Star Wars characters, in the Xbox 360 versions you can play Yoda and in the PlayStation 3 version of the game you can play as Darth Vader. You can also play as The Apprentice from the videogame The Force Unleashed.
The main mode in this game is the story mode, each character is given their own unique story to play through, however the way this is done is very poor. The bulk of the story is given to you in the form of a big wall of text, and a generic ending movie sequence. On top of that each story can be completed in roughly 20 minutes. This is a real disappointment as the other games had much better presented and more interesting stories.
This game is an arcade port so it is not surprising that they included arcade mode, in this mode you can pick your favourite character and just find your way through increasingly difficult battles. Unfortunately the difficulty goes through the roof after the first few fights, which happen to be ridiculously easy which makes this mode pretty frustrating.
If you do not know of any of the characters in the game, you can use the robust character creation mode to make a custom fighter, you can't completely create a unique character as you must use one of the fighting styles that the regular characters use. You can customize exactly how your character looks, equip them with different clothes, items, weapons and so on. This is quite enjoyable and is one of the high points of this game. You can also customize the existing characters with items you have unlocked which will increase their stats.
The Tower of Souls mode is the last game mode, here you can pick a team of characters and fight your way up the tower of souls, there is no actual tower you just pick floors and fight regular battles to ascend. In this mode you will be rewarded with new items for your custom characters. It is quite fun but is really nothing new, you might as well be playing any of the other modes.
The gameplay is very good, the fighting is based on button combinations, and each character has many unique moves for you to learn, this gives the game a lot of depth as there are so many fighters to master as well as your own created characters. There are new additions to all characters movesets as well as the critical finish move which lets you defeat your enemy in a single move, these are very stylish but are very hard to pull off.
The graphics are really astonishing, the character models are very detailed and they animate very well, the stages you fight on are also very highly detailed. There is nothing to complain about here, the graphics stand up to very close scrutiny. The sound design is also very good, with some great tunes throughout, and as it includes Star Wars characters it also includes a couple of the famous John Williams pieces.
It is a shame the gameplay modes are so dull as the game mechanics are very solid and the graphics are extremely good. If you just want a good fighting game with very traditional modes of gameplay this won't let you down but I get the feeling it could have been so much better.
This was a title that I could not quit make up my mind to buy or not so when a mate offered me his copy for a tenner I thought I'd give it a go.
I have Soul Calibur on the Sega Dreamcast and I have to admit that I still play it to this day and reading the reviews when the PS3 version was released it sounded more or less the same, hence the initial reluctance to fork out 40 quid for something I already owned.
First impressions were quite good, graphically it is superb and the PS3 shows some of its power, menus are easy to navigate and look good and the online capability is there if you wish to use it.
Does it move the series on? Well to be honest I don't think it does, its just the same old same old as they say. If you have never played it before it is a good fighting game and the characters are superbly rendered. Each one has a weapon unique to them including whips, swords, axes, clubs etc. You can learn moves by using specific button combinations or you can just bash the buttons to your hearts content.
It does have one huge advantage for me though and that is you can unlock Darth Vader as a playable character and truth be told that is the real reason I wanted this game. If not for Vader I would not have bought the game but then again I am a saddo when it comes to Darth!
This is the lastest installment in a great Soul Calibur series. Namco and Ubisoft bring us Soul Claibur 4, the first Soul Calibur game on the Playstation 3.
The game has great graphics, some of the best I have seen on the Playstation 3 and look great on a HDTV or SDTV.
In the game, you will try to get the cursed Soul Edge sword using a character you chose. Each one has a different story, giving massive possibilities.
There are lots of other modes available including, arcade mode where you try to get the best score. You can compare them with friends and others around the world. The training mode where you can increase your skill, tower of lost souls where you try to get to the bottom or top of the tower starting in the middle. If you go down, you try to stay alive for as long as possible and going up you will fight a boss on each level. Each level has many things to unlock.
The game has many different characters to pick from so there is one for everyone, you will quickly gain your favourite.
The gameplay is great, in every match you will have a soul guage so you can build up points to finish off you opponents. The controls are easy and you don't need to master the moves to win a battle. It is just as simple as pressing buttons.
After a reasonable amount of playing SC4, it's easy to conclude that while it looks and plays very similar to the classic Soul Calibur we all know and love, the game ultimately falls short of establishing itself as one of the premier fighters ever released it could have so easily been.
From a PS3 perspective alone, the game's visuals and presentation are all very good. The navigation is cool and the variety of characters, extras, and customization are all well defined and enjoyable. (most notably, the entertaining tower and online capability)
However, the game has a decent load of "flaws" that (as mentioned before) keep it from that supreme elevated status. For example, the game's artwork feature is severely limited and lacks the flair and value from the original that made it so unique. In addition, the opening cinema, overall story, and respective character videos all seem to reflect feelings of forced incorporation rather than even attempting to be awe inspiring and creative.
In the end, SC4 impresses as a fighter but displays nothing higher than simply being a really cool sequel we can all count on entertaining us for awhile. Although not an industry/genre revolution, SC4 is certainly worth the purchase.
Soul Calibur 4 is the most recent game in the soul series. Brought to us by fighting enthusiasts Namco, it is an extremely popular series, and I can see why. Back in 1996 (I think) Namco produced a game called Soul Blade, and I'm proud to say that it was the first play station game that I owned. Similarly to Soul Calibur, the story line features around a cursed sword called 'Soul Edge'. Yeah very cliché I know, but the series has overcome all the critics and is probably the best selling fighting series today, together along with Tekken.
I'm going to be honest, I hate fighting games more than Elmer Fudd hates Bugs bunny, but in all honesty, I can't try to express how good this game really is. I can guarantee it will be at the forefront of modern fighting games in terms of sales, and is probably the best looking game I have seen on PS3.
Soul Calibur 4 has many features from its predecessor Soul Calibur 3, which makes it such a good fighting series. The game options are broad, and as a single player game very extensive. The single player options are as follows;
*Story Mode - Here, you can choose your character and fight through a series of stages adapted to your fighter. Each fighter has a unique storyline, however they all have similar goals involving the cursed sword 'Soul Edge'. The difficulty of opponents can be changed, normal or hard are the only two difficulty settings. The story mode for each character is fairly simple and very short, however completing them all may be a challenge.
*Tower of Lost Souls - You have the option to either ascend or descend the tower. There are a total of sixty floors. If you choose to ascend, you have to defeat a boss at the end of each floor and capture the tower by defeating all the bosses. However, choose to descend and it's a simple survival match, how long you can go without being killed. You will be rewarded accordingly apparent to the floor you reach. This game has so many unlockables you will wish they had given you a key!
*Arcade - The description is in the title. Eight different stages, your aim is to get the highest score possible. You can compare scores online.
*Training - Here, you can choose your character and improve your skills. In terms of complexity, it is very simple. Combinations are shown in the command list so you can visually see what the move looks like. A useful feature.
Not only are there single player modes, there are also multiplayer modes and even online play. The online play is an added feature if your Xbox is connected to the internet, and you fight others over the net. See how you compare with the best. There are several online options and modes you can choose from.
Many characters return from the old series, but there are a few newbie's to introduce to you;
*Algol - He is the final boss you have to defeat in order to capture the Tower of Lost Souls, and according to the developers at Namco, he is the most powerful character ever to be introduced into Soul Calibur. He also goes by the name of "The Hero King", a little big-headed if you ask me. He has some interesting features, including being able to teleport. Huh, big-headed and a show off!
* Hilde - She is a sexy female, only then to be encased in armour. She is thought to have some sort of relations to Siegfried. She is also one on the only characters to have two weapons; a short sword and spear. That's cheating if you ask me.
Depending on which version of this game you have (PS3 or Xbox 360), the characters of Yoda and Darth Vader are present. Also, you can unlock the apprentice as you indulge further into the game. Don't worry if you feel jealous because you don't have your favourite Star Wars character, Namco have stated the two can be downloaded onto both games in the near future.
*Yoda - Present on the Xbox 360. Only to be played by the elite players. His combinations are tricky to pull off but have incredible power. He uses the force to propel himself into the air and does damage with lethal aerial attacks.
*Darth Vader - Present on the PS3. His moves, similar to Yoda are hard to pull off! His attacks are powerful, he can use the force to strangle the opponent from the other side of the ring. He can also control the opponent using the force. He is extremely dangerous.
The gameplay is interesting. The soul gauge is ever present, which can be used to perform critical finishes on your opponent. When you opponent is in a state of Soul Crush condition, this feature can be used to finish off your opponent with ease. Furthermore, don't worry if you have never played Soul Calibur before and can't be bothered learning all the moves to master a character. This game can be mastered by all you button bashers out there. The game is so following and perfectly designed that you can press any buttons and you are likely to win. Also, the graphics are unreal. Imagine taking a video of a fight, then watching it over, and you have Soul Calibur 4. In all seriousness, the graphics are truly that good. Toned muscles, realistic shadows and arenas, this game is an all round fantastic game.
Tekken will be pressed to beat this!
Learning Curve: Around 30 minutes
With the massive hype Soul Calibur IV has received, being the first instalment of the Soul Calibur series to reach the new generation of systems, you'd hope that it would bring great things. While in reality, this game has just brought a half finished game that only excels in certain areas, while others were left out to die.
I'll start from the top. The games graphics are exceptional, revolutionary even, and the new tweaks to the gameplay have really made this feel like a big improvement from all fighting games out there. But what really lets the game down, is the half-assed attempts at stories, that last between 10 - 20 minutes each, with no real resolution at the end or unique standing for each character, and only offering one other single player mode, being a sort of survival mode. Then there's also the generic usual Arcade mode, which are you fighting through a series of battles for no real purpose.
Now, if you've played previous Soul Calibur's, it has always offered a variety of unique game modes, with long, interesting stories for each character, while this seems to have been just a real rush job. For a start, you would have thought you'd have unique character endings, but instead you get a generic ending with very slight changes to tell them apart from each other.
Majority of the characters are already unlocked, and you can unlock a bunch by purchasing them at the Character Creation area. There is no real ambition at all to go through the stories, as it unlocks very little to you, but with it being very short, it won't take you long to get through them if you choose to do so.
But don't count this game out just yet; the character creation in the game is very good, not as good as Soul Calibur 3's mind you, but still very good. You have a big choice of what your character can wear, you can edit the colour of everything to do with your character, and you can even change the size, muscle, and shape of your character. But, you are restricted to only using the movesets of the original playable characters, which was something Soul Calibur 3 excelled more at, as it allowed you to have unique 'jobs' for your character bringing along unique movesets.
You get to meet up with other pre-created character creation characters during stories, but it brings very little worth to the game itself, as you can just create them.
Gameplay - 9/10
The gameplay enhancements and character creation really bring a great feel to this game, very worth playing online with friends, or offline with friends, bringing much fun to you and your buddies.
Design - 9/10
The graphics are amazing and done very well. The designs of the playable characters, the environments and even the characters you create are just wonderful, and really easy on the eye.
Sound - 8/10
The voices, sound effects, and the general atmosphere of the game are exceptional. The wide variety of voices you can choose for your own created character, as well as the pitch is a very nice addition.
Value - 6/10
There really isn't a lot for you to do in this game, nor is there a lot for you to aspire to. The characters stories you'll probably breeze through within around 6-7 hours, and it'll just seem like a broken record.
Overall - 7.5/10
The few areas that were good were very good, giving this worth to purchasing. But seems now, it focuses on the online play and sex appeal, while forgetting the games roots, and just rushing to bring in another cash-cow. It had real potential, but was just executed poorly in the single player department.
Two swords at its ultimate form of evolution during the reincarnation of the Soulcalibur and Soul Edge, something else has awakened the battle between the two swords comes to the final phase, with the resurrection of whom created those swords. Nightmare, in its ultimate form awaits at for Siegfried for the final battle. What lies ahead of the characters twisted by its destiny? Moreover, Sith Lord Darth Vader and Jedi master Yoda appear respectively on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to engage the fight for the Soul Swords.