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  • Summary: [Also known as "Soul Calibur IV"] Swords will be honed and weapons optimized as the world renowned weapon-based fighting series Soulcalibur unveils a fourth installment. Delivering new gameplay modes, characters and enhanced features with unprecedented 3D modeling and animation, Soulcalibur IV strives to be the definitive fighting game experience. The unrelenting pursuit of two legendary swords continues as Soulcalibur IV re-introduces classic warriors from the series as well as debuting new characters bringing new conflict and intrigue. Soulcalibur IV propels the fighting genre into the next-gen era with visually realistic environments, interactive stages, enhanced AI, and a new battle system. [Namco Bandai] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. 100
    Where SC4 really shines, however, is in its character-creation mode. The more you use your custom characters, the more options you unlock -- with a wealth of weapons and armor pieces offering boosts to strength, impact, speed, and more, while certain stat modifiers improve your chances to escape throws or reverse counters.
  2. A well-produced, polished 3D fighter that no PS3 owner should be without, and is definitely one of the system's must-have party games. [Oct 2008, p.78]
  3. It builds into a complex battle of patience and wills. [Sept 2008, p.90]
  4. Soulcalibur IV is exactly what the fans expected it to be, and a bit more.
  5. If you like beat 'em ups you can't go wrong with Soul Calibur IV.
  6. Punishing artificial intelligence, unbalanced online play and annoying lag will have you chucking your controller. Those small issues aside, Soulcalibur IV is razor sharp.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. CervyL.
    Jul 25, 2008
    It takes the Soul Calibur series to a new level. One of the top 5 games for PS3, hands down.
  2. TG
    Jul 30, 2008
    Simply brilliant and the best looking game this generation for either system, period.
  3. CarlosM.
    Aug 1, 2008
    SC IV is amazing. It is exactly what I wanted to work with. A 2 player game that provides a near-perfect competitive environment. The 10 comes from teh fact that this is my favorite genre - by FAR! And that the create-a fighter works extremely well. Also - can you say mild camel toe. How much more realistic do you want it to be? Expand
  4. DanielS.
    Jul 31, 2008
    besides a bit of lag the game is awesome.. the graphics are amazing.. the music is great though not as memorable as previous versions of this game.. this is THE must have fighter (until Street fighter 4 comes out ) Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    This is a really good addition to the PS3's arsenal of games and variety. Great graphics and sound, heaps of characters to choose from and awesome moves and customisation too. The only thing this game lacks is a real story and a larger amount of cutscenes for different characters. The final boss should not be from 3 characters no matter who you are playing as, but from every character available. Still this is a very good game. Expand
  6. RyanH.
    Jul 27, 2008
    Hey meta-idiots, 1up's scale goes to A+, so an A wouldn't be a 100. Math is difficult, I know, but since people insist on giving your site clout the least you could do is show some level of competence. Expand
  7. JordanZ.
    Aug 1, 2008
    great graphics, sound effects, music, and levels. awful game. they changed certain characters like astaroth to the point where they are unrealistically strong. certain moves are a lot harder to pull off like with voldo for instance. the game punishes defensiveness (the fact that you can hit a guy a bunch of times who is defending and end up winning the match). that makes no sense. the whole series is all about realistic fighting. thats not realistic. and yoda. annoying. unnecessary. BRING SOUL CALIBER 2 TO XBOX 360 AND MAKE IT LIVE. PLEASE GOD. Collapse

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