So after months of build up and hype Soul Calibur IV has finally dropped. Soul Calibur is a classic PS2 title that has now made its way to the next gen consoles. It first appeared on Dreamcast but I doubt most will remember that, as it didn’t really go mainstream until it hit PlayStation. I went out and picked it up to see if it was as great as I remember and it wasn’t. Now I have to admit that its been a while since I played the last Soul Calibur and my video gaming taste have changed a bit.
Now of course the visuals and graphics are stunning but you have heard me say before that I will no longer use that as a factor when evaluating the quality of a game and especially not Soul Calibur which was ahead of its time and pushed the limits of what could be done on PS2, so I had no doubt that they could make a visually stunning finished product.
When it comes to character selection there is a plethora of choices to start as well as unlock. In addition to the basic characters, it seems that some visitors from the Star Wars universe are paying a visit with Yoda, Vader, and his secret apprentice just to name a few. The Stars Wars characters are great but they are kind of just there, I don’t know why but they just seem out of place to me.
Come to the darkside
As always the controls and gameplay are great with highly interactive environments as well as the ability to destroy pieces of your enemies equipment to further prevent them from stopping the inevitable onslaught you have waiting for them. All the characters movements are fluid and appropriate for who they are as well as the type of gear they are wearing. A big part of Soul Calibur IV is the character customization where you can add different pieces to your characters outfit to make them stronger, have better defense, and more health. You pay for these upgrades by using money you win during your battles. In story mode they still use the same basic format, you fight through five different levels and each character has their own ending. The thing about this is that if you are good you can probably play through with every character in maybe 2-3 hours. Some of the endings kind of pull it all together for you and some kinda don’t.
You can also play Tower Mode where in ascend mode you have to ascend 20 floors fighting your way to the top to ultimately take down the boss which will then unlock descend where you go down and see how long you can survive. This year much to the excitement of gamers there is a multiplayer mode, only problem from what I can tell is that either no one is ever online or there are too many people online because I can never seem to get a match, and if that is going to be the case that will really take away from a lot of gamers experience, but hey it just came out so maybe as people flow from other recent titles it will get better but I have an easier time finding a match online on Civilization Revolution.
Is it just me or does Nightmare always look angry, lol
Soul Calibur IV is a really good game and they executed everything they wanted to really well but I just don’t know if they did enough, I mean there is nothing really innovative in the new Soul Calibur. The Star Wars characters were good from a marketing and hype standpoint but even they can’t make the game that much better. As I said this is a really good fighting game, but I guess when it comes to next gen and Soul Calibur I just expect more. Now you may like fighting games more than me and may just love it but for most people I would suggest renting it first or buying it used so you can return after a couple of days when you get kind of bored with it. For sticking true to its roots and executing that very well I give Soul Calibur IV 4.0 out 5.0 stars.