Soulcalibur IV PS3 Review

August 23, 2008

ChattahBox reviews Soulcalibur IV on the PS3Soulcalibur IV

PS3 Review
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Project Soul
Players: 1-2
Released: July 29, 2008

Soul Caliber IV is the next great installment from the series that has delivered hours of exciting one on one combat dating back to 1999. The tone and feel for the game remains the same as what we are used to seeing from the previous games in the series. The new online features and some new characters added to the game make this latest version more exciting.

We see most of the characters we are used to seeing in the game but now the addition of Yoda to the Xbox 360 version and Darth Vader to the Playstation 3 version add to the excitement. Although each character is only available on their specified platforms we hope that this is the first of many installments to come which bring outside universes into the gameplay and worlds of Soul Caliber. You also have the ability to create your own characters or unlock additional characters with the gold you are awarded after winning battles and after playing the various single player modes.

The single player modes are good but leave a bit to be desired but were at very least interesting for a short period of time. The new online modes allow you to fight one on one with your friends across town or across the globe, as a team or in an online ranked battle. As long as you are running the online modes on a high-speed connection you will find that this will be the best part of your experience with the game. From time to time when the connection was slow so were my character’s moves, which in the end prove deadly.

The visuals in the game were also top quality. In previous games sometimes while the characters were performing their moves the image might appear fuzzy, not this version. The scenery and graphics presented in the game were amazing.

While the gameplay was relatively easy even for a newcomer some of the more advanced moves for the characters were difficult even for some advanced gamers. Even if you were able to complete the moves knowing when and how to strike and beat your opponent is the most challenging aspect to the game.

Overall I thought this was a great game as long as you are playing against another individual or online in one of the many many modes the game has to offer.

Graphics: 8.5 The characters and scenes in this game were top notch.

Audio: 7.5 Nothing special here, just background music.

Gameplay: 7.9 Even though some of the moves are hard to accomplish the overall gameplay was easy enough to learn and still succeed at high levels.

Replay Value: 7.8 With the ability to unlock additional players and having no two battles the same whether one on one in person or online it always makes for a great experience.

Final Score: 8.2

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