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Soul Calibur IV

 

 

SCORE: 57

 

Soul Calibur IV Soul Calibur IV

 

What in the world is Yoda doing in a non-Star Wars video game? I really have no idea what he is doing in Soul Calibur IV. He certainly is the most interesting thing in this Xbox 360 (Playstation 3 has Darth Vader). For those not familiar what the Soul Calibur series is about, it is about good and evil warriors trying to get their hands on an occultic sword that will grant them all kinds of power. Many of these warriors have demonic type swords themselves that they used to dismantle anyone in their way. Soul Calibur IV is a continuation of a fighting game where weapons are used. Namco Bandai keeps tweaking the series, yet trying to keep to its roots as much as possible. The fighting system is deep, complex, and brain numbingly confusing. Newcomers can press a few buttons and actually do well.

The graphics in Soul Calibur IV are a huge disappointment to me. The details, and backgrounds are a step up in the series. Almost every single female (and there are a lot of them in this game) are dressed in a way to enslave men to lustful thoughts. The bouncing animations makes this a game to keep away from those with the weakness for that particular enslavement. There is a lot of violence in this game as well.

I really had hoped that Namco Bandai would clean up the bad language in this series. It is not needed, and gets repeated way too often. I also ran into a few times where one character says one thing, and the other responds with something that does not make it feel like a conversation at all.

If you are into ultra violent video games, then you will find a lot of replay in Soul Calibur IV. A lot of different characters to fight with, online play, and a fair amount of weapons, characters, items to purchase inside the game. I was bothered by the graphical, and audio departments so I was embarrassed to be seen with Soul Calibur IV.

I have no complaints with how Soul Calibur IV controls. There were a few times I was trying to pull off a move and it would not work. That was frustrating, but never to the point of making me lose. There is a strange addictive quality to Soul Calibur IV that makes the player want to beat the game with all the characters to see their ending movies (even if they are a disappointment).

To me Soul Calibur IV screams ‘M’ rating. This is a game to keep out of the hands of children, and promotes the get them before they get you mentality. Aggressiveness is rewarded, and mercy is punished. The women need more clothes in Soul Calibur IV.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 48%
Sound: 59%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 40%
System: Xbox 360/Playstation 3
Publisher: Namco Bandai
ESRB Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence}

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