Summary: Soul Calibur IV isn’t a revolution, but it’s one hell of an evolution. Although it does little to redefine the fighting genre, it manages to further advance the franchise with improvements across the board on an already fantastic foundation.
Pros: The most balanced Soul Calibur yet, A plethora of new characters, including the likes of Darth Vader and Hilde, Heart-stopping graphics with a flawless framerate
Cons: Slightly lackluster online experience, Lack of original single-player modes
Excerpt: Few games have managed to do what Soul Calibur has done. Bringing story, weapons, incredible graphics, and amazingly intuitive controls to a fighting game makes this title a legend. Even today, compared to many fighters, SC stands as one of the best looking (and playing) games. Models are smooth and detailed, with superb textures in live world environments.
Excerpt: I can remember a time when a fighting game on a home console was considered a running joke. In fact, I will venture a guess and say that like the arcade, Street Fighter really opened the console market to quality fighting games. But it wasn't until the invent of the Saturn and the PlayStation that we really started seeing good fighting games. A vast mirage of 2D and 3D fighting games in every make and color!
Excerpt: Since the Tekken series was slowly growing bit stale in my opinion, and Virtua Fighter 4 frustrated me to the point of cursing like a sailor, my search for the new ultimate fighting game began. Little did I know that a relatively old Dreamcast game named Soul Calibur could be one of the most addictive and exciting fighting games ever made.
Excerpt: Forget any other reason for buying a Dreamcast -- Soul Calibur remains as the sole good reason for spending the money. It's worth the $199.99, it's worth the $49.99, and it's worth your time to check it out.
Conclusion: > The sound effects are very good including realistic foot steps, splashes and swords clashing. As mentioned before, the digitized voices in the game are entirely in English -- and they sound sweet too.