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: 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.
Conclusion: Wow! This game has gameplay coming out of its ears! Fight with the computer, with a friend, go through a series of seemingly endless missions, practice, try and beat your time in Time Attack, try and survive for the longest in Survival mode… the list goes on and on! Fighting is a breeze with the control system Namco have implemented, but it is not too easy to master so as to take the fun out of the game.
Conclusion: F**k that was a long final verdict by Andy! That’s because a game of such high standard deserves such a verdict. I’ve tried hard to find flaws in this game, the only one, which isn’t really a flaw, is that it’s quite easy.
Excerpt: für die erste Playstation war das erste Beat ’em Up, in dem jeder Kämpfer eine Waffe verwendete. Durch tolle Spielbarkeit und einen spannenden Geschichtsmodus gewann das Spiel sofort die Herzen der Spieler, worauf Entwickler Namco anfing, an Teil zwei der Serie zu arbeiten: mit