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Soul Calibre Finally on PS3,
This review is from: Soul Calibur IV (PS3) (Video Game)
Soul Calibre IV is a very worthy addition to any fight fans game collection.
I've had a few of the older verisions of the game and really enjoyed them - Soul Calibre was always a very good alternative to Tekken which had weapons and as such had a different feel to it.
This PS3 verions doesn't dissapoint as the gameplay mechanics that made the old games great are here again. There's a load of characters returning from the older games and also some guests inclusing Yoda, Darth Vader and a sith Jedi Apprentice to mix things up a bit!
The graphics are good or I should say the charcter graphics are very good but the background graphics seem a little short of this same high standard. It's a slightly odd look to see the ultra sharp characters in the less well defined backgrounds but that's my only gripe to be fair.
The one thing I remember Soul Calbre games for is there cheesy voice overs in story mode. SCIV has plenty more but these just add to the charm. The sound effects are great, really involving with the sounds of blades (or lightsabres!) blasting out from the speakers. There's a good selection of music including Star Wars music for the crossover characters.
There are a lot of modes including online play but each time I've tried to join a quick match on the internet the game has always given me a message saying it can't find a game for me. So actually that's gripe number 2. I've only had the game a day so I'm sure I will figure out a way of getting online. The usual story mode is available where you battle a few enemies in turn in a single stage and the Arcade mode is also present too where you fight 8 openents in turn. There are modes available to allow you to use custom characters to fight too. Training modes are available too - useful for learning complicated moves as the game shows an animation of the character perfomring the move so you know you've actually done it right. All in it's a solid selection and what you'd expect from a fighting game of this, ahem, calibre.
There's also a feature where by using the 'cash' earned in game you can purchase artwork of the characters to view in the galleries. I've always liked this about the Soul Calibre games.
Overall it's a great game, with lots of characters to learn and good presentation. It's a worthy addition to the series and great fun.
8.5 out of 10.