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Soul Calibur IV (with FREE Gioteck Real Triggers for PS3)

Released on 01 August 2008

Rating: 12+ (BBFC)

4.0 out of 5 (25 customer reviews) | Write a review

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With the souls in blade, the Ultimate battle unfolds... Engrave your name in history.

The latest series of the pinnacle of 3D weapon fighting Soul Calibur arrives on PS3. Two swords at their ultimate form of evolution during the reincarnation of the Soul Calibur and Soul Edge, something else has awakened as the battle between the two swords comes to the final phase, with the resurrection of whom created those swords. Nightmare in its ultimate form awaits Siegfried for the final battle. What lies ahead for the characters twisted by its destiny?

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  • Online VS for the first time in Soul Calibur series
  • VS Classic - Battle one on one in this classic match
  • VS Ultimate - Play online with your customised Soul Calibur character
  • Critical Strike for each character
  • New Active Matching Battle game system
  • New interactive environments
  • 720p HD resolution graphics
  • Enhanced Character Creation mode - Players can customise their character to look and perform to their desire
  • Special Characters: Lord Vader's Secret Apprentice from "The Force Unleashed" and PS3 exclusive Darth Vader
  • customer Reviews

     Average rating (25 reviews)

     Just a comment

    | | See all DoneALewis's reviews (19)

    This one's for the play.com developers really but most people will know anyway. The details of the game write up says "Full HD 720p resolution." This isn't true. Full resolution HD available in the UK at the moment is 1080p - much higher than 720p. I guess this game is at the lower resolution of 720p as there are few PS3 games out there that have the full HD res.

     finally the best fighting game ever is here...

    | | See all gameaddictmalta's reviews (4)

    no words can describe soul calibur, if you never had a dreamcast you probably never enjoyed the best fighting game ever, this is a top notch game, ok there could be some fine tuning like the online mode but come on guys, it should always be part of your collection because you will keep playing it alone or with friends, be patient learn the moves and you're hooked for life.

     Great !

    | | See all BushyMoose's reviews (13)

    -Online play is smooth and hassle-free
    -Plenty of different characters, plus you can make your own
    -Gameplay is accessible for newcomers and has plenty of depth for veterans
    -Tower of Lost Souls mode offers plenty of single-player challenge
    -Looks great.

    The only bad thing that the storyline isn't long(very short), it takes about 15-20 mins to complete with a chracter at the max, considering what difficulty you choose.

    Gave it 5 stars because its got near enough everything you want in a fighting game. In my opinion best fighting game for next gen consoles so far. ALSO use the triggers free with the ps3 version cause I think they really help.

     Soul Calibur 4 - Almost Perfect

    | | See all Drunzer's reviews (2)

    I have been a Soul Calibur fan for a very long time, ever since Soul Blade on the PS1. This game is great, the intro as you would expect from any Soul series game is put together very well. The fighting engine is pretty much flawless and there's quite a lot of unlockable content. Oh and of course the addition of Darth Vader isn't bad either ;)

    There are however some disappointments, story mode is very short. 5 stages and 2 cut scenes just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid and it is sometimes very difficult to find a match online due to bad netcode. Sometimes whenever you join a match it says 'session is full'. This is something I expect will be fixed via downloadable content though.

    Let's recap:


    Great fighting engine.
    Graphics, characters and weapons look great.
    Lots of unlockable content.
    Create a character.
    Good Intro.
    Darth Vader.


    Poor online netcode.
    Story mode is very very short.

    Overall it's a great game I think, I still anticipate Tekken 6 to take the crown of best beat 'em up on the PS3 but if nothing else this will keep you entertained until then :)

     Very Poor

    | | See all comradedan's reviews (21)

    I was hoping this would be a lot better than number 3 but boy was I wrong! - I will list the plus and minus below starting with the plus -

    1) Decent graphics
    2) The normal characters are good, movesets are ok
    3) The apprentice is an awesome character
    4) Music and SE are good

    Now the bad -

    1) The bonus characters are rubbish - why don't they have move sets of their own? It's a waste of time using them.
    2) The story mode is pathetic - over in about 10 mins and wretchedly easy! The arcade mode is also poor as you don't get the chance to use anything but the standard weapons, don't unlock anything and don't even get an ending!
    3) Remember the excellent quest modes from earlier soul caliburs? This one does not have one, instead you get the dire tower mode where you unlock bits of clothing for customisation instead of extra weapons, characters and stages.
    4) The customisation mode is rubbish! What is the point of spending ages creating a unique character that only ends up fighting like one of the standard ones? A lot of the game focuses on this mode (the tower, winning gold ect) and its crap - and to think they replaced the quest mode for this!
    5) Darth Vader is not quite the hard man in this game is he? Compared to the apprentice he is rubbish.
    6) Despite not minding the star wars angle the attempt to insert them into the soul calibur storyline is stupid and could have been done without.
    7) Why do you have to create a custom character (or another version of the standard) just to equip another weapon? This is a total pain!
    8) You can still spam this game, even on the hardest levels the combat balance is not very good - switching out the block button for a back press (like other fighting games) is one improvement I would recommend.
    9) Character unlocks are stupidly easy - you just buy them! Where is the challenge in that!

    I would advise everyone to avoid this game. The quest mode saved the earlier soul caliburs and added tons of longevity to the game - without it despite the graphics and the star wars characters this is a very weak game.
    Don't be taken in by the emphasis on the customisation - unless you want to spend ages making characters and putting them on the internet, that is - this is a fighting game not an RPG.
    They could have stripped all of that rubbish out and had a solid quest mode, extra characters that fight differently from the standard ones, a decent story and arcade mode - the list goes on.
    It seems Namco have totally lost the plot after Soul Calibur 2, such a shame as this could have been a great game.

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    Rating12+ (BBFC)