For those who have not played any prequel of SC4, Soul Calibur IV is a fighting game, where you are pitted against your enemy in single combat. However in this fighting game... you use weapons.
Soul Calibur itself is a weapon (shown on the front) which was made by using a purified fragment of its evil counter-part Soul Edge, a dark blade wielded by Nightmare, which can eat the soul of the slain, adding to its power.
The story mode is quite short, but allows you to actually complete it with a variety of characters apposed to SC3, which is very good, and with 3 different difficulty modes and a unique story mode for each character, it was well worth cutting short.
Most of the characters from the old games (all of the main cast) are in this game, with guest characters. Yoda is xbox 360 exclusive, and Darth Vader is PS3 exclusive but you can purchase the other character on xbox live. Darth Vader's secret apprentice is in both games though.
Luckily for anyone looking for tonnes of unlockables (like me) will love the huge amount of level in Tower of Lost Souls (ascent) and a literally infinite number of levels in Tower of Lost Souls (descent).
Tower of Lost Souls incorporates fast paced action in that you can quickly change between your chosen characters during a fight, and often as you KO one enemy it's only a second before the next fighter runs in, weapons flailing. This is really good because a lot of the time in SC2 and SC3 the wait in the middle of fights made the game more like reading a book than actually playing a game.
As always there is a huge variety of weapon skills unique to each character, but may be imitated by your own created characters.
The character creation has become even more excessive than SC3. Not only can you make a character from scratch, but you can edit the main cast of characters by buying new weapons, equipping different armor and accessories, and changing colour scemes.
The graphics of this game are truly amazing, with backgrounds of breath-taking views in fighting stages and glimmering lights off of swords, its extremely aesthetically pleasing.
You can play alone, with a friend, or online with xbox live friends or strangers in competitions or single matches.
You can also play Arcade mode and xbox live will automatically upload your highscores to display your time.
All in all. This is a great game and I recommend it to those who have played other fighter games, and also those with no gaming experience at all, as it is very quick to get into the game, but you will always be able to incorporate new fighting styles and moves into your technique to improve.