I spent £20 on this game and no matter which way I look at it I can't say it was worth the price. Having played the 2nd game on PS2 and the original on my colleges arcade machine for about 3 years, and having thoroughly enjoyed both experiences, I had hoped that SCIV would deliver a new and exciting experience beyond the norm.
First lets get the good points out of the way, the game looks lovely, it has a few million characters, some old, some new, all fantastic, the combat, while not as perfect as SC2, still works well, although in comparison it is poorer then the previous titles in the series and the character creation tool, while bizzare, is fantastic fan, combining my favourite fighting style into a multicoloured, deep throated evil sounding powerhouse is fantastic from beginning to end and the new star wars characters (Yoda and the Apprentice) are enjoyable additions, although Yoda is technically a cheat character as most attacks miss him, he cant be grabbed and is overpowered.
And now the bad stuff. The story mode is terrible, the stories short and not making much sense in regards to the canon of previous titles, the voice actors arent enjoyable (for what little that matters) the combat is glitchy (in really annoying ways, such as attacks slicing THROUGH opponents), the gameplay is condensed into a couple of modes, none particularly interesting, and the online netcode (the multiplayer being a main reason I bought the game) is appalling, the lag is so bad it makes it impossible to play properly and the odds of winning become extremely difficult as you can barely keep control of your character or organise the attacks your using.
All in all SCIV fails in the major aspects it really needed to in order to succeed as a fighter, if you dont own a playstation 2 or xbox and/or cant get a copy of SC2 for either of them, then this is an acceptable purchase, but besides that it did not meet any of my expectations and has left me horribly disappointed, and now I dont know whether to sell it or keep it, as I spend what I'd consider a large amount on a game on it and dont really want to lose money selling it when I might be willing to forgive it in future.
Either way, I was very disappointed with this title, and I still feel the king of the SC series is by far Soul Calibur 2.