Da Beef made a suggestion on my last review. He told me my descriptions didn't match my scores and that I should do away with the numbers completely, and I agree., so I have adopted a new system. I will not be using number ratings, but rather words such as "great" or "excellent" or "poor".
I am a huge fighting game fan, and Soul Calibur has been a favorite franchise of mine. I love the story(except in this case) and the characters have always captivated me. Naturally, I was excited to play Soul Calibur IV.
Graphics - Great
The graphics in Soul Calibur IV are far, far from bad, but they aren't the best I've seen. There are some collission detection issues with hair and clothes, especially on the created characters. Otherwise, everything looks pretty good, especially the environments. The character models looks very nice, although a couple of them are kinda creepy looking in the face(*cough*XIANGHUA!*cough*). Armor shines like it should, and fabrics blow in the wind. The character models are very realistic.
Taki, who needs a sports bra and should start wearing pants that rbeathe more seen beating the crap out of Tira, who should probably see a psych...
Storyline - Decent
I really don't even understand the storyline this time, but isn't very interesting. some dude named Algol wants Soul Calibur and Soul edge to do something evil with, which no one cares about. You got your good guy characters like Sigfried who want to stop him for the good of the world, the evil characters like Nightmare who want to stop him to do their own evil deeds....oh yeah, and somehow Yoda and Darth Vader have something to do with it. I realize Star wars takes place "Long ago
in a galaxy far far away" but they just don't fit in...
Yoda: No sense your inclusion makes!
Vader: *breathing noises* you lack of sense in this games universe disgusts me! *breathing noises*
Gameplay - Good
Gameplay is a LOT more solid that soul Calibur III. in III, characters where extremely unbalanced, but with IV, the balance has returned. Combat still flows smoothly like it always have, and few moves have changed. A new adition is a "fatality" like system called the soul guage. Guarding and getting hit causes it to drop, and when it finaly breaks, you can perform a finisher. Of course, they will never beat Soul Calibur II. It's like trying to best A Link to the Past. You are not going to do it.
Sound - Mediocre
Some of the songs are recycled or redone from older Soul Calibur games. The problem is, they don't seem as good as the originals, and the new tunes are rather forgettable. Voice overs are, for the most part, well done, but a few voices are still annoying...like Talim's....I really wish she was mute.Probably the coolest sounds you'll hear are the clashing of the swords.
Overall - Good
There are better games, and as a fan of the series, I am very disapointed, but it's still playable, and there is plenty of fun to be had. It's still a big step backwards from SCII, but it's certaily a giant leap forward from SCIII. Now that it's cheaper, it's worth picking up...Oh yeah, and Voldo still does the creepy crotch dance...my eyes still burn.