Never one to rest on their laurels, Namco succeeded in keeping to the high standards of the Soul Calibur series with SoulCalibur 4. As fun as it is deep, SoulCalibur 4 remains extremely accessible to first timers and familiar to those who have played the previous iterations. As usual, all of the characters received some tweaks. Whether those tweaks breaks or elevates those characters will become evident in time. New additions to the combat is what makes this one truly different from the previous titles. The biggest of which is the Soul Gauge system which basically punish the players who plays too defensively by giving the opponent the potential to execute a finishing blow that kills the defensive player irrespective of his health. This way, fights tend to be much faster than before where there was no punishment for players playing the defensive strategy.
On top of the changes to the combat system, the Create a Character mode returns gloriously revamped to create even more possibilities. Look up any characters created through this mode online, and you’ll find some insanely creative characters as well as incredibly uncanny clones of other well known characters. Although SoulCalibur 4 does come with other single player modes which does unlock more items for use in the Create a Character mode, none of them is the reason this game is so good. The versus mode takes that honor. The combat system’s depth provides endless hours of strategy, deceptions, and just plain old visceral fun when applied between two human players.
Pros: Deep combat system, Great Create a Character mode, Awesome graphics
Cons: Bad voice acting, Single player remains unfulfilling, the lack of instant replays after each round.