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Game Reviewed: Soul Calibur IV
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Project Soul
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3 (Also on Xbox 360)
Category: Fighting
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Simply put, Soul Calibur IV is a fighting game. The player picks a character and then competes in a series of fights. There is a story mode which is very short (but I still found to be entertaining) that depending on which character you play as has to do with either attaining or destroying the sword Soul Edge, the sword Soul Calibur or both swords. There is also an Arcade Mode where the player will fight a series of eight different opponents in a best of 3 match. Then there is a mode called “Tower of Souls” where the player either ascends or descends a sixty-floor tower while trying to see how many enemies you can defeat in the process. Finally there is a “Versus” mode where two players can play against each either online or offline. Online matches also give the player the option to compete in ranked matches where the player’s stats are compared against other online players. Also, as a couple of bonus characters from the Star Wars universe, the PS3 version has Darth Vader as a playable character, the Xbox 360 version has Yoda as a playable character and both versions have The Apprentice from the upcoming Stars Wars game “The Force Unleashed” as a playable character.

Reviewer’s Note: Because of the large number of fighters available, this review is based on only a portion of the characters from story mode.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

Although Soul Calibur IV is a fighting game, there is no blood or gore in this game. Each player has a health meter at the top of the screen and when the health meter is empty then the fight is over and on to the next opponent. With the exception of some of the final boss battles in story mode the opponent does not die when defeated.

Language

The only character I encountered to use a swear word was The Apprentice from Star Wars who used the word “damn” often.

Sexual Content

Many of the female characters wear very revealing clothing. This is especially true of one female character that is almost completely naked.

Spiritual Content

Soul Calibur takes place in a mythological environment. The swords Soul Edge and Soul Calibur both have magic elements to them. Some of the other characters as well have mythological powers such as the Force powers used by Yoda and Darth Vader.

Misc.

The player can choose to play as either good or evil fighters, but the game is played the same either way.

Reviewer's Thoughts

Soul Calibur IV is a very fun fighting game. Most parents, however, will probably not want to expose their children to the game because of some of the female fighter’s attire which will make even some adults blush.



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