I've read all the other reviews and none give you the true purpose of this game. This is by far the best "get a group of friends together and prove who is best" fighting game. You can make any character in the game look like any other character or mix there of by the awesome customization option. Now usually I tell you how many achievement points you'll be able to get but reading the other reviews I had to stray away from that this time (til the end). This game is a tribute to great swordplay (or axe, tonfa, circly blade thing, sickle, etc) that the 360 has known. The storylines were never long and drawn out in the previous 3 so why people are amazed is beyond me. The fact is, if you want to sit down and play a game that is for the love of fighting games this is your one. (Finally) You can also expect to get around 650 Achve Pts with patience. The other 350.... you jus gotta want it.
First of all this is a great fighting game, controls are easy to master and responsive. The graphics are great on the XBOX 360. The story mode is not as bloated as previous versions. You can probably finish the story mode for a character in about 10-15 minutes. And to clear one thing up: Darth Vader is not playable in the XBOX 360 version, he's exclusive to the PS3 version. There is a decent character creation mode. In response to the previous reviewer: yeah, it can get boring playing by yourself, but let's face it, fighting games are best when playing a human opponent. And eveyone else before him; how about you actually play the game before writing a meaningless review? :p
What can you really expect? It's Soul Calibur IV. Since the first SC, this game has grown into one of the top dogs of fighting to date. The fighting mechanics are easy for players familiar to the game, and easy to pick up for newcomers. It features online now, so you can show who's the real warrior.
Graphics, nothing short of smooth and amazing for it's quick action that doesn't slow down for anyone. All the favorites are once again brewed perfectly n the blend; Enchanting soundtrack, wonderfully dangerous battlegrounds, returning fighters, and new ones that are very unexpected to the franchise.
This game will keep you busy, and either give you bragging rights, or strip you of them online amongst your friends. Don't rent this game..This game, buy you must!