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Soulcalibur 4, the psp edition
posted by Carbine (RIVERSIDE, CA) Aug 31, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
14 out of 16 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Game play wise if you have ever played a Soulcalibur game before then you know what to expect, if not then you are in for a deep yet friendly weapon based combat system. Soulcalibur is pick up and playable as most people can figure out the basics pretty fast. Fighting involves the standard block, dodge, counter, know the range of your attacks game play up front. However it also supports more intricate moves such as armor breaks, ring outs, finishers (which have been fine tuned and are a bit easier now), and more.
The graphics are setting a new standard, period. This game is B E A utiful! Every time you see it you are going to wonder if you are really playing it on your psp as these visuals push the bar beyond anything I personally have ever seen on any handheld. Everything in soulcalibur stands out and you will find yourself taking a time out sometimes just to admire the eye candy.
Soulcalibur supports multiple fighting modes including quick battles, story, arcade, training, a gallery, etc, and everyones favorite create-a-fighter. Your first time in create mode you will notice its already pretty big with plenty of options for customization but thats only the tip of the iceberg. As you play through the game you will unlock more and more options for customization and eventually have a huge assortment of items and gear creating your own fighters.
All in all I would call this a must rent for any psp owner. Its one of the best games to come out so far this year and possibly one of the best fighters on the psp since Tekken.
I hate having to only give this game a 7 because i
posted by HotJohnny (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) Sep 9, 2009
Member since Mar 2005
5 out of 8 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
The problem is there is not much to do. There is no real Arcade mode. There is a story mode, but i didn't want to do that, i just wanted to play through a cast of characters and see an ending. Instead you are forced to play either the afore mentioned story mode with has you follow around another character in a non-cannon story, or you play individual matches against computer controlled created junk characters. By junk characters, i mean they are randomly built, created characters, and you don't even fight against the true cast of the game. I like that as an option, but i would like to fight the original cast, like in the arcade mode of SC4.
So obviously, i like a good arcade mode in my fighters, but we all know its the one on one battles with another human that are the true test of any fighter. And that's the major problem with this game, no online play. You can play wirelessly with someone you know in the same area as you, but it does not support online fighting. Major Bummer.
This game is a beautiful, portable version of SC4, i just wish they would have made it online so we could have the real Soul Calibur experience anywhere, anytime.
soul calibur broken destiny
posted by radone (LAWTON, OK) Mar 6, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
posted by jakeob (SACRAMENTO, CA) Oct 18, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
posted by sonofabiii (MOCLIPS, WA) Dec 24, 2011
Member since Jan 2007
posted by rdavis429 (ELLENWOOD, GA) Jul 17, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
Could have been better
posted by Zephyr71 (EL PASO, TX) Nov 14, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
good but not great
posted by gamespro (LA PUENTE, CA) Aug 25, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
this game is STUPID
posted by hello1 (LONG BEACH, CA) Mar 30, 2010
Member since Nov 2009
posted by itsfive0 (SACRAMENTO, CA) Mar 11, 2010
Member since Mar 2010
soul calibur broken destiny
posted by XXXXXX (Madison, WI) Oct 17, 2009
Member since Aug 2007
Should be Considered a party game, Useless 1P..
posted by Fireaspect (ERIE, PA) Sep 17, 2009
Member since Aug 2009
I feel that sony should have put on the box that the game is for 2 players or more. There is nothing for the single player to do in this game. Yes, there is a "gauntlet mode" that has a generic, very boring story to it that doesn't change no matter who you are. The gauntlet mode becomes very repeatitive very quickly. Constant repeating of moves that have to be done in few seconds. Honestly, it is like a annoying practice mode set to a lame story.
The game is only fun if you have someone to link with. After linking it is pretty much no different than playing it on any other platform. So I would not recommend this game unless you have multiple friends to play with. Let's face it fighting the same friend that doesn't pose a challange gets boring quick. Just like the games pathetic excuse of NPC's.
On one last note, I think the character creators of Soul Calibur need to go back respec and redo some of the characters. Yes, it's fun and cool to keep your originals but it can become annoying to see two characters with almost the exact fighting styles and moves. While they are at it they should think about a Nerf on some characters. Did anyone else think that Kratos, Angol, Cervantis, Ivy, Nightmare, Sigfred, Taki and Mitsurgi were WAY OVER POWERED ?
Overall, I would say don't waste your money unless you and your friends need something to do between classes, long car rides or something to do 2 am. at Deny's while waiting for your food.