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Soul Calibur IV
Sub Genre:
One on One
Release Date (US):
July 29th, 2008
Release Date (UK):
August 1st, 2008
Online Players:
Project Soul
Namco Bandai
T [Teen]
PSU Rank:
20 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
19 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Also available on Xbox 360

About Soul Calibur IV

From Namco's acclaimed weapon-based fighting series comes the fourth chapter in the series (and first for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Delivering new gameplay modes, characters and enhanced features with unprecedented 3D modeling and animation, Soul Calibur IV aims to be a definitive fighting game experience.



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Soul Calibur IV isn’t a revolution, but it’s one hell of an evolution. Although it does little to redefine the fighting genre, it manages to further advance the franchise with improvements across the board on an already fantastic foundation.

We like

  • The most balanced Soul Calibur yet
  • A plethora of new characters, including the likes of Darth Vader and Hilde
  • Heart-stopping graphics with a flawless framerate

We dislike

  • Slightly lackluster online experience
  • Lack of original single-player modes

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a tale of souls and swords was eternally retold. Namco Bandai has just released the latest installment in its critically acclaimed fighting franchise, Soul Calibur IV. Apart from getting groovy with the force, the basic formula of the series remains the same. Although it does little to redefine the fighting genre, Soul Calibur IV manages to further advance the franchise with impro...



Soul Calibur IV News

  • Rumor: New Soul Calibur to be announced in May?

    Project Soul’s Daishi Odashima has hinted that we can expect an announcement on the next instalment in the Soul Calibur franchise to drop next month. Odashima-san tweeted last December that a new game was in the works with the Christmas message “SC is Back!” However, little else...

  • Nakatsuru & Yano sign up for new Soul Calibur game

    Namco's busy chiselling away on a new Soul Calibur game, and while details are pretty thin on the ground at present, Team Soul’s Daishi Odashima has confirmed that two new faces have joined the project – composer Junichi Nakatsuru and sound effects dev Yoshihito Yano. Odashima-san lif...

  • Soul Calibur IV global sales reach 2.2 million

    Namco Bandai announced today that Soul Calibur IV has sold approximately 2.2 million units worldwide since its launch last summer. Available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game shipped with exclusive content for each format in the form of Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Jedi Master Yoda....

  • Yoda dated for PS3 Soul Calibur IV

    As expected, Namco Bandai has announced that Yoda will be making his way over to the PlayStation 3 version of its highly successful fighting game, Soul Calibur IV. Released as an exclusive character for the Xbox 360 alongside Darth Vader for the PS3, many anticipated that both characters would e...

  • Soul Calibur IV shipments top two million

    Namco Bandai’s latest entry in its highly successful Soul Calibur series has shipped two million copies since its launch on July 29, the company announced today. Available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Soul Calibur IV launched to both critical and commercial success, debuting at number one...

  • SCIV: Vader and Yoda not as exclusive as you think

    A Soul Calibur IV video has leaked onto the net revealing Yoda and Vader may not be entirely exclusive to either the 360 or PS3. Due to the nature of the footage, we have reason to believe Namco Bandai will offer the characters as downloadable content for each opposing platform. Namco Bandai has ...

  • Darth Vader rocking the PS3 version of Soul Calibur IV

    Namco director Katsutoshi Sasaki and Official PlayStation Blog have posted two new gameplay videos of Darth Vader in Soul Calibur IV. Sasaki explained how his team was able to bring Vader to life in the world of Soul Calibur. "The reason we chose Darth Vader as a playable character is very s...

  • No Soul Calibur IV demo until after release

    Namco Bandai has confirmed that it will not be releasing a demo of Soul Calibur IV until after the game’s release. According to company representatives at this week’s E3 convention, the developer is currently pooling all resources into getting the finished product ready for its hotly ...

  • Soul Calibur IV goes gold

    Namco Bandai Games has confirmed that its highly anticipated fighter Soul Calibur IV has gone gold, and will be released across North America as scheduled on July 29, 2008. Due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the fourth instalment in the critically acclaimed beat ‘em up franchise introdu...

  • Darth Vader's Soul Calibur IV stage in action

    A new Soul Calibur IV video has hit the web this week showcasing Darth Vader’s custom stage in the PlayStation 3 version of the highly anticipated beat ‘em up by Namco Bandai. Check out the video below.   Soul Calibur IV is due out on PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America...

Soul Calibur IV Features

  • Game of the Month: July 2008

    With a month that included Civilization, one of EA’s powerhouses in NCAA, and even a standout PSN title like Siren, Soul Calibur IV had a fair bit of competition on the way to winning Game of the Month honors. Nevertheless, Namco Bandai has unarguably delivered the goods this month with the re...

  • PSU Exclusive Interview: Soul Calibur IV

    With Soul Calibur IV being one of the more prominent fighting games within the genre, PSU contacted Namco Bandai Games Director, Katsutoshi Sasaki, to fill us in on a few details concerning the game. A few things we go over in the interview include; character creation options, online, and destructi...

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