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Soulcalibur IV
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| Jul 30, 2008
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Where: PS3, XBOX 360
What it's about:
The fourth and final chapter of the Soulcalibur franchise hits the PS3 and X360 bearing revelations of the origins of the Soul Swords' epic saga. Set in the 16th century, the relentless quest for the rival swords-the Soul Calibur and its cursed opposite, Soul Edge-takes the story further in big sideward strides to unveil long-kept secrets that are only brought to light as the series turns a full 360. Soulcalibur's rabid virtual fighters, who are seriously in need of soul searching after this chapter, continue to mindlessly seek the Swords for their "self-ish" ambitions. This encore conflict between light and dark turns into a bloodbath soon enough as the battle for the heavily adorned Swords begins.

What's good about it: A couple of star troopers decided to invade the world of Soulcalibur. Darth Vader guest stars on the PS3 and Yoda on the X360. While Yoda senses a disturbance in the balance (doesn't he always?), Darth Vader seeks the Soul Swords to unlock their powers for himself. New fierce fighters also hop into the bandwagon: the lovely armor-clad Hilde and bonus characters Scheherazade and Angol Fear. But aside from Soulcalibur's ballooning and impressive roster, it also underwent major cosmetic surgery over the summer. Now in rich hi-def 3D graphics, the swordfights are a lot sweeter to the eyes...and with the optimized customization feature, being able to dictate your character's appearance, gear, and movements would only leave you to flex your skills and battle it out. The game also got a few hefty upgrades that'll get wonks pissing in their pants. The Soul Gauge also took its rightful place under the Health Meter, so you'll know when to inflict massive damage on your enemy and his armor.

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