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GameSpy: Soulcalibur IV Preview

GameSpy writes: "Despite many reports to the contrary, the fighting game genre's demise has been greatly exaggerated. Sure, one is much more likely to see gamers lined up to play DDR than a beat-up old Virtua Fighter 2 cabinet, but that doesn't mean that fighting games don't resonate with players the way they once did. In fact, the one game that everyone was lining up to play at a recent event was Capcom's Street Fighter IV, which will be releasing this year into arcades across the world. There are also several high-profile fighting games coming to consoles, including the latest entry in Namco-Bandai's popular Soulcalibur franchise.

We had a chance to check out both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Soulcalibur IV, and it looks like they are nearly identical, both in terms of visuals and gameplay. This is basically the same style of fighting that you've come to love from the previous games in the series, although there have been a few minor tweaks introduced. The biggest of these is the Soul Gauge system, which can give characters the ability to instantly kill their opponents. Essentially, you'll be able to build up your gauge by constantly attacking your foes (knocking off pieces of their armor in the process), then (with perfect timing) unleash a devastating Critical Finish move."

Spiffy:
-Same solid fighting system as the previous games
-Star Wars characters

Iffy:
-Same solid fighting system as the previous games
-Star Wars characters

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