GameZone: "Soulcalibur is one of the most respected names in the genre. It was the first fighting game to incorporate a sword-based gameplay system, leading to many knock-offs that could barely compete. This "franchise" was just that - a mammoth display of success from a developer that already had a leading fighting game series: Tekken. For many years, the two were unstoppable.
Soulcalibur IV comes at a time when playing it safe is the most popular move in game development. You'll gain access to more than 20 characters, wield lightsabers with Yoda and The Apprentice from The Force Unleashed, and battle online over Xbox Live. But aside from the addition of two Star Wars characters (three total if you count Darth Vader in the PS3 version), Soulcalibur IV doesn't do anything that wasn't expected. The major differences (breakable armor, new critical attacks) are minimal; the minor differences (slower game speed, rehashed character mechanics hidden by new aesthetics) are monumental - and not in a good way."