Gamer 2.0 write's:
This year may turn out to be the year fighting games make a big resurgence into the spotlight. With titles like Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, BlazBlue, Battle Fantasia and Street Fighter IV on the horizon, the evidence is pretty compelling. Soul Calibur IV is the first major fighting release of the year, and it just so happens to be a very solid one.
Namco released Soul Calibur III on the Playstation 2 a few years ago, and though the game was decent, it didn't quite live up to the high standards of the series. Some of the design choices that were made, like skipping an initial Arcade version, proved to be a bad choice, since players found all sorts of balance issues in the home version. After several revisions of the PS2 version, they did eventually put out an Arcade version exclusive to Japan. For Soul Calibur IV, Namco has taken a look at what was wrong with the last game and have done a remarkable job of making sure they get it right this time around.