Console Monster writes: "The Soul Calibur series has been with us quite some time now, since 1999 in fact. Going back further than that the series actually began as Soul Blade in 1996, and was then renamed Soul Calibur. Now with the beat 'em up genre somewhat light on games, the latest entry from the series has been unleashed in the form of Soul Calibur IV.
First up, let's get straight in there with the feature I know a lot of people have been interested in; the guest characters. For anyone out there who has not already heard about it, both versions of the game have some very special guests from the Star Wars Universe. The Xbox 360 version gets cuddly green Master Yoda, whilst the PS3 version gets the menacing Darth Vader. Both versions also have The Apprentice, who is the star of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game. So, with this knowledge, the first thing that I did when I booted up the game was to jump into a couple of versus matches with Vader to see how he felt, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. He is nicely balanced, with a good mixture of force and lightsaber moves, a worthy asset to the roster. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about The Apprentice, who just felt overpowered and a bit cheap to use.
With that out of the way let's get down to the nitty gritty of it all and take a look at the gameplay itself. Anyone who has ever played a Soul Calibur game should be right at home, because to be honest, not much has changed. I guess it boils down to the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' principle, and I completely agree..."