Four years is a long time in the videogame industry. In the case of beat ‘em ups when looking back from 2012 it’s a very long time. 2008 saw the release of Soul Calibur IV with each platform distinguished by the Star Wars character included in the fighting roster - Darth Vader or Yoda. Whilst there is a crossover character included in Soul Calibur V (Ezio Auditore from the Assassin’s Creed series) it’s not such a prominent selling point. It doesn't need to be anymore. Soul Calibur is a revered series in and of itself but thanks to 2009’s Street Fighter IV and subsequent fighting games the genre is riding a wave of popularity founded upon innovative mechanics and downright fun - for newbies and the hardcore alike.