With a month that included Civilization, one of EA's powerhouses in NCAA, and even a standout PSN title like Siren, Soul Calibur IV had a fair bit of competition on the way to winning Game of the Month honors. Nevertheless, Namco Bandai has unarguably delivered the goods this month with the release one of the finest 3D fighters in years. Though numerous fans of the series had shown concern over some of the decisions made during Soul Calibur IV's development (such as the inclusion of Star Wars characters), Namco has crafted a lasting fighter than finally uproots Virtua Fighter 5 as the best fighting game available on the PlayStation 3.
Soul Calibur IV not only continued to offer fans the weapon-based combat they've come to know and love, but also implemented online play for the first time in the franchise's history. One of the shining revelations of SCIV owners was the realization that the character creation feature could recreate characters from franchises such as Final Fantasy, Zelda, Metal Gear Solid and more, who could then proceed to battle it out online against other human opponents.