4-4-4: Soul Calibur 4 liveblog experiment (final update)

By Spencer . January 9, 2008 . 4:53pm


Four PM, four hours of Soul Calibur 4 are about to begin. I'm going to be liveblogging my matches win/lose/draw once is start playing. Before that we're starting off with a speech from Namco Bandai. Apparently, the event has some new trailers and "surprises" perhaps not related to Darth Vader or Yoda.


5:00 – Soul Calibur 4 is coming Summer 2008. Darth Vader is exclusive as a Playstation 3 character. Yoda is an Xbox 360 exclusive.



vs. Namco Bandai staff – I think he went easy on me. I played as Mitsurugi while he used Cassandra. Mitsurugi feels pretty much the same. I rushed in with a jumping double slash attack and used the downwards sword strike for the first win. The second round I lost due to a ring out. The palace level is small. The next match I won by using a throw. Then I won by a ring out. That was a really cheap way to win.


Only the Xbox 360 version was around to play!


vs McWhertor (Kotaku) – I was joking abot challanging McWhertor since I saw him at the event. We both picked Cassandra for the epic battle and the palace stage. The first round I took advantage of Cassandra's longer range horizontal poke and a dashing shield bash to win the round. The second round I got a throw in and discovered Cassandra has a spinning attack where she twirls like a top. The third round I was getting hammered by McWhertor's vertical slashes and jump attacks. He was much more aggressive and rushed into me. The end was close, but he won the round. 2-1 …. and then the game crashed leaving the epic battle as a draw.


There are only three characters in this pre-alpha build I'm playing. Mitsurugi, Taki and Cassandra. The party flyer showed four and Siegfried was one of them. No Siegfried…. I don't know if she has shown up in a trailer, but I can confirm Talim will be in Soul Calibur 4.


vs. David and Ben from The Game ReviewsI tried out Taki for a few rounds when I played with them. These matches were more casual and I didn't take dilligent notes. Taki feels pretty much the same. She has the same spinning top kick combo, which works well for ring outs However, we fought in the jungle and you have to tear the wall down before you can do a ring out. Yes, Soul Calibur 4 has destructable environments. Taki's smoke grenade attack works differently, I don't think it has as much range and you can't quickly throw them in succession for ground damage. After a few rounds I ended up showimg them Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, which they seemed to be pretty impressed by. Be sure to check out their review of it when they get the English build in March.


vs McWhertor (Kotaku) or epic battle take two – After a few hours of practice (maybe it was only actually one hour of playtime) we ended the night with a Mitsurugi vs. Cassandra fight. I chose Cassandra, McWhertor chose Mitsurugi. The first round should have ended early. We fought on the palace level, which is notoriously small with three ring out spots. McWhertor pushed me towards the water and hit me with a jumping slash. For a moment Cassandra was out of the ring, but miraclously she rolled back on the stage as if she jumped on air! The momentary save was for naught, McWhertor won the first round.


The next two rounds were cut down to the wire. Each time I only had on hit left before death. 2-1 and McWhertor put his game face on. He started with Mitsurugi's jumping slash combo. Two mid-air hits knocked a third off my life. But he didn't stop. His relentless sword / kick combos got him a perfect! 2-2. This was it, the final round and probably the last time I would play Soul Calibur 4 until the final version comes out. I started off with a shield bash and sidestepped my way to a victory. It was a close match for sure!


Both of us were getting ready to leave when the director of the game asked our thoughts. I mentioned how I wished I could have played with Hilda since she has a unique fighting style. Instead of horizontal and vertical attacks she has a ranged pole attack and close spatha attacks. We asked him some questions too and he revealed you will be able to customize the Soul Calibur 4 characters to look like KOS-MOS from Xenosaga.


Total side note here to my fellow journalists and bloggers at CES. Ben did you get the e-mail I sent you? I didn't see you there. And Dale what happened? I saw you like two hours before where you said you were coming! Oh and Trina I missed out on fighting you too. When the final game comes out I offically challenge all of you to a match! I say it half jokingly, but I wish I got to put you guys in this piece too.

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  • EvilGamerX

    Why are Star Wars characters in it? Lightsabers clash with swords, sure why not. At least I’ll be getting Darth Vader of the two. Yoda I can’t really imagine. Whatever, don’t have a 360 and never will.

    At least it wasn’t Cloud and Sephiroth. Then I wouldn’t buy the game.

  • @EvilGamerX – I’m just as surprised as you are! They made a partnership with Lucasarts which was announced tonight.

  • Uncommon Calibur

    I guess its just as weird as spawn. I think it will be pretty damn fun with them, especially being able to do some crazy acrobatics with yoda.

  • Angelous

    Vader for PS3 and Yoda for Xbox 360? I smell downloadable content in the future…

  • EvilGamerX


    So it was a partnership thing. A bit of a relief and I can slightly see the point. I am just happy it isn’t some random ploy to try and get fans of Star Wars into Soul Calibur or any bullshit like that, and just more of a celebration thing.

    I will say it again though, at least it isn’t Cloud and Sephiroth coming in from left field.

  • This is absolutely terrible news. I come from the Soul Calibur Tournament Community (I was one of the best Soul Calibur 2 Talims in the world), and we are extremely discouraged by this news. Soul Calibur 3 was a terrible game; the tournament community was dead within 3 months and the lack of support from Namco helped it even less. We were hoping that Soul Calibur 4 would fix all the errors of Soul Calibur 3, but the more we have seen over the past few months, the more frightened we have become of having yet another Soul Calibur 3. This new Yoda and Vader stuff only heated the discussion on whether Namco is focussing more on marketting, rather than spending time and money on producing a higher quality product.

    So I couldn’t go to CES this year… but I have two questions for you Spencer… Does SC4 play like SC3? God I hope not, SC2 was by far the better game in the series… and if Talim is going to be in SC4, will she have her SC2 moveset back? Or will she be completely fubar and considered the worst character in the game like in SC3?

  • @JaxeÅ‚ – I don’t want to mislead you because can’t see the intricate details over a short play time, but Mitsurugi feels like SC3 Mitsurugi. SC4 is also faster than SC3 with fluidity, which will probably alter frame canceling techniques. Oh yeah one more note about Mitsurugi he can clar about half the screen with his back-kick to forward slash.

  • Thanks for the quick response Spence… any word on the Fatal-KOs they are adding to the game? I noticed that Ivy does her’s in the recent trailer…

  • @Jaxel – eeehhh… are you talking about finishing throws?

  • Finishing Throws are what they are calling them? The way to kill the opponent without using a ring out or depleting their health… we all assumed it would be something like the Guilty Gear insta-kill or the Hokuto no Ken Fatal-KO system.

  • Tony

    “Vader for PS3 and Yoda for Xbox 360? I smell downloadable content in the future…”

    Well, if that ever happens at least 360 users can be assured it’ll be free. One of their rules is that content that’s free on another system can’t be charged for. I don’t know what Sony’s rules are for that, hopefully similar.

    I’m tired of exclusive junk like that, myself. Plus wouldn’t lightsabers just melt through all of these other weapons? lol

  • @Jaxel – Ah! I didn’t know commands for any of them. I tried throws from different angles and wouldn’t get an instant kill. Pehraps they weren’t ready in this build? It was pre-alpha.

  • Justin Bailey


    My sentiments exactly. When I heard that Darth and Yoda would be in it, my initial reaction was “why?” I guess it’s cool cause I have PS3 and I would rather have Darth Vader any day, but at the same time I reall don’t care. Don’t get me started on Final Fantasy characters.

    At any rate, I just hope Vader’s style is available for custom characters ^_^

  • Ryu Kazama

    @Jaxel Definitely. Agree.

    Was one of the worst things I was hoping wouldn’t happen in SC again. And it did.

  • LordGek

    Having Yoda and Darth is hoaky enough…but then not being able to have them play against each other just seems retarded. Wouldn’t that be the matchup that anyone who LIKES the idea of them as hidden characters would demand?

  • @EvilGamerX

    “At least it wasn’t Cloud and Sephiroth. Then I wouldn’t buy the game.”

    That would be a logical reaction.

  • Heero420

    Lol i would take cloud and sephiroth over star wars charectors any day….

  • Matt

    Hi Spenser and thank you for your report. I have some questions, hope you can answer:
    1- I read one battle you had was Cassandra vs Cassandra, so did you see her second costume?
    2- Did namco said that Talim will return? Will we have new characters (I mean except the guests)?
    3- Can you tell me how is the character selection screen?
    Thanks a lot

  • @Matt – Ah you mean “Spencer”?
    1.) Each character only had one costume to see.
    2.) Yes, a staff member from Namco Bandai said Talim will be in Soul Calibur 4
    3.) The character selection screen has tiles in the middle with tiny portriats and large renders on the left (1P) / right (2P).

  • Matt

    Oh sorry Spencer! I apologize!
    Thanks for your answers, so if I’m right selection screen has CG portraits like in Soul Calibur for Dreamcast?
    Thanks again! :)
    PS: I hope Setsuka will be in SCIV, I have not a PS2 so I’ve never played SC3

  • Matt

    Oh Spencer, sorry! I apologize!
    Thanks for you answers. So, if I understand character selection screen has CG portraits like in Soul Calibur for Dreamcast?
    Thanks again :)
    PS: I hope Setsuka will be in SCIV, I haven’t a PS2 so never played SC3

  • Question one can you design your own battlefield, ..two can you choose the enemy costume. Any new jobs. Does the armour really work. A bit more Bilibin scenery and Tchaikovsky music

  • ded

    what’s wrong with sephiroth and cloud being in it?

    anyways I think having darth vader is cool
    but having yoda is weird because of his height.

  • Tri-Edge

    I haven’t seen any of the KOS-MOS parts yet in Soul Calibur 4. Did the people from Bamco perhaps lie? That was a low blow, really. Very disappointing.

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