Playing as Yoda may have been a novelty when Soulcalibur IV first game out, but he’s far from the most popular character on Xbox Live. I chronicled 100 online fights with 100 different, random players over Xbox Live and only fought against Yoda three times. Starkiller beat Yoda with four matches. Online players were far more interested in using their custom characters, which appeared 40% of the time. Here’s a pie-chart breakdown of my matches.
Kilik, Cervantes, Maxi, and Mitsurgi were popular choices. Hilde, one of the few new characters made by Namco Bandai for Soulcalibur IV, not so much. Now let’s break down the custom character group into the specific fighting styles used, and add the data to the other sixty fights.
Kilik and Cervantes still top the charts. However, Taki and Siegfried got a huge boost, the latter thanks to Cloud Strife outfits. More characters are represented in this graph, but some characters like Sophitia, Zasalamel, and Ivy aren’t commonly played. Well at least they made the list. During the 100 recorded fights I didn’t run into Lizardman, Setsuka, or Amy once. This list might be a little skewed since players cannot make custom Jedi. If Yoda or Starkiller could be outfitted with status boosting ox heads and afros they might have fared better over all.
If you have been playing Soulcalibur IV online chime in with your experience. Do you find players are dropping the Star Wars characters to play as Soulcalibur characters? Are things different on the PlayStation Network?
Images courtesy of Namco Bandai / Siliconera.