DVD Talk
Darth Vader and Yoda to be platform exclusives in Soul Caliber IV [Archive] - DVD Talk Forum
 
Best Sellers
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
The Longest Day
Buy: $54.99 $24.99
9.
10.
DVD Blowouts
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Alien [Blu-ray]
Buy: $19.99 $9.99
8.
9.
10.

PDA
DVD Reviews

View Full Version : Darth Vader and Yoda to be platform exclusives in Soul Caliber IV


rfduncan
01-10-08, 08:01 AM
Found this on Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/action/soulcaliburiv/news.html?sid=6184537&autoplay=6184536&tag=hotslot;img;1). Kind of annoyed that there doesn't seem to be a Wii version planned considering the Gamecube version of SC2 was so awesome. :(

CES '08: Soul Calibur IV Hands-On
Namco shows off playable Soul Calibur IV in Vegas and announces some Sci Fi guests for the fighter's roster.
By Ricardo Torres, GameSpot

LAS VEGAS--At CES, Namco showed off a playable demo of Soul Calibur IV and announced some surprising guest characters for the game's roster of combatants. We got our first look at the multiplatform fighter in motion earlier this year at Tokyo Game Show, but haven't had the chance to try it until today. However, news of the playable demo was nearly overshadowed by the announcement that Namco and LucasArts have teamed up, resulting in Darth Vader and Yoda appearing as console-exclusive playable characters.

The news that Darth Vader would be exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version of the game and Yoda would be exclusive to the Xbox 360 game was a surprise, but not unexpected given the franchise's history. Soul Calibur II set the precedent with three console-exclusive characters back in the day: Heihachi from Tekken in the PS2 game, Link from The Legend of Zelda appearing in the GameCube game, and Spawn of comic and cartoon fame appearing in the Xbox game. The Star Wars cameos are a bit left-field, but, given that Darth and the Y-man are packing light sabers, not too big a stretch. While neither character was playable, we were able to catch of glimpse of them in motion in a trailer that announced their inclusion in the game. We expect Internet debate to kick up a bit over the hidden meaning of what each console's exclusive character has to say, and we leave folks to it. The only thing we're certain of is that the pair will most certainly have to play better than the original PlayStation's Masters of Teras Kasi fighting debacle, given the Soul Calibur team's experience.

Sadly neither character was playable in the Xbox 360 demo on display at the event, so we'll have to reserve judgment on how they fit into the action. However, we were able to try out three characters--Mitsurugi, Taki, and Cassandra--in two different backgrounds in an early version of the game. Namco reps on hand were quick to point out the demo was roughly 50 percent of what the game had to offer and next to none of the new additions to the system were present which are set to be included in the game. So there were no finishing moves, stage interactivity, and new character attacks here. Instead, the demo offered a modest taste of basic combat and the visual upgrade the game is getting on the PS3 and 360. The combat in the demo felt familiar, as the game will use the same button layout as before and will feature an array of strikes, a kick, and a block, with combos and special attacks coming out of mixing up button and direction combinations. The three characters handled as they have in previous versions, with Mitsurugi kicking much butt with his sword and powerful moves, Taki tearing foes up with lightning fast attacks and Cassandra offering a more balanced attack style. The two environments were basically outdoor areas in two different settings. One had you fighting in a Grecian locale that featured columns and stone statues, which had us thinking it was a stage for Cassandra or her big sis Sophitia. The second arena was bordered by a lush rainforest on one side and a vast river heading off to nowhere. Both locales featured a decent amount of space to move around in, with some ring-out hazards but didn't really do much else outside of look pretty. The arena by the river showcased the best hippo modeling and animation this side of Sony's Africa--when that hippo yawned we were totally feeling it.

Hey, they got Star Wars in my Soul Cali...oh forget it.
While the fighting system was solid as ever and did give us much of an idea of what the final game is going to wind up like, the visuals stood out a bit more due to the obvious bump the game is getting over its predecessors, thanks to the latest batch of consoles. The three fighters were looking good, although the game's incomplete state was obvious in a few spots. Generally speaking, the fighter models look great and benefit from the extra polygons being thrown their way. Detail on all the fighters is up, although some of the scarring on Mitsurugi is obviously still being worked on, and their clothing features a number of different animated elements that move convincingly in battle. Of the two females, Taki is apparently the current lady on the roster who is testing the limits of gravity with her ginormous and independently bouncing breasts. At present, the speedy fighter is bounce-tastic and tremendously lucky to not knock herself out during her more athletic combos. By contrast, Cassandra's bounce factor is considerably lower thanks to her outfit's corset-like style. Thankfully, the physics madness has missed Mitsurugi for the moment, although we're a little worried about what this might mean for Voldo (but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it).

Based on what we've seen, Soul Calibur IV is looking like it's headed in the right direction. The combat system feels solid and should be a good foundation for the team to build on. The visuals are shaping up nicely, with the team clearly having some fun with all the added processing power and polygons afforded by the new hardware. We're anxious to see the various new additions to the game come into focus, especially the character customization, online play, and how the Star wars characters get balanced along with the rest of the crew. Fans of the series should be pleased by what's coming and newcomers to the series should consider checking in on this latest entry if they've never tried it as it doesn't appear this generation of consoles will be having an overabundance of 3D fighters. Look for more on Soul Calibur IV as it becomes available.

Michael Corvin
01-10-08, 08:15 AM
That's a lot of damn text for:

Vader = PS3
Yoda = 360

PixyJunket
01-10-08, 08:16 AM
Namco is smart. How many Star Wars nerds that can't pull off a hadoken, let alone Soul Calibur's ridiculous sixteen button commands, are going to be eating this up now? A lot, that's how many. It's the same thing that happened when they added Link to the GameCube version of SCII.. the Zelda nerds cashed in (including my girlfriend *laughs*).

boredsilly
01-10-08, 08:24 AM
I think this is pretty cool, and I agree with Pixy, genius. Doesn't hurt that these tie ins are going into a pretty great game, so this will probably be the only time a Star Wars character will handle well in a fighting game.

dvd182
01-10-08, 08:28 AM
The models for these look REALLY good, even by next-gen standards. It's a bit of an odd crossover, but pretty cool anyway.

Michael Corvin
01-10-08, 08:56 AM
The models for these look REALLY good, even by next-gen standards. It's a bit of an odd crossover, but pretty cool anyway.

They look great, but they also look very out of place.

The Bus
01-10-08, 09:19 AM
No more out of place than a Spartan from Halo fighting a Japanese schoolgirl in DOA. :lol:

Mordred
01-10-08, 10:57 AM
I think PS3 got the coup of the two new characters, and I'm a little surprised. I would guess most of the fanboys would rather play as Vader than Yoda.

slop101
01-10-08, 11:13 AM
Hey, I've been a fan since Soul Blade in the arcades, but this is pretty cool nonetheless. It's a toss up for me which I'd like better - they're easily the most liked SW characters. Of course Vader looks "cool" being big and black and all, but I assume he'd be kinda slow and lumbering, whereas Yoda would be a lot quicker, though kinda small. Too bad they couldn't just put both characters in each version. Since the characters are a toss-up for me, I might go for the 360 version just for Live - this'll have vs. over Live, right?

uncle-frank
01-10-08, 12:35 PM
i remember how sick it was when i first got my dreamcast, so ill try this one. i never got park 2 or 3

Spiderbite
01-10-08, 02:49 PM
I think PS3 got the coup of the two new characters, and I'm a little surprised. I would guess most of the fanboys would rather play as Vader than Yoda.

It makes sense.

Vader = black
Yoda = green

But yeah, I agree...Xbox definitely got the crappier character.

lotsofdvds
01-10-08, 03:06 PM
It was such a good idea in the past...

http://img.gamespot.com/gamespot/images/screenshots/6/198786/teraskas_screen003.jpg

WMAangel
01-10-08, 06:46 PM
It was such a good idea in the past...

http://img.gamespot.com/gamespot/images/screenshots/6/198786/teraskas_screen003.jpg

rotfl :lol: :clap:

Drexl
01-11-08, 05:20 AM
Kind of annoyed that there doesn't seem to be a Wii version planned considering the Gamecube version of SC2 was so awesome. :(

The Wii couldn't pull it off though. They'd have to create a different game, although I suppose they could have just combined the SC2 engine with new characters/moves.

thegame370
01-11-08, 06:59 AM
what system is going 2 get Jar Jar binks?

Jackskeleton
01-11-08, 07:26 AM
Well that's sort of lame. No Yoda vs Vader action.

WMAangel
01-11-08, 07:02 PM
what system is going 2 get Jar Jar binks?

He is exclusive to the Atari Jaguar release....though there might also be an unlockable Ewok fighter in the CD-i version...

dvdsteve2000
01-11-08, 07:19 PM
That sucks that the Wii can't handle this game...

Darth Vader on the black PS3
Yoda on the Lime Green 360
Luke Skywalker on the white Wii

Would've been nice. I'm thinking they wanted to make the game for the Wii, but Nintendo probably wanted Mario as their exclusive & got denied.

CreatureX
01-12-08, 09:40 AM
<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0" id="gtembed" width="480" height="392"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=29535"/> <param name="quality" value="high" /> <embed src="http://www.gametrailers.com/remote_wrap.php?mid=29535" swLiveConnect="true" name="gtembed" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="392"></embed> </object>

Anubis2005X
01-12-08, 09:49 AM
That sucks that the Wii can't handle this game...

Darth Vader on the black PS3
Yoda on the Lime Green 360
Luke Skywalker on the white Wii

Would've been nice. I'm thinking they wanted to make the game for the Wii, but Nintendo probably wanted Mario as their exclusive & got denied.

I seriously doubt that's the case. I'm sure Namco wouldn't mind the extra sales that Soul Calibur IV would no doubt get on the Wii. That said, as much as I love the Wii, they'd have to dumb it down quite a bit and throw in some motion controls. Maybe it's in process...

IIG
01-12-08, 10:19 AM
Why the hate on Yoda? I'm a Star Wars fan, and I'd definitely prefer Yoda, but I'll be forced into the PS3 version of the game. Darth Vader is cool, but I think the Yoda character will be alot more fun in battle.

Edit: Yoda's lightsaber is way too long though...

Anubis2005X
01-12-08, 11:12 AM
Why the hate on Yoda? I'm a Star Wars fan, and I'd definitely prefer Yoda, but I'll be forced into the PS3 version of the game. Darth Vader is cool, but I think the Yoda character will be alot more fun in battle.

Edit: Yoda's lightsaber is way too long though...

That's what SHE said...

PopcornTreeCt
01-12-08, 12:35 PM
Why the hate on Yoda? I'm a Star Wars fan, and I'd definitely prefer Yoda, but I'll be forced into the PS3 version of the game. Darth Vader is cool, but I think the Yoda character will be alot more fun in battle.

Edit: Yoda's lightsaber is way too long though...

Because Yoda reminds us of those eye rolling fight scenes in the prequels.

Darth Vader = Original Trilogy

Now had the prequel trilogy been represented by Darth Maul I'd be more likely to check it out.

Supermallet
01-12-08, 05:36 PM
Okay, I'm sold. The trailer did it for me.

PopcornTreeCt
01-12-08, 06:54 PM
That trailer reminded me of that thread in the Otter forum about which would win lightsaber or admantium.