Zero Punctuation: Soul Calibur IV

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Remember games are supposed to be fun, how you define fun is a personal matter, maybe you like:

fist or swordfighting
driving fast
shooting ppl

I don't feel like reading all 10 pages in this thread in order to see if anyone else noticed this, but

CALIBUR is actually spelled RIGHT (as far as the celtic origin of the word and visibly the developper's use of it ; i'll explain later)

Why CalibER anyway?
Maybe CALIBRE, but calibre designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod, and is generally related to firearms.

Sorry if I'm being finicky about this detail, but I've allways thought that Soul Calibur is actually an excellent name for a game, and definately ALOT better than the standard fighting game's "MortalK(yes, with a K)ombat or other "Street/Ultimate/insertrandomword Fighter".

Let me elaborate a bit : Excalibur (and not excaliber) deviated from the french Escalibor is king Arthur's legendary sword, word that means "cut-steel" in celtic.
Soul Calibur is capcom's take on the word, changing its meaning to "cut-soul". This (kinda) proves why Soul Calibur is more than just a legendary big-ass sword, it also corrupts the wielder's very own soul. It cuts souls ... ! *dramatic music*
Great take on Excalibur, and a great intriguing name for a sword-based fighting game !

As for the review, yahtzee doesn't like fighting games. Right. You could replace all instances of Soul Calibur with Street Fighter (or any other fighting game actually) and it wouldn't bother you ; it's not a game review "per-se", it's a GENRE review. It really was an entertaining review though, and you can't argue with mathematical demonstration... but WHY soul caliber??

I thought this review might have been a touch biased, and therefore warped or exagerrated...
so I tried SC4...
and I laughed at how perfect and accurate Yahtzee's review was. Throws absolutely destroyed the AI opponents and fighting any other way was tedious and pointless.

wow, i feel stupid for figuring out the top ten list last week now... still, i think it's a perfectly good game if you're into fighting games. Seriously just 'cause yahtzee's not into fighting games that doesn't give him the right to say that it's not fun for ANYONE despite the stupidity of people whom have never seriously played it and TRIED to like it's constant opinion and blind rallying behind yahtzee croshaw... whatever, the point is that the review was biased, and that's his right as a journalist to BE biased but overgeneralizing and stereotyping such as to say that NOBODY WILL EVER ENJOY THIS GAME is a twat move in my opinion.

"TIHS IS A MULTIPLAYER GAME!"
- Message boards are "multiplayer games". Just because you had fun with your friends playing a certain game's multiplayer mode doesn't make it worth buying or even giving a positive review of. Everybody typically has fun in the company of friends regardless of what videogame or even activity is taking place.
"IM A FANBOY/COMPETTIVE/PRO GAYMER AND I LOVE FIGHTING GAMES!!!"
- All circuits, leagues, ladders, clans, mods, and tourney rules are just jokes to anybody else. If you worship one, or a handful, of mediocre multiplayer games you'll never have anything to contribute to anything else so go back to pwning, don't even talk to me, you all need to be shot just for living. Besides not buying any other games, you aren't helping curtail the rampant rise in the output of garbage in this industry especially by trying to argue with the points of a smart, unbiased reviewer.
I'm glad I stole this crap from gaymstop, now I can trade it in for something that doesn't suck while maeking profits.
ivys tits are nice but you should just download a doujin for moar better and if you ever hope to suck tits irl don't waste your time on bad videogames like hole caliber fore.

Great Job! on the zero puncs yahtzee keepitup

" What logical sane person is going to spend time learning all....potentially 60-80 moves for ONE character just so they can start having fun?"

probably someone that likes games, fucktard.

"Even if they do they will probably still be defeated by the random button masher at some point anyway."

No. Never going to happen no matter how many times you lick Potzhees balls. Unless of course you suck and are just pushing buttons yourself in which case you have two button mashers hoping to luck into a win even though in the end you are both losers.

"Fighting games are only meant for this VERY small group of gamers who imo play because when they eventually learn all these moves and can beat anyone in it they can pet their ego"

Fighting games are made for people who like fighting games, asshole. Yes, generally the people who like them play them to fucking win, duh. Very small group of people who are any good at a particular game? Maybe, seems to be a whole lot of suck asses out there crying about getting lolpwned so you might just be right.

Laerid, I think you just owned the grammer police. gratz.

"I thought this review might have been a touch biased, and therefore warped or exagerrated...
so I tried SC4...
and I laughed at how perfect and accurate Yahtzee's review was. Throws absolutely destroyed the AI opponents and fighting any other way was tedious and pointless."

You played on normal, so sorry no easy mode for your oppenant to just lay down and die for you. Fighting any other way(see learning to play the fucking game) is the only way a GAMER will ever beat the game on hard or omg omg omg a REAL person.

"wow, i feel stupid for figuring out the top ten list last week now... still, i think it's a perfectly good game if you're into fighting games. Seriously just 'cause yahtzee's not into fighting games that doesn't give him the right to say that it's not fun for ANYONE despite the stupidity of people whom have never seriously played it and TRIED to like it's constant opinion and blind rallying behind yahtzee croshaw... whatever, the point is that the review was biased, and that's his right as a journalist to BE biased but overgeneralizing and stereotyping such as to say that NOBODY WILL EVER ENJOY THIS GAME is a twat move in my opinion."

I could deal with the bias. Thats to be expected. What I cannt deal with is him being an easy mode bitch and not even playing half the games he reviews or doing the most pants on head retarded thing he can and then calling a game broken because he is doing the most pants on head retarded thing he can.

Well apart from the stats part, i disagreed with a lot of things he said, usually i find myself laughing at his reviews, because i feel the same way about many of the points he'll make - but this is just about his personal disliking for fighting games.

And as for the grabs, if he really had put the difficulty up - he wouldve found grabs DONT always work, that part of the video was just for comedic effect, of which it had none.

Oh and yeah Calibur comes from Excalibur, you know, the Celtic myth? Why are you complaining its misspelt. I've lost some respect for you now Yahtzee.

i agree with bodiddly83, even if he is being an overzealous cunt he's still right for the most part. It's not exactly fair to say that yahtzee's an easy mode bitch or that he doesn't play the games he reviews but he still has to kick and scream like an 11-year old girl getting her first period EVERY FUCKING TIME he has to review a game from a genre he doesn't like. I mean really, nobody held a fucking forty-five to the base of his temple and made him play SC4 he just did it because he knew he could make a few closet homosexuals living in their mother's basements titter slightly at the curse words and funny remarks. If he's only going to bitch about something that ACTUALLY BRINGS JOY to some other people because it's not his fucking cup of tea then to hell with him. If it's not his bag, then it's not his place to criticize.

Benxander:
Well apart from the stats part, i disagreed with a lot of things he said, usually i find myself laughing at his reviews, because i feel the same way about many of the points he'll make - but this is just about his personal disliking for fighting games.

And as for the grabs, if he really had put the difficulty up - he wouldve found grabs DONT always work, that part of the video was just for comedic effect, of which it had none.

Oh and yeah Calibur comes from Excalibur, you know, the Celtic myth? Why are you complaining its misspelt. I've lost some respect for you now Yahtzee.

Well I have to agree with you there, my only reason for quoting you is to elaborate upon the meaning of the word "Excalibur" and it's alteration in use for the term "Soul Calibur". While there are several definitions of the word "Excalibur" due to the fact that Celtic is such a loose and perversable language, the term generally means one of two things: 1. "Ex" from the Latin root meaning "without" or "removed from" and "Calibur" being an indo-european Celtic Latin hodgepodge meaning "measure of power" or "standard of power". This first definition implies that the excalibur is, in essence; a sword for which there is no mortal equal. A weapon of the gods. (Or God, in the non-druidic version of the tale.) 2. The other meaning is the Celtic derivation of the term to mean something to the effect of "cutting blade" or something of the sort. The developers could easily have used either of the derivations in the title of the series, but with grandly differing meanings. I wouldn't know which exactly they meant by it, but I'm sure that information exists at their website or somewhere on the internet.

was that a wii zapper in yahtzee's mouth?

Excalibur was King Arthur's sword. an item that seems to blend perfectly with a game with such emphasis on the weapons. jesus tap dancing christ dont over analyze the subject.

I agree that the game is really reaching out for more fans and money. I mean honestly, Yoda? Darth Vader? they should have added in Johnny depp if they wanted a worthwile backstory and character.
maybe im alone in saying I MISS THE OLD N64 MORTAL KOMBAT GAMES... they were fun. FUN! And had enough silly easter eggs to keep myself occupied. But as many have already noticed, the golden age of console gaming died with the last two generations

I greatly enjoyed this game, but as always Yahtzee is right in every criticism leveled at it.

croshaw is mad:
i agree with bodiddly83, even if he is being an overzealous cunt he's still right for the most part. It's not exactly fair to say that yahtzee's an easy mode bitch or that he doesn't play the games he reviews but he still has to kick and scream like an 11-year old girl getting her first period EVERY FUCKING TIME he has to review a game from a genre he doesn't like. I mean really, nobody held a fucking forty-five to the base of his temple and made him play SC4 he just did it because he knew he could make a few closet homosexuals living in their mother's basements titter slightly at the curse words and funny remarks. If he's only going to bitch about something that ACTUALLY BRINGS JOY to some other people because it's not his fucking cup of tea then to hell with him. If it's not his bag, then it's not his place to criticize.

do you not understand the point of satire? the point is to make fun of something at all and any cost while revealing a few glimmers of truth.
i could nit pick and say "some people find this sort of review enjoyable but because you dont see the underlying humor or truth that you decide to whine and scream like an 11-year old on her first perion" but i think better of it.

"i agree with bodiddly83, even if he is being an overzealous cunt he's still right for the most part."

Why, thats the nicest thing anyones ever said to me.

It is fair to say he is an easymode bitch and he doesnt play half the games he reviews because it is true. Its also true theat he does the dumbest things he can on them to act like the shit is broken.

"do you not understand the point of satire? the point is to make fun of something at all and any cost while revealing a few glimmers of truth."

This isnt satire. There are no glimmers of truth. This is just some suck ass talking shit and other suck asses thinking he is leetsauce because he is sticking up for being a suck ass. The noobs are taking over. Ninjas cannt melt noob faces fast enough. They are like the fucking plague. Putzhee doesnt like games. He likes interactive movies that give the illusion of a game.

bodiddly83:
"i agree with bodiddly83, even if he is being an overzealous cunt he's still right for the most part."

Why, thats the nicest thing anyones ever said to me.

It is fair to say he is an easymode bitch and he doesnt play half the games he reviews because it is true. Its also true theat he does the dumbest things he can on them to act like the shit is broken.

"do you not understand the point of satire? the point is to make fun of something at all and any cost while revealing a few glimmers of truth."

This isnt satire. There are no glimmers of truth. This is just some suck ass talking shit and other suck asses thinking he is leetsauce because he is sticking up for being a suck ass. The noobs are taking over. Ninjas cannt melt noob faces fast enough. They are like the fucking plague. Putzhee doesnt like games. He likes interactive movies that give the illusion of a game.

if he likes interactive movies than whats with his beef with MSG4? It seems like your feelings were hurt with this review little boy. ohh, and btw, anyone who takes yahtzee seriously is retarded.

well... he could've just said "I don't like fighting games and the japanese 'art style' overall just pisses me off" and get over with it. The only thing I agree on is that the Star Wars franchise tie-in is weird and pointless. The rest of the review is just a pretty pointless rant about the nature of fighting games and how he doesn't like them in general.
And he used to be more witty, imo.
Well, I just hope the next game he reviews doesn't belong to a genre he dislikes anyway and has nothing worthwhile to say about. That would make it actually fun to watch again.

"if he likes interactive movies than whats with his beef with MSG4? It seems like your feelings were hurt with this review little boy. ohh, and btw, anyone who takes yahtzee seriously is retarded."

MG$4 is marketed to the games are art asshats out there. They just think the people are so fucking stupid(not knowing the diference between a game and a fucking movie) that they have to repeat dialog over and over again.

My feelings are hurt that easymode bitches talk shit about shit they dont understand and cannt do.

yutzhee takes himself seriously, and thats the fucking problem.

Im a little boy.

Youre a little bitch.

Triffid:

Oh, and MK vs. DC has to be the most pointless and shitty crossover I have EVER seen

Whereas Marvel Vs Capcom was a stroke of pure unadultered genius.

Kikou-Shou:

Triffid:

Oh, and MK vs. DC has to be the most pointless and shitty crossover I have EVER seen

Whereas Marvel Vs Capcom was a stroke of pure unadultered genius.

Exactly. Never mind the other SC games that had extra characters from every other medium. Somehow SW is too much.

Damnit Ytze. PLEASE stop with the music... your old videos had so much life, and i loved hearing those songs and thinking "uh oh! looks like yatzhee didnt like it!!! OOOOO" then i get giddy and wring my hands. But the music now... its so usual. its stolen some of the energy. I know you were worried about copyrighted music and stuff, but damnit! do the extra work for us, jack!

Well after his review of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I angrily said that none of his arguments were in fact directed at the game, but rather at the genre. I said he doesn't really get the genre. And well, looks like I was right. It's too bad, too, but I can understand it because I've got a friend like him. He doesn't like fighting games because he doesn't like competing with other people and thus losing, and he feels that practice can be surmounted by button-mashing, which isn't true for most fighting games. So well, can't say I'm surprised. But I can say that I'm glad he reviewed a great PS3/XBox360 fighting game so that the crowd that used his previous review of SSBB as a rallying cry against the Wii and that game can shut up.

Bent, he probably stopped with the old music style to avoid getting sued.

Knightcrawler:
Well after his review of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I angrily said that none of his arguments were in fact directed at the game, but rather at the genre. I said he doesn't really get the genre. And well, looks like I was right. It's too bad, too, but I can understand it because I've got a friend like him. He doesn't like fighting games because he doesn't like competing with other people and thus losing, and he feels that practice can be surmounted by button-mashing, which isn't true for most fighting games. So well, can't say I'm surprised. But I can say that I'm glad he reviewed a great PS3/XBox360 fighting game so that the crowd that used his previous review of SSBB as a rallying cry against the Wii and that game can shut up.

I think you have the wrong reason for why Yahtzee dislikes fighting games. Fighting games are designed to be multiplayer games. Obviously, it's going to be easy to defeat a computer that uses the same types of attacks as the player, since computers aren't yet as smart as people. This means that the real challenge comes from playing against other people. This is where Yahtzee has problems. You see, Yahtzee is a misanthropic shut-in. He doesn't have friends in the same sense that you and I have friends. What he does have are lines of code, which make a poor substitute. Thus, Yahtzee becomes bitter and takes out his frustrations on a game that he perceives as inferior because he doesn't play it the way it's meant to be played.

Wow. The Soul Calibur and fighting game fans are rabid, frothing at the mouth, and out on force today. I can't wait till Yahtzee's next mailbag response to ranting fans. It'll be funny to watch Yahtzee tell bodiddly83 that he's porking his mom.

LMAO

As always, Yahtzee supplies what we demand. Great bit, funny and it was great for one reason. It had Darth Vader in it.

He was losing his touch for a while there, but hes right back on track with these last reviews. Couldn't stop laughing through the whole thing.

KingSephiroth:
Wow. The Soul Calibur and fighting game fans are rabid, frothing at the mouth, and out on force today. I can't wait till Yahtzee's next mailbag response to ranting fans. It'll be funny to watch Yahtzee tell bodiddly83 that he's porking his mom.

LMAO

For the record, I'm not a fan of either. I recognize that the SC games are below average, and I don't really like playing fighting games most of the time. The problem is that Yahtzee here gives the entire genre a load of shit that it doesn't really deserve based on a few limited experiences with a lesser game. While I generally get bored with the SC style as well, it does have its strong points, and it's somewhat closed-minded of Yahtzee to overlook them entirely. Then again, that is what makes the review entertaining.

I really like how anytime you put a massive spliff into a video, the only way you can show them holding them is like tacos. That's very satisfying.

can you please not use the joker as your avatar... your making him look bad.

Well the main point of this game IS to make you a Mary Poppins character, going online, and beating the crap out of everyone. Now that's fun.

So the fact that someone's ethernet cable is once again missing from the console, and afterwards delivers half a story, makes this whole thing kinda meh'ish.

The tidbits about the rest of this games is spot on though.

bodiddly84:

KingSephiroth:
Wow. The Soul Calibur and fighting game fans are rabid, frothing at the mouth, and out on force today. I can't wait till Yahtzee's next mailbag response to ranting fans. It'll be funny to watch Yahtzee tell bodiddly83 that he's porking his mom.

LMAO

STFU you bitch ass nut-rider. Im not even that big a fan of SC4. I just recognise bullshit when I hear it and Cuntzhee is full of it. Btw, a "showdown" would imply that the combatants are on some kind of equal footing. Not some cock sucker making a fucking video and talking his shit. Its a oneside conversation at that point.

At least he gets paid for it where as you being a cunt on a comments page is as demeaning as what your mum does for money every night.

SeaCalMaster:
STFU you bitch ass nut-rider. Im not even that big a fan of SC4. I just recognise bullshit when I hear it and Cuntzhee is full of it. Btw, a "showdown" would imply that the combatants are on some kind of equal footing. Not some cock sucker making a fucking video and talking his shit. Its a oneside conversation at that point.

LOL!

I love it when the rabid frothing at the mouth idiotic fanboys claim they're not fanboys, then prove their obvious lie and stupidity by accentuating their post with a bunch of 4th grade playground profanity and nonsensical ranting. Way to go, dude! You sure showed me! And I'm sure Yahtzee's feelings are all hurt now. He's probably crying right now while he's ramming your mom from the back. LOL

Anyway, relax man. It's just a review. Learn to laugh. I like SSBB, and I found Yahtzee's review of that hilarious.

KingSephiroth:

SeaCalMaster:
STFU you bitch ass nut-rider. Im not even that big a fan of SC4. I just recognise bullshit when I hear it and Cuntzhee is full of it. Btw, a "showdown" would imply that the combatants are on some kind of equal footing. Not some cock sucker making a fucking video and talking his shit. Its a oneside conversation at that point.

LOL!

I love it when the rabid frothing at the mouth idiotic fanboys claim they're not fanboys, then prove their obvious lie and stupidity by accentuating their post with a bunch of 4th grade playground profanity and nonsensical ranting. Way to go, dude! You sure showed me! And I'm sure Yahtzee's feelings are all hurt now. He's probably crying right now while he's ramming your mom from the back. LOL

Anyway, relax man. It's just a review. Learn to laugh. I like SSBB, and I found Yahtzee's review of that hilarious.

Ahem... I don't believe I wrote that bit. Please fix it.

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