Zero Punctuation: Soul Calibur IV

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A fighting game that Yahtzee may like is probably Guilty Gear. Probably sharp reload because it has a story mode to get him concentrated on something aside from the game itself. It has some of the most unique characters in gaming history (even weirder then psychonauts), and great looks to boot. For example: A 9 foot tall doctor that wears a paper bag on his head, fights with a giant scaple, and can fly with an umbrella like Marry Poppins, A cross-dressing bounty hunter that fights with a yo-yo and a teddy bear, a man that slips threw time that looks like Axl-Rose, a gay assassin that fights with billiard balls and a pool cue, an emo grim reaper like guy that fights with a scythe made of blood, and many more. Even if he doesn't like the gameplay too much, a game featuring all these things simply cannot be criticized, it's against the law or something :P.

Aginor27:

But then I'd play with my wife, and what would she do? Button mash me to death while I tried to pull off some Zhangief style 360 degree spin, and end up dying at the hands of someone who thinks action gaming means "Kings Quest point and click"

That is because you dont know how to do the 360 throw properly. As an avid Zangief player i recommend doing this to pull off the Spinning pile driver (spd). instead of starting at up then doing the motion, press either towards or back, then do a tiger knee like motion ending in up and press punch then. If done right, you can do this while still standing.
A lazy to pull it off (and one of the most effective)is to hit the opponent with a light kick, then put in the spd with a slight delay so that either blocked or hit, you will throw them right as they recover. This is known as a tick throw. You can go on to beat your wife now... in a good way.

WoW there is a LOT of hate on this Video Comment! The amount of hate is just amazing.

Soul Caliber is much like a complicated Smash Bros game, instead of each move having a combo you instead make up what you have. I mean unlike Tekken, you invent your own moves, and half the move set is centered around knocking the opponent off the ledge, the other half the hp bar.

I played only a set piece fight with Yoda and noticed that the Grab is the easy win against the comp players, as they somehow were able to grab ME from a distance I thought was unreachable. However it was only the first story battle I got to play, as the disk was scratched and had to take it back to Block Buster for a new rental (EDF 2017 ftw).

And now looking back at the short time I played it, I was kinda disappointed, it felt like I was playing Soul Caliber 3 again. Also seriously, they need to improve on that story feature and then the game would be awesome, heck I can hardly tell what connects all the games together at this point, SC3 didn't exactly explain how Sigfried freed himself from Nightmare.

KingSephiroth:

NOTSEACAL LOLOL:
RIP AND TEAR! YOU'RE HUGE! THAT MEANS YOU HAVE HUGE GUTS!

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.

You're not going to get anyone to relax by opening with a statement that they're criminally insane pitchfork-and-torch-wielding zealots, and nor does implying that their mothers put out with alarming frequency help. In fact, at that point, people are fully justified in ignoring you.
For what it's worth, yes. I am a fanboy. But I'd far rather be a complete dick and know what the hell I'm talking about than be an easy-to-please pleb who's never known the joy of outwitting and besting a skilled opponent in a fair match.
And as for thinly-veiled-alt-man's clusterfuckbombs, some anvils need to be dropped, obviously, because it's apparent not a damned one of his words is getting through to you lot.

Bombader:
WoW there is a LOT of hate on this Video Comment! The amount of hate is just amazing.

Soul Caliber is much like a complicated Smash Bros game, instead of each move having a combo you instead make up what you have. I mean unlike Tekken, you invent your own moves, and half the move set is centered around knocking the opponent off the ledge, the other half the hp bar.

true, but for me it's just way too complicated and I enjoy the 3d mortal kombats more. the combos need to be remembered but if you remember them right you most likely are able to do them. I can't do any combos in soul calibur and really don't want to because they're so short. and whoever made it so the combo list in soul calibur 4 has letters that are irrelevant to your controller setup could just go die. I don't want to pgggkkk I want to see either shapes relevant to the way my controller is setup if I'm on the PS3 or letters relevant to my control setup on the xbox360.

Also, people, stop mentioning the multiplayer. If the game has singleplayer yahtzee will base his review on that. If the game is only supposed to be multiplayer than there shouldn't be a single player for anything except training. If there's going to be a single player it shouldn't be extremely flawed and if you have a story it shouldn't be extremely flawed

ps. it's thursday and we have no review yet, what the fuck.

yourkie1921:

ps. it's thursday and we have no review yet, what the fuck.

One more hour.

um........the review was supposed to be yesterday if I'm not mistaken though.

Although I thought SC4 was great, this was a funny video but his review was off (not his opinion but his reasoning).

Using the same measuring stick to compare very different types of games to it is very flawed, much like using a ruler to measure weight or volume.

The only points I really wanted to make were these:

1) I feel if you are playing a fighting game for the story, You shouldn't be playing fighting games, because you see, the focus is the fighting. There really is no other way to see it, I'm sorry. I could understand if the fighting was stagnant or the controls were clunky, but that isn't the case. There is a lot of depth to soul calibur.

2) Fighting games are centered around the fact that they are two player games. No one really cares how you do against computers. If you don't have other people to play with, you will inevitably be terrible at the game. Despite what people think this game is and never will be a button masher. When you play people who are decent at the game. They react to your play style. If you are button mashing a vertical slash, guess what? They are just going to parry it and counter you.

I'm not a SC fan but I am a fighting game fan.

alejandro1p:
The only points I really wanted to make were these:

1) I feel if you are playing a fighting game for the story, You shouldn't be playing fighting games, because you see, the focus is the fighting. There really is no other way to see it, I'm sorry. I could understand if the fighting was stagnant or the controls were clunky, but that isn't the case. There is a lot of depth to soul calibur.

2) Fighting games are centered around the fact that they are two player games. No one really cares how you do against computers. If you don't have other people to play with, you will inevitably be terrible at the game. Despite what people think this game is and never will be a button masher. When you play people who are decent at the game. They react to your play style. If you are button mashing a vertical slash, guess what? They are just going to parry it and counter you.

I'm not a SC fan but I am a fighting game fan.

Both good points, and points that a video game reviewer should really learn. Fighting games like this and Brawl are so much better when played with other people.

Also it wouldn't hurt to do a little research about a game and get the facts before you take off points for a 'misspelling'.

Unprofessional, but then again, these reviews aren't to be taken seriously.

Who is that in the "technical difficulties" picture? Its been a while since we've seen Yahtzee but I don't remember him looking like that.

And I guess a review of Burst Limit would be too much to ask for, it being no longer new and anime based. Oh well.

*edit*

I'm pretty sure he was just messing around about the spelling... hes not that dumb, guys.

Although he DID misspell his correction by not using the vastly improved AMERICAN spelling ;).

I just played the demo. O embleer Frith. What the hell happened to Tira's voice?

Great. ANOTHER squeaky chirpy twerp. Just out of coincidence, it also destroys her entire bi-polar personality and takes away what we so enjoyed about that character in the first place.

Great work, Namco. Keep your game. Let the Jedi Knights play it; I'm gone. If you need me, I'll be in Metropolis fighting Scorpion.

Yours,
a very unhappy Gil-Monster

bodiddly83:
"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.

your both a little boy, and a little bitch. just look at you, bitching about something stupid, while saying the word fucking after every three words lol. it shows how dumb and immature you are. you are also an idiot if you think yatzhee takes himself seriously.

so lets see here, we have established that you are of the following:

a bitch
an immature child
and a retarded fool

you are not doing to well in your life little boy.

Lol, it's true the game is a lot of bollocks, My friend and i purchased it for her Xbox 360 and after about an hour of playing (and having finished 7 stories) we decided it would be more fun poking her chihuahua with a stick until i had to leave.... that plus...
Canberra got a mention XD!!!

i thought this game was pretty good, i will admit that i wanted to get it to try out vader, but he is still my favourite character, and all in all i think its a good game

Yet another good installment of zero punctuation.

Sandoggg:
these reviews aren't to be taken seriously.

considering Yahtzee's humourous show, simply feeds upon every games numerous flaws, that most people think but fail to say.

as like most reviews, they are biased upon the persons uniqueness, you shouldn't be taking it down like the 10 commandments, or try and force feed your love/hate onto others, rather use it as something to compare against. for the numerous quotes about yahtzee being pompous in a way, hes really another person selling his humourous opinion, i doubt he trolls these forums getting off on all the positive feedback all that much or listening/burning the insignificant hatemail.

not to provide a negative reflection on his work, i enjoy his show and look forward to it every week. just don't take it seriously.

Ok i've played the whole game and it was addicting and quite difficult(the last 10 or so floors at least throwing generally does not work)... its like supersmash (this is the big kids version with more tits and bigger weapons)... i like challenges and yes the throw button is one strategy but if your playing against someone that constantly throws you just gotta use a ability that stops throws... also any game has cheap moves(aka pikachu and lightning bolt, unreal tournament the redeemer, Halo 3- Swords..etc)...
i love Tira the character the most.. if she was not in the game i would not of bought it...

Beating Soul Caliblehk is akin to a retarded child eating vegetables. As long as you can slam your fingers down in a clusterfuck type manner you have an excellent chance of conquering any title in this series. No skill or thought required whatsoever. Nail on the head Ben, nice job.

Ironically, I only bought Soul Calibur II for the GameCube because Link was in it, so now I'm a fan of the series...

Yahtzee is right. I dislike the story mode and 1 player. It can Fuck off. However, I dislike it not because of flaws, but because the coms are often flaming dickheads whose only concern is to either flee or get into blowjob stance on the ground. The grabs in this game have been powered up to avoid the blocking capabilities that belong only to the characters of SC 1, 2, 3, and Troy. That is, however, where my agreement with Yahtzee ends. Try endlessly grabbing human player and you're on a straight shot toward getting flogged with your own spine. Overall, this is a serious fighting game (Oh what the hell, fanboy time) MEANT for MULTIPLAYER, that has a better story than "Naruto: Clash of the semi-ninja/circus clown 50th pinball panic" or other retarded fighters, and is definitely a better designed one than most fighters to ever be released. (Obvious pioneers excluded)

this will never get old :) no matter how many times you watch these videos you will still laugh until you crap yourself

Incidentally, the throws of a few characters are overpowered against the CPU, but I don't think that means they're necessary overpowered in multiplayer.

I bean the last 5 stages of the tower with NOTHING but Voldo's default grab.

the soul calibur seris i belive is a seris that u really need to play all of them to get involved in the small storyline there is. the problum is that to fully understand the story line you have to really be into it. And whats wrong with putting some cool characters in from other games or whatever i always thought it was a great idea.button mashing really is just not cool every fighting game has combos in it for a reason so that you can have a sense of prie for being able to use a character amazingly so when ppl buttonmash it just ruins it

for all you ppl that button mash i dare you to try to play withoput button mashing

I generally like ZP a lot and while this was sort of funny i don't understand how you can sulk about a fighter being a fighter. No there's no story, it's a game of skill and wit in which you play against another human, not for a story or against the shoddy AI. If you don't like playing competitively then that's quite fine, and you don't have to like fighters...i just think it's weird to dog on them for being what they are.

c'mon, i had fun on soul calibur.

Allthough I love the Mortal Kombat series I would really enjoy seeing you destroy MK V's DC!!! You gotta pick out Lex Luthor being in the game which is a bigger "money making franchise gang bang" joke than the game it's self. His "FATALITY" is probally escaping in a hot air baloon or maybe writing a cheque?

Funny, the EVE trailer at the end, you will be doing more of the stock managing that they showed first than any fighting. Worst spent money since I bought the latest Santana album...

Eye_of_set:
I generally like ZP a lot and while this was sort of funny i don't understand how you can sulk about a fighter being a fighter. No there's no story, it's a game of skill and wit in which you play against another human, not for a story or against the shoddy AI. If you don't like playing competitively then that's quite fine, and you don't have to like fighters...i just think it's weird to dog on them for being what they are.

Remember he just doesn't "get" the features behind fighting games. I'm pretty sure Yahtzee probably wondered what the whole hubbub behind SFII was all about back in the day. Not to mention his review on Super Smash Bros. He just hates fighting games with a burning passion and I've grown used to it. Now I know that if I'm looking for a review on fighting games I'll look to another reviewer. Even if it's going to be the second coming for fighters, it's not going to be good enough for him.

Proto Cloud:
Remember he just doesn't "get" the features behind fighting games. I'm pretty sure Yahtzee probably wondered what the whole hubbub behind SFII was all about back in the day. Not to mention his review on Super Smash Bros. He just hates fighting games with a burning passion and I've grown used to it. Now I know that if I'm looking for a review on fighting games I'll look to another reviewer. Even if it's going to be the second coming for fighters, it's not going to be good enough for him.

His point on fighting games is very valid. I used to go to an arcade most days at University and play SC2 and could consistently beat the campaign. But then one day I had a female friend who'd never played before throw in a few quarters and kicked the crap out of me because she was just hitting the buttons in a completely random manner. Or take something like Street Fighter, where pretty much everyone I know plays Ken or Ryu, and many people in the original just do some cheapass fireball throwing until you move into attack at which point they do an uppercut. How is that really strategy or skill? It's just cheap crap.

That being said, I like Soul Calibre but I completely understand where Yahtzee's coming from. My main complaint with Soul Calibre is that the game has this large multi-ethnic cast and yet like, all the asians for example speak japanese. I realize the game is probably made in Japan, but for such a major line, why not have the korean characters speak korean, the chinese ones speak mandarin? How fricken hard would it be to get some proper voice acting?

Smash bros is also a colossal bore.

Akalabeth:
His point on fighting games is very valid. I used to go to an arcade most days at University and play SC2 and could consistently beat the campaign. But then one day I had a female friend who'd never played before throw in a few quarters and kicked the crap out of me because she was just hitting the buttons in a completely random manner. Or take something like Street Fighter, where pretty much everyone I know plays Ken or Ryu, and many people in the original just do some cheapass fireball throwing until you move into attack at which point they do an uppercut. How is that really strategy or skill? It's just cheap crap.

If you lose to button mashing or single move spam, it's because you're rubbish at the game. Simple as that. A button masher in Soul Calibur is going to get blocked and throw punished, if you're marginally competent, and a single move spammer will always be defeated by a simple counter move to whatever they do.

I realize the game is probably made in Japan, but for such a major line, why not have the korean characters speak korean, the chinese ones speak mandarin? How fricken hard would it be to get some proper voice acting?

Oddly, they actually do that in Tekken 5, but not Soul Calibur.

GloatingSwine:

If you lose to button mashing or single move spam, it's because you're rubbish at the game. Simple as that. A button masher in Soul Calibur is going to get blocked and throw punished, if you're marginally competent, and a single move spammer will always be defeated by a simple counter move to whatever they do.

So a counter move to a fireball in SF2 is what? Jumping? Jumping over the fireballs, oh, that's where the uppercut comes in. Kapow. Of course I never claimed to be great that or any other game anyway.

As for "marginally competent", depends what you mean. I could beat the Arcade SC2 with 4 or 5 different characters on one "play", but in 2 to 3 games of VS against my button slamming friend I lost. The simple fact is, in any normal game that shouldn't be possible. Whether a person is a casual player, or one of these losers who "studies under a SC grandmaster for 2 years", they typically shouldn't lose to someone who's never played that type of game before.

As a new player to Halo 2 on the Xbox, I got my ass handed to me for the first month or so against experienced players. But as my friends and I played more often, we consistently dominated everyone else in the school where we were studying.

Or I visited a friend of mine once, and stayed at his house. He played some SNES hockey game, we were evenly matched. Then while he was at work I got more practice and we played again, I kicked his ass to the point where he wasnt having fun.

That's the way most games are. More experienced players have a definitive advantage. Soul Calibre definitely appeals to the button mashers, though I probably wouldn't say quite the same for Tekken, or Street Fighter. The only fighting game I played, which was definitely not a button masher was Guilty Gear, because the only way you can do anything in that game is with special moves.

And I don't know why these consoles games don't just label themselves as multiplayer. Why does something like Smash Bros or Naruto have a required single player story to unlock characters when most people are probably buying the game just to play with their friends? PC Games drop the pretenses of being single player games, why don't the consoles? I mean, including a single player campaign as an afterthought or bonus is fine, but why make it required for unlocking everyone? Think Soul Calibre does pretty much the same thing. Though not sure if its limited to just equipment, or if characters are locked as well.

...with Yoda poking out of her cleavage!

haha, epic ending!

Opacic:

And the mispelling of Calibre/Caliber is intentional.

It's neither an intentional or intended misspelling. It's not a misspelling at all.
Seems few have heard of Excalibur.

No thanks I stopped playing the games when they started adding other game characters into their games. I'm sorry but fighting some stupid chinese school girl with Link isn't going to make me feel any better about wasting my time on a fighting game with link in it, when I can just go play a game where link is the main character.

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