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SoulCalibur IV

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai
Release Date: July 29, 2008 (US), Aug. 1, 2008 (EU)

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'Soulcalibur IV' (PS3/X360) Goes Gold

by Rainier on July 15, 2008 @ 11:08 a.m. PDT

Swords will be honed and weapons optimized in Namco Bandai's Soulcalibur IV. Delivering new gameplay modes, characters and enhanced features with unprecedented 3D modeling and animation, Soulcalibur IV will be the definitive fighting game experience. Yoda and Darth Vader are not the only playable Star Wars characters in SC IV as Namco Bandai revealed the Secret Apprentice from Lucasarts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be included on both platforms.

Take control of an expanded roster of warriors from around the galaxy in their unrelenting search for the Soul Edge and Soul Calibur swords. Soulcalibur IV will also play host to a bevy of special characters including legendary Star Wars icons Master Yoda for the Xbox 360, Darth Vader for the PS3 , and appearing on both platforms, Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice from LucasArt’s hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Adding to the mythos, Soulcalibur IV will also include a number of special characters designed by famous Japanese manga artists and character designers.

Retooled from the ground up, Soulcalibur IV perfects its highly celebrated weapons-based fighting system with stunning high definition graphics and new gameplay mechanics. Adding to the depth of combat, players can now destroy protective armor; weakening their enemy’s resolve and unleash Critical Finish moves to defeat opponents in one final blow. Also new to the series is the ability to compete online against players from around the world with their favorite Soulcalibur characters or customized characters for global domination.

To support the release of Soulcalibur IV, an extensive national marketing campaign is underway that will generate more than 250 million consumer impressions. Television ad campaigns will run throughout July and August, consisting of :30 and :15 second spots aimed at cable programming in the U.S. and Canada. Additional initiatives include online and print programs, as well as promotional and retail partnerships that will raise the anticipation for this premiere franchise.

Also to further whet appetites, players can now download the original Soulcalibur for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360. Originally released in 1999, Soulcalibur remains the highest rated fighting game of all time and continues to garner critical acclaim with its graceful transition into the high definition era. Gamers can prove their worth against the world with dozens of leaderboards spanning every character and mode. Players can sharpen fighting instincts in Arcade, Survival and Training modes or challenge a friend in local-play Versus mode.

Xbox 360 Achievements (1000 points)

  1. Start of a New Era: Welcome to the new world of Soulcalibur! - 5 points
  2. Encounter with the Unknown: Fight against Yoda - 10 points
  3. Pursuer of the Secret: Pursuer of the Secret - 10 points
  4. Mystery of the Swords: Clear Story Mode on difficulty: HARD - 20 points
  5. May the Force be with You: Clear Story Mode with Yoda - 20 points
  6. War Veteran: Clear Arcade Mode - 10 points
  7. Hero on the Battlefield: Clear Arcade Mode with over 450,000 points - 20 points
  8. Legendary Hidden Treasures: Acquire over 30 treasures in Tower Of Lost Souls - 20 points
  9. Never Ending Advance: Descend 20 floors in Tower Of Lost Souls - 20 points
  10. Tower's New Guardian: Clear all upper floors of Tower Of Lost Souls - 30 points
  11. Scorpion's Sting: Win a battle with Critical Finish - 10 points
  12. Smasher: Destroy all of the opponent's equipment - 10 points
  13. Iron Hammer: Land an attack on a taunting opponent - 10 points
  14. Death on the Battlefield: Perform 100 Critical Finishes - 30 points
  15. Like a Flowing Stream: Perform 200 Impacts - 20 points
  16. Lost in the Moment: Perform 20 Just Impacts - 30 points
  17. Quick Strike: Perform 5 First Attacks in a row in Arcade - 10 points
  18. Swift Strike: Perform 100 First Attacks - 20 points
  19. Mad Destroyer: Perform 100 Soul Crushes - 20 points
  20. Violent Storm: Perform 50 Wall Hits - 20 points
  21. 10,000 Strikes of Proof: Land 10,000 attacks - 30 points
  22. Endure 1,000: Guard 1,000 times against attacks - 30 points
  23. Water Moon: Perform 30 grapple breaks - 20 points
  24. Distance will not Betray: Reach over 10,000 meters in total movement distance in battle - 20 points
  25. First Step as an Artist: Customize a regular character - 5 points
  26. Chosen by History: Create a custom character - 5 points
  27. Sharpened Teeth: Maximize a style's level - 20 points
  28. Equal Skill and Power: Use all skill points and set up 4 skills - 20 points
  29. Engraved into History: Fight 100 times (Online) - 30 points
  30. World Class Fighter: Fight against 20 different fighting styles (Online) - 30 points
  31. World Traveler: Fight on all stages (Online) - 30 points
  32. Gladiator: Win consecutive Ranked Matches (Online) - 20 points
  33. Unknown Swordsman: Win 10 times (Online) - 20 points
  34. Hero King: Level up to 20 - 30 points
  35. Divine Punishment: K.O. with an Unblockable Attack - 20 points
  36. Reversal Wizard: Win 20 times with low HP - 20 points
  37. Phoenix: Win with all equipment destroyed - 10 points
  38. Wandering Assassin: K.O. opponent with over 20 types of weapons - 10 points
  39. Repel All Blades: Win perfect 30 times - 30 points
  40. Numeric God: Measure the two passages of time and win - 20 points
  41. Two Cannot Exist Together: Exhaust each other's power - 20 points
  42. Gathering of the Best: Complete CHAIN OF SOULS - 20 points
  43. Observer of Souls: Collect all illustrations in Art Gallery - 30 points
  44. Sword Hunter: Collect all weapons for 5 characters - 15 points
  45. The Controller: Get Soul Calibur (Final Form) - 20 points
  46. Wild Run to Tragedy: Get Soul Edge (Final Form) - 20 points
  47. Looter of the Battlefield: Collect all accessories - 20 points
  48. Wandering Weapon Merchant: Collect 350 pieces of equipment - 20 points
  49. Tower of Gold: Acquire over 1000000 Gold - 20 points
  50. Transcend History and the World: Acquire all weapons and equipment - 50 points

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