After playing this game for atleast a month, I am rather bored and unentertained with the game. Whereas the gameplay is very well polished, the online gameplay is flawed. Frankly, there are too many people who try to obtain the best win ratio through many devious and cowardly deeds. Although this is most common in numerous fighting games, one cannot escape those conveniently induced lag-spikes or have the opponent purposely lose connection (resulting in a draw for online purposes). On the other hand, there are plenty of good-elite online players who play purely for fun or competition. One just has to suffer a few hold-up matches until the SC4 server actually finds a good opponent by random (it doesn’t take that long).
For the most part, stick to playing with your friends locally for good time fun, and use online play for laughs (colonel sanders custom creation).
The game will certainly praise your gaming collection, but the replayability is rather limited. At most, SC4 probably has the shelf life of possibly a month to a few months for the truly dedicated. Nonetheless, I would have to say that this is probably the best Soul Calibur game I have played as of yet. Think of SC3 without all the fluff and that is exactly what SC4 is, except with online capabilities.
Overall – 8.5
Rent the game first, before buying it.