Soulcalibur IV

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Polished sequel with thrilling one-on-one duels.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players duke it out using mostly swords, knives, and other melee weapons. None of the attacks involve any blood or gore.


Outfits are revealing, even skimpy at times, especially with the buxom female characters. Cleavage is clearly visible, and some outfits include a thong exposing the buttocks.


Mostly mild, but could escalate if played online with human interaction.


Newest installment in the Soulcalibur series of video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the latest in the swordfighting brawler franchise. Since the emphasis is on one-on-one fighting, there's a healthy dose of violence, although none of it is gory or bloody. Characters dress rather provocatively. Expect to see plenty of cleavage or nearly-exposed buttocks. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for kids under age 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGamecritic13 June 29, 2012

Defienatly Age 12 game Skimpy But Great Story line!

Its ok i mean not the best i would around age 12
Adult Written byBrioCyrain May 6, 2012

Immodest females

16 & up due to some extremely immodest clothing on female characters, and the shear nature of how realistic the graphics are.
Teen, 16 years old Written byDoritos November 19, 2017

It’s great (for the family?!?)

This is a great game. Legitimately the only innapropriate content is very mild language (like “d*mn” or “h*ll.” Seriously, you hear worse in Shrek.) and reveali... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 17, 2016


Awesome game! If your kids can`t play games with weapons like swords and axes and all that, this is a definite NO. No blood when weapons hit players, there`s so... Continue reading

What's it about?

To inject some new life into the long-running series, designers for SOULCALIBUR IV call on The Force. The franchise returns with gorgeous brawling, robust features and the guest appearances of two Star Wars icons, Darth Vader for the PlayStation 3 and Yoda for the Xbox 360. More than 30 characters duke it out in a quest for legendary swords the Soul Calibur and Soul Edge.

The brawling breaks down between five main actions: Horizontal and vertical attacks, kicks, blocks and throws. Using a combinations of buttons in conjunction with moving toward a specific direction, you'll pull off an array of strikes. A colored Soul Gauge tied to your health measures performance. If it flashes red, you're left in a defenseless state called Soul Crush. From there you're open to all attacks, including a round-ending Critical Strike. Along with strikes, players can use power-ups to gain an advantage.

Is it any good?

Battles are incredibly fun and tailored to most levels of experience. You can button mash your way to victory or practice each character's deep roster of moves. While fighters are front and center, you can't help but notice alluring landscapes, particularly those based on Star Wars lore. Beyond story mode, there's a Tower of Lost Souls, a 60-floor tower players can ascend or descend by vanquishing as many foes as possible. For the first time, Soulcalibur players can take combat online. You can also explore leaderboards to see how you stack up against others.

Characters boast a broad range of outfits and weapons. Using the lightsaber as a Star Wars figure feels great, particularly when you hear the sword zip back and forth. If the game's 30+ characters aren't enough, you can hop into the character creator to build your own. Either choose a current character as a template or build from scratch. Gold you accumulate throughout your battles go toward purchasing new, more powerful weapons. Soulcalibur IV takes an already strong series and refines it for a fantastic fighting experience.

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Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: July 29, 2008
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Partial Nudity, Violence, Sexual Themes, Mild Language
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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