Some of you may know that Soul Calibur on Dreamcast is my favourite 3D fighting game ever and that Ivy is one of my favourite female video game characters. I was really looking forward to details on Namco's next-gen Soul Calibur 4 game (PS3, 360) when the first screens started appearing yesterday:
Wow. I have mixed feelings about this. While the male in me is happy to see Ivy, in a more, uhm, revealing position (why do you think she is my favourite character to play with in SC?), I pray not that Namco, in desperation for sales, would turn to Itagaki for gravity defying physics model. Don't get me wrong, Dead or Alive 2 (also on Dreamcast) is my second favourite 3D fighting game of all time, and even previous Soul Calibur games has featured plenty of chest augmentation, but I do hope they prioritised the gameplay first! Then it won't matter if Namco turns Ivy into a Mai Shiranui equivalent.