Soul Calibur is definitely one of the more unique fighting titles
and opposed to your Street Fighters and Tekkens,
weapons play a key part to the fighting style of all your
characters. Another cool aspect about this series was the inclusion
of guest stars into the franchise. Although there are a number of
staple characters in this franchise, the developers have
successfully bargained with video game and movie companies to
include characters like Solid Sake (Metal Gear Solid) and
even Darth Vader (Star Wars). So when I heard that Ezio Auditore
from Assassin's Creed would be one of the playable
characters, I was totally over the moon. However unlike the
aforementioned Darth Vader, Ezio Auditore is definitely a much more
suited character to this franchise and is not as overpowering as the
Dark Lord of the Sith.
should also be noted that Soul Calibur V is oozing with T&A and I
don't think a game since Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball has shown so
much female flesh. Unfortunately the following UK/US poster was not
used in Australia for some strange reason. We can't see a problem
but have a look and tell us why if you can see the problem.
With a variety of different gaming modes that include Legendary
Souls (extremely bloody hard), Arcade, Quick Battle, Vs Battle,
Training and our favourite Story 1607 A.D., there's plenty to be
found in this title. For newcomers to the series, we suggest the
story mode as it also acts as an interactive tutorial for the
player. It also helps explain the new combat enhancements such as
the critical gauge system and the 3 attack types that include
horizontal, vertical and kick plus guard. The story of Soul Calibur
V takes place 17 years later from the previous game where the
children of Sophitia who happened to be a kick a$$ character in
previous instalments has handed the reign to her children.
Unfortunately for Pyrrha, she has been cursed from the evil Soul
Edge Sword and it is up to her brother Patroklos to find the swords
to free her.
with most Soul Calibur games, the story is rather lacklustre and
uninspiring but thankfully the gameplay more than makes up for this
lack of insight. Some would say that the story is bad but its over
the top nature actually makes it quite amusing to see it all unfold
in the 20 or so episodes/fights that you engage in. Just be ready
for a very difficult boss battle at the end of all this. Character
creation also returns in this game that allows players to create
some truly bizarre and sexy looking characters with tweaked fighting
styles. The customisation here is quite insane as you pick heights,
body types, gender, muscle types, chest size (yes... just like the
picture above), hair styles, voice types, clothes (or lack of) and
weapon styles which are based on the core characters such as Hilde
or Yoshimitsu. Needless to say, there's quite a lot to do and we got
stuck in this section for awhile. It definitely adds to the replay
value of this game.
Our "Wonder Woman"
Another strong point of Soul Calibur V is that all the characters
play quite differently which definitely opens up the game for hours
upon hours of fighting entertainment. Whether it's a quick online
match, a versus mode against an AI opponent or another attempt at
the story mode, thereís plenty to see and do in this game and more
importantly, kick Soul Calibur butt! Even though some of your
favourites may be missing from the line-up in this game, there are
plenty of characters to choose and my favourites were Ezio and Natsu.
I loved the balanced fighting of Ezio, especially his up close and
personal moves, whereas Natsu was more fluidic in her attacks.
Another interesting character was Z.W.E.I. who definitely has a few
surprises up his sleeves.
terms of combat, Soul Calibur is definitely a much more complex
fighter opposed to its predecessors. At its core, the game is still
a fighter with weapons that has a healthy dose of attacks and
defence to keep your fingers busy on the controls as you attempt to
succeed with your attacks and combos. Each character also has a
critical edge attack which can only be used once your critical gauge
is full and allows to perform a very powerful attack and can
sometimes mean the difference between victory or loss. There are
also mini critical edge attacks called brave edge attacks that use
half your gauge and does a fair amount of damage. It definitely
creates a new spin on this franchise. To challenge players even
more, defence also uses the critical gauge which uses a quarter of
this and must be built-up to be used. While I did enjoy these new
features in Soul Calibur V, I would have preferred if they were
explained to the player a little more than just a screen of text.
Fortunately the game is quite strong in terms of combat from kicks
to throws and lots lots more.
mentioned, the game supports online play that allows for both ranked
and player matches. Online opens up the game for more challenges to
the player as humans are generally more unpredictable than the AI in
the game, even on the harder levels. I also like the ability to
check out other players profiles online and thereís always someone
to find to play. I must admit that some of these online players are
quite good and watching via a spectator mode does allow you to get
an insight into their fighting prowess in this good looking fighter.
Graphics are pure eye candy for Soul Calibur V and look amazing on a
FULL HD TV with some extraordinary character models, flawless
animation and some well designed environments. The cinemas are very
cool, especially the introduction and the start of the story mode as
we are once again introduced to the soul edge and soul Calibur.
There is some clipping during the battles but it's nothing major.
Sound effects are good and are well used with its surround sound
feature but voice acting is a little over the top and sometimes
borders on truly bad. The musical score is quite powerful and really
enhances this classic series. All in all, Soul Calibur V is a good
looking and sounding game.
youíre looking for a fighter with a decent amount of longevity than
Soul Calibur V is the game for you and whether youíre a newbie or an
aficionado of the series, the game successfully manages to keep
things fresh, exciting and playable for everyone. However like I
said at the start of the review, itís an easy game to play but hard
game to master but if you put the time into this game, it will
reward you well. Check it out if youíre looking for something
totally different than the Street Fighter or Tekken series.