Soul Calibur II is being gussied up for a re-release on current-gen consoles with overhauled HD visuals and new online multiplayer functionality. All of the classic modes will also be included, such as the free time-devouring Weapon Master campaign.
Soul Calibur II HD Online releases this Autumn. We're generally of the opinion that more Soul Calibur II is usually a good thing, seeing as it's one of the best fighting games ever made. I look forward to cheaply knocking everyone out of the ring with Voldo once again...Click here to read more...
Slicker and faster than ever before, it's the paucity of options, and the bewildering lack of content that let's SoulCalibur V down. But that balances out far more at under £20, and it's The Game Collection who've got you covered this time around.
Project Soul team leader, Daishi Odashima, has revealed that the original scope for SoulCalibur V's story mode was much larger than the end result, citing the difficulties of time constraints and man-power issues as the reasons behind its lack of fulfilment.
The story in the finished game focuses on series newcomers Pyrrha and Patroklos, but the original intention was apparently to have story arcs for every character. Sadly, the team just didn't have the time or the staff numbers to pull it off.Click here to read more...
Soul Calibur V held its value fairly well over the last few weeks thanks to its gorgeous visuals and fast-paced fighting, but ShopTo have come out swinging with a sub-£20 price for the Xbox 360 version.We have a complex relationship with this latest Namco fighter; both praising its gameplay and bemoaning its lack of content.
Soul Calibur V is still holding its value fairly well thanks to its gorgeous visuals and fast-paced fighting, but Coolshop are willing to sell us the PS3 version for an attractive £25.97 (one of the cheapest prices we've seen barring eBay listings and the odd in-store deal). Stocks are low though, so it might be worth mulling this over sooner rather than later. However, Matt has a complex relationship with this latest Namco fighter; both praising its gameplay and bemoaning its lack of content.
Soul Calibur V's a good looking game and if you've played any of the previous instalments before you'll know exactly what to expect. There are plenty of characters to take into the ring some of which you'll recognise whilst others are brand new to the series. Simply Games are currently parting with PS3 and Xbox 360 copies of the game for £32.85, which should make you a saving of almost £2 on the next best offers out there.
Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developer: Project Soul
Publisher: Namco Bandai
There might be those who suggest that SoulCalibur has never had its own identity, but that's not really true. The weapon-based fighter has, since the days of the Dreamcast, been a fighting game that's tried to welcome everyone and, not only that, but it's been one of the few series to successfully provided solo gamers with a reason to buy a fighting game. Yeah, about that. It must be said that in recent years, the series became a little bloated, mind: Overly complex game mechanics, not to mention gimmicky and exceptionally cheap cameo characters, had become the order of the day. Project Soul clearly felt that change was needed.
It would appear that the solution, to the former point at least, has been to take a leaf out of Capcom's books. The combat in SoulCalibur V is just as fluid, gorgeous to look at and artistically bountiful as it has always been, if not more. Indeed, making the combat look right has often seemed to play larger role when it comes to the series. Now, however, the fiddliness of the past has been replaced with systems that cater well to newcomers and there is no better example than with the revised Soul Gauge.
Critical Edge attacks replace Critical Finishers, but they're now far easier to execute. In the past, deploying your stunning move of balletic excellence would have required superhuman dexterity as you attempted to pull of a rather complex array of button presses. Now, however, all it takes is a couple of quarter sweeps of the stick, and the mashing of three buttons (or the right trigger) simultaneously. The result is suitably spectacular, although not quite up to the seizure-inducing special effects of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.Click here to read more...
SoulCalibur V, being the violent costume drama that it is, begins its launch trailer with a spot of broodingly-lit cosplay. Of course, it's not long before we're plunged into a shiny reel of gameplay footage feature dazzling moves, a blinding array of visual prowess and Ezio Auditore.
SoulCalibur V is out this Friday - January 31st - here in the UK, launching tomorrow across the pond, on PS3 and Xbox 360. We'll have a review for you later this week.In the meantime, click here to check out the SoulCalibur V launch trailer...
Soul Calibur V is still a week away from a European release, but Namco Bandai has already spilled the beans on what to expect from its DLC lineup. Three content packs will be launching over the next month, with one available at launch and two others going live towards the end of February. We've got the full details after the break.Click here to read more...
One of the games that kicks off February is Soul Calibur V and it looks pretty damn good if you ask me! If you've played any of the previous games in the series then you'll know what to expect; plenty of fast paced, heart pounding combat! For all the nitty gritty details on this one you should definitely take a look at Felix's preview. Gameplay are parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies of the game for £34.99, which should save you almost £3 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games.
The Dealspwn servers are creaking under the weight of a massive new batch of Soul Calibur V screenshots, and my goodness, they're certainly very pretty indeed. Early reports and our hands-on preview suggests that Project Soul's anticipated sequel is shaping up nicely ahead of its imminent February 3rd release - and these new screens give us a closer look at some of the redesigned cast in action.Click here for the new Soul Calibur V screenshots >>
The Soul Calibur franchise isn't exactly known for its subtle and nuanced portrayal of its female characters, and it seems that the upcoming iteration won't make an exception. The ESRB have given Soul Calibur V a Teen rating due to the "large amounts of jiggling cleavage" and "portions" of buttocks displayed by some of the costumes - as well as the ability to "augment" breast and buttock size in the character creation suite. And then "manipulate the camera to zoom in on their bodies," apparently.
The listing also suggests that Ezio will probably have access to his hidden gun as a useable weapon, and there'll also be a bit of bad language to contend with. Look out for it on February 2nd.
Soul Calibur V's latest trailer introduces us to a few new faces and some old friends that will soon be stepping into the arena of champions. The youthful Xiba, who was introduced last month, uses a polearm to devastating effect - though his grating voice acting will arguably be just as offensive in a combat situation. Aeon, essentially the return of Lizardman, has now been revamped with a dual-wielding style that should afford him his own unique personality. Yoshimitsu will bring the pain with a seriously creepy new look as well as his trademark unpredictable manoeuvres.
And of course, Cervantes is back to kick everyone's ass, pirate style.
Why not check out our hands-on preview for more details about the next tale of swords and swords, eternally retold? As a longtime series fan, I'm so ready for this one.Click here for the new trailer!
Project Soul's Lead Producer, Hiosaharu Tago, is very keen to show off Soul Calibur V's in-depth character and weapon customisation options. To this end, he's released a new trailer that's light on fighting and heavy on... well... selecting items from menus and light-hearted banter. Believe it or not, it's actually incredibly exciting, as Soul Calibur V will let us tweak and alter every aspect of our custom or existing characters including angles, orientation and fabric pattern.
Watch it below, and check out our latest hands-on preview for more info about the combat.Click here to read more...
The big Soul Calibur news this morning is that philandering Assassin boss Ezio will be starring in the next game, but Namco Bandai has also revealed some new details about the Collector's Edition that will launch alongside the standard version on February 3rd 2012. Packed in a specially designed ‘book’ box, the Collector’s Edition of SOULCALIBUR V will include a high quality art book, original soundtrack CD, the making-of DVD, a DLC card for the Black Knight and Paladin armor sets, plus original artwork and letter on reproduction parchment paper signed by the team at Project Soul. Fans who pre-order SOULCALIBUR V at participating retailers will exclusively receive Dampierre from SOULCALIBUR: Broken Destiny as a playable character on day one.
Who's Dampierre, you may ask? Click the link for the trailer and screenies.Click here to read more...
It's happening. It's really happening.
Namco Bandai has confirmed that Ezio Auditore will indeed be the special bonus character in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Soul Calibur V. This monumental collaboration will let players control Ezio and his wide range of assassination tools including a Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Crossbow, Hidden gun and his trademark Hidden blade when Soul Calibur V releases on February 3rd, 2012.
Project Soul has provided us with what we like to call crazy amounts of assets to celebrate the new partnership - and we've got it all below. Feast your eyes on trailers, renders and screens!Everything is permitted. Like clicking here, for example.
Namco Bandai and Soulcalibur.fr released a video today exhibiting a showdown between series stalwarts Maxi and Siegfried, controlled by some of France's finest Soul Calibur gamers. We demoed a number of the new characters at this year's Eurogamer Expo and found the combat to be typically fluid and fast paced.Watch the vid after the jump...
Namco Bandai have brought over half a dozen titles to GamesCom 2011, such as Ridge Racer Unbounded and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon; not to mention their venerable fighting franchises, Tekken Tag Hyrbrid and Soul Calibur V. I had time to sit down with the latter, and instead of bombarding us with deafening montages and crash-cut trailers, Namco Bandai slapped a pad in our hands and set us loose on one another.Click here for more on Soul Caliber V
Here we go again. Many gamers, myself included, hold up the original Soul Calibur and Soul Calibur II as the pinnacle of the fighting genre, but the subsequent iterations haven't quite managed to nail the fluid mechanics and innovation that this series was once known for. Despite being graphically gorgeous and extremely capable, Soul Calibur IV was soon eclipsed by its competitors and eventually Namco Bandai decided to disband Project Soul. Gamers wailed, signed petitions... and waited.
But now the team is back together; reunited for one last run at the title. They're determined to make Soul Calibur VI, VII, VIII through XV... and to get there, they'll have to make the fifth core game an absolute blinder.
It's early days yet - but from what I got to see, we're in for the same intoxicating mix of swords, souls and revealing outfits along with some new tweaks that bring it in line with its newer, shiner competition.
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Namco Bandai have released the Comic-Con trailer for the eagerly awaited next instalment in the Soul Calibur series. The new trailer shows off Taki's apprentice Natsu, borrowing a large number of moves from her well endowed mentor; Ivy's in there too, wearing slightly more armour than before, and still getting her kicks from lashing foes with that whip-sword of hers; and new male addition Zwei gets some screen time as well, introducing his rather unique fighting stance...though not quite as unique, one suspects, as Voldo's.Click here to see the trailer...