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Soul Calibur has been our favourite weapon-based beat 'em up for years now. Sporting gorgeous visuals and smooth, rich and deep combat we've been hooked since the near perfect second game. This entry has had something of a character reshuffle so it takes time to adjust to the new characters, but if you like playing online you'll enjoy the various multiplayer options. This deal saves you around £7 on the next best price.
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FIFA's unbroken run is at an end, brought low by two new challengers from the Land Of The Rising Sun. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is now top of the charts, resonating with fans who enjoyed the premise of the first game more than its execution. The masterful Metal Gear Solid HD collection comes in at a close second, buoyed up by insane value and timeless quality. Be sure to check out our Final Fantasy XIII-2 review and Metal Gear Sold HD Collection review for more details.
Soul Calibur V makes its UK debut at number five, which is a solid showing for a fighting game. However, Matt's 6/10 review takes a hard line on its streamlined new vision of the franchise.
Otherwise, the same old faces are scrabbling for position. Battlefield 3 has overtaken Modern Warfare 3 and even fellow EA mega-hit FIFA 12, clocking in at third place thanks to a host of affordable deals last week. We've got the full chart below, along with links to our reviews where applicable.Click here to read more...
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...
Namco Bandai are going all-out to promote Soul Calibur V, up to and including spraying an enormous graffiti mural onto Shoreditch walls. However, their latest stunt is to permanently carve Miturugi and Pyrrha into the Swedish Tanum mountains, where they will forever be immortalised in granite.
Who wants to make the "rock hard characters" pun? Anyone? Good, so check out the production pictures below if you're interested. Soul Calibur V launches tomorrow and our full review is in the pipeline.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...
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.
Confused by fighting games? Wondering how to pull off that action spectacular? Well fret not, dear friend, as Namco Bandai have dropped a video designed to help you make the most of that critical gauge of yours in Soul Calibur V, and assist you in unleashing hell with a Critical Edge strike.
Soul Calibur V comes out next year, will feature Assassin's Creed's Ezio Auditore, and you can read Felix's Soul Calibur V preview right here.Watch the trailer after jump...
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.
Click here to read our Soul Calibur V preview >>
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...
We've been wondering about what guest stars will show up for Soul Calibur V... and for the moment, it looks like at least one of the special characters is going to be one of us. Namco Bandai are holding a competition that will give entrants the chance to feature in the game as an NPC fighter.
To enter, simply hit up the official site, enter your name (or any name, for that matter) and answer a few questions about fighting style and personality. The promotion ends on the 5th of August - and there aren't any strings attached as far as I can tell.
Will you become a part of the tale of souls and swords... eternally retold?
Namco Bandai are rather hoping that Soul Calibur V will be something of an evolution of the series. Set twenty years on from its predecessor, it'll feature a bunch of new characters mingled in with old favourites and is slated to be out next year on PS3 on Xbox 360.
The first developer diary gives us a little peek behind the scenes at Project Soul, explains some of the reasoning behind this fifth iteration and provides a few glimpses of gameplay footage.Click here to check out the dev diary...
It's been nearly three years since Soul Calibur IV hit the shelves, and after revealing a few juicy details about the sequel yesterday, Namco Bandai have officially dated the next chapter in the eternally-retold tale of souls and swords. Soul Calibur V is slated for 2012, though the offscreen announcement trailer showcases little beyond the hilariously overblown narration that we know and love. You can read more about what to expect here - and have a gander at who we want to star as guest characters this time around! [Video courtesy of Kotaku]
During the same press conference, Namco Bandai also put an official release date on Dark Souls: the spiritual multiplatform sequel to the gruelling yet rewarding Demon's Souls. It's set to launch in "early October" - and if you're looking for a special edition pre-order, Carl has you covered.
Naturally we'll keep you posted when the exact dates are firmed up - and more details slip out.