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Fighting Edition (Tekken Tag Tournamament 2, Soul Calibur V, Tekken 6) just £14.70 on PS3 at Video Game Box

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Matt Gardner
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Fighting Games, PS3 games, SoulCalibur V, Tekken 6, Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Fighting Edition (Tekken Tag Tournamament 2, Soul Calibur V, Tekken 6) just £14.70 on PS3 at Video Game Box

Do you like your fighting games? If so, you'll love this. Video Game Box are currently selling the three-game Fighting Edition package for £14.70, although you'll have a little wait for it to arrive (site says 19th December).

The Fighting Edition set includes Tekken Tag Tournamament 2, Soul Calibur V, and Tekken 6, the last of which tends to retail for around £12-14 anyway these days. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Anarchy Reigns, Best Fighter 2012, DOA 5, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Skullgirls, SoulCalibur V, Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag 2, UFC Undisputed 3

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Whether you were a hardcore fighting fan, or a more casual gamer who simply liked the genre, 2012 was a good year for flying fists. Namco and Capcom were on fine form, with their supreme mashup serving up a union that fans had been hungering after for years, with Tecmo Koei and Reverge Labs also providing cracking tournament support. PSASBR and Anarchy Reigns gave us some high-octane brawler action this year. It's just a shame that Persona Arena didn't reach us in time, really.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Anarchy Reigns

Now, admittedly, we don't normally do this. But with SEGA quite literally having no good reason whatsoever to have held Anarchy Reigns back, the fact it's out right at the start of the new year, and considering that we've played the import version which works perfectly and is fully localised we're sticking Platinum's brawler in our 2012 list. Utterly barmy, deliciously slick, furiously addictive, Platinum once again wiped the floor with all competitors to present a multiplayer brawler the likes of which we've not seen in many a year.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

Now, just because Matt and Brendan had an allergic reaction to this game doesn't necessarily mean it was bad. We've included it here in the list out of respect for our peers, who appear to have deemed it the second coming. There is certainly a chance that we might be fallible; after all, it can't be that bad, because lots of people apparently like it. Allegedly.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Skullgirls

Reverge Labs knocked it out of the park with Skullgirls this year. It packed more profound balance, greater flexibility and smoother animations than most games thrice its price, and the developers wholeheartedly succeeded in their bid to craft one of the finest competition fighters in recent memory. No, it wasn't for the casual fighting fan, but if you played hard, and fought to win, this was probably your new favourite game.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Street Fighter x Tekken

It's one of those mashups you dream about in the throes of a fever or a whisky-soaked haze...what if Tekken and Street Fighter came together?! Yet it happened, and it was awesome! Holding something for both casual fans and hardcore tournament fighters alike, SFxT proved to be an exceptional fighter...apart from that whole on-disc DLC mess.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Boasting a truly packed roster, serving up a neat liytle tutorial in the form of the Combot and the Fight Lab, Tekken threw its doors wide open for TTT2. The fast-paced tag action was back, and now with online stat tracking you could make sure you were nudging ahead of your friends. Oh, and le's ot forget the largely free post-game content shall we?

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Fighting Game

UFC Undisputed 3

Probably the definitive MMA game out there right now. Boasting improved presentation, ramped-up content offerings, greater accessibility, an awesome new Pride mode, and a revamped submission system, Yuke's made sure that this was the best in the series, and a triumphant title with which to say farewell, with the developers underlining why it might be a crying shame that the franchise now lies in EA's hands.

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SoulCalibur V | £17.95 | Zavvi | PS3/Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Fighting Games, Namco Bandai, PS3 games, SoulCalibur V, Xbox 360 games

SoulCalibur V | £17.95 | Zavvi | PS3/Xbox 360

Slick and quick, in the fray SCV proves its mettle. But it's just a shame that the paucity of game modes lets it down. It's better value at £17.95 now Zavvi have undercut The Game Collection, but you're still better off just getting SCII and cracking some beers with a friends in our book.

SoulCalibur V | £19.95 | The Game Collection | PS3

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Fighting Games, Namco Bandai, Project Soul, PS3 games, SoulCalibur V
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Soulcalibur V

SoulCalibur V | £19.95 | The Game Collection | PS3

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: SoulCalibur V Story Suffered From Time And Man-Power Constraints

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Daishi Odashima, Development, Fighting Games, Namco Bandai, Project Soul, SoulCalibur V

Project Soul: SoulCalibur V Story Suffered From Time And Man-Power Constraints

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.

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PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 1 - Reckoning, Reboots and Retail

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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GAME, Podcast, Pre-owned games, PWNCAST, Seven Kingdoms, SoulCalibur V, SWTOR

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 1 - Reckoning, Reboots and Retail

The Dealspwn team kick off the first season with a look at some of the latest games, including SoulCalibur V and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, investigate the nature of reboots and remakes in 2012 and discuss how we can save GAME and the high street retailers

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 1 - Recorded: Feb 8th, 2012

Topics include:

  • SWTOR
  • SoulCalibur V
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Reboots and Remakes: Syndicate, XCOM, Battleship and more
  • GAME and the future of the high street
  • The used games debate

...and much more!

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible and you should be warned that there may be some few instances of strong language.

Click below to play the file, or right click on the banner and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

PWNCAST | Season 1: Episode 1 - Reckoning, Reboots and Retail

As a further special little treat, here's the complete original pilot episode we did the week before as well. You can find that at the link below.

PWNCAST - Original Pilot

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PSA: We're Doing A Podcast, Starts This Weekend

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Dealspwn
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Dealspwn, GAME, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Pilot, SoulCalibur V, Star Wars The Old Republic, Witty banter

PSA: We're Doing A Podcast, Starts This Weekend

It's coming. A full season of informative chat, witty (and not so witty banter), rant-inducing provocation, discussions of gaming culture and declarations of  industry love - the Dealspwn podcast is almost here. The first episode will be going live on the site over the weekend, so watch this space. Jon, Carl and myself sit down and cast a retrospective eye over the past few weeks, natter about the games we've been reviewing, chat about the state of the industry and also have a glance at what lies ahead.

Topics include:

  • Carl's Ongoing Adventures in SWTOR
  • NeverDead
  • SoulCalibur V
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Why Jon's fighting game power would be endless crying
  • The plight of GAME and how we can fix it
  • The used games debate and the future of retail.

...and much more!

We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible and you should be warned that there may be some few instances of strong language.

This being a pilot episode, though, nothing is as yet set in stone. We're still exploring possibilities and playing around with certain things, but do give us your feedback if you have a listen, we'd love to hear what you think.

SoulCalibur V Review | Losing My Soul

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Matt Gardner
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Soulcalibur V | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

SoulCalibur V Review | Losing My Soul

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.

SoulCalibur V Review | Losing My Soul

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.

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SoulCalibur V Launch Trailer Features Shiny Gameplay Footage And Cosplay

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Fighting Games, Namco Bandai, Project Soul, Soul Calibur V, SoulCalibur V, Trailers, Videos

SoulCalibur V Launch Trailer Features Shiny Gameplay Footage And Cosplay

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...