Monday, 13 February 2012

Soul Calibur 5 Review

Fighting games have been on the rise for quite some time and it certainly doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon.

Soul Calibur 5 has recently been released, and once again thrills us with some intense 1-on-1 combat.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Soul Calbur's unique style of fighting, here's a quick rundown of what makes this series so unique.

Firstly, the series is made by the same company that created another favorite within the fighting Genre - Tekken.

This is immediately evident in the realistic, but still a bit "over the top" art style and graphics of the game, but is also comparable when taking a look at the focus on Combo's and the precise way that these moves are pulled off.

There's even a character that appears in both of these games - Yoshimitsu...... though the two games actually have nothing in common with each other regarding story....but actually works for me.

However, this is where the similarities seem to end, because unlike Tekken's unique hand to hand style of combat.......Soul Calibur has always focused (almost purely) on combat involving powerful and deadly weaponry such as Swords and Axes.

Unlike Tekken, the sword combat provides you with an opportunity to pull off some incredible power moves similar to Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. (A tad less over the top though)

Another interesting difference between Tekken and Soul Calibur is the ability to knock your opponent out of the ring and therefore winning the round, regardless of how much health you may have left.

This means that you need to focus on your environment as well as your opponent if you want to survive.

There is a massive range of characters, and each has their own particular style of fighting. My favorite characters were always Siegfried or Nightmare (the main Hero and Villain of the series) due to the massive size of their swords, and the incredible range of their attacks due to this.

The newest chapter in the series is fun,interesting, and as good as always, but is similar to it's predecessors in most ways.

Though a solid and enjoyable fighting game, there is very little to differentiate it from the previous titles in the series.

Not to say that this is a bad thing necessarily, because there isn't really a need to change a winning formula in a fighting game......and let's be honest.....innovation is very rare in fighting games anyway.

Soul Calibur 4 gave us the ability to play Yoda (on Xbox) and Darth Vader (on PS3) and gave us some unique new characters to play around with.

This time around, only one unique character has made an appearance so far (I say so far, because Character DLC has become a popular dynamic to many fighting games lately, and it's still yet to be determined whether Soul Calibur will follow this trend.)

This Character is Ezio from the Assasin's Creed series (why do I see Karl scolding me for not using his full name......Oh well.).....anyway..I digress....but truthfully, he actually makes for a pretty diverse and powerful character to play, and does place himself as a viable addition to the series.

The Story mode is still there as usual, and even though it remains full of horrendous voice acting and disjointed character development, it actually tries to further the story of the two swords that the games story revolves around. (The Cursed Sword - Soul Edge, and the Spirit  Sword - Soul Calibur) providing you with a little bit more of an insight into the depth of their influence on the characters within the game.

Character Creation is still present and provides you even more opportunities to customize you own personal character.  

However, your purchase of the game should be for the fighting aspect of it, and not the story or character customization. These are just added benefits to a game that has always been about Player versus Player (whether on the same console or online) and the game should be taken as such.

As a fighting game it's loads of fun and incredibly satisfying.

8 / 10

South African buyers can Pre-order it from

Follow the links below to order this game from Exclus1ves.
Buy Soul Calibur 5 for Xbox 360 here
Buy Soul Calibur 5 for Playstation 3 here


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