Rated 0 out of 10 by Electronaut72 Things are looking good for Soul Calibur fans...
Soul Calibur 4 left something to be desired for me. Sure, the graphics were great and the gameplay was as solid as ever...but it seemed to be lacking in new fighters (Hilde and Algol were the only new canonical characters). Also, something is starting to feel stale about the arenas...am I the only one getting tired of flat, geometrical stages with deep chasms at the edge? Soul Calibur 5 will hopefully address these issues. Zwei and Viola are the only entirely new characters that have been announced so far, but it looks like the returning ones--and their stand-ins such as Patroklos, Pyrrha, Natsu, and Leixia--will be significantly beefed-up with new tricks and moves. I doubt we'll ever see the return of uneven arenas via Tekken 4 and Virtua Fighter 3, but something needs to be done to make the stages in SC5 more organic and exciting. Whatever Namco does, I'm confident this sequel will pack the punch that SC4 was meant to have. If weapons-based fighters are your thing, I say a pre-order is justified.
Rated 3 out of 10 by EMAN64 Worst Soul Calibur to Date
I've owned every Soul Calibur game in the series, (including getting the different versions for gamecube, xbox, ps2, etc... due to special characters per platform). Soul Calibur V is by far the worst of the bunch. First, almost all of the original characters were taken out of the game (1-4 kept the majority of characters in with the exception of a few new ones) for the sake of the terrible story line that this game has. I beat the story mode in under two hours. After noticing no "Tower Mode" like in Soul Calibur IV I tried the create a character mode, hoping it would be better or as good as Soul Calibur IV. It's absolute garbage, no stats, rarely any items, next to no customizables. I give this game 2310 due to it maintained it's fighting system, beautiful graphics, and music. Like some other reviewers said, if you want to play a great game, go back to Soul Calibur II or IV. Will be returning this game the same day I bought it, absolute waste of money.
Rated 6 out of 10 by Nicopopolis Downgrade from Soul Calibur IV
Soul Calibur V just didn't live up to it's lineage for me. I bought the game on launch day, completed the story mode, and well, after that, there's not much left to do except try to earn "player points" so you can get unlocks so you can.... um... do what again? The clash system is gone, but there's this impact system that just honestly, isn't as good. You can make a custom chatacter and go online and play against other player.... records... or something. It's really to me, after playing Soul Calibur IV that had tons of game modes to conquer with unique rewards for each one and even if you did decide to just spend all day fighting your friends, still got rewarded for your game time, this one didn't live up to expectations with reduced playability, and reduced options. Even in the story mode, you're forced to play an unlikeable character through an unanimated storyboard presentation that is unfufilling for a $60 game.
Rated 8 out of 10 by quinncinati not quite what i expected
i was really looking for a great story mode in SC5 and tthats not quite what i got. instead of previous story modes where you pick your character and each has a ungique ending SC5's story is only played by three different characters(patroklos, pyrhha, Z.W.E.I.) who you can only play as during certain missions. its also fairly short only 20 episodes and it only took 2 hours to beat. although the story was easier to follow than SC4 and also more interesting being the fact that you cant freely choose from over 24 characters i most likely wont be playing story mode again. SC5 also lacks different modes theres only story, online, vs battle, quick battle, arcade, and soul legends. what i do like though is being able to customize your character a whole bunch more than SC4 and also only having to worry about it affecting your appearance. I also like the ability to level up your player profile offline it can make playing offline a little more interesting. The thiong i love most would defenitley be the new brave edge and acritical edge moves for each character wich lets you turn the tide of battle!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Sonata Best Soul Calibur yet!
Soul Calibur V is Awesome the best soul calibur since 2. It has a weak story but the other offline modes are fun, is true the arcade mode is simple but if you enjoy the gameplay (the fighting) it wont even matter, legendary souls is good for improving skills(when you beat it you know your getting good at the game) and the quick battle mode is 240 matches of random create players around the world is distracting and a lot of fun. The creation mode is the best in the series and the multiplayer is easy the best online multiplayer in a fighting game i played, it runs smooth most of the time even if it has a 2 bar connection, also has your standard ranked and player matches with spectator mode and a lobby room similar to that on mortal kombat for text chat and a replay mode that lets you upload your replay or download replays from other players...
Rated 7 out of 10 by PrinceBlast total headache i mean really..
Soul Calibur is always been known as one of them games u have 2 know wut ur doing to win not just press buttons and win ( like Tekken for Example) but ya number 5 charcters like Maxi got nerfed (downgrade) rlly bad i mean dang and dats mi best charatcer and hes da headache part if ur a real good fighter like me u love to counter well da counter is basically gone u have 2 have a certain amount of energy 2 perforom counters now i mean dang...so wen ur gettin pressured wen blockin wantin to counter and checkin ur bar 2 c u can do it especially online ur gonna get grabbed or hit outta ur guard cuz da bar is so tiny u can barely read it fast and see it wen it goes up so ya if u counter and u dnt have enuff energy u'll b wide open...and ya dats game..total hadache 4 true soul claibur fighters dis is mi total least favorite
Rated 0 out of 10 by mattbadd THE BEST GAME EVER!!!
Oh my god! I can't wait, SoulCalibur is the best game on the planet! the customization possibilities on SoulCalibur IV shocked me, I can't wait to see how they could possibly top it! I plan to become a video game designer when I graduate and SoulCalibur is about 45% of my inspiration with 45 of the remaining 55% being Kingdom Hearts and 10 of it being Tony Hawk (the whole series but especially Proving Grounds). SoulCalibur is that good, tied for best only because Kingdom Hearts has a slightly better story line, but with this upcoming game, that could all change! It could just take over the world of video gaming! I have to say thank you NAMCO, you're the best and I hope to work for you soon. NEVER STOP MAKING NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SOULCALIBUR UNIVERSE!!!
Rated 9 out of 10 by SparksElectric Hits With A "Critcal Edge"
I have played EVERY soulcalibur game made, even soul edge. Right now, this is my favorite one. They have a great story mode that, even though short (which is expected in a fighting game), is really good and interesting. The one i hated the most was SC4, i feel i went away to much from what the game was ment to be. The create a character is more in depth then. Online is actually good from what I have experienced. Its one of the very few fighting games i dont have to worry about my moves being delayed. The problems with it though is that they toook out a lot of characters people liked and put others in their place with their exact same type of fighting style. But the new characters are ok, some good, some not. All in all this is a really good game to have.
Rated 1 out of 10 by kingpool Why take out characters and lose fans?
It was great knowing soul calibur 5 was coming out after the great installment of soul calibur 4. It was not great, however, to remove many of the characters from the game. As a person with a life, i only have time to play with one character, and many others are the same. But when you take out a fan's only character who are you to play with? I am not a fan of this game anymore because it was just a stupid idea to take out characters and even replace them with other stupid looking characters. Tekken has over 50 characters and on it's like 8 installment. Never did they take numerous amount of characters out of the game. And if they did, they replaced with a similar character having about the same move set. Officially not a fan anymore.
Rated 0 out of 10 by ajax0014 Soul Calibur returns
It has been awhile since SC4, I'm surprised it took so long. I wish it were coming out in 2011, because now I still have to wait a year. I wonder what new characters will be added, I hope the Star Wars characters are kept, that was really interesting, facing them and playing as them. At first I didn't believe they were in the game, I thought it was a joke. I know they don't fit in to the story well, but it was interesting and I liked it. Maybe they could add more, or people from other franchises too. So that we could see some of our favorite characters from other games in SC, so that we have our favorite game, SC, and then add-ons from other good games. Just a thought. But I have no doubt that this will be a great game.