Excerpt: It's hardly surprising that, upon eventually getting hold of a second-hand Dreamcast, one of the first games I bought to accompany the beautiful white(ish) machine was the 3D beat 'em up Soul Calibur. Critically, one of the most highly-rated games ever; one of the strongest technical showcases of its time and massively popular with gamers - by all accounts, it was seen to be the Dreamcast's magnum-opus.
Pros: Astounding visuals, superb controls, immense depth, tonnes of lifespan
Conclusion: The basic fact that Namco managed to cram Soul Calibur IV onto the PSP is nothing short of a miracle, newcomers Kratos (of God of War fame) and Dampierre (a moustached madman who appears to be a strange mix of Voldo and Jack the ripper) are worthy additions and are far more suited to the gameplay than the now (thankfully) absent Star Wars characters ever were.
Conclusion: Ive been a big soul calibur fan for more than 10 years since the dreamcast days, so I was very excited when I heard about this realease. However when I read all the reviews I was pretty disappointed due to the lack of proper single player game modes (as you'll read from the reviews below). So I didn't buy it at first...when the price dropped to 10.00 I thought it was worth a go.
Excerpt: The trouble with most fighting games is that the Single-Player game is so short and simple (usually just an Arcade mode where you have to defeat all the other characters in a row, or a "Story" mode where you have to defeat all the other characters in a row but there are cut scenes in between fights, and the survival mode where you defeat as many characters as you can without dying) but Soul Calibur added a "Mission Battle Mode" to that.
Pros: Graphics, Playability, Size of Single - Player game
Excerpt: When I first got my grubby little hands on a video games console, I was lead into a world of bightly moving dots bouncing around a black screen hitting blocks and making them break... Breakout on the Atari2600. Little did I know that early games such as these would create in current Videio Games market where the best come out top and the worst end up in the bargin bins. The bargin bin is one place I have failed to find Soul Calibur.
Excerpt: How can I help today? Oh, so Sir's Interested in a "beat 'em up"? Well Sir, how do you like your beat em up? An intelligent beat em up you say? Well Sir, I recommend you put down 'Dead or Alive', and that copy of 'Virtua Fighter'. Yes that's right Sir, I'm afraid that they have a very limited control system. Fun for "button bashing" but nothing I could recommend to YOU Sir. Well if you look over here we have Street Fighter and it's many, many clones Sir.
Excerpt: This has to be one of the best beat’em up games ever made! I played the original game when it vame out on the Playstation and dismissed it as Tekken with weapons. How wrong I was. I got Soul Caliber the first day it was out and haven’t regretted the purchase for a single moment. I had always liked the Tekken series of games due to the excellent control system they used, but this game takes its cues from Tekken and just enhances the whole experience.
Excerpt: Ok so Soul Calibur may not be a sega game but we got it first for the DC. Probably the best beat’em up around at present and It would stay like that for a while. This is mainly because of its cool moves and great modes but you will just have to read on… modes; Vs battle mode-Battle it out against friends. Have a brawl with your friends and in a way, this is what the game is all about. Team battle mode-Get into your teams with your favourite characters and Do your thing.
Pros: Graphics are genius, intelligent AI, packed with modes .
Excerpt: As this is an old game, i'm going to make this one short. As usual i'll start with the good. The graphics are simply beautiful to look at. Being a 3D fighter, the animation is smooth as silk. It is also emulates real martial art styles pretty much perfectly. The musical score is full bodied and suits the mood of the game.
Excerpt: I own a dreamcast and I have brought Soul Calibur for it. I paid £20 for it in E-play (Games exchange). I used to own Soul Blade for the Playstation, which was really good so I figured that Soul Calibur had to be good as well. I got home very quickly and put this game straight into my Dreamcast and switched on. The introduction is good with some impressive graphics to show off the Dreamcast’s power.