Excerpt: I’ll be the first to admit some certain distaste for the Fighting sub-genre. I’m generally more of a gamer that plays for story and game play, and while fighters are full of game play, for some reason they always feel stagnant or repetitive to me.
Excerpt: Welcome… to the stage of history. The introduction of a new Soul Calibur game is rightfully defined as a historical event. In the genre of fighting games exists three categories: realistic, such as Virtua Fighter or Tekken which employ actual martial art styles; surrealistic, as with Street Fighter...
Excerpt: With the release of Soul Calibur 2 for all major consoles, the fighting genre is once again about to claim the hearts of most all gamers. By including exlusive characters for each console, if you own either an xbox, ps2, or gamecube, there's really no reason for you not to own this game.
Summary: Rick's plowed through Namco's multi-platform fighter ... and his soul STILL burns!
Pros: Deep single-player experience with Weapon Master mode, Dolby Pro-Logic II used for a good surround sound experience., Fantastic graphics with pro-scan support, Ridiculously fun multi-player experience, The best fighter on GameCube, bar none
Cons: A few characters missing from the original (but replaced with new ones with similar fighting styles), Minor animations have been reused from the first game
Excerpt: Most of the significant differences fans will especially notice are actually more cosmetic than technical. Each of the original characters return in search of the phantom Soul Edge weapon, including such favorites as Mitsurugi, Ivy and Taki (whose assets seem to have grown since the last time I...
Summary: Soul Calibur 2 for the GameCube is released in the States on August 26th. Should you import it now? Well, that depends on how you like Link, and if the best fighting game ever interests you. Read our full review for details.
Pros: Addictive as fighting games get, Addition of special weapons unlocks hundreds of new battle opportunities, Arenas with walls work wonders on an already-perfect engine, Beautiful graphics, animation, sound, music, Brings people together!, Fighting has never been so smooth since, uh, Soul Calibur, ...
Cons: Link is NOT a team player!, The story is heavy, yet . . . not noteworthy, Unlocking stuff takes too long -- I crave FIGHTING