Excerpt: If someone heard my buddy Joey and I playing Soul Calibur II , they'd think that it's probably the funniest game ever. See, the other day I was playing Soul Calibur II with Joey. And regardless of this review's publishing date, that could very well be any other day considering how often I've been playing this game. But anyway, I was fighting as Nightmare, the young, cursed knight with Aryan looks and a sword big enough to make Final Fantasy VII's Cloud blush.
Excerpt: Let's talk boxing. Great boxers need great opponents to bring out their greatness. Ali had Frazier and Foreman to challenge him, to make him shine. Sugar Ray Robinson had Jake Lamotta to give him hell, to bring out his best. In contrast, Roy Jones Jr. has no one who can really challenge him, which is why boxing pundits, despite Roy's impressive achievements, continue to question his abilities. Enough about boxing.
Excerpt: Arcade console fighting games are a dime a dozen - so few of them are actually good and worth the time to play, not only with friends but on your own. In fact, only a few series, like Tekken , Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive , can even be considered consistent in terms of quality delivered.
Pros: Awesome fighting system, Looks great, Lots of modes, including Weapon Master, Tons of unlockables
Cons: Not much change in the fighting system, English voicework can be odd
Excerpt: Saying that Soul Calibur is just another fighting game would be like saying Gary Coleman is just another little guy. Like my favorite short statured wash-up, Soul Calibur is one of those games that transcends the genre and gives players an experience beyond what is currently offered. Even if you look back over the history of the franchise, it's always been marked as something special.
Summary: Namco's feverishly anticipated fighting
game sequel Soul Calibur 2 has hit the Gamecube and created quite a splash.
Featuring the silky smooth graphics and presentation players have come to expect
SC2 takes the series to the next level with a deeper Weapons Master mode. Most
of the existing fighter return with new characters, including special guest star
Link. Players will find the same intuitive controls, deep fighting system and
backstories they've come to expect.
Excerpt: A sequel or merely an update? Soul Calibur 2 is action is third game in the Soul Edge series. This game features some newcomers as Wilson returning characters. And yes once again , Soul Edge has changed hands for this game to be on.
Excerpt: When playing in Extra Arcade, you can change what weapons your characters use in battle, provided you have obtained new ones. This can greatly affect how balanced a fighter your character is. Tamil can find a weapon, for example, that lets her take out anyone almost without effort, or she can pick a different weapon that has some attributes that are great and some that are a disaster. It's amazing how many ways Namco found to keep gamers playing.