Excerpt: Note : The Japanese import version of Soul Calibur 2 was used for this review. When the original Soul Calibur came out for the Dreamcast, it was, without argument, THE game to play on the console. Some have suggested, and that is my opinion too, that if there was no Soul Calibur for the Dreamcast, the system would possibly have not taken off as much as it did; or if it did, it would be later, depending on the titles, and so forth.
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.
Excerpt: Heihachi was enjoying his time at a hot springs retreat in Japan when he happened to notice a menacing shard of steel. His pulse quickened as he realized this was the part of the evil sword known as Soul Edge, the possessor of men's souls. Without a moment's thought, he dove for the shard, grabbed it in his fingers, and realized that he had cut his thumb with it. Ouch.
Excerpt: For this particular game I won't waste time on a ton of background coverage, mainly because it's a fighting game. Soul Calibur dates back past the Dreamcast as the #1 weapon fighting game to date on modern consoles. The story is about fighters from around the world, searching for a legendary sword of power, called Soul Edge. This sword is evil though, so it will take the fighter that gets it willpower of ungodly strengths – to undo the evil.
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 remember). By now you've probably heard that only two of the characters can truly be considered fundamentally new.
Conclusion: Soul Calibur II surely introduced the world to a new style of gameplay, creating a weapons-based system to lure fans to an even greater degree. With so many unlockables, SCII can be played for hours at a time. The sweet Weapon Master mode is something not seen elsewhere, and it’s a lot of fun to become a part of the story as you go through chapter to chapter and complete your goals.
Excerpt: Being the best means just about everything in the video gaming industry. Quality video games earn respect from gamers, money for publishers and developers, and give the game a monopoly, so to say, over the genre it pertains to. Alas, we can pertain this to the constant struggle between Namco and Sega for the title of king of the PlayStation 2 fighting games.