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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.