Conclusion: Soul Calibur II is the best 3D fighter to date on any console. It provides a level of gameplay suitable for rookies to masters and will provide the long lasting appeal that has been missing from recent fighters. In my first two days of playing this title, I found it very hard to put down and even spent two hours in the practice mode trying to master my control of Ivy.
Excerpt: Soul Calibur was the best fighting game to come out around the time that the Dreamcast was popular, and now the sequel has come to our favorite next-gen consoles. Basically, this game has no plot. The demon sword Soul Edge was shattered by the good sword Soul Calibur, and now everyone wants it. And to do so, they must mercilessly beat everyone out of their way. See, told ya the plot stunk.
Excerpt: When the age of 3D gaming began in the mid-90s, the beat-em-up genre was among the first to receive a graphical overhaul. Soon after, two of the most competitive fighting series were born – Virtua Fighter and Tekken. But some would argue that Sega’s efforts with the Virtua series always managed to outperform the play mechanics of Tekken. It was during this rivalry that arcade giant Namco came up with Soul Calibur in 1999.
Excerpt: I’ll take a little more of the same, but top it with a taste of McFarlane’s necrid nightmare. Soul Calibur 2 is the third in the Soul Edge series. The Xbox release of this game still holds all the same options as the PlayStation 2 and Game Cube versions, but this time, they’ve added Spawn as the console specific character.
Excerpt: Three years after breathing life into the Dreamcast, Namco Launches a sequel to the legendary Soul Calibur. Is it as good as the original? Nope-it's a whole lot better. Stunning graphics, beautiful environments, varied gameplay and surprising depth are just a few of the reasons that make this the best fighter on the market-no matter what system you have. Click here for the whole review.
Conclusion: version of the excellent Weapon Master mode that was one of the best features of the first game. Add it all up and SC2 is a remarkable game and one every fighting fan should own. Still, expectations out there are very high for this one. People seem to expect that the game will be, hands down, the best 3D fighter of all time.
Excerpt: Three years after breathing life into the Dreamcast, Namco Launches a sequel to the legendary Soul Calibur. Is it as good as the original? Nope-it's a whole lot better. Stunning graphics, beautiful environments, varied gameplay and surprising depth are just a few of the reasons that make this the best fighter on the market-no matter what system you have.
Pros: ups: Tons of modes; 20+ characters; fast, silky smooth gameplay that has more depth than you can shake a stick at; gorgeous graphics; great music
Cons: downs: Console exclusive characters kind of bite
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.
Excerpt: Few could deny that Soul Calibur was one of the greatest fighting games of all time - the biggest problem with it was probably one of exposure, as it only was ever released in the arcades and on Sega's ill-fated Dreamcast console. Namco has known for quite a while that they had a goldmine on their hands with the Soul Calibur name, and they've finally delivered a sequel to US soil for all 3 major consoles.