- Silky-smooth 3D environments and animations.
- Customizable controls including modifiable 'combo' button.
- Huge range of characters to unlock and master.
- Multiplayer feels like a huge omission.
- Time-attack and Survival modes don't provide the same variety the Mission Mode could have brought to the table.
While not necessarily as flashy as more recent releases in the fighting genre, SoulCalibur remains a compelling and incredibly varied 3D fighting title despite its age and usual platform-specific concerns (controls).
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It seems as though it was only a matter of time before someone would eventually remind Namco Bandai that they're sitting on a gold-mine. Thanks to iOS releases of Street Fighter and King of Fighters, SoulCalibur has been provided with an opportunity to show off its 3D fighting gameplay on a hand-held platform. While the usual genre concerns with regards to virtual controls remain ever-present, SoulCalibur is still a fantastically fun romp for fans of the series.
However before we continue lets get a couple things out of the way as they may be make-or-break issues. Firstly, there's no multiplayer, which is a huge omission for what is essentially a fun and competitive Arcade title. Secondly, there's no Mission Mode - this may not be such a huge loss, but learning the ins-and-outs of a character by being placed up against stiff odds and strange situations provided a much-needed distraction from the vanilla 'vs. CPU' arcade gameplay.
Those not familiar with the series directly are in for a treat as this classic title with Arcade origins pits unique characters (often with a historical edge to their inspiration) against each other in a weapon-based brawl. Whether they're sporting a sword and shield, a bow-staff or carrying the largest slab of metal they can drag along, each character brings a huge variety of techniques, combo attacks and special maneuvers to the table. Players have a lot of freedom of movement as well, with many moves making use of the 3D space to attack from the side as well as the front, though more manipulative gamers can simply push opponents out of the ring for a free win.
Initially players have access to ten varied characters, ranging from the button-spamming favorites of Kilik and Maxi to more refined weapon users such as Sophitia and Taki. Successful progress through the arcade mode will unlock more players, building up a healthy roster complete with alternative skins to add some flair. The usual customization options of modifying the round length, number of wins needed and overall difficulty of the AI will make this process easier or more challenging in turn.
A handful of alternative modes and unlockables add some variety to proceedings, including a gallery for setting up AI vs AI 'show matches' or watching a particular character 'practicing' moves all on their own. Both of these modes help to show off the game's silky smooth 3D engine, though as you'd expect the requirements for such a great looking title are heavy and subsequently restricted to fourth gen or higher iDevices.
Ultimately SoulCalibur lays the groundwork for what could be an outstanding 3D fighter for the platform - despite its age the game still feels as exciting as it did in the Arcade or home consoles, however until critical features such multiplayer are added to the game it will always feel like it's missing something compared to these original releases.
DescriptionThe latest entry in the SOULCALIBUR series, "SOULCALIBUR V" (PlayStation3/Xbox 360) Now on sale!!
"SOULCALIBUR" series is available on theiOS. Enjoythe memorable characters and non-stop action SOULCALIBUR is famed for with complete arcade fidelity in the comfort of your own home!
Relive the eternal tale of swords and souls transcending time and space.
19 characters in total!
All character moves faithfully recreated!
Gorgeous Retina display graphics!
※This application supports iOS 4.3 or greater, for below devices:
iPhone: 4 or newer
iPod touch: late-2010 (4th gen.) model or newer.
iPad: 2 or newer
***** Game Modes *****
- ARCADE BATTLE
The original battle mode from the arcade version of "Soul Calibur." Defeat all enemies to make it to the end of the game.
Battle an opponent over a Bluetooth connection.
"VS BATTLE" using Bluetooth cannot be used with iPod touch 4.
- TIME ATTACK
How fast can you beat the game?
With only a limited amount of life, how many opponents can you defeat?
- EXTRA SURVIVAL
How many opponents can you can defeat with single-hit kills?
Enjoy viewing a variety of artwork.
Learn the game's basic system and techniques.
***** OTHERS *****
- Play on iPhone or iPad!!
- A virtual pad tuned for fighting games.
To unlock characters and other content, play with the settings in GAME OPTIONS set to the defaults or higher.
VS BATTLE uses Bluetooth. Please keep the following in mind:
• Make sure there are no other Bluetooth devices in use in the immediate area, except, of course, your opponent's device.
• Turn Wi-Fi off.