Soul Calibur V review roundup

Critics weigh-in for Namco’s latest release in the iconic arcade fighter

February 1, 2012
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Don’t let the name fool you, Soul Calibur V is the sixth main instalment in Namco’s Soul series of fighting games and it’s being released on PS3 and Xbox 360 this coming Friday, 3 Feb.

Taking place 17 years after Soul Calibur IV, the primary protagonist is Patroklos, the son of Soul series veteran Sophitia. Sophitia’s daughter will also be an impotant character, and Assassin’s Creed star Ezio Auditore da Firenze has also been promised to make an appearance.

Soulcalibur V Ezio

Soulcalibur V Ezio

According to reports, Namco has made substantial changes to the franchise’s core gameplay mechanics. Critical Finishes have been removed, and so has the Soul Gauge. Armour is still destructible, and a new gauge has been added that works similarly to the “super meters” commonly found in other fighting games.

We haven’t had a chance to get our mitts on Soul Calibur V yet, but the games press at large has for the most part responded positively to its release, resulting in it achieving a pre-release Metacritic score of 82/100.

Here is what reviewers have had to say about it so far:

Game Informer 85/100

Soulcalibur V is the next-gen Soulcalibur that I’ve been wanting as a fan for years. At the same time, it’s nothing if not more Soulcalibur. Now if Namco Bandai would release a DLC pack with the full Soul Calibur II roster, I could finally retire that disc. Read more

1UP B+

SCV reinvents the series again, and implements a number of changes that add layers of complexity and depth to a winning formula. The new Street Fighter-centric direction is surprising, but one that still works within the general framework without being overpowering. While plenty of single-player content can keep you busy for months — much like the original — in the end playing with friends and real opponents is the best way to experience Soulcalibur. Read more

Soulcalibur V

Soulcalibur V

Edge Magazine 8/10

It’s still a Soul Calibur game, but Project Soul has successfully designed it for a wider audience of casual and hardcore players alike, which was a key factor in Capcom’s successful reinvention of its revered series.

Gamespot 7.5/10

Fans looking to relive the experience of SoulCalibur’s early entries may be irked by this game’s new additions. But once the steep learning curve is surmounted, you will find a fresh-yet-familiar fighting system that’s fun to explore. Read more

IGN 7.5/10

Soulcalibur V is at its absolute best with friends, when it’s testing your skill, reaction times and trash talking ability. The combat is still great and the graphics are still beautiful. Outside of that, it’s a slight disappointment, as this is the weakest single player experience in the series yet. The game just never attempts to give us something we haven’t seen before. Read more

Soulcalibur V

Soulcalibur V

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