Metacritic (PS): 81/100
Release: Jan 2012
Reviewed on: PS3
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Released across the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012 Soulcalibur V has all the features of you expect from this high quality fighting franchise. With 28 characters split between new faces and returning ones you’ve got the ideal formula for new players and old alike. The game also includes a tie in with Ezio from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
Set 17 years after the previous game you’ll focus your attention around Sophitia from the children of Soul whose son Patroklos travels across Europe with his sister Pyrrha to rid her of the malfestation curse. Told through cutscenes, still images and battles the story is passable but brought down by the average story telling methods. Taking only around 4hrs to complete as is typical for fighting games most of your game time will come from elsewhere.
A redeeming element though is the ability to create your own unique character visuals by building off the fighting style of a current character but heavily modifying them. This ties in closely with quick battle that will pull said player creations across the world for you to battle.
Other modes include arena where you’ll try defeat 6 enemies as fast as possible, tutorial to practice your moves and legendary mode for veterans needing a significant test. Multiplayer is the pinnacle game mode though with all the features you need for a coherent and accessible multiplayer although like all fighting games as they age the player pool quickly shrinks to only the extremely strong fighters.
Fighting is still nearly all weapon based although a new witch like character does rely on her magical sphere over a traditional weapon. The standard array of high and low attacks return in Soulcalibur V with a new focus on rewarding aggressive players.
- Fight with 28 characters, including Ezio.
- Beat the story mode, practice in tutorial mode and fight infinite battles across arcade and quick battle.
- New focus on rewarding aggressive fighting.
- Design your own character visuals from a great range of options.
- For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.