Project Soul and Namco Reenter the Ring With SoulCalibur V
Having grown up in the Sega Genesis era and playing every platform available since, I am no stranger to fighting games. From Eternal Champions to King of Fighters, I’ve played and seen them all. Now all good fighting games come and go but one game always distinguished itself from all the others in my eyes. That was the Soulcalibur series, Namco’s crown jewel of the fighting genre. Not only do the fluid environment and character graphics blow most other games in its genre out of the water, but the use of a weapon based combat system gave the game an individuality in a sea of monotony. On the eve of the release of its new entry into the series Soulcalibur V on the horizon, we look back on where we left off in the series and what kind of bang your getting for your hard-earned buck.
The Story So Far…(SPOILERS!!!!!)
The game kicks off 17 years after the events of Soulcalibur IV which left Nightmare (the antagonist through much of the first few titles) who wielded the evil blade named the Soul Edge, dead at the hands of Siegfried (opposite Nightmare as the protagonist) a holy knight who wields the legendary blade from which the game gets its title, Soulcalibur. Not much is known of the actually storyline for the game but does include Patroklos Alexander, the son of Sophita who was killed by and apparition manifested from the Soul Edge itself after the events of the four’s story. The story tells his tale as he tries to track down and destroy the entity responsible for his mother’s untimely demise. More on the story can be found here.
Holy Content Batman!!!
With the multitude of fight games currently out there, SoulCalibur V stands out above the rest with its stunning amount of content it’s putting forth at launch. The game will ship with almost 30 playable characters spanning from all over the Soul universe. Along with many familiar characters such as the voluptuous Ivy with her signature rope sword and the cold samurai Mitsurugi and his bloodthirsty katana, there will be some new faces including everyone’s favorite assassin Ezio Auditore from Ubisoft’s popular Assassins Creed franchise. Fighters need an arena to unleash their carnage and Soulcalibur delivers with a confirmed 20 (not a typo folks I said TWENTY) different stages that we will be facing each other on which will definitely keeps this game for hours refreshing and new for hours on end all handcrafted with stunning visuals we have come to know and love from the crew over at Project Soul. The Collectors Edition will give eager fans a myriad of bonuses. For an extra 20 bones, you’ll find yourself with a hard cover artwork book based on the game, DVD with behind the scenes footage from the developers, the original game soundtrack and free DLC with armor for all characters in the games beautifully package in the Soulcalibur V limited edition book case. Also preorder specials are available through Best Buy, Gamestop and Wal-Mart for extra characters and content based on where you buy.
What Will Be Your fate?
With all of the games coming out this year, I get picky with my purchases but Soulcalibur V will be in my list for sure. Will you be picking up the game? Let us know if you’ll be snatching Soulcalibur V and if it isn’t, let us know why and for those joining in the fight for the fate of the world, I’ll see you in the arena. Soulcalibur V hits store shelves on January 31st in the US and February 3rd in Europe and Japan on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $59.99 with the Collectors Edition going for $79.99.