A great, complicated fighting game.
The Soul Calibur
series is a franchise of 3D weapon-based fighting games. At their hearts, the games use a very simple control system. Each character has three attacks- Horizontal, Vertical, and Kick. From these three moves, along with the ability to freely move around the opponent and guard, each character can execute almost 100 moves.
The Soul Series
has the absolute most complicated storyline of almost any fighting game, but it pretty much all boils down to "get sentient Artifact Of Doom Soul Edge
", "get sentient Empathic Weapon Soul Calibur
", or "destroy Soul Edge". While it's helpful to know the storyline (and Soul Calibur
4 includes a handy relationship chart), you don't really need to know anything specific to follow the game.
The series is also famous for its characters. Generally, the male characters are LargeHams
, and the females are either Stripperiffic Lolicon
with Most Common Super Power
. Highlights include soul-draining zombie pirate
Cervantes, his daughter Ivy
, the genuinely creepy blind and insane
contortionist Voldo, the Soul Calibur-wielding Siegfried
, and his former Superpowered Evil Side
, the Soul Edge-wielding Nightmare
The third and fourth games have a Character Customization
mode. You can even recostume the default characters.
The games usually include bonus characters from other series. The second game included Link
, and Heihachi
; the fourth included Darth Vader, Yoda, and the Apprentice
The games are surprisingly newbie-friendly; a Button Masher
can do decently. All the games include longer modes that require very
large amounts of skill; in the earlier games The Computer Is A Cheating Bastard
. However, with training, a player can string together long combos and pull off very flashy
The series is very addictive, since all twenty-something characters
fight very differently (for the most part), and it takes a good amount of time to perfect any of them.
In general: The Soul Series
is a great, intense fighting game franchise with a convoluted storyline. Highly recommended.