gamers (60%) found this review helpful
I've loved the Soul Blade series since it was on PlayStation 1. Asides from being a huge Assassins Creed fan this game drew me in.
Sadly it's in my opinion the weakest, lamest, worst entry into the series ever. Asides from the 20 levels of story mode (30-45 minutes max to complete) not ONE character has an ending. You get 6 fights and after the last one you get a small screen that says to return to character select, restart or main menu.
WTH Namco?! Not even one ending for anyone?! Even the story mode wasn't done properly, it was all clip art with voice overs 90% of the time. I was glad to return this game for a full refund. They really let me down in the end.
Good rental though, but beautiful visuals, a lack of any real offline playability and special guest characters don't make up for a shell of a fighting game that feels so rushed it's incomplete. Next time if ever people, try to finish the product before shipping out this trash you've given us.
posted by LoneSage (Saint Petersburg, FL) Apr 8, 2012
Member since Apr 2008
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Not even a full 24 hours after receiving this game in the mail do I have it back in my GF sleeve ready to be shipped back. This game was a waste of my time to say the least. To think that the developers want $60 for this game is just disgusting.
I have always been a fighting game fan but even though I played all the Soul Calibur games, I don't consider myself a fan. Just like all the other SC games, this game can be very challenging and very, very aggravating. I'm sorry but making the game ungodly unfair is not a good excuse for replay value for a game. It seems that is the case because there is a major lack of modes in this game.
Usually SC games have a variety of modes but SC5 has only a arcade mode (with no story for any character whatsoever), training, story mode (that is only at most 3 hours long and is just a lazy story that I bet everybody has seen a million times already), quick battle mode, online and then a mode you unlock after beating the game which is just you fighting enemies who basically kick your butt and cheat to win.
The game play is horrible and I just couldn't connect with any fighter I played as except for Ezio, who is from Assassins Creed. I even came across a lot of lag....IN SINGLE PLAYER. So many times my character would do what I pressed like a full second after I pressed it. The combat is just slow and sluggish and for some reason now has super moves that are straight from Street Fighter 4.
Online is the main component of 5 because single player is so lackluster. If you don't have patience, don't even bother with this game. Yeah in player matches you can get into a match quick but in ranked it takes way to long to get into a match. Plus while the game searches for a ranked opponent, it plays an annoying sound effect like it knows you are going to wait awhile for a match and just wants to aggravate you further.
The only reason I give it a 4 is because of the graphics, sound and stages. Other than that, don't bother with
If you want a true one of a kind 3D fighting experience go find a copy of Soul Calibur II or better yet find an arcade cabinet of it. This series has gone down hill ever since then. A franchise that once stood out for it's feature full console experience is now nothing more than a bare bones fighter. The combat is still as fun as ever with some very much un-needed Street Fighter style super moves. The turn off though is the lack of online modes, offline modes, and characters.
However at Project Soul decided to leave out most of the past character and try to introduce new mostly copies of those characters needs to be demoted. The single player story mode also feels unfinished. It feels like they planned on doing a full cinematic presentation of the story, but then they ran out of time. So you get storyboard like art work with voice actors for the most part with a few animated sequences in the beginning, middle, and end.
I was ok with Soul Calibur IV being a bare bones game since it was the first on the next gen consoles, but they have no excuse for Soul Calibur V is in some ways a worst game with even less good qualities. If you really need Soul Cailbur on your PS3 or Xbox 360 go find a copy of Soul Calibur IV. It's cheaper and will contain mostly the same experience although with a better cast of characters.