Take away what has make Soul Caliber great and you are left with this. You get a quest mode that is relatively easy but has a decent storyline.
You go around playing as a handful of Soul Caliber characters hacking and slashing throughout every level. The bosses come once every 4 or 5 missions and you beat them. Nothing really special. You can level up your characters and weapons but it doesn't really matter.
The graphics are those of PS2 quality. The levels are repeatitive and lack depth. Their is no online mode and no versus mode, so after completing the quest their isn't much else to do.
This game is pretty good if you don't start playing expecting the complex fighting game that the previous game is. It is more of a a hack and slash adventure game. Your characters will have different moves they can pull off, and I found it to be satisfying how it delivers the moves based on the way you move the remote and nunchuk.
The story is pretty good, and the fighting is overall fun. I would rather had cut scenes in stead of text between rounds of the adventure, but maybe that is a limitation of the Wii. Not sure.
Things I didn't like: Not all of the characters from Soul Calibur are included. You have 8 playable characters and Yoshimitsu isn't one of them! Neither is Maxi (although I liked Li Long better anyway, not that he is on here). The main character is Siegfreid (LAME, IMO) At least there is Mitsurugi and Taki!
Another thing is the option to have the dialog in Japanese isn't included as was on other SC games. It sounds cooler when they say lame things in Japanese than in English! LOL
On a positive note there are alot of weapons to aquire (though not as many as in SC 2 or 3), and you can boost the characters abilities by using the ones you want to. You pick two for most missions, but some are for only one certain character.
I haven't decided whether or not to buy this game yet, but I am having fun playing it.
If you are looking for the classic Soul Calibur fighting game DON'T look here. This game is focused on the third-person adventure single player platform. The VS mode is extremely weak and disappointing. Soul Calibur was one of my favorite VS fighting games, and this "sequel" fall far short of the original.