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Platform

Playstation 3, Xbox 360

 

Genre

Fighting

 

Publisher

Namco Bandai

 

Developer

Project Soul

 

ETA

2012

 

 

Review: Soul Calibur IV (PS3)

Review: Soul Calibur II (XB)

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Soul Calibur V

 

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Anyone out there remember what happened at the end of Soul Calibur IV?

No?

It won't matter. It's not as if players will dig into Soul Calibur V for it's story, which takes place 17 years after the events in the previous game and in 17th Century

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Europe (for some reason). There's also a note that players will "follow the story of Patroklos, son of Sophitia as the battle for the Soul Swords continues." If past experience is anything to go by, the story won't matter. Why would it in a game where the principal goal is to beat on your opponent and win two out of three rounds to move on to the next opponent.

The looseness and

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spaghetti style story -- throw it a wall, stuff will stick but it's still messy -- have only ever served as an excuse to design some of the most reckless character designs and costumes this side of a Gay Pride Parade.

Soul Calibur has always been pretty successful at offering a good fighting game and there's no reason to doubt that developer Project Soul won't deliver on that again.

 

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The biggest mystery around Soul Calibur V is which "guest stars" might be included. In Soul Calibur IV we got Darth Vander, Yoda, and The Apprentice (all from Star Wars, though it might be pretty cool to have Donald Trump as a playable character). Nothing has been announced or even hinted at as far as I can tell but speculation and guesses will likely continue right up until the game ships sometime in 2012. My own guess is Travis Touchdown from the No More Heroes series since his laser sword weapon is a perfect match for the sword slashing that Soul Calibur is known for.

- Aaron Simmer

(July 27, 2011)

 

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