Soul Calibur V: First Impressions

Published: 16 Feb 2012 by Jeff | Comments: 9

Yesterday I finally got the chance to play around with Soul Calibur V! Actually the 6th instalment in the series (I think), I have been a fan of the title right from the beginning. Needless to say I have been itching to try my hand at the latest game, which was released very recently.

First of all, I have to say that the graphics never fail to blow me away. It is incredible how every iteration of it still manages to look better and better. The character models and designs, and all the scenery is simply stunning.

Anyway, enough about that. The gameplay itself is just as awesome as I remember it in previous games. As expected, there were tweaks and system changes involved, such as the the removal of the Soul Gauge. To replace it, a new gauge has been introduced that charges during the course of battle, and enables the activation of powered up attacks much alike "EX attacks" and "ultra moves" found in other fighters. Of course there were many other new, less immediately noticeable features such as "Just Guards" etc, but I didn't get the opportunity to really mess around with these in depth.

One of the surprising things for me was the removal of quite a number of characters from the roster. Not too many of those bothered me that much, although having Zasalamel would've been fun. On the flip side, there are still a great variety in characters and fighting styles to choose from, and pretty much all the characters I actually cared about made the cut into Soul Calibur V! \o/ Yay!
On top of that, there are a good amount of new additions to the character roster, including the one and only Ezio Auditore from Assassin's Creed! Despite how awesome he is, honestly I didn't really try him at all... haha, was too busy messing around with all my old favourites! I mean, it's one thing to play around and relearn a few moves from a character you know, and another to learn a brand new move set altogether.

I could rant on all day about this... seriously... but to sum it all up, totally love it! Would love to be able to spend more time on learning the new system and mastering the characters, but will have to wait until the next opportunity!

Has anyone else played Soul Calibur V? Would love to hear your thoughts about it!
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