Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Soulcalibur V is a solid slash in the fighting franchise, with tighter combat, custom character creation and a rise of competent new combatants.
Soucalibur V game modes include Story, Online, Character Creation, and Rivals to pick a rival and compare battle records.
Main controls are solid and like prior titles, with a Horizontal Attack, Vertical Attack, Kick, and Guard. Strikes are tighter than prior titles and allow for more counters and less endless juggles.
New to gameplay is Brave Edge – a character-specific special that can be deployed when the critical gauge is half full, Guard’s Impact to deflect an attack, and Critical Edge – a special that requires a full gauge.
The critical gauge can be filled to multiple levels and allow users to stock up and utilize power moves accordingly. Special moves take a conservative amount of damage to negate any lopsided battles.
New fighters like Patroklos, Z.W.E.I. Ezio Auditore, and Pyrrha are great additions and make up for the loss of veterans including Taki and Sophitia.
Returning fighters include Mitsuragi, Siegfied, Ivy, and Cervantes.
A new character creation mode allows users to customize a complete character to compete online, from body, equipment, weapon, color, and thumbnails.
Online modes include Ranked and Player matches, and Global Colosseo, a online matchup mode that allows all users to view other player records and chat in a lobby.
Online play was speedy with lag free bashes. In addition the Global Colosseo mode was a good way to check out competition profiles and socialize between matches.
Soulcalibur V is a fine sequel to the weapon-based fighting franchise. With an updated cast, tighter gameplay, and new fight options, the soul still burns bright.