|Soul Calibur II |
|Soul Calibur II Review PS2|
levels and character outfits and so on. All this is a great addition to Soul Calibur II and it definitely increases the games longevity in the single player mode. Unfortunately Soul Calibur II does not have online play which is a real shame as it could have been the defining moment for the series.
Playing Soul Calibur against the computer is a very challenging prospect on the more difficult settings. There are ways to break down the AI but you will find it tough. You can't beat playing Soul Calibur II against another human player of course. Soul Calibur II is easy to pick up and play for the novice player yet fantastically challenging for the more experienced player. The training mode offers the ability to learn all the special moves for each character but it won't teach you how to use the moves and the tactics, that bit is for you to work out yourself. Never the less having a good arsenal of moves is very important if you want to become a decent fighter.
Graphically Soul Calibur II is impressive on all versions. The frame rate is rock steady at 60 frames per second for 99.9% of the time but you may feel or see a slight change occasionally. All the characters move in a very realistic manner but Namco have opted to give the characters a slightly less realistic appearance opting for a more Japanese cartoon look. All the clothes and hair move in the wind which is a very nice touch and it finishes of the presentation with style.
Soul Calibur II also sounds very good indeed. The characters initially speak in English as default but this can be changed so they speak in Japanese as it makes the game feel and obviously sound more authentic but saying that the English voiceovers are not bad at all. The sound track has real flair and adds to the great on screen action. The sound effects themselves are very similar to those from the original Soul Calibur so there is not much of a change here.
Soul Calibur II really reinforces how good the original Dreamcast version was, but now it has been brought into the 21st century it has been improved upon with the fast action and great visuals. Unfortunately people are not as excited about this new edition because it doesn't break new ground as the original did. It certainly is better in many ways than the original and it keeps all the innovative fighting conventions in the game-play that made the original such a huge success. It s the best looking fighting game to date and if you own a GameCube or XBOX this is a must have as noting else comes close. On the PS2 however there is much more competition in the form of the simply brilliant Tekken 4 and technically brilliant Virtua Fighter 4, it comes down to personal preference but at the moment Soul Calibur II is certainly my favourite fighter. A must have addition to anyone's games library.