Soul Calibur 2 is the sequel to Namco's hit weapon-based fighting game,
Soul Calibur... Several new characters, with new fighting styles of course, have joined in, making the game more well rounded
and fun to play. The new battlegrounds are full of detail, and are much more "explorable" as well as realistic this time around,
unlike the classic "water-surrounded rings" of the past. The home versions contain the "Weapon Master" mode from the earlier
Soul Blade, which is a fun play-through for single players.
Where Soul Calibur stands out most is definitely within it's animation, style, and graphics. The traditional (and sometimes
un-traditional) weapon styles are dead-on, and undoubtedly impressive, unique, and brilliantly done... The samurai, Mitsurugi,
in the hands of a good player, can look like a true Japanese swordsman when in action; while the giant, axe-wielding Astaroth,
moves slowly but unleashes devastatingly gruesome attacks that make you cringe. At this point in time, it's safe to say that
there is NO other game that can match the fluidity of the 3D animation within Soul Calibur 2. You're looking at the best of
the best right here... Could be the best fighting game, or game, ever.
Calibur 2 is hands down one of the most detailed and most beautiful games ever... The game looks so good infact, that the
action must be slowed down to truly appreciate all the animation. If you haven't watched a good tournament-style match in
super slow motion, you're missing out!
SC2, needless to say, sports some of the most dynamic and exciting
gameplay of all time. The "8-way-run," which allows players to quickly move in all directions, is now faster and more fluid
then in SC1. "Guard Impacting" (parrying) is one of the games most crucial elements. With the exception of only a few moves, almost every
offensive technique can be parried if the defending player can see the move coming. This gameplay feature not only balances
the game out, but it separates the good players from the scrubs.
If you truly learn a character: Their
moves, range, strength, weaknesses, combos, etc.; you will feel completely "in control" at all times. Since SC2 is so accurate
on emphasizing range and timing, it actually might teach you a few things on how to apply these same elements in a real fight...
Not to mention beef up your reaction time! Within the game you can also perform stance changes, guard breaks, fakes, and so
many other techniques that are somewhat easy to learn, but incredibly hard to fully master.
one of the best "video games" of our time... Those of us who played Haohmaru back in 1993, are now playing Mitsurugi in 2004...
It's a beautiful thing. And if one could ponder the thought, one could imagine and realize that the series still has room
to improve greatly.
Platforms: Arcade, Playstation 2, GameCube, X-box
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