Soul Calibur II
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  • Namco
  • Namco
  • Action - Fighting/Brawler (example - Street Fighter)
  • 8/27/2003
  • 2
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  • $20.00
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10  |  Soul Calibur 2: A True Masterpiece
rageahol , 11/29/2003 10:02:59 PM
Soul CaliburThis is, without a doubt, the one of the greatest games I have ever played. The experience was beautiful and intense at the same time. Which is why it hurt me so bad when Dafuzzmasta took it away. While I try to get over this loss, the least I can do is share this precious gift with you via your favourite source for games: Fatman and his wonderful Review Team.
First, understand that this game comes in 3 different versions: the Gamecube, X-Box and Playstation 2 versions. Each console’s version comes with a different secret character. Myself, I enjoyed this modern-day masterpiece on my li’l Platinum Gamecube. Therefore, My character was The Legend of Zelda’s gift to the gaming world: Link. And what a gift he is! More on that story later.

Graphics
Wow. As console games go, this one might as well be a live action home camera viewing, because it looks just like life. Well, except for all the killing inside the game. But otherwise…wow. Soul Calibur 2 is a real looker here and the smoothness of the animation amazes me. Like I said, it’s beautiful.

Gameplay
Everything is in working order here. Accessibility is top notch, the controls are simple and yet ingenious. All aspects point to you having a good time. The chances of you liking this game are about 98% and that’s great news.

Memory
Don’t even worry about this section. It only takes 4 of your GC’s blocks. Nothing else to it. No ghosts, no emblems, no secret quests, franchises, create-a-somethings, anything to take more memory. However, the effects of this game will likely leave a lasting imprint of happiness and triumph on your brain’s memory.

Repeat Value
I don’t understand why anybody would want to stop playing this game in the first place. There is Weapon Master mode, Arcade, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Vs Battle and Extra versions of each one. There is unlockables everywhere you look, weapons to purchase, win or find. You should be having fun for ages straight. But if you’ve been playing it for 2 years running, you may need to take a break. Then, you must come back. It’s just that good.

Sound
The sound FX are like gold. Every sword, staff and axe knows its sound when hits stone, flesh or iron. That’s just good engineering. The music itself is also a great compliment to the game’s style and majesty. There are many different levels and areas to fight your battles, and each of these discloses its own soundtrack (or two) and provides and nice introduction to your humble [blood-thirsty] characters.

Strategies and Features
Because this is the Gamecube section and I played the Gamecube version, I’m going to tell you a little bit about its tidbit feature: Link. The little elf of the green is back an ready to fight for his land against the evil mind-controlling Soul Edge sword. He is naturally equipped with the evil bashing Master Sword at first. But then you may buy/win/find new weapons for the Hylian Hero such as: the Biggoron’s Sword, the Cane of Byrna, the Great Fairy Sword, the Megaton Hammer, the Armos Sword, the Mirror Shield, Soul Edge itself and others! Plus, every character, Link being no exception, has special powerful moves triggered by variations of the C-Stick. Upon Link, C-Left, C-Right, C-Down and C-Up equal Arrows, Bombs, Boomerang and Power Up respectfully.
If Link doesn’t suit you however, don’t worry, there are plenty of other characters of all shapes, sizes, races and abilities are waiting for you.

All in All
I just have to mention… people who do not like this game have to be seriously insane (with all due respect to insane people). While I cope with the loss of “my own” copy, I recommend that you, right now, you leave your computer, run out of your house and go but a copy for whatever system you have, if you haven’t already. Soul Calibur 2 rules, and deserves no less than a 10!

Graphics~10
Gameplay~10
Repeat Value~10
Sound~10
Value~10
Difficulty~Moderate-Hard
Length~Moderate


Total~10

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