|Posted by Undead_terror on April 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM|
Soulcalibur has been a known fighting game series, it may not be as popular as Street fighter or Mortal kombat, but it's known and has a nice few games in the series, let's talk about the android port of the game that started it all! (not the arcade game Soul edge)
To begin with, this port does not have all content that was in the original, game intro opening/mission mode didn't make it in the game along with the opportunity of online and local gameplay sadly, but what made it into this port got the HD treatment. The game has five game modes arcade (normal story mode), time attack (story mode without story, just to get fastest time), survival (kill as many enemies as possible), extra survival (survival but one hit kills), practice (training mode) along with museum mode to view character ending and so on.
You start off the game with ten characters and ten stages, in order to unlock more characters and stages you must beat arcade mode with different characters on default settings, you can unlock nine extra characters and a few extra stages. A thing to know about is that each character has the same moveset as one other character (with some different moves) while two locked characters in the game can randomly have anyone's moveset in the game, also mostly everyone has a second costume while some have a third to select.
The goal of the game is simple, kill the other player, you can attack them with a normal hit, a strong hit, kick or even do a grab attack on them, if you got enough time before the enemy can attack you can charge your power for a moment to do even more damage or can pull off a special move that you need to know how to perform. In the game you could pull off some combo's but they are only small, you can make a enemy go in the air by some kind of uppercut or if they jump and you can juggle them around by hitting them, thankfully you can guard yourself so you don't get hurt badly but watch out, in the game you can attack at normal height or you can hit people below so you would have to know where to guard.
There is no finishers in the game, no blood either, however each stage is a platform in which you can knock the enemy off whenever, but watch out because you can fall off by yourself by accident and then you loose the round, each stage is unique and has different pits of instant death like a bottomless pit, lava, water, etc so if you want to end a match quickly you must think of a way to get the opponent to fall off.
The game has nice graphics (updated from the original), it's not too real but rather nice to look at, the audio and music in the game is good mostly, the characters speak in Japanese while the narration is in English, the options is pretty basic with the option to edit controller buttons, there is no huge story in the game but each character has their own ending story, the game does has online achievements and leaderboards if you sign in to your google + account.
Now let's talk about the downsides of the game, the game does tend to lag (maybe just on bigger devices) but most noticeable on the final boss, while I did say the audio is good mostly it sometimes stops like the menu music but not in game, and as I already mentioned the lack of multiplayer.
My final thoughts:
The game is a enjoyable fighting game on Android, it kills time and can be addictive, it has nice bit of content while some is missing or didn't make it into the game, there are some flaws, at a price of $15 I would not recommend it, but if it goes on sale for $6 or less then I definitely recommend it.
Purchase here: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.namcobandaigames.soulcaliburgp
*Personal copy used for review*