Soul Calibur IV was loads of fun, but Namco Bandai has been mute on the subject of another installment.

All we've had since is Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny for the PSP, and the long-time fans have been begging for a new console entry. Well, it's coming: Soul Calibur V will be headed to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 some time next year; it was revealed by Project Soul producer Hisaharu Tago at Namco's annual Level Up event. They're calling this fifth iteration a "true sequel" complete with new characters and a "generational shift." Namco also revealed a few other titles, including a currently untitled Dragon Ball Z game for the PS3 and 360 and Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Impact for PSP. But right now, I'm most excited for SCV; I'm not a big fighting fan, but I've always been able to get into the accessible, fluid style of this franchise.

Pretty sure I did everything in the Dreamcast original. Gotta love Ivy. More info on SCV when it becomes available.

Related Game(s): Soul Calibur V

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bebestorm
bebestorm
9 years ago

Great news, SC is my favorite fighter I hope there's no more guest appearances.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

That Star Wars BS really bothered me. Took away from the medieval feel SC always had.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Star Wars direct involvement with SCIV was the main reason I bought it.

Outside of that, I thought the game was not worth my 60 dollars I spent on it.

sticklife
sticklife
9 years ago

Same here! It's my favorite too! I love how fast the fights are and how it's not a spam fest.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Vader is my favorite character in the SCIV. I only wish they would have used Kratos in a console SC instead of that PSP one.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Mitsurugi is my favorite character. I love the Samurai/Ninja type stuff so those characters always appeal to me.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Jawknee –

Vader was a blast to use, that's for sure.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

What if Kratos shows up?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

not a spam fest?

Hang on, are we talking about the same game? You could get through a ridiculous amount of the game simply spamming the attack buttons. Talk about a button masher. Regarding the Star Wars characters, the speed of the Apprentice was ridiculous. There wasn't really sufficient time to recognize his moves and react, it was a game of pure chance whether you managed to hit your attack button in the brief window before his next attack began. Don't even get me started on Yoda and his immunity to throw attacks.

I found the game really very frustrating and the critical finishes were near impossible to pull off, so much so that I simply didn't bother trying because the frustration level was too bloody high.

The tower was alright, but as you neared the top, the game's cheating increased dramatically to the point where it's executing attacks and combos faster than a human can and reacting faster than a human can. It often felt like the game was essentially reading the player's mind by reading the controller input. It would react so quickly, predicting the player's action and reacting to it before the on screen character has even started the actual move. The only way to explain that in my mind is that the game's AI really was reading the controller input and reacting instantly instead of waiting for the move to start.

Either way, there was too much broken in the game foe my preference. Even so it had it's plus points in create a Soul, the arcade mode and online play. But when I compare it feature for feature I miss the more immersive style of SC3 where you level your character class, earn gold to buy items from the in-game shop-keepers and of course play as many battles as possible to unlock all the unlockables. Even though lots of people didn't really like the Chronicles of the Sword, as far as I am concerned it beats the living crap out of the tower of cheat in SC4. Still SC4 is a beautiful game.

Perhaps SC5 can bring us the best of both worlds?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

I hope it has more modes to keep us interested. That quest/tower mode was too hard, or maybe I just suck at this game?

Anyway, should be fun, let's hope for better character creator though. The one for SCIV was so limiting.

sticklife
sticklife
9 years ago

Yeah 4 was a bit of a let down in someways. After all the stuff they put in 3.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That was way too damn hard.

KNG201
KNG201
9 years ago

cant wait…I hope ichigo kenpchi or kuchki will be in it. I would pay $70 for it. (well not really I think all fighting games should be at least $40)

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Sure Kratos gonna be in this one.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

SC IV was good but not got boring after a while for me..I think it was really the lack of game modes..iono..will wait and see what this one brings.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Sweeet, can't wait to get into that character creator ūüôā

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Excellent! Time for a happy dance!

The only thing is I don't like the sound of a generational shift, that had better not mean pandering to the FPS crowd in some fashion. I also hope that this generational shift doesn't mean leaving behind all the characters we've come to know and dare I say…love? I mean, Soul Calibur without Sophitia, Xinghua, Ivy, Seong Mina, or Taki? That would be bad, and would kill a lot of gamer's desire to get the game. Perhaps it's just a new game mode or something?

The True Sequel bit is interesting. I hope it means that they will return to some of the elements from Soul Calibur 3 which was a much deeper game and had more content than SC4 by a country mile. SC4 brought HD graphics and online, but little else. If we can have the HD graphics and online with the story and depth of SC3, and perhaps even the pseudo RPG elements too? That would be great!

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. Can we please re-instate KOS-MOS and her Type X armor? She was a hidden bonus character in SC3, and was reported to be included in SC4, but in the end, she was no where to be found. I mean seriously, if you're going to own the rights to a beautiful blue haired red eyed combat android who's more fun to watch than beach volleyball, why not at least include her as a hidden guest character?


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/11/2011 1:18:57 PM

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

I want to see voldo break his back this time

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Lmao

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I don't *want* to *see* Voldo back at all….I hate that character, creepy weird in a weird way, you know?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Agreed Highlander. I never cared for that character. Not sure why Namco thinks an S&M themed character is necessary.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Voldo=Marylin Manson


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/11/2011 4:54:02 PM

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

World, that's probably a very close comparison haha.

Sakaxxxx
Sakaxxxx
9 years ago

nice titais

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

What's with the Star Wars hate? That happened in a galaxy far away a long long time ago, and SC sorta happened here a long long time ago. Makes sense.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

OK, now I'm *not* happy at all with this.

Gamsutra is carrying a report that Soul Calibur 5 will be set 17 years *after* Soul Calibur 4.

I'm telling Namco right now, if they do away with the main characters of the game by aging them out of the game, they may as well age me out of the audience for their game.

Link to follow…


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/11/2011 5:34:17 PM

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

http://scrawlfx.com/gallery/albums/soulcalibur-v/may-11-2011/Soulcalibur-V_2011_05-11-11_002.jpg

Looking at the older Sigfried, older characters might not be a bad thing…

A am curious to know about Sophitia's daughter Pyrrha though, because in SCIV she couldn't live without Soul Edge


Last edited by sonic1899 on 5/11/2011 11:11:29 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

So long as the ladies lose none of their 'perk' all shall be well.

jigokunohoono
jigokunohoono
9 years ago

yea i'm excited for the game but 17 years later is kinda a let down 'cause they probably will remove most characters.

I mostly use talim so i guess now she'll be 32 and maybe the new ivy which i'm not sure i want


Last edited by jigokunohoono on 5/11/2011 6:28:54 PM

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Namco also announce a new tekken movie. I put it in the forums on off topic, youtube videos section.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
9 years ago

They have yet to top the GC version of SC2. Maybe this can bring the series back to its former glory.

AnonWTF
AnonWTF
9 years ago

This article was just nothing but sweet ass news.

___________
___________
9 years ago

meh.
never been able to get into the SC series, 4 bored the f*ck out of me!
theres only one fighter out there, and its name is mortal kombat!
oh how i wish netherelm would give us that fire and ice game!
scorpion and sub zero staring in a game based off shaolin monks?
whats there not to love!?

Zen_Zarab
Zen_Zarab
9 years ago

Onw Word.

NAMUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!