I’m glad that my nerdy tendencies don’t usually sway towards the video game genre, because OH MY GOD THEY SUCK YOUR LIFE AWAY. Soul Calibur has always been my geeky girl video game weakness, with Naruto Storm a far second, tied with Lumines (I had to stop playing when I started dreaming about little neon blocks. High score:1,000,304). Knowing myself the way I do, I held off buying SCV so that I could work down my fairly extensive to-do list.
However, my siblings proved that they really do love me this weekend by gifting it to me for my birthday–now I have no choice but to play it!
Do I like it? Ask my poor, cramping thumbs. I love the story mode (3 hours of my life already) that focuses on the next gen, while still throwing in the oldies but goodies. The graphics are awesome, and while the storyboard panels that serve as the in between of the animated sections can be a bit hard to follow, I mostly liked it. It’s better than script flowing across the screen, anyway. And yay for so much Tira! I love that crazy bitch and her ring blade. She’s been my go to character along with Kilik since I was just a wee little player with fresh thumbs and more free time than I knew what to do with.
The next generation story of Patroklos and Pyrrha pulled me in through my attachment of the more well known characters while giving me an interesting new storyline and improved moves to keep me interested.
The character creation is pretty top notch, too. I might even be able to beat my legendary SC2 character, who I named Dancer Ronnie (she danced other players to their deaths!), with their kick ass customization options.
Legendary Souls is hard, hard, hard! I don’t swear a lot, and I especially avoid the F bomb, but I couldn’t help but drop it a couple hundred times. For serious: you want a challenge? there it is. But be prepared to lose a large chunk of your life. And have weird dreams about scantily clad warriors ringing each other out.
If you haven’t tried Soul Calibur 5 yet, you should, though try not to self flagellate too much when you spend your entire weekend executing combos, trying out the new Critical Edge supers, and creating your own super charged character of awesome.