the Soul Calibur the franchise needed a full reboot or an adrenaline injection, and Soulcalibur VI is at the same time The last entry in the series of fighting games, available on October 19, returns to review the first Soul Calibur games, retelling the stories of the main characters and even returning everyone to their original attire.
Soulcalibur V It came out six years ago, and now, everything has been forgotten. Between the controversial addition of a super meter and the reduced speed of movement, SCV The parties tended to feel slow. The game's tournament scene began to shrink just one year after launch, with long-time professionals like Kayane drifting away due to disappointment in design. Even for casual players, SCV He had little to offer; his single-player campaign lasted only a few hours and, strangely enough, he avoided the stories about the well-known and popular characters of the series in favor of focusing on two unpopular bodies.
Soulcalibur VI reverse the course in most of that. No one had filled the multiplayer servers in the advanced copy I got to review, so I still can not tell you about the multiplayer mode, but I have good news for those disappointed by SCV. There is a lot of content for a single player, the movement speed of the game is faster and there are some unusual new mechanics introduced in the game that make it easier to counterattack when they are hitting you. Ironically, these new elements revolve around slowing down the game and emphasizing their defense options, but these elements serve to counter the return to a slightly faster movement speed and, hopefully, will help newer players get out of the ring so often.
There are two types of significant new movements in SCVI: the edge of the reverse and the lethal blow. When they are executed, both involve a great dramatic slowdown of the animation. Each character has different Lethal Hits that they can perform, and the results look impressive and striking, reminiscent of Tekken 7The movements in slow motion. Clearly, Bandai Namco has decided that slow motion fighting games look great, and it's not bad.
Learning which of a character's movements can result in a successful Lethal Hit slowdown, as well as the best time to do so, will take some practice. The investment edge, on the other hand, is easy even for a total Soul Calibur beginner. It only requires pressing a single button, and it is a good defensive move.
If you are taking a beating, just press that button, and in the next hit, you and your opponent will enter the Reverse Edge sequence, a stone, paper and scissors battle in slow motion. The vertical attack button will defeat your opponent if he hits the horizontal attack, the horizontal attack will defeat his kick and the kick will defeat his vertical attack. But it's more complicated than paper scissors, because there are more options than these three. Using the protection button or the directional lever will further alter your potential results, so it is more a situation of stone, paper, scissors, gun, dynamite. Reversal Edge is a game of chance that is thrown into the middle of a game of skill, and since it is designed to work well as a defense, it puts a powerful tool in the belt of the Soul Calibur newcomer.
Another favorable change to the defense in SCVI is that the Impact Guard movement, which is basically a stop, costs nothing from your meter charge. You can always press the lock button for free, but now, there's no reason not to do more Guard Impact blocks, which only require you to tap the joystick forward and then lock. Your time should be perfect, but since there is no calibration cost and you should be blocking anyway, it is up to you to practice the Guard Impacts. In its current form, Guard Impact may seem almost cheap. During the beta, I saw some players complain that the shots felt less significant now that the Impacts of the Guard cost nothing to do. This could be nerfed later, but for now, it's worth practicing and maintaining a strong defense.
In general, executing movements in Soulcalibur VI It is simple, which is another mark in the column of advantages for newcomers. For example, Critical Edge, which is the great special movement of each character, can now be done by pressing a button instead of a double quarter of a circle. Some movements, such as Ivy's Invoke suffering, still have the same kind of inputs they always had, but in general, the game makes it easy to make impressive movements that cause damage. Combos also feel easier, built from simple modular building blocks that require just pressing one or two buttons, or double-tapping in one direction only. Simple inputs encourage players to focus on reacting to the movements of their opponents and remain agile; Dodge and defend is the name of the game.
Soulcalibur VI presents a couple of new characters, Grøh and Azwel. The first is a swordsman who wears a pair of eyes that denies his evil side; this last one fights with a pair of enchanted gloves and rocks a dramatic voice of villain that would shame to Skeletor. There is also a guest character Geralt from The Wizard; His fighting style and tradition seem to be a decent fit for this magical medieval world. In other words, it makes a little more sense in a Soul Calibur Game that Darth Vader did, but barely. Azwel is the most extravagant of the new additions, since to fight with enchanted gloves makes that the design of his weapon is different from all the others that were introduced in the game. He could be the F.A.N.G. of this series, but I love a weirdo, so I have the feeling that it will be my new main character.
Soulcalibur VI It also swings backwards in all complaints about SCVThe tarnished content for a single player by including two story campaigns. The first, entitled Libra del alma, makes use of Soulcalibur VIThe personalization options of the character: you design your own fighter (human, lizardman, automaton, whatever) and select your weapons, fighting style and aesthetics. Libra of Soul is a multi-hour role-playing game with an amazing number of dialogues, most of which involve your artisan protagonist who explores medieval cities and encounters Soul Calibur pillars like Kilik, Maxi, and the rest.
You make "moral choices," which are labeled blue or red depending on whether you want to do good or bad. So far, I have been taking "good" choices, which means that the Libra of the Soul scales icon on the bottom right of my screen has started to tilt in the blue direction. Between dialogues and occasional friction with other celebrities. Soul Calibur faces, the game takes me back to a map that will be familiar to anyone who has played SCIIIThe mode of the chronicles of the sword. The main difference is that Chronicles of the Sword took place in a different environment with different characters, while Libra of Soul takes place within Soul Calibur canon.
Libra of Soul has a lot of RPG mechanics to break the fights one by one. Collect food that can give you powers before battles, you can hire mercenaries to fight for you and your character also increases their power level over time. I still do not know what the power level does, but I do know that playing Libra of Soul gave me the opportunity to improve my brain in real life by practicing many different fighting styles. You can change the weaponry, style and even the body type of your character whenever you want. According to my whim, there is not much diversity of bodies in this game more than thin, and Lizardman, but I liked changing between the double blades of Cervantes and the wheel of Strip.
I spent several hours in Libra of Soul, but somehow, I'm still in chapter 2. So far, the story has a lot of unnecessary stuffing, with NPCs explaining their situations in each encounter and tons of options. secondary missions. The large volume of dialogue feels like a reaction to theSCV Crying for more content for a single player. I clamored about that when Soulcalibur V It came out, so I'll accept my stuffed dish in excess.
Two familiar faces will guide you through Libra of Soul and the other story mode: the elder Edge Master who teaches you (and almost everyone else in the game) how to fight, and the time jump, the reincarnation of Zasalamel, who was presented late in Soul Calibur Canon, but it has been put retroactively at the beginning of this game. (He was always there, you just did not notice, or something like that.) Any time you're confused, and even when you're not, one or the other of them will let you know about the two swords: there's a good one, one bad and many broken fragments of each: the Evil Seed event and the unfortunately called "astral fissures" that open around the world.
Although Libra of Soul is the first option on the menu screen, the Soul Chronicle story mode would be a better starting place for a Soul Calibur newcomer. The main Soul Chronicle search line follows Kilik, retelling his story of how the enchanted mirror he wears around his torso helps him give in to his evil side, and also, the childhood friend who still feels very bad for killing. She became evil, of course, so she had no choice, and the same applies to all the other unfortunates who were in the temple that fateful night.
Kilik meets the sly pirate Maxi and the charming Xianghua, who turns out to be the lost sister of the girl he had to kill. You've heard this before, unless you have not done it, in which case you're in luck. In addition to the main search line, the 20 characters of the game (including Geralt, but not the DLC character of day one) each pull have their own individual history of several chapters.
Playing through Soul Chronicle will force you to play through several fights as each individual Soul Calibur character, which means that you will learn to play as everyone and against everyone. It will also give you the entire exhibition of the previous games in a rationalized and sensitive format. There are too many proper names and mourning terms for the various swords in this franchise, but the Soul Chronicle moved slowly enough to finally find which of the treasures of Ling Sheng-Su's temple does what, where and with whom.
There are almost no animated scenes in 3D in this mode, only 2D paintings of the expressions of the characters accompanied by text and voice. Having overcome all the chapters of Soul Chronicle, once again I think he feels overloaded; a large number of interchangeable possessed peasants are introduced chapter after chapter, only to die by the hands of the player's character. The spattered fights feel like scaffolding for the story that the voice actors are trying to convey, almost as if he's enjoying a documentary by Ken Burns in Soul Calibur but I'm still interrupted by having to pick up my controller to fight another skeleton pirate man.
The Ken Burns Soul Calibur The documentary is quite funny, however, and informative. Many of the voice actors do a great job with the delivery of some cheesy lines on enchanted swords and fight against a guy who goes through "Nightmare". Soul Chronicle shows the exaggerated nature of that nickname several times: the Japanese samurai Mitsurugi never does it well, referring to the enemy as "the Knight of Mare" all the time.
The two story modes even overlap each other. Kilik will fight your Libra of Soul custom character during his Soul Chronicle story, assuming you've already made one. I have overcome all the Soul Chronicle stories and it took me between 10 and 12 hours, although there are still a couple of darker chapters, which I hope to unlock once I have completed Libra of Soul. (I will update this revision with more details as needed after beating Libra of Soul).
In general, this feels like vanilla Soul Calibur: going back to basics, and welcoming like hell. If you have never played any entry in this franchise, this is a good place to start, as it will explain the whole story and teach you the movements of all the characters along the way. If you have not played a Soul Calibur from Dreamcast, you will find that this is a brighter and more friendly reboot for the beginners of its core concept (you will also be surprised that Ivy still wears the same technical attire as the Dreamcast version, except that she, uh, more grown up). If you have played all the previous ones Soul CaliburThis will feel like a nostalgic journey back in time, albeit a pink version, with the easiest buttons and the deceleration mechanics for beginners. But that's okay. Soul Calibur I needed some new blood.