Soul Calibur on the PSP is pretty much what you’d expect from the fighting series. It has the usual roster of characters you know and maybe love including Voldo, Cervantes, Ivy, Kilik etc and this time the guest character is Kratos from God of War which is very in keeping with the series seeing as he has a couple of very big swords and that whip-type thing.
The game’s always had high quality visuals and they’ve done a very good job of keeping things looking great on the handheld. Characters are bright and detailed and environments are equally great to look at as you kick, throw and try to chop each other into itty bitty pieces. When it comes to game modes there is the quick match which puts you straight into a fight, a trials mode which pits you against opponents one after the other until you are defeated and a versus mode where you can play other people in Ad Hoc battles.
The main mode is called The Gauntlet and unfortunately it’s a bit of a let-down. It all feels like just an extended training mode. Battles only last a second or so and most of them just involve you blocking or hitting opponents the way you’re told to. And sometimes you’re not told what to do until after you’re defeated, making the whole thing tedious to play.
You can also create your own character from scratch or fiddle with an existing character to give them different outfits and change their weapons, poses and fighting stances.
This game really comes into its own if you’re playing it with a friend and to be honest, I don’t know that many people who will have a PSP and another copy of Broken Destiny knocking around.
If you already have Soul Calibur 4 or any of the others then it’s not really worth a buy. If, however, you don’t own it and want a good fighting game for the PSP, get this or the outstanding Tekken: Dark Resurrection. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny gets a good 6 out of 10.
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