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PS2 | Fighting | Soul Calibur II | Review

Boxart for Soul Calibur II
Soul Calibur II 63 screen shots
  • GRAPHICS: 5.0
  • SOUND: 5.0
  • CONTROL: 5.0
  • FUN FACTOR 5.0
  • AVG USER SCORE 4.5
  • AVG CRITIC SCORE 4.55
Winner of the GamePro Editor's Choice Award

Review: Soul Calibur II

Can the PlayStation 2 version of Soul Calibur II hang with the muscled GameCube and Xbox versions? Find out!

The PlayStation 2 is blessed with several high-quality fighting games, but Soul Calibur II easily jumps to the top of the heap with its deep and balanced gameplay.

The Iron Sword?
It?s been a long time coming, but the follow-up to Soul Blade on the PlayStation and Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast has finally arrived. Soul Calibur II was originally released in arcades on a modified PlayStation 2 board, so aside from longer load times and the difference between a snazzy arcade monitor versus a standard TV, the version you?re playing at home is practically coin-op perfect. Side-by-side comparisons with the Xbox and GameCube versions leave PS2 owners at only a minor disadvantage, too.

Soul Calibur II?s gameplay is the real attraction, and the PS2 has the best standard controller to take advantage of the action. The game supports the analog stick for its eight-way movement, but it?s far easier to use the directional pad to execute exact maneuvers. The large cast of characters ensures that you?ll find at least a few who catch your fancy.

The audio in the series has always been epic, and Soul Calibur II?s orchestral score doesn?t disappoint. The English voice acting is just okay, so the option to hear the original Japanese dialogue with translated subtitles is a fantastic bonus.

...Meets Iron Fist
Granted, the PlayStation 2?s exclusive character, Heihachi, isn?t as glamorous as Link for the GameCube or Spawn on the Xbox, but that doesn?t mean you should dismiss the sneaky old coot. His character model is far more detailed than it was in Tekken 4, and his new moves offer a logical progression of what fans are familiar with.

Soul Calibur II is a must-have for all fighting-game fans, but its easy-going control is also ideal for the casual gamer who just wants to get a bit of aggression out and look good doing it.

Spawn is my savior! Take me to the Soul Calibur II Xbox review!
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