SoulCalibur V Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
SoulCalibur V Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3*
Dev: Project Soul
Pub: NAMCO Bandai
Release: January 31, 2012
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

In addition to the story mode, there are two other main modes rounding out the game's content: online matches and an unlockable legendary mode that presents advanced users with some seriously punishing challenges. The random-but-fun tower mode from SoulCalibur IV didn't make it into this game, which is a real shame, but I suppose the ultra-hard mode should satisfy those still looking for a challenge.

SoulCalibur V Screenshot

If you are looking for customization options, SoulCalibur V also has plenty here for you, as the customization tool has been expanded yet again to feature more character layers, a paint tool, some 3D placement features, and a new picture taking system that gives you more control over character poses, locations, and even gives you the option to add one or two "fun frames." Customization in SoulCalibur V definitely has been improved quite a bit, and, if you don't mind sitting down for an hour or two, you can make some pretty awesome characters.

Visually, the game is on-par with SoulCalibur IV, which isn't a bad thing. Characters are nicely detailed, and environments are fairly diverse. Again, my only problem here is the non-animated content in the story mode. However, if you are just playing in the versus or online modes, you won't be disappointed by the game's visual style. Audio is also pretty much the same as it has been. Voiceovers are done well, and orchestral background music is pleasant to listen to.


On the surface, SoulCalibur V feels like a complete departure from what we're used to. The absence of old characters is jarring at first, and, as a fan, it is hard to adjust to the changes without a little bit of ire. However, as you play you notice that the game still feels the same old SoulCalibur. It's still fun, the characters are still bursting with personality, and despite my misgivings about the style, the story is still memorable. It's not a complete departure for the series, but the move away from classic characters may be indicative of the series as a whole turning away from its roots. And that may be something to worry about when we finally get around to talking about SoulCalibur VI.

Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: January 31, 2012

Character models are very detailed and fight animations look good, but non-animated storyboard scenes mar the story mode.
The fight system feels as good as it always has, and introduction of new fight mechanics keeps things fresh.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music and voiceover are done masterfully.
Play Value
The content isn't as robust as it has been in previous entries, but the extra difficulty modes provide a challenge for those who seek it.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • A new generation - Follow the story of Patroklos, son of Sophitia, as the battle for the Soul Swords continues.
  • Multiple fighting styles - Choose from a roster of unique characters, each with their own deadly weapons, fighting styles, and visual flare.
  • Dynamic battles - Blow away your competition using finely tuned battle mechanics.
  • Unlimited character customization - Create your personalized fighter with the most robust character creation tool in the SoulCalibur series.
  • Face off against the competition - Challenge the computer A.I., compete against your friends, or challenge fighters from around the world with the massive online features.
  • Assassin invasion - Guest Character Ezio Auditore from Assassin's Creed faces off with the cast of the SoulCalibur series as the guest fighter.

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