Soul Calibur Returns to Nintendo for a Wii Exclusive.
The Namco Bandai produced Soul Calibur games released on Nintendo systems have been limited to Soul Calibur 2 on the GameCube in 2003. Each game in the series is your typical 3D fighting game, but with an acute emphasis on weapons. The features, modes, and characters they chucked in Soul Calibur 2 made it quite a dense game and some were disappointed when Soul Calibur 3 was not released on the GameCube. For now though on Wii, another game has emerged and this time, it’s an exclusive action adventure game.
Soul Calibur Legends is set in the 16th century and focuses on Siegfried, as well as other Soul Calibur characters new and old. To save an empire from destruction, Siegfried seeks the ultimate power, which brings him into conflict with the other warriors seeking to unify the pieces of the Soul Edge sword. This fateful quest leads to Siegfried's possession by the cursed Soul Edge. Pretty grim, huh? So, the fact that he isn’t possessed yet suggests it must be a prequel.
As mentioned before, this game is an action adventure game and the Wii Remote and Nunchuk are your weapons as you hack, slash, and bash your way through your moves and combos using orchestrated slashes and movements. As you progress, you master special attacks that are acquired throughout the adventure. These attacks and other power-ups are used as you play through diverse environments, battling your way through enemies and large bosses as this new angle of an old universe unfolds.
And boy oh boy, when they said large they were not kidding! There’s at least a big ol’ dragon to battle. Screenshots have also revealed a couple of old characters, including Ivy and Taki. Also, the environments look pretty detailed, as the lighting of the temples creates the creepy shadows throughout the battlegrounds. Speaking of creepy, there are mummies in the pyramids! Run! Ninjas are also included in the enemy team by the looks of things. Run from them, too.
As you battle these bunches of evil people, you can choose allies and switch between them to suit the situation at hand. Characters can be leveled up through the new ranking system, as weapon progression is also included as they evolve with your experience as well, giving added control and more powerful attacks. Spirit Break is also here, allowing you to unleash your characters special power to demolish your enemies with added special effects.
Soul Calibur Legends also comes with quite a few modes. Firstly, Quest Mode, where you play in 12 different environments and complete 40 different quests. In competitive mode, you go on a killing spree and rack up that body count. Finally, Versus, where you battle against your friend to ‘determine the true Wii weapon master’! One more time, this is a Wii exclusive to be released in North America in the fall and then released in other regions shortly thereafter.