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Soulcalibur Legends

by Les Thomas - January 4, 2008, 6:02 pm PST
Total comments: 7

6.5

Introducing Soul Calibur Jr. Edition.

The Soul Edge/Calibur series of games has been a staple since the nineties. Considering the series' reputation as fighting games, Soulcalibur Legends for Wii should really be called Soul Calibur Jr. This is an adventure game that lets you play as classic characters from the series. The adventurous story that remains steady through beautifully hand-drawn art and cut scenes is a definite strong point. The music and voice acting are perfect for a rip-roaring epic. So, it's unfortunate that the game is repetitious in form, content, and gameplay.

The controls are generally smooth as long as you don't get rambunctious. If you do flick the Remote carelessly, action transmitted to the screen is random at best. Steady the Remote and you can execute four attacks by flicking the controller up, down, left or right. You press "C" to charge your sword and employ multiple swings for combos. A short while later, you will be comfortable with the controls but tire from their uninspired simplicity. Nothing earth-shattering here.

You progress through levels by either protecting land against the Evils or advancing on land possessed by the malevolent force. The game looks great, but the level and villain designs become repetitious. After a few hours, it all starts to look and play the same. The graphics and sound are great for the Wii, but you won't feel challenged by the game. You slice and dice your way through similar environments and enemies that never evolve. The few puzzles are rudimentary.

There are several playable characters as the game progresses, including series icons Ivy, Taki, Mitsurugi and Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia. You can cycle through your available characters easily and gain access to their special moves. The character design is exquisite, and the attacks look great, but they fail to inspire or advance the game beyond mediocrity and repetition.

Soulcalibur Legends is great for the casual or very young player. With the possible exception of a fan who wants to play his favorite series in a different style with fairly thorough character design, sword fighting lessons are available on the Wii in far better places. Legends is often still thrilling, and provides a Zen moment with mastering the controls. These finer qualities highlight a missed opportunity to re-craft the series and vary its gameplay.

Siegfried, the game's first playable character, ends battles by stating: "Damn, you're wasting my time!" Most players will feel the same way about this one.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
8 7 6 6 4 6.5
Graphics
8

There is a lot of eye candy here but the unchanging nature of the environments and villains will leave you not caring.

Sound
7

The voice acting and soundtrack are a real plus. They help you forget you're playing a boring, simple game.

Control
6

The controls are fun and generally responsive but become repetitious and tiring.

Gameplay
6

Unless you're a casual or young player, you will find it hard to be impressed by the total package. The most likely cause is the feeling of: "Wasn't I here fighting this same guy over an hour ago?"

Lastability
4

You will definitely be inspired to play a better game in the series.

Final
6.5

Soulcalibur Legends boasts stellar graphics and character design, but tires with repetitive controls and overly simplistic gameplay. The final combination is an attractive game perfect for the casual or young player, the fan, or those curious to see what the Wii can do graphically.

Summary

Pros
  • Ivy in a thong
  • Top shelf graphics
  • Variety of playable characters
Cons
  • Controls are repetitious and tiring
  • Repetitive scenarios
  • Simplistic gameplay
Review Page 2: Conclusion

Talkback

nickmitchJanuary 04, 2008

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Pros:
# Ivy in a thong


Most honest review ever.

MorariJanuary 04, 2008

CENSORED FOR YOUR PROTECTION

LuigiHannJanuary 04, 2008

Was it a bit of meta-humor that you mention the repetitiveness of the game at least once in each paragraph?

I have my own review of this game that I'm working on right now but thanks to the things that TVMan and LuigiHann have pointed out, I already know that I have no chance to match the sheer genius of this review. Well done Les. (Not to mention my review just keeps getting longer and longer while yours is nice and short and sweet... *sigh*)

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJanuary 04, 2008

top shelf graphics?!?!? I don't know but there isn't really anything that shows that this game has top shelf graphics except some character models.

MashiroJanuary 04, 2008

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The final combination is an attractive game perfect for the casual or young player, the fan . . .


Lies . . . any self respecting SC fan will stay away from this title =P

planetidiotJanuary 08, 2008

So sad. Not surprising, but still sad. Soul Calibur 2 is one of the few games my wife will play me at (and by "play" I mean "ritualistically whoop my ass")

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Soulcalibur Legends Box Art

Genre Adventure
Developer Namco Bandai
Players1

Worldwide Releases

na: Soulcalibur Legends
Release Nov 20, 2007
PublisherNamco Bandai
RatingTeen
jpn: Soulcalibur Legends
Release Dec 13, 2007
PublisherNamco Bandai
Rating12+

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