Here is a small gem that is very close to my heart when I was child, still in primary school. I remember when my brother got his Gamecube and we all used to gather around it and do small tournaments with Soulcalibur II, Mario Kart Double Dash and Super Smash Bros. This console may have not sold as well as it could have, but it does not stop it from being a fantastic and interesting system with some really beautiful games.
Soulcalibur II came out on three systems and each versions came with exclusive characters. The PS2 got Heihachi from Tekken because it’s the same developer, Xbox got Spawn because they couldn’t think any other characters, and the GameCube version got Link from The Legend of Zelda. It’s pretty awesome being able to play as Link in a Namco fighting game because his sword play works so well with the fast pace and adrenaline pumping action. You can use his inventory from Zelda like his bow, bombs and boomerang. Considering this game came out 2002 it looks and feels like it was made yesterday because the graphics are actually beautiful and the frame rate is 60 frames per second and that was unusual for games to run this smoothly on that generation of consoles.
There is a lot of content in this game which makes me scratch my head when they release fighting games they have next to little game modes or they don’t even bother to include a story. Even Soulcalibur in recent iterations is considerably lacklustre these days.
To unlock new characters and game modes in this game you must play the Weapon Master mode, which is really fun with all it’s challenges, but the problem I have with this game mode is the spikes in difficulty, when this happens you will start to throw your controller at the wall.
Weapon Master is presented to you as a map and there are several chapters and sub-chapters, they all have there own unique challenges such as not being able to block, or when you hit the ground it’s certain death, or you have to navigate through maze to get the boss. The reward for playing this mode is that you can unlock new characters and gamemodes such as Extra Arcade, where you can use different weapons with certain effects such damage even when you block.
Soulcalibur II is a brilliant fighter which is a good game to bring friends together and have fun, if you haven’t played it buy it for the previous gen or you can wait until the end of this year and play the HD remake which has online capabilities and updated textures. Did you play this game originally or are you waiting for the HD remake to play it for the first time? Let me know in the comments below.