If you've been following our rather extensive SoulCalibur V coverage, you'll probably have noticed we already have a 'story' trailer for the game. But forget about that - Namco's just released another story trailer and it blows the first out of the water so hard, it'll have dried off by the time it's hit the ground. Think about how hard that would have to be. Yeah, that hard.

For starters, there's Booming Voice-Over Man, a freakin' crescendo on the soundtrack and so many angsty glances from the protagonists, it's like watching a particularly ernest fan trailer for Twilight. But you know what? It's worked on us (can you tell?). We feel totally up for something, even if that 'something' is a trip to the cinema for some popcorn and too much Ben & Jerry's. But hey ho - let's go:

Ahhh, doesn't that cadence at the end make you feel like it's all going to be OK? Aside from the disappointingly limp reading of the famous 'tale of souls and swords' line, which isn't quite up to the original in our eyes (erm... ears), that's definitely how you do a trailer for Soul Calibur without showing any part of the actual gameplay experience you're going to be having. But that's probably why they call it a 'story' trailer.

Namco has also released a bunch of new screenshots for you to ogle: The art style is a more logical progression of the first SoulCalibur than IV was, which makes us very happy. Peruse them at your leisure here:

The game is out so soon we can smell it - February 3 in the UK and January 31 for the US. But even stronger in our nostrils is the retro-tinged scent of the original SoulCalibur, which launches on iOS devices tomorrow. If that and the above trailer doesn't get you in the mood for the main event, nothing will.

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  • MCBadong - January 19, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    Anybody else here remember Devil May Cry 4 when looking at the graphics and font they used here?
  • garfunkling - January 18, 2012 8:08 p.m.

    wow. what a very confusing, very Japanese story. I'm buying the hell out of that.
  • Emb3rSil - January 18, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Dear god this game looks terrible. Oh my god. Can it get any more stupidly melodramatic? It's a FIGHTING game for fuck's sake. THE ENTIRE GAME WILL INVOLVE KILLING EACH OTHER. Don't put a shitty story in this thing.
  • Fuzunga - January 18, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    Soul Calibur has a story? Also, they changed the announcer dammit!
  • GAYMER - January 18, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    So wheres Yoda?
  • therawski - January 18, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    "You Filth!" I'm gonna start calling people that.
  • Squander - January 18, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    stop calling me that, you filth! :D
  • Boonehams - January 18, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Nightmare's alternate costume is bad-ass. Looks like he got some fashion tips after fighting Darth Vader the last game.
  • jackthemenace - January 18, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    WAIT wait waitwait waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait WAIT. SoulCalibur has a STORY? I mean, the gameplay's fun and all, and I don't want to diss on all the fans, but from what I played of SC IV (the ONLY one I've played, so that may be where I went wrong) I didn't really notice much of a plot :/ Or, was I just not looking hard enough?
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - January 18, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    You know, I think this series used to have a pretty damned decent story, for a fighting game. Somewhere around SCII/III, it really started to fall apart and became about Seigfried and Nightmare just fighting each other all the time.
  • minimaxi - January 18, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    generally fighting games' story is abysmal when compared to other genre. it usually ranges from nonsense to adequate. maybe we shouldn't call it story, let's call it concept or something. SC is (or used to be) cream of the crop (crap? :D) alongside KOF, IMO.
  • Robx - January 18, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    ye, I think SCIV did shitty on the story department. The game has always been the same deal about the swords (A tale of swords eternally retold, they are not kidding), except that the characters change each game depending on the outcomes of the previous one, like the main character being Siegfried was the villain at first, on the third he's already into the good side and shit like that, or like Raphael, who turns into a vampire, then goes evil, and things like this lets them add new moves and features to each character... the relations between the characters, like with his apprentice Amy, who wasn't a fighter before but Raphael taught her how to (after she saved his ass in a previous game) therefore made it to the rooster as a playable character on the next one and etc... I recall SCIV having a diagram thing with the relations of each character, describing who's an ally and who's an enemy and why.
  • firelegendmush - January 18, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    SCIV was the most disappointing storywise out of all of them, so that's probably it. There was sort of some story but it was all a bit muddled and inconclusive. Also the "story mode" was essentially a watered down arcade mode, unlike the "weapons master" mode in SCII and the "Chronicles of the sword"/"Story" modes in SCIII.
  • n00b - January 18, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    lol pic 7 thumbnail is that guys crotch
  • inkyspot - January 18, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    I wasn't impressed by that trailer, but I am still interested in the game.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 18, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    This looks gorgeous. And if the story is as emotional and epic as it subtly claims to be, this could be one of the best Soul Calibers yet.
  • FlyinMachine - January 18, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    First of all, I'd like to mention that I am no RIDICULOUSLY excited for this game and it just exploded to the top of my to-get list! A Soul Calibur game with a vibrant story and great cinematics and voice overs? The implications are... Staggering. Also, it looks like there's a decent amount of new characters, if I'm not entirely mistaken with new outfits for old characters. However, some of the new outfits/skins look AMAZING! Cervantses in gold dragon scale lake beast-like armor? Yes. Please.
  • firelegendmush - January 18, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Cervantes' secondary costume had the same armour in the previous game. Don't get me wrong, though, I'm excited as hell for this.

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