Soul Calibur V trailer shows gameplay and... wait... is that a SF-esque Ultra combo?

"A tale of souls and swords, eternally retold." Certainly feels that way - this is the fifth main entry in the saga since Soul Blade on the PSone. But just when we were starting to think the series was resting on its laurels and offering almost exactly the same gameplay every time, along comes this trailer. Does it really show Street Fighter IV-esque Ultra Combos? Check out the video then let us know what you think:


Character movement seems faster, to the point where there might be a new evade button similar to Virtua Fighter 3. The Soul Calibur series' traditional 8-way run may be incredibly versatile, but it's never moved like this before.

Above: Don't blink! Siegfried's sword attack is dodged by the swiftest sidestep this side of Bayonetta

And what about those Ultra Combos? There's no solid evidence that they'll work like SFIV's brilliant match-levellers, but they do look very familiar. The action freezes while Cassandra performs a spectacular move almost outside of time. The games have always had unblockable attacks, but the focus on these moves in the trailer and the spectacular, over-the-top nature of the resulting combo screams Street Fighter IV.

Aside from that, little seems to have changed. Familiar cast, familiar graphical style and even some familiar stages. Nice skeletal motif on the demon blade, mind. Just a pity it's due out next year - we want this now.

03 Jun, 2011




  • TheRedPill - June 5, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    There were alot of "moving stances" in SC4 that swift side step in the video may have just been one of them.
  • Jellyjiggler2 - June 4, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    I Love my Soul Caliber...should be cool. I hope it's at E3
  • grayguwapo - June 4, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    Ok... Something to look forward to... I just hope they add some new characters...
  • Z-man427 - June 4, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    I would have liked a new graphics engine, but the movement looks nice.
  • jonathancaddock - June 3, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    This looks just like 4, which was an HD version of 3, which was more like an add on for 2, which was 1 with better graphics. A tale of a dead horse, eternally re-flogged. This game hasn't really been very exciting since Soul Blade. Bring back Edge Master mode and we'll talk.
  • ZhugeLiang - June 3, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    Waiting to see the reveal of guest characters Captain Needa and Jar Jar Binks
  • CrashmanX - June 3, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    Anyone else really wanna see the Chronicle of Lost Souls from SC3 again? I freaking loved that mode. It was sorta like Fire Emblem + Soul Calibur. Well, not quite but similar. I just really want to play that again.
  • Robx - June 3, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Mitsurugi now looks like tom cruise?
  • Clovin64 - June 3, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Looks exactly like SC4 to me, but I guess thats okay as long as the single player mode gets a lot more modes.
  • manateesta - June 3, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    I was a huge fan of Soul Caliber 2 back on the xbox, then my interest waned. I would like to get back into soul caliber and this just might be the one to do it.
  • SanctusScorpius - June 3, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    That's not Cassandra, that's Pyrrha, Sophitia's daughter. She's been in the backstory since Soul Calibur 2, just as a little kid. Also, those finishing moves are the Critical Edges from Soul Blade. They seem to be replacing the Critical Finishes.
  • zzzonked - June 3, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    ahh cannot wait. if the story contains something about calibur being evil, as hinted in the past, and the rumoured guest character of bayonetta then this is a day 1 purchase for me
  • JPorFavor - June 3, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    Old man Misturugi?! Badass.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - June 3, 2011 4:20 p.m.

    Looks a lot like SC4 imo probably cause its so early on in development
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - June 3, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    I cannot wait for this. I'm terrible at every other fighting game, I need a new Soul Calibur so I can destroy my friends with Nightmare again.
  • BurntToShreds - June 3, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    That is awesome. Pure awesome. I can't wait to see the full character roster.

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