"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