As excited as we are for Soulcalibur V, what with Ezio from Assassin's Creed and special editions coming out January 31, our heart still belongs to the original Soulcalibur. Back when it was known as Soul Calibur, we played it endlessly on our Dreamcast, transfixed by the dense combat, the immense number of side modes, and the stunningly gorgeous visuals. Now just 12 years later that technological marvel is heading to iOS devices, as Namco revealed that soon Soulcalibur will be appearing on Apple platforms soon...
3D games, as a rule, don’t age well. The games of the last couple console generations might have been awesome for their time, but take a look at them now and it’s hard to see them as anything other than jaggy abortions in which cardboard rectangles masquerade as limbs. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, most of those games contain female characters who, in their day, were genuinely considered sexy.
It’s amazing how well this has aged. Sure, textures are a little flatter, there’s less detail in the background, and Taki’s chest has lost a few million polygons – but this is still a very slick, very attractive fighter. It plays superbly too – perhaps lacking in some of the subtler nuances of the sequels, but it’s well balanced, fast and, crucially, great fun.
The first set of screens are in for the XBLA remake of the first Soul Calibur game. That's the Dreamcast one and not Soul Blade of the PSone era. We reported a few weeks back that Namco had confirmed the title for Xbox Live Arcade, saying, "Leaderboards yes. Online multiplayer no. This might have something to do with the fact that Soul Calibur IV will be out soon after and no one wants to shoot themselves in the foot do