Soul Calibur HD review

The soul still burns...

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Still very slick and attractive

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    Well balanced

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    New layer of shiny HD


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    No online play

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    No mission mode

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    Lack of nuance of sequels

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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. If you’re a little strapped for cash and can’t afford Soul Calibur IV for a few weeks yet, then this will fill the gap perfectly. No online play or mission mode, but it’s still a top-notch fighter.

Jul 29, 2008

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DescriptionSoul Calibur gets an HD facelift and little else for its XBLA appearance. Still, the game's as pretty as ever and the gameplay holds up remarkably well.
Platform"Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating"Rating Pending"
Alternative names"Soulcalibur - Xbox Live Arcade"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)