Soulcalibur Legends review

A double-edged sword of fun hacking-'n'-slashing and weak action/adventure gameplay

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Fun Wii-mote hacking and slashing

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    Cool boss battles

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    Showing grandma what the Wii can do


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    Repetitive enemies and levels

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    Where are the puzzles and platforming?

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    Drab visual presentation

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Nov 28, 2007

Bringing Soulcalibur's weapon-based brand of fighting to the Wii seems like an obvious choice; the series is all about swinging and slashing with a variety of death-dealing devices, and the Wii's motion-sensing tech practically puts those weapons in your hands - sort of. The thing is, Namco Bandai has traded the one-on-one fighting game focus of a traditional Soulcalibur game for a shallow hack-'n'-slash, action/adventure offering. The result is a mildly entertaining, but variety-starved Wiimote-waggling affair that'll have you sweating more than a Wii Sports tennis marathon.

To be fair, the controls work pretty well. Despite the absence of deep fighting mechanics in favor of near-constant Wiimote-waving, you will get the tactile sense that your hand-flailing acrobatics are accurately translating to the on-screen action. Slash left or right and your avatar follows suit; thrust the Wii-mote forward, and a heroic jab to your adversary's midsection plays out in-game. A nice lock-on camera also keeps the focus on the fight.

It's all fun for awhile, but the Wiimote-as-sword novelty starts to wear thin when you realize that's pretty much the extent of the game's appeal. Staples of the action/adventure genre - platforming and puzzling - are few and far between, levels and enemies are maddeningly repetitive, and the visuals, aside from cool character designs - especially some screen-filling bosses - are drab and lacking detail. As a competent and satisfying action/adventure title it just falls way short, amounting to little more than a one trick, Wiimote-waving pony.

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DescriptionSome solid hack-'n-slash gaming that'll also make for a nice Wii tech demo to show your non-gaming friends. But in the end, Legends lacks lasting appeal.
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""
Alternative names"Soul Calibur Legends"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Matt Cabral
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