Review by infantry1

"And You Thought Soul Calibur 1 Was Good..."

About two years ago Namco released a small fighting game that took the world by storm. Never before had a fighting game been built like this and never had a fighting game pulled all the aspects of great games into one rather small package. Just recently Namco released the sequel to its amazing fighter in Japan and it is rightfully dubbed ''Soul Calibur 2''

Gameplay -- 10/10

This is indeed the most important part of every game and of every good game review. Like any great game, Soul Calibur 2 has gameplay and plenty of it. Fans of the original Soul Calibur will not have much trouble getting into this sequel and this is not at all a bad thing. The game comes packed with all the great things that every fighter must have including multiple game modes and an unusually large number of unlockable items. The addition of the Gamecube specific character has made this game even better. Link, from the Legend of Zelda, is a fun and downright cool character. Sure, he may feel a little out of place in the Soul Calibur universe but Namco has made it work. This game has set a new and very high standard for 3D fighting.

Graphics -- 10/10

Fighting games really don't get any prettier than this. This game takes use of the Gamecubes capabilites and uses them to create a visually stunning package. Everything in this game is created beautifully from the large arena background all the way to the smallest weapon details. This is the first fighter to take the graphics award away from Dead Or Alive 3. Once again, in the graphics category, this game sets a new standard for fighting games to come.

Music -- 10/10

This category is very hard to rate because most people will pay little attention to the music while kicking the tar out of someone on screen. Despite this, I think that all of the music fit in very well with the overall setting of each stage and character. If you take the time to listen to the music, you will not at all be disappointed.

Replay Value -- 10/10

This is the type of game that you be able to pick up next year and still enjoy playing it for hours and hours. With the multiple game modes and unlockables, the single player alone will keep you playing for weeks. If you add friends to the mix, you will be playing this game for months more and even years from now. This game easily has the most replay value of any game so far this year.

Final Verdict -- 10/10

If you were a fan of Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast, then you are in for a real treat with its amazing sequel. This game has set new standards in every category for 3D fighting games of the future. If you are looking for that great fighter on the Gamecube, Soul Calibur 2 is it.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 04/15/03, Updated 04/15/03

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