Review by WingedRegent
"A Legendary Tale of Souls and Swords Begins!"
Soul Blade was released in 1995 by the gaming company Namco, the makers of the highly popular Tekken Series. However, unlike Tekken, this game featured weapon fighting instead of hand-to-hand fighting. This was what pushed Soul Blade as being a unique fighting game.
For a PS1 game, these graphics were great. Each and every sword was detailed to look different from each other. The characters also looked great in this game, being less polygonal than most games. The stages in this game, however, are the main graphical grab. The stages are beautifully detailed in that there are events taking place in the background on certain stages. On other stages, the sun rises and sets as time passes during the battle. This gives you the feeling of being in a prolonged battle and shows great graphical detail for a PS1 game at the time.
The sound is wonderful in this game. From the sound of your swords clashing to the sound of your sword cutting the other opponent, each one sounds like it should. The music in this game is also great, having three different soundtracks to choose from. They are the Arcade Music, the Arranged Music, and KHAN Super Session, which is music completely redone by the people who made the console's intro.
The controls in this game are easy to learn and can be customized to suit your playing style. The only thing that would help you with the normal controls is to customize the shoulder buttons, since they have no use when you start the game. The controls are also smooth and responsive, allowing to pull off moves very easily in this game. The only slight problem with the controls is that in order to do a left side-step, you need to press Down, then Up rather than Up,Up. However, after awhile, you will get use to this and eventually do it without any problem.
Here is where the game really shines. The game has ten characters to choose from, each one unique with a different weapon. There are also 5 hidden characters, but they are mainly outfit changes of pre-existing characters. Each character has 7 weapons, which must be earned through the game's Edge Master Mode. The Edge Master Mode is a mode that allows you to play as your character of choice through his or her story through Soul Blade, allowing you to see each characters purpose and personality in the game. The game also features the modes typically found in a fighting game such as Arcade, Vs. Team Battle, Survival, and Practice. There is also a Weapon Room where you can view each of the characters weapons, their stats, and their special abilities.
Overall, it is easily one of the greatest fighting games of all time with its winning gameplay, Edge Master Mode storylines, its easy to master controls, and its musical score.
Buy, Rent, or Avoid: Buy.
This game is a must buy for any fighting game fan and should not have been passed up as one of the greatest PS1 games of all.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 03/19/07
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