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July 22
2013

Retelling A Tale Of Souls And Swords

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I’m not sure how I feel about this trend of developers making HD remakes of their classic titles. I mean, it’s one thing for Nintendo to release old 8 and 16-bit classics via the Virtual Console, but for companies to remake one of their old hits with a shiny new coating of current-gen graphics… it just feels like a lazy way to release a game without actually having to make one from scratch.

I started thinking about this because Namco Bandai has just announced that they’re going to be releasing SoulCalibur II HD Online as a downloadable title on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year. The game is 10 years old this year, and they’re bringing it back with spiffier graphics and new online modes. You’ll still get all the different  modes found in the initial release, with the added benefit of worldwide online multiplayer. (And Project Soul themselves are handling the brand-new online infrastructure, so hopefully it will play smooth as buttah…)

SoulCalibur II had unique characters in each of the three console versions, but this time around, both versions will feature the PlayStation 2 bonus character, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken. Losing the Xbox exclusive, Spawn, isn’t much of a loss, but sadly, the old GameCube version will remain the only place where you can play SoulCalibur with Link!

So are you tempted to buy another HD remake? SoulCalibur II is a pretty awesome game, but wouldn’t you rather see a brand new game in the franchise instead?

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About Chris Eades

(Writer) I love Animal Crossing, music games (even though I can't sing or play instruments) and adventure games. And the occasional 40+ hr JRPG when I can find the time! I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and our hamster, Ch'p.

4 Responses

  1. avatar Karrde says:

    Yes and no. I’d love to see a new game/franchise but then there’s SC5…are they still capable of making good games? XD SCII is probably one of my favorite fighters ever. I’d also like to see SC3 get the same love. It arguably has a better character list and better under the hood mechanics, but SC2 was an incredibly clean and crisp game.

    And online? Yes please. My friends and I used to play the hell out of multiplayer. The student union at my university also had an SC2 arcade machine for like 25 cents/play (and later free). So it’ll be nice to play other people again.

  2. avatar Branovices says:

    I dunno, Soul Calibur V was pretty crap, there was really no reason to get it over IV. II was probably my favourite, although I’d be even happier if they added the character creation of later iterations.

    I will miss playing as Link, though, he was really fun.

  3. avatar Kira says:

    HD remakes can be great but I don’t really see the point in this case.

    Soul Calibur 5 exists and plays very similarly to 2 but has modern graphics, it shouldn’t even be all that expensive anymore.

  4. I don’t know, some of my favorite games are on the PS2, which means that they look pretty ugly on an HDTV. At least PS1 games will run in a PS3 and get upscanned. I’m thinking immediately of the “Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance” and “Champions of Norrath” games. Those games were favorites of mine, and I still play them, but my PS2 doesn’t look very good anymore.

    Would I like to have new games in that series? Of course. But if somebody re-released them with pretty next-gen graphics while managing to keep the gameplay intact (unlike the broken “Turtles in Time Re-Shelled”) I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

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