Let’s continue with our look into more games in the Soulcalibur series. The next game we are looking at is Soulcalibur 2. The game was released for the year 2002 this time for Arcades. Later after the arcade release, the game was released for consoles like the Nintendo Gamecube, Playstation 2 and Xbox. This is the first time that the game was released for multiple systems at the same time. There is also a feature where each console has an exclusive character to them. The Gamecube had the Legend of Zelda’s Link, the PS2 had Tekken’s Heihachi Mashima and the Xbox had Spawn as exclusive characters. Just keep in mind that these characters are guests and they add nothing to the lore and story.
Speaking of the story, the game picks up 4 years after the end of Soulcalibur 1. The reign of terror of the Azure Knight had ended after Soul Edge was sent to the vortex by the warriors that fought him. Siegfried being the host of the Azure Knight regained his sanity and realized the horrors that he did. He set out on a journey to atone for his sins. In the game’s current time period being the year 1590, Siegfried hears the call of Soul Edge once again. He is then possessed once more to become the Azure Knight named Nightmare and sets out to restore Soul Edge’s power but the other warriors are out to stop him once again.
In terms of gameplay mechanics, the game is pretty much the same. We have a fighting game where players can choose from an array of characters that have their distinct fighting styles and weapons. Speaking of the weapons, the multiple weapon from Soul Edge is back which was lacking from Soulcalibur 1. The game allows characters to swap from 12 weapons on their arsenal provided that the players got those weapons already. Different weapons also have different stats when it comes to their power and other features.
The standard battle modes are still there like Arcade, Story, Versus, Time Attack and Practice Modes. Weapon Master Mode is much like Edge Master Mode where the players go on a story mode like mechanic where they can gather weapons for respective characters. There is also a Museum that characters can take a look at artworks, music and other media within the game. Finally the game at least the console ports allows players to choose from Japanese or English audio with subtitles of course. While the PS2 and Xbox ports did good, the Gamecube port sold really well and made the top 20 ranks when it came to the Gamecube’s best games.
We’ll continue with more games from the Soulcalibur series next time.