Soul Calibur V announced

Is it just me, or does Ezio play a little like Talim used to? I only played around with him a little, but that was the impression I got.

Is Talim in the game? How big of a time skip was there? She was like 11 in IV.

Okay, here's a question for everyone: I've never played a Soul Calibur game before, but do I sort of enjoy fighting games. The one I've played the most / enjoyed the most was Tekken 3, back on the original Playstation. I'm a little button mashy, but I also like finding openings and playing "tactically" (my default tactic is all-out assault, so take that with a grain of salt). I play vs the CPU a lot, and rarely versus other people, but the arcade mode of Tekken 3 was enough for me to enjoy it.

Somehow Tekken 6 didn't really scratch the itch for me, so I'm wondering - Soul Calibur 5? Recommended? Or maybe I'm better off waiting for a price drop?

Also, assuming I was to get Soul Calibur 5, which fighter would be the equivalent to my Tekken favourite, Ling Xiaoyu (super fast, okay range, but doesn't hit hard)?

nihilo wrote:

Okay, here's a question for everyone: I've never played a Soul Calibur game before, but do I sort of enjoy fighting games.

Spoiler:

You might want to look into Mortal Kombat (2011). If you're primarily an offline, solo player, the new MK sports an 8 hour campaign story mode (that is freakin' dope), a 300 level challenge tower, and an individual classic arcade tower for each fighter. You amass coins from every mode and you spend them in the Krypt which has hundreds of unlockables (alt. fighter skins, new fatalities, production art, music tracks, etc.).

In short it's a single-player's dream.

Spoilered this response because I'm not trying to slight Soul Calibur in the least.

nihilo wrote:

Okay, here's a question for everyone: I've never played a Soul Calibur game before, but do I sort of enjoy fighting games. The one I've played the most / enjoyed the most was Tekken 3, back on the original Playstation. I'm a little button mashy, but I also like finding openings and playing "tactically" (my default tactic is all-out assault, so take that with a grain of salt). I play vs the CPU a lot, and rarely versus other people, but the arcade mode of Tekken 3 was enough for me to enjoy it.

Somehow Tekken 6 didn't really scratch the itch for me, so I'm wondering - Soul Calibur 5? Recommended? Or maybe I'm better off waiting for a price drop?

Also, assuming I was to get Soul Calibur 5, which fighter would be the equivalent to my Tekken favourite, Ling Xiaoyu (super fast, okay range, but doesn't hit hard)?

I'd recommend tracking down a copy of Soul Cal 4, which is like SC5 but better (especially for your purposes; the single-player modes were a LOT more fully featured) and will cost you 1/3 of the price.

As far as character selection goes, there are a few that fit that description. Talim or Taki may be a good bet to start off with.

I dunno which you'd like better, nihilo. If you're looking for online play and customization, 5. If you want more single player, 4. If you want the game that apparently murdered hbi2k's adorable puppy, 5.

As for your playing style, try Raphael, Amy or Taki in 4, or Raphael or Natsu in 5.

Grenn wrote:

Is Talim in the game? How big of a time skip was there? She was like 11 in IV.

Yeah, that's why she was only a C-cup in SC4. The time skip was 17 years and no, she is not.

If you liked Xiaoyu, I'd actually recommend Xianghua. I don't know if she's in 5, but she's definitely in 4, and her design is very similar to that of Xiaoyu (moderate range, great combo potential, low individual hit damage). In SC2 and SC3 Xianghua even had stances that were almost identical to Xiaoyu, but I didn't play her enough in 4 to comment on if that remained.

Xianghua's moves now belong to Leixia--except for the spinning move my mates called the "That Death Blender Bullsh*t", I can't find that one.

Isn't Leixia the one with the floating orb?

LobsterMobster wrote:

I dunno which you'd like better, nihilo. If you're looking for online play and customization, 5. If you want more single player, 4. If you want the game that apparently murdered hbi2k's adorable puppy, 5.

This point deserves more discussion. If you're looking for aesthetic customization, 5. (4's no slouch either; I haven't spent enough time in 5 to fairly compare them, so if the general consensus here is that 5 offers yet more options for customizing your character's look, I'll defer to that.) If you're looking for GAMEPLAY customization, i.e. you enjoy min-maxing stats to make your fighter play the way you want, then 4. (Also note that if that's NOT something you enjoy, you can ignore that aspect of 4 in most game modes.)

P.S. I loved that puppy. Don't you dare speak of him. (-:

P.P.S. Xianghua is awesome and might be just what you're looking for (or her analog in 5 if that's what you wind up getting).

ahrezmendi wrote:

Isn't Leixia the one with the floating orb?

That's Viola I think.

Redwing wrote:
ahrezmendi wrote:

Isn't Leixia the one with the floating orb?

That's Viola I think.

Yep, Viola is the one with the magical ball. She has kind of an interesting fighting style since you can leave the ball floating there and call it back at will, possibly slamming into your enemy. The fans think she's actually Amy (because some creepy fans miss their favorite minor).

Leixia is essentially Xianghua.