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Author: Roto13 (Mod)
Posted: February 06, 2012 (09:29 PM)
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Regarding the lack of a tutorial, Training mode has a little mini tutorial squirreled away in there somewhere for each character. It teaches you key moves for each character and explains when the best time to use them is.

This game feels rushed, but they did focus on the most important parts. The actual fighting system and online mode are the best they've been and characters seem to be pretty well balanced so far, though it's early yet.

The lack of story is disappointing, though. All of these characters have perfectly good reasons to be out there fighting but you'd never know it just from playing the game. Kilik is in danger and needs to pass the Kali-Yuga (his staff) on to Xiba, or he'll die. Maxi is traveling with him to find Kilik, and they eventually meet up with Leixia (Xianghua's daughter, who has run off to have her own adventures after listening to her mother's stories her whole life) and Natsu (who is looking for her master, Taki, who disappeared some time ago). When you meet these characters in Story mode, Xiba already has the Kali-Yuga, which means his story, and I guess the stories of at least two of the other three characters in his group, were started and then resolved entirely off screen. I remember reading a statement from Daishi Odashima saying Viola was going to play an important role in the story and she barely had two lines. It was definitely rushed. It feels like they had plans to give every character their own story mode but they only had time to come up with Patroklos and Pyrra's and a little bit of Z.W.E.I's. Hell, most people probably don't even realize that Raphael is Nightmare in this game.

Anyway, the story mode sucks, but I think it's still a pretty great game. They got the important parts right. The rest is just fluff. This is the first SoulCalibur that's actually playable online. IV's online was so bad you needed ESP to pull off a guard impact. As long as I have people to play against, I'm happy.


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Author: disco
Posted: February 06, 2012 (09:51 PM)
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Huh, I missed that part of the training mode. Thanks for pointing that out! And yeah, huge chunks of the story are missing. There's a lot more that should have been covered.


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: February 07, 2012 (12:53 PM)
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If you completely missed it, Disco, that alone says something about the mode.


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Author: Roto13 (Mod)
Posted: February 07, 2012 (01:41 PM)
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The Training mode has a ton of options and it just kind of throws you in there without explaining any of it. Start the mode and press up or down on the right control stick a few times until a box with a move and a description pops up. Then you can change the move with left or right on the right stick. (Or was it select + O?)

I'm not sure they even explain this in the instruction manual. I haven't checked.


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