Soul Calibur returns on the 360

The classic is back and ready for download via the Xbox Live Arcade; Echochrome hits EU PlayStation Network.

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The Namco Bandai 3D fighter Soul series began in 1996, with the release of the arcade game Soul Edge. The popularity of the series then quickly grew when Soul Calibur was released to critical acclaim--including a 10 from GameSpot--and continued to grow with Soul Calibur II and Soul Calibur III. Now it's about to expand again with the upcoming release of Soul Calibur IV for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on August 1.

Presumably because of this, Namco has decided to cash in on the anticipation and give fans something to do in the interim--play Soul Calibur via the Xbox Live Arcade. It will feature leaderboards for every mode and character, as well as local multiplayer in Versus mode. The game itself has been remade with high-definition graphics, HDTV support, and, of course, achievements.

Also coming to the Xbox Live Arcade this week are additional trivia questions and facts for the recently released Wits & Wagers quiz game. These 280 questions will provide up to 10 hours of additional gameplay and will be available in local and online games. In local games, the package will be used automatically, but while online, you will be matched up with other people who have the same question packs you do.

Both of these will be released on July 2 on the Live Arcade. Soul Calibur will be released at 9.00 a.m. GMT (1.00 a.m. PDT). It will be available for 800 Microsoft points and is rated T for Teen. The Wits & Wagers downloadable content will cost 320 Microsoft points.

Other downloadable releases this week include the highly anticipated PlayStation 3 puzzler Echochrome and two titles for the Wii. Echochrome will be downloadable via the PlayStation Network store from July 3. The 3D puzzle game has the player turning the camera angle around a series of mazes so that by using optical illusions, problems can be solved. Gamers will also be able to make, upload, and download user-made maps.

One title will also be added this week to Nintendo's Virtual Console on the Wii--Fatal Fury 2. Fatal Fury 2 is a fighting game based on the Japanese anime Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle. It was originally released by SNK for arcade machines along with the Neo Geo CD, Sega Genesis, SNES, and Game Boy platforms. Fatal Fury, the original, is already up for grabs on the VC. The sequel will cost 900 Wii points.

Also for the Wii is Magnetica Twist, which is a WiiWare puzzler which can be bought for 1,000 Wii points. Up to four players will be able to play using the Mii characters they have created.

Discussion

37 comments
combatsoldier
combatsoldier

man some of these achievements are ridiculous. It is a good classic though.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Soul Calibur on the XBLA is awesome, although it's lacking but still worth it :D

darkride66
darkride66

Fantastic game. I hope 4 turns out, but in the meantime this is an excellent opportunity to try out a fighting classic. Score one for XBL.

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

The framerate on SC is unreal! Even if you already have the DC version it's still more than worth it to get this one. True, there's no mission mode and the only unlockables are the achievements. But even with everything unlocked and the lack of online, it's still one worth getting. And ONI5, only a fool would get rid of the most underappreciated gaming console ever. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever get rid of a Dreamcast...no matter how many other games come out for 360 or PS3.

SonicHomeboy
SonicHomeboy

It would be nice to be able to play that game. Too bad I missed out on it when I still had a Dreamcast. :(

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

Ok, I got this and played. It brought back some good Dreamcast memories. Still holds up though, in this day of graphics > gameplay. Now, what I want is at least a DEMO for SC4..... Anything? Even another SC4 movie would make the wait less painful.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Played SC3 and was extremely disappointed with the storyline...it's non -existant. Yeah I know its just a fighting game but geez, don't make a sorry attempt at one then. Refuse to get SC4 although it should do well since people like it

Pazy160
Pazy160

I was really looking forward to Soul Caliber on Live Arcade but everything is already unlocked. Spending time unlocking all the characters and weapons etc. was grewat fun for me and I spent more time doing that than playing the game with friends. Not sure if ill get this anymore.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I have this game already, just on dreamcast

pauduro24
pauduro24

well im geting SCIV so no nead for SCI >_

fkholmes
fkholmes

That's quite tempting, I may indeed pick that up...

Pangamaster
Pangamaster

If only they kept mission mode... ahh well i am going to pick this one up anyway because SOUL CALIBUR ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! and my dreamcast broke

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

Aw Echodrome looks soo good! To mrklorox: I'm sure because the reports states "high-definition graphics, [and] HDTV support," the implication is the graphics are better and are playable at high definition resolutions. I can't see any high-definition graphics being played on a SDTV. That just doesn't make sense.

mrklorox
mrklorox

"The game itself has been remade with high-definition graphics" Is this accurate or did they just up the output resolution to 720p?

ONI5
ONI5

This is one more reason to get rid of my DreamCast if more games like this come out.

sonofabear17
sonofabear17

ooo cool ill try that out. I just went back and beat SC2 the other day

Kenshiroking
Kenshiroking

Dammit. If they only had XBL multiplayer this would be one of the greatest game-relate things I have heard. SC rules. Anyone who hasn't had the privilege of playing this on the DC need to check it out.

Oloryn
Oloryn

A great opportunity for gamers to experience one of the greatest fighting games ever made, especially for those that never got to try the Dreamcast version. While I might not get this (my DC still works) its still a great thing for everyone!

Henninger
Henninger

Played the demo 4 it & it looks pretty good w/ the new graphics

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

ill get this on the weekend hopefully

Thrall-3-20
Thrall-3-20

Oh my itwiz90, don't even get us started on the PS3... lol

ocdog45
ocdog45

if i had a 360 i wouldn't be interested.

capmantay14
capmantay14

I want Project Justice/Rival Schools to be on the PSN/X360 Live! How about Marvel vs. Capcom 2?

Bowser05
Bowser05

Hm. Slowly I am having less and less reasons to own a Dreamcast. I wanted to get one for the original SC (among another handful of games, many of which have been re-released on more accessible consoles at this point), and now this is coming to XBLA with a few tweaks. Good stuff. I'll be getting this as soon as I have my 360 set up in the new house.

rockutd
rockutd

Hmmm.Looks kinda old skool.But i guess its fun sometimes, playin these old games.

TenP
TenP

Great news! Too bad I already have the Dreamcast version. =D

itwiz90
itwiz90

Too bad they (XBOX) get Yoda, and we (PS3). Another reason to dislike XBox

Hicks_1
Hicks_1

Really it's not funny anymore make darth downloadable over xbox live and yoda over psn

bulletsword
bulletsword

I'm getting SC off Xbox Live. Even if the game lacks Mission Mode from the DC version and online play, every gamer owes it to themselves to try out one of the best games of all time.

deadstarr
deadstarr

I have a dreamcast that I still play everyday, so online play would've been the only thing that would've convinced me to get this game again. It's good that people that don't own a dreamcast will get a chance to play it though, it's the best game in the series to day. (hopefully SC IV will top it. )

Irve
Irve

lordofthefarm & Sammojo don't forget back then Gamesspot did give 0.1 point scores so a perfect 10 is even more impressive than now when your option is 9.5 or 10.0 ... then it was 9.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9 or 10.0 the term perfect 10 means as good as it gets rather than 'perfect' ... after all , "true perfection has to be imperfect"

lordofthefarm
lordofthefarm

Sammojo, it said a perfect 10, in the sense that they gave a 10/10, the best it could have gotten. I'm sure you're not that stupid to think that it meant that the game was perfect..?

Sammojo
Sammojo

I thought a rating of 10 was "best it could be for it's time", not "perfect". Get your facts right Gamespot, GTA IV was not perfect.

Irve
Irve

can i just say .. AGAIN .... the DC version of Soul caliber was already 'HD' as it output via the VGA box at a higher res than 720p it would be interesting to see a graphics comparison between the XBLA version and a VGA DC version. 800 point is a good deal for a very good game ! almost as good a deal as SWOS for 800 points