Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny First Look

Soulcalibur goes portable and we get our first look at the latest addition to Namco's popular fighting franchise.

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It has been 10 years since the original Soulcalibur graced the Dreamcast, and now the flashy weapon-based fighting game has moved over to the PlayStation Portable for the first time. Namco Bandai came by to give us a first look at Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, made specifically for the PSP with many of Soulcalibur IV's features, plus enhancements and new characters. Your favorite Jedi masters, Yoda and Darth Vader, aren't going to make an appearance in this portable version, but we do know that the core cast of Soulcalibur will be included, along with a new member named Dampierre. Details were not given beyond a name, so we're supposed to come up with our own impressions by the character art below.

Makes you wonder what sort of moves Dampierre has up his sleeves...coin toss?

Director Noriyuki Hiyama from Namco gave us a quick overview of the game and highlighted some of the changes. Our demo consisted of a couple of matches, and we couldn't see much beyond a few initial menus. The character menu looked like it had enough slots for roughly 30 characters, but the final count hasn't been determined yet, since the developers are still working on the roster--there will definitely be more than 20, though. Taki, Mitsurugi, Tira, Astaroth, Ivy, Cassandra, Voldo, Siegfried, and Hilde were our only options for now, so we decided to pit the lethal whip-wielding Ivy against the burly katana-swinging Mitsurugi. As soon as we entered the match, it was like watching SCIV except on a smaller screen. The characters move with the same finesse and grace as they do in the console version, and the detailed visuals and over-the-top, epic-sounding music that SC has always been known for are included here. At this stage in development, the graphics and visual effects are quite impressive on Sony's handheld.

Broken Destiny isn't a port, though; the Project Soul team has built this version specifically to target beginners and novice players with SCIV's content but has added improvements. There will be arcade, versus, and survival modes, as well as a character creation mode, but the only details disclosed at this point are that there will be new parts to play with in the creation mode and that the other modes have been "evolved." What we do know is that a new single-player mode is being implemented to bring new players up to speed and show them the intricacies of the game--almost like an enhanced tutorial system. It is designed to help improve your fighting skills, so newcomers who might be intimidated by the series can find a way to ease into an intense fighting regimen. There are more than 80 exercise missions for you to hone your fighting skills in.

One of the features that Hiyama pointed out was that new lighting effects have been added so that the stages will have different times of day. You could be slicing your way to victory with a glorious sunset at your back instead of winning in broad daylight all the time. Key components of SCIV, like critical finish, soul crush, and armor destruction, are also included but have been improved. Our demo was limited in terms of finding out all the juicy details about the new additions, but we were told that the music was being rearranged so that it could complement the new stages.

There will be ad hoc so players can beat each other senseless in a local match, but we will have to wait to see whether Wi-Fi is a possibility as well. We were impressed with our brief look at Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny and will update you as soon as more information becomes available. The game is currently set to be released exclusively on the PSP this summer.

Discussion

152 comments
Wartooth91
Wartooth91

this looks like it's going to be either be really good or mediocre...it wont be bad but i dont kow if it's going to be all that memorable. i can only hope it's as good as soul calibur 3. especially the character creation, i'd prefer not to just make a clone of a character like in SC4.

bboy232
bboy232

MAn this go be online

RazzaFrazz
RazzaFrazz

Any body else creeped out by the new guy?

hero_monk
hero_monk

its about time this game comes on the PSP also with WI-FI on-line play anyone !!

miko1511
miko1511

Finally one of my fav games on psp !!!!!!!!!!!!!

abaybay56
abaybay56

i heard a rumor that there would be some special characters from the previous games. i hope yoda will be in it

myst3rial
myst3rial

Thank you namco for SoulCalibur on PSP! It will be a great fighting game!

Postmortis
Postmortis

nice, wondering if this will beat tekken

rpgNerd321
rpgNerd321

Oh yeah! Hopefully there will be plenty of weapons to collect!

tekkenitsta12
tekkenitsta12

does this has the characters in SC 3 and the character customization? please answer

ultralesus
ultralesus

Thank god fighting games are making a comeback... And thank god for namco bandai and the PSP

tgr000
tgr000

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet i'll be able to kick ass anywhere now :D

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

Gimme. I've been a fan of Soul Edge since the Arcade Game arrived. Then moved up to Calibur. Now I have SCIV on the PS3, and I'll get Destiny when it arrives. The games are just too fun to play. MUCH better than that other IV fighting game.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Hopefully, character creation will be more streamlined than in the last couple entries.

snake35444
snake35444

Wow Soulcalibur on the psp i have to see this!!!.

BeckMall
BeckMall

hmmm...dissidia then soul calibur,,,,and tekken. 2009 sure is great

Mental_Gear
Mental_Gear

@ wogboypaul - I wouldn't count Dissidia as a proper fighter, it's more of an action game. I'm a huge SC fan, I just hope the single-player modes won't be as disappointing as SC4's.

wogboypaul
wogboypaul

i wldmt mind this.. but i best wait for dissidia

Rsoub
Rsoub

you think lord vader will be in the game

kkdgreyt
kkdgreyt

Looks great,, the knife in the wrist thing for the new character? isn't that in Assassin's Creed? Resemblance?

angusclone2
angusclone2

The new character looks like a homosexual pimp.

chzchzchzwiz
chzchzchzwiz

makes me want to buy a third PSP ( one stolen, one lost) and now im poor :(

chzchzchzwiz
chzchzchzwiz

that's the one thing that kept me from buying SC 4 is that all the girls are hanging out, its embarrassing to play that if someone who doesn't know the game walks in, they would be like " what the hell?!"

tster
tster

Looks like porn. Is that necessary to sell games now days?

buzzguy
buzzguy

Really needs to have Wi-Fi support! SF4 online is really good, and it seems like the spiritual successor to the old fashioned arcade. Get it done, Namco!

TheRocha
TheRocha

as long as sophitia can still crush an oponent's head with her thighs, it's all good.lol

necorid
necorid

i dont understand japanese, and apparently i dont understand english either cause it all sounded like gibberish

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

id play tekken 6 more ... but im getting both ..heck with deciding which to get ..lol

nazv12
nazv12

looks preety good might get this rather than tekken 6

bigman180
bigman180

man this game is going amazing .

SmartGhost
SmartGhost

Im down for a fight who wants it...

aznballer91
aznballer91

tekken 6 + SC on psp.. well there goes my transportation time !

Crabs4sale
Crabs4sale

This would be a must-have if it has character creator. I'd buy it regardless, but it sure does add replay value.

KrayzieJay
KrayzieJay

isn't this an extremely wonderful surprise then?

evilkear
evilkear

Anyone else think Ivy has some serious Laura Croft syndrome? honestly she's going to need some sort of platform on wheels to support her lady lumps

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Translator is awful. I can't even make sense of some of his sentances.

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

Here's a no-brainer: Get a translator who doesn't have a thick accent......

PS2to-the-end
PS2to-the-end

so is it a remake of the first, an enhanced, portable version of IV, or its own game? im confuzzled.

darkblaze93
darkblaze93

awesome stuff!!! I have this game for the 360 now for the PSP =-)