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17th-May-2014 11:00 am - Soul Calibur Kink
Hope this is okay to post here. If not, I'll remove it.



[community profile] soulcaliburkink is a brand new kink/prompt meme for the Soul Calibur fighting game series. The meme is on Dreamwidth, but anonymous commenting is on, so you definitely don't need an account (although it helps to have one if you'd like to track the comments there). Both kink and gen/non-kink prompts are welcome! The main meme post is here.
aristocats
(I know this comm is like super dead, but yeah, gonna post anyway in case people are still reading.) As you guys probably already know, Soul Calibur Lost Swords had a NA/EU release a couple of weeks ago. And then proceeded to have massive server issues, which made it so you couldn't even play the game. But it's fixed now, at least from my experience so far (a more detailed review of the game below).

IN ADDITION, today Namco Bandai also launched an iPhone game called Soulcalibur Unbreakable Souls. From the trailer on the website, it seems to be a story-driven card-collecting game focusing on Cassandra and Edge Master in Astral Chaos. For the battle system, though, it looks like you're able to control many different characters from the series' whole history, and you're able to move your character around in real time while selecting actions from a deck that I assume you build up as the main part of the game. Characters are apparently able to use other characters' weapon styles and they're planning on multiplayer. In other words, I have no idea WTF is going on with this game. Will report more once I find out. Edit: This game is very complicated. @_@ You do not actually control the movement of your character -- that's done automatically and all you control is the timing and which attack you use. You can collect and build up different characters called avatars. Multiple versions of characters exist, but some are rarer than others. Very weird game.

Oh, also, Udon Entertainment released a translation of the SCV artbook/story companion, New Legends of Project Soul. Exciting! I've already ordered a copy.



Anyway, I've been playing Lost Swords recently. It's most definitely a different experience than the other games, considering the free-to-play model and the social game-like way of monetization. My detailed thoughts/review:

Soul Calibur Lost SwordsCollapse )
soul calibur1, sophitia
I'm sure everyone here already knows this, but Soulcalibur II HD Online will be hitting PSN and XBLA later this month (Nov. 19 for PSN in U.S.; Nov. 20 for everything else in the U.S. and Europe). Seems like a pretty good move on Namco Bandai's part, seeing as how that one is widely regarded as the best game (it's certainly the most popular game). Unfortunately, Link / the WiiU isn't part of the release, which seems like a missed opportunity, since like 90% of the people I know IRL who bought SCII bought it for Link. XD Anyone interested in being able to take the fight online with this game?

Second, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is still pretty shrouded in mystery, but will be having a closed beta period from November 14-18 on PSN [more info]. Playable characters so far are Siegfried, Sophitia, and Mitsurugi. The details are sparse at this moment, but things that we know so far is that you can perform special attacks (Weapon Arts) that change your trail color, and it helps break your enemy's equipment, which will allow you to get equipment you can use for crafting (I think). The game is free-to-play, but from the business model of Tekken Revolution, I am guessing that the game will limit how much you can do at any point in time, and if you want to do more faster, then you'll need to shell out money. Unlike its Tekken counterpart, though, this game is one-player and story/quest focused as opposed to battle-focused. This makes me really excited because my favorite aspect of Soulcalibur IS the stories, and the fighting is almost incidental in comparison.

Finally, in preparation for Lost Swords (I'm guessing), the character bios on the Soulcalibur website have seen some updates. In particular, I think Leixia, Xiba, Z.W.E.I., Patroklos, and Pyrrha all have new bios (if my memory isn't tricking me). But the story section of Viola and Natsu's bios has been deleted. T_T I'm wondering if they're in the process of rewriting those? In addition, all unlockable character bios, including those of α Patroklos and Pyrrha Ω have been removed as well. Hmm an interesting development...
soul calibur1, sophitia
16th-Apr-2013 12:05 pm - Soul Calibur Retrospective
Sorry this place is kind of dead. It's been a long time since SCV which, as far as we know, ended the series. There were some whispers on the wind that a new Soulcalibur game might be in the works, though. (Or Harada might just be kidding, who knows...)

Anyway, I saw this interesting video series reflecting on each of the Soulcalibur games. Check it out: Soul Calibur Retrospective @ ScrewAttack.com. There are some inaccuracies (like showing Sophitia's SCIV outfit as an example of SCIII's cheesecake... Not that SCIII!Sophitia's metal bra is any better, though... >_>), but there are some interesting thoughts on each game from someone who's clearly a big fan of the series.

One thing in particular that stood out to me is that the vidder cites SCIII as the beginning of the series' descent into silliness and over-the-top fanservice. I guess that's kinda true, but I think there was also a fair amount of silliness in SC2, too. Or the beginnings of silliness at least -- for example, Cassandra and Mi-na were both made to be pretty silly in that game. But then in SC3, both of their story endings were, like, ridic. Amy's ending in SCIV too (and Raphael in general just keeps getting more campy?? I used to love him so much). As for fanservice... my personal theory is that the character design artist (Takuji Kawano) just decided he was going to make the costumes more and more fanservice-y until someone finally stopped him in SCV. >_> (Much as I love Mi-na's outfit in my icon, WHY UNDERBOOB? WHY NO BRA? WHYYY??) Basically, I guess what I'm saying is that the silly/fanservicey foundation was definitely there in SC2 and then kept on escalating...

Related: I finally was able to play Broken Destiny recently and... yeah. It's definitely the nadir of the series in terms of fanservice and lack-of-seriousness. :| Some more thoughts under the cutCollapse )
seong mi-na
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 30 - What you love most about Soul Calibur

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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How about you? What makes you attached to the Soul Calibur series?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
seong mi-na
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 29 - Your thoughts on guest characters

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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How about you? Who has been your favorite guest character and who has been your least favorite? Who would you like to be a guest character in your dream SC game? Or would you rather they stop the whole guest character thing altogether?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
ff - tidus
28th-Nov-2012 11:16 am - Day 28 - Favorite joke weapon
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 28 - Favorite joke weapon

Ooh man, we are almost done!

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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Anyway, what about you? Which joke weapon cracks you up the most?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
kh - cloud
27th-Nov-2012 10:31 am - Day 27 - Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 27 - Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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So which do you choose - Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
soul calibur1, sophitia
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 26 - Fighting style you're the best at

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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How about you? Who do you main?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
oh snap ninja skillz
November 30 Day Soul Calibur Meme
Day 25 - Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V

(Sidenote: two things I discovered trying to do this day -- 1) I really don't remember SCIV music at all, but some of the songs really grew on me after listening to them! 2) SCV's music was done by Hiroki Kikuta, who is one of my favorite composers EVAR. Anyway, that's why ummm... I completely failed at narrowing this list down.)

My answer under the cutCollapse )

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Whew, okay, well if there's a song I didn't list here that is worth mentioning, speak up. :) Which song from SCIV/V is your favorite?

[Other days in the meme]
Day 01: Favorite game in the series
Day 02: Favorite female character
Day 03: Best game opening
Day 04: Favorite male character
Day 05: Favorite song from Soul Edge or Soul Calibur I
Day 06: Best weapon/fighting style
Day 07: Favorite voice
Day 08: Favorite stage
Day 09: Favorite minor/supporting/non-playable character
Day 10: Favorite cutscene/ending from any game
Day 11: Favorite game mode (e.g. arcade, customization, Tales of Souls, etc.)
Day 12: Favorite outfit design
Day 13: Worst outfit design
Day 14: Your favorite pairing
Day 15: Favorite song from Soul Calibur II or Soul Calibur III
Day 16: Your favorite Soul Calibur quote
Day 17: A character who is underappreciated
Day 18: A character who is overrated
Day 19: Least favorite character ending
Day 20: Character you're most like / identify with
Day 21: One way the Soul Calibur series could be improved
Day 22: Least favorite character
Day 23: Your favorite platonic relationship
Day 24: Best backstory for a character
Day 25: Favorite song from Soul Calibur IV or Soul Calibur V
Day 26: Fighting style you're the best at
Day 27: Soul Calibur or Soul Edge?
Day 28: Favorite joke weapon
Day 29: Your thoughts on guest characters
Day 30: What you love most about Soul Calibur
sita sings the blues
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