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  • Summary: Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny preserves all the fierce battles and gorgeous visuals the series has been known for to create the most comprehensive fighting experience ever on a handheld system with highly responsive controls and balanced gameplay. Adding depth to the combat, an all new single player mode has been specifically crafted for the PSP system that not only challenges a player's reflexes but also improves his fighting skills. Following in the footsteps of Soulcalibur IV, Critical Finish Moves return where opponents can be defeated with one spectacular attack. Furthermore, the game’s character customization feature has been outfitted with even more options than ever before for infinite possibilities to create an original fighter or customize a favorite warrior. Let the trash talking commence as Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny also allows gamers to engage in local wireless battles, allowing them to challenge a friend using the PSP system’s ad hoc networking. Now adrenaline pumping combat has never been so accessible. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. 92
    The definitive weapon-based fighter comes to the PSP and manages not to lose anything in the translation. [Issue#183, p.72]
  2. Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny for the PSP is an impressive portable fighting game that is just as amazing and just as addictive as the console games. On the single-player front, we wish there was more but there’s enough here to keep fans more than happy.
  3. Soulcalibur's brutal melee combat works well on PSP, and the multi-player is great. [Oct 2009, p.80]
  4. 80
    With such amazing aesthetics one would expect some other technical areas to take a few hits, notably the load-times and the sound. Yet neither is diminished, with load-times being fairly short and easily endured, and with a dramatic score that is well done and fitting.
  5. The lack of Arcade mode is disappointing, but Soul Calibur Destiny has plenty to offer for fans that want to take Soul Calibur with them on the go. I recommend any fan to pick this up.
  6. The first portable SoulCalibur is very good, but it lacks both compelling single-player content and online play.
  7. There’s no questioning Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny’s technical acumen; it’s a brilliant fighting engine that looks amazing, sounds great, and plays just about perfectly. It’s just a shame that there’s really no good way to play it.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jan 5, 2013
    From reading the reviews on this site, there must be some very lonely Soul Calibur players out there since there are a lot of low scores for a lack of online play. While it's true, a lack of infrastructure mode is a little disappointing, it barely detracts from the gem Namco have crafted with this version of the franchise. Visually, for a PSP game it's stunning. How the PSP is able to display so much pretty without catching fire is beyond me, and running so smoothly that you can't take your eyes off the fight for a second without being punished for it. It's like an apology for the mess that was Soul Calibur 4, and feels like the true sequel to Soul Calibur 2. The fighting mechanics are spot on, with the controls feeling just as crisp and sharp as the versions on console. Ad-Hoc multiplayer is there, as is character customisation, which has given me hours of fun as I destroy my friends using Mitsurugi dressed as Santa. Of course, this does require you to have friends in real life, and not just on the Playstation Network. A lack of arcade mode is a little odd, as this game is a mostly single player experience, but there are a good number of ghosts to fight against, and enough game modes to justify the no-doubt budget price it has probably become (in the second-hand shops) since the release of the Vita. Overall, a great PSP fighter that survives well on its own, but is best enjoyed with friends. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2010
    This game is beast! It's still my prime reason of my PSP purchase as this keeps me busy for hours in a row!
    Excellent quality. I wish more
    people could see the extraordinary value of this portable game. I'm absolutly addicted to this one! Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2013
    There's so much content here that you'll be occupied for weeks. The fighting itself also is solid and makes building characters and using them even more satisfying than ever before. Its also fair to say this is a game that looks stunning. Not only for PSP standards, but on par with some PS3 games. Expand
  4. Jun 25, 2012
    This game looks great and plays great. However, there is a massive lack of single player. I did like the new character Dampierre adn Kratos was pretty good. Character customization was fun and the soundtrack is still awesome. Unfortunately, no arcade mode hurts the game Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2012
    Have spent 2 hours only mastering the fighting system in tutorials. Got bored.
  6. Apr 22, 2012
    The gameplay itself is fine but with little to do it will feel like so much more could have been added maybe even a short story mode which SoulCalibur usually prides itself on. It feels as if the game need some TLC which it didnt receive and therefore you are left with what feels like anothing more than a training mode to its console counter part. Expand

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