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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 singleSoulcalibur: 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Play UK
    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. Despite the disappointing Gauntlet mode and its insulting lack of story and patronizing tutorials, Broken Destiny is a great addition to the series because the core gameplay is as solid as ever, which is especially impressive on the small screen.
  4. Edge Magazine
    80
    An accomplished effort that is every inch the Soul Calibur of the home consoles, just squeezed on to a smaller screen. [Oct 2009, p.98]
  5. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny is more then a nicely worked-out fighting game. The graphics are great and the total look is neat. The modes of the game aren’t in line with the rest of the game, the “Gauntlet-mode” for instance. We can’t believe that the developers think of this as a mode that’s fun to play. The nicely worked-out fighting system, the short loading periods and the ability to customize a gigantic load of character’s made our day while playing this game.
  6. The controls are solid, there's a great roster present, and the inclusion of Kratos is a great fit here.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. JohnnyNumber5
    Sep 7, 2009
    10
    This game is E-P-I-C. This is the ultimate Soul Caliber experience on the go. If you remember playing the supremely excellent Tekken on the This game is E-P-I-C. This is the ultimate Soul Caliber experience on the go. If you remember playing the supremely excellent Tekken on the PSP then this will be very familiar. The game has new characters (KRATOS!!!!), tons of customization, great controls, varied game modes and even local multiplayer. The only complaint I could register is the lack of Infrastructure mode AKA online multiplayer. But, the game has pretend lobbies where the computer takes on the identity of multiple online players. This is the definitive Soul Caliber experience for those hungry for more. In my opinion, this Soul Caliber game on PSP is better and has more depth than the Street Fighter IV game on the PS3! This is as good as it gets people! Don't deprive yourself of a fun experience. Go out and give this game a real try and you will be happy you did. Expand
  2. May 2, 2020
    9
    So I just got a PSP 3000 yesterday. I used to have the 1000 when it came out years ago. I got platinum for Soulcalibur 6 on PS4. And I alsoSo I just got a PSP 3000 yesterday. I used to have the 1000 when it came out years ago. I got platinum for Soulcalibur 6 on PS4. And I also have Soulcalibur 4 on PS3. So Soulcalibur Broken Destiny was the first PSP game I bought. I downloaded it from PSN on my PS3 and copied it over to my PSP. That's the only way you can download games for PSP now in 2020... But I have to say this game looks and plays great. It looks a lot like Soulcalibur 4. This is a must buy if you have a PSP. I just wish I could play Soulcalibur 6 on it. But I love that this version has Kratos from God of War. The character customization isn't great like in other Soulcalibur games. I wish it was better. But I am still impressed by this game on PSP. Expand
  3. Jan 5, 2013
    9
    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 aFrom 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
  4. Shaunny
    Dec 15, 2009
    8
    First of all, I'd like to declare that I own this game on the Xbox360, and in comparison to graphics and accuracy, I can confidently sayFirst of all, I'd like to declare that I own this game on the Xbox360, and in comparison to graphics and accuracy, I can confidently say that the similarities and shear visuals are just as amazing, which is highly surprising for a portable console. It also contains fully customisable characters, so you could create your own avatar of your favourite fighting style. Huge plus since I like making some kick ass chicas, which may not make you too popular with the girls, but huge kudos from your mates when you kick tail! The library of moves, speed of loading (even if not installed), number of characters and playability is brilliant. If you have never experienced the game before, it is a steep learning curve. Help is at hand with the tutorial mode, but it is lacking the demos for the technics (and also the player moves), which could prove to be useful. The single player mode, although lacking by some degree has elements of other fighting games, such as Virtual Fighter 5. Each computer player stat represents the difficulty of your opponent, in which you have a selection of 10 or so at a time, to attempt to defeat them all. All in all, there are about 200 cpu players with varying difficulties, and some of which are customised avatars. You also unlock bonuses for demonstrating certain skills during a fight, or for sustaining an unbeaten run, which is a good and somewhat difficult challenge. There are also other modes to check you fighting technics, and the multilayer which I am yet to experience, but can only imagine it to be even better, as well as a good level of setting, making this a superb game to own, with a hugh replayability factor. I use mine to practise on xbox live, and it has given my online rating a huge boost. If you have a psp, this is one game you can't miss out on!
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  5. pan
    Sep 6, 2009
    6
    I really wanted to like this game but I can't. This is a typical case of a technically wonderful game when it comes to visuals and sound I really wanted to like this game but I can't. This is a typical case of a technically wonderful game when it comes to visuals and sound but empty and flawed when it comes to gameplay and fun. The game lacks any kind of single player campaign. You can't fight your way to a final boss and unlock a character's ending video. The option isn't included. There is a mode called "gauntlet" which is actually a very boring tutorial mode where you are called into (badly written) fictional scenarios to learn your characters moves. The only other single player options are trials (a typical trial mode) and quick match (random fights with random opponents as if it was multiplayer). This is the only single player mode you will find yourself playing but there are problems with that too. Your opponents' skill level is mixed, meaning you can't really tell whether your next fight is easy, medium, or hard because there are no hints at all. You just choose an opponent based on his/hers wins/losses ratio but this doesn't tell you what level he/she is. Another flaw is that the game is absolutely unbalanced. There are times that it seems your opponents are indestructible, landing furious combos at you that drain your energy in a few seconds instead of anticipating your moves and fight smart. This seems like a lack of "AI" to me. All in al,l buy this game only if you have friends or relatives that you see often and like to AD-HOC duel with you, otherwise it's a waste of money. Expand
  6. Apr 12, 2012
    5
    Have spent 2 hours only mastering the fighting system in tutorials. Got bored.
  7. afroboydarknesswarrior
    Sep 16, 2009
    2
    If they warned me it was more for multiplayer id gave it 10...but what a suprise when I found theres only a crappy tutorial and random fights If they warned me it was more for multiplayer id gave it 10...but what a suprise when I found theres only a crappy tutorial and random fights with no meaning,gameplay is fun but content is epic fail.It's like an uncooked cake Expand

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