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Scheduled release date:

September 1st, 2009

Publisher:

Namco Bandai

Developer:

Project Soul

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Fighting

As I made my way around Sony's NYC event, I noticed that the PSP was the major push of this get together, and with good reason. Of course the PSP Go! being the biggest, but Sony has repeatedly mentioned that this year would be the return of the PSP. So far, that promise is being kept with games like MotorStorm, LittleBigPlanet, and Gran Turismo on their way for the handheld. But there's still more, including SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny...and it comes complete with a playable Kratos. Yes, *that* Kratos.

Now, I'll get one thing out of the way. It seems like ever since the apparent demise of the Dead or Alive franchise, Namco-Bandai have felt the need to fill in an overly-exaggerated-bouncing-breasts void that this industry most certainly did not need in the first place. I'm no morale God. Hell, I love me a curvy woman...I just prefer that woman to be real. I just feel extremely embarrassed to be playing a videogame where nearly half of the polygonal count on nearly half of the characters is in their chests. It continues to perpetuate a stereotype that this industry needs to get rid of; a stereotype that calls gamers lonely, geeky, virgin losers. Forgive my bluntness, but that's just simply the perception a majority of people still have of us.

Okay, so now that I've gotten that rant out of the way, what's nice about SoulCalibur for the PSP is because you play it on such a tiny screen, you don't have to feel so embarrassed, because chances are nobody's going to notice the kind of ridiculous details put into the female fighters. So you can enjoy the game for what it is, a great fighter. Yes, even though I just went on a quasi-diatribe, there's still no denying that SoulCalibur games are terrific playing fighters that have kept many coming back for years.

The PSP game is no different. Just like how Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection found its way flawlessly onto the PSP, you can expect that same level of quality from Broken Destiny, complete with its superb fluidity. In total, over 30 fighters will be found in this game, one of which is Kratos, in addition to an all new fighter Dampierre. Kratos is one of the heavier pushes for Broken Destiny, as he is actually the most prominent figure on the game's box art.

Of course, naturally, Kratos was my first pick to fight with, and it felt absolutely fantastic to kick some ass with him. He retains all of his signature attacks from the game, and thanks to Sony, Namco-Bandai had the proper help when integrating Kratos into the SC universe. In fact, from what I was told by a Namco rep, the Kratos model in the game is actually the same one found in God of War: Chains of Olympus, which is very cool.

Character customization has been largely carried over from SoulCaliburIV, which means you'll be able to put your creativity to good use in the game. Speaking of aesthetics and design, Broken Destiny also looks really nice, as good as Tekken 5 did when it arrived on the PSP.

Look for SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny to arrive September 1st, which is right around the corner.

8/10/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (12 posts)

A2K78
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 1:57:47 PM
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Its quite amazing how much Namco have watered down the "Soul" games through the years that they have become unbearable to play and this game is another prime example of this.

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fatelementality
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:01:32 PM
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Are you able to port any save data from SCIV Arnold?

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:11:57 PM
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i dont think any fighting game can play well on a handheld console, especially on a stiff bar like PSP, u are not gonna execute your combo smoothly as u wish. hence i never play fighting games on handheld. I may have to do an exception for Dissidia tho :O ( in general, handheld is not for button meshing, i only use it for RPGs/Strategy, puzzle solving or some fun entertaining games.)

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:24:47 PM

You obviously never played Tekken:Dark Resurrection then...

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bebestorm
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:20:49 PM
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I'll be picking this up because SC is my favorite fighter. First Vader,Yoda and now Kratos makes me wonder who will be in the next SC.

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fatelementality
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:17:12 PM

They could really use Dante or Sephiroth. Those would be really good ideas.

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kevinater321
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:30:33 PM
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Meh, i wonder if you can rent psp go games.

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Day_v
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:46:00 PM
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The game Sounds good. I just wonder though, doesn't the psp have its own games that weren't formally on ps3 or ps2. Too much carrying over, i think.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:51:03 PM

I agree, The PSP does need a unique series, the only real appealing games are the ones which have linked to famous series.

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Highlander
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 3:08:18 PM

Yes, see, this is what people said at first about the PSP, they complained it had too many ports. So devs spent time working on new games, games with new concepts, games not based on an existing franchise. You know what? no one bought them. Sales wise, all these new games were simply not strong enough to carry the console. People wanted mobile versions of their favorite games more than they wanted new and untried concepts and games. So now the game devs produce really great games that are versions of franchises from the big game consoles and people are back to complaining about the number of ports.

Frankly I wish people would just get over it. I've wanted mobile versions Gran Turismo, Soul Calibur and other since forever, and am damn glad that they are arriving now.

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cheng
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:04:04 PM
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hmm, tekken 5 DR is actually my most played game on my psp, the only problem i have is to be able to execute the Electric Wind God/Hook Fist of the mishimas using the psp controller, its near impossible...i hope the psp go can have better control.

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Ultimate_Balla
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:28:32 PM
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Kinda Easy Yo. . . I Do That Move Like 6 Outta 10 Times, But Never Depend On It In A Combo. . . Coz If I Miss Then I*m Screwed. . .

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