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I believe this week what I(and many others) consider one of the greatest fighting games ever, Soul Calibur II makes it's way to our consoles. What I'm curious about to those who plan to buy the game on the boards, which version?

Myself, I'm debating between X-box or Gamecube(I'm fortunate enough to own all three systems.) I'vep layed the Gamecube demo, and man the controller is horrid for it. I mean I could go out and get a third party peripheral but I don't have too much money. Yet it has Link.

X-box version has Spawn. Not nearly as well fit into the game as Link I hear but still something good. Plus I hear the controller(Model S) is 2nd best compared to the PS2 controller. Plus it's the highest quality in graphics.


Also, I'm not getting the PS2 version because it's buggy, long load times, and not as graphically impressive as the other two versions.




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I'll be getting the PS2 version for three reasons:

* Neither myself nor anyone I know personally owns an Xbox.

* The Cube version has Link in it. Yeah, he's got a sword, so he "fits the theme" better. He also looks like an overgrown Keebler elf. (For my money, the "extra" characters in ALL THREE versions are silly fan-service, so this isn't a "Heihachi r00lz Link dr00lz" post, either.)

* The PS2's load times and graphics will be good enough for me.



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#3 Posted on

    Originally posted by shinstrife
    Also, I'm not getting the PS2 version because it's buggy, long load times, and not as graphically impressive as the other two versions.



Ah, way to rain on my parade

I've had my copy reserved for a couple weeks now since PS2 is the only console I own. I am super psyched up to get this.



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I wouldn't get teary-eyed just yet. I've heard plenty of reports that the PS2 version plays just fine, and that the load times aren't dramatically worse than the Xbox or GC load times (we're not talking Neo-Geo CD waits here).

If you have a PS2 and you buy SC2, you'll have a damn fine fighting game. If it looks great on your system, does it matter if the graphics are great (or look a little better) on other systems?





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Okay then,

What if you have all three consoles and are looking for the best combination of graphics and control? I don't care that much for the throw in characters. I'd assume XBOX, but I'm not sure...
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#6 Posted on

    Originally posted by vsp
    I'll be getting the PS2 version for three reasons:

    * Neither myself nor anyone I know personally owns an Xbox.

    * The Cube version has Link in it. Yeah, he's got a sword, so he "fits the theme" better. He also looks like an overgrown Keebler elf. (For my money, the "extra" characters in ALL THREE versions are silly fan-service, so this isn't a "Heihachi r00lz Link dr00lz" post, either.)

    * The PS2's load times and graphics will be good enough for me.



Which brings up a question. Does it bother anyone else that every single solitary bit of television advertisement that this game has been getting centers ENTIRELY around Link and is being being hyped to WCW-esque levels as "Link's greatest challenge"? Geez, how much did money did the Big Fat (not so Greek) N shove down Namco's throat for THAT kind of pub?




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Well, to be fair, Link's a much bigger character. Heihachi only really matters to Tekken fans (and they've already ported a Tekken character to SC in Yoshimitsu, so he's really nothing special) and Spawn's not the pop culture icon he used to be... Link's got a ton of history, and this is a big departure for an in-house Nintendo character.




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I wish instead of Spawn that maybe they used Chief from Halo think that been a cooler choice. Link is a cool char. that why their useing him. I mean we grew up on him and who wouldn't want to see Link kick some ass.



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    Originally posted by Pike
    I mean we grew up on him and who wouldn't want to see Link kick some ass.


Me!

But if I change my mind and want to see Link kick some ass, I have Super Smash Bros. Melee _right there_.




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I've only got a PS2 of the current gen consoles, so it's an easy choice. :-)

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Damn PAL release... I'd say GC because most Brit people have PS2, so the prices are way lower than XBOX and PS2. Also my female friends would rather see Link than Grandad Tekken! Link fits into the game better and doesn't seem like an add-on, more of an actual part of the game that you would miss if it suddenly wasn't there.



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For my money, the PS2 version should've stuck with Yoshimitsu (maybe throw in Kunimitsu too), but I suppose then fans would've said "been there, done that." Namco's lineup isn't exactly loaded down with alternative weapon-wielders, unless you go back to the real old days (Dragon Buster, Tower of Druaga, Legend of Valkyrie, Return of Ishtar). The guy from Splatterhouse wielded a mean 2x4. Mr. Driller has a weapon, per se...

From the Tekken crowd, it could've been worse. Gon or Dr. Boskonovitch, anyone?

Link "fits" about as well as the above examples -- he's from a very different genre, but has a sword. That's about it.








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    Originally posted by KitsuneStar
    Does it bother anyone else that every single solitary bit of television advertisement that this game has been getting centers ENTIRELY around Link and is being being hyped to WCW-esque levels as "Link's greatest challenge"?


Nope, not a bit





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Actually Yoshi is officially part of the storyline of SCII. He's in all versions of the game. I figure it's the mystique of Yoshimitsu.

In most cases I would get Gamecube to play as Link but the controller...gah it sucks for SCII. Spawn I hear is a fairl compotent character, even if he is not as "cool" as Link.

And I didn't grow up on Link sadly..grew up on Mario.




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#15 Posted on
    Originally posted by shinstrife

    In most cases I would get Gamecube to play as Link but the controller...gah it sucks for SCII.



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Nuby is producing a controller specifically for Soul Calibur 2 which will plug into any of the three consoles. It will retail for $40 and be available at the end of the month.

Edit: I found what I was looking for.

(edited by EddieBurkett on 26.8.03 1830)


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Well, since I still don't have an Xbox or a Game Cube, I'll be getting the PS2 version. You would think they would put in Kazuya or Paul Phoenix, MAYBE Jin. But as it was said, it could have been worse. All that matters to me is that Taki, the ring out QUEEN, is in it.





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    Originally posted by DarkRenegade
    All that matters to me is that Taki, the ring out QUEEN, is in it.


Anyone who complains about how Heihachi has no weapon (and thus no range) needs to look at Taki, who's been there from the beginning and wields what appears to be a sharpened butter knife.




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Ah, but it isn't the weapon that the character wields that matters. It's how you wield the CHARACTER. *gong sounds*

And that's Renegade's advice for today.





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Hey, when are we gonna get some Yoshimitsu luv up in this joint?

I've seen screen caps for all three, what IS the difference?

Also, this universal controller coming out, will it be able to be used with other games?



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Hot Diggity Damn, apparently if you pre-ordered/bought this from Gamestop you get a FREE Book called "The Art of Soul Calibur II". It's chock full of pretty pictures of the characters and their weapons and various fighting locations. Also, don't forget the Limited Edition Fighter's Guide that has a 28 track CD soundtrack and poster.

I'm not sure if the Gamestop family stores (Software, Etc., Babbages, etc.) gives out the Art Book, but you won't be gettin that at your Aunt's Walmart.

Now I gotta go play...



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