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12:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Free-to-play SoulCalibur game launching this spring

Namco Bandai, wait that's not right; Bandai Namco has announced tha... -- actually, the name change doesn't take affect until April so I suppose Namco Bandai is still correct. Actually, maybe it's not becau... -- I ...

Harry Monogenis


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10:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Volpin Props has another slick Soul Calibur IV replica

I've been following the work of Volpin Props for years and haven't lost interest yet. The end result is frequently terrific, sure, but it's the step-by-step photos and explanations of the building process that keep me coming ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Three more enter the mix in Soulcalibur: Lost Swords

I like Soulcalibur II HD Online, but boy oh boy is the online a nightmare. Because of this, I'm holding my breath with the free-to-play offering Namco is whipping up for the next installment of their fabled fighter: Soulcalib...

Wesley Ruscher

12:00 PM on 12.01.2013

Cyber Monday Deal: Ni No Kuni for $9.99

If you haven't had your fill of Black Friday deals, then Namco Bandai might just have a few more to keep you busy over the long winter drought. Over at their CLUB NAMCO store, a few deals are currently running and are good th...

Wesley Ruscher



The best and worst games of the week - Game of the Month photo
The best and worst games of the week - Game of the Month
by Wesley Ruscher

Thank goodness November is finally over. It was a hectic month -- that will go down in gaming history as one of the greatest ever -- thanks, in no part, to the launch of two brand spanking new consoles from both Sony and Microsoft. 

There was also the usual flood of major releases primed for the holiday madness like Tearaway, Forza Motorsport 5, Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

But more importantly there was one title that grabbed the attention of the Destructoid staff more than any other game this month and perhaps is just the kick a certain Nintendo console needs to sell like hotcakes this winter season.

Scroll to the bottom to see our  November Game of the Month winner!

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Review: Soulcalibur II HD Online photo
Review: Soulcalibur II HD Online
by Wesley Ruscher

Transcending more than just history, Soulcalibur II was the envy of every arcade-to-home conversion back in 2003. A feature-rich fighter, Namco’s weapon-based brawler exemplified perfection with deep mechanics, memorable characters, stunning visuals, and robust modes. 

Additionally, its console iterations included console specific guest characters: The Legend of Zelda’s Link on GameCube; comic book icon Spawn on Xbox; and from Namco’s other 3D fighter Tekken, Heihachi Mishima on the PS2. It was unprecedented at the time, so much so that it caused quite a commotion amongst fanboys as they clamored which system had it best.

But how do you improve a game that already borders on perfection? Is it even humanly possible? Can the jump to HD and the inclusion of online instill the same passion in fans that fueled Soulcalibur II all those years ago? To me, these are the questions Namco and the team at Project Soul were faced with when they announced Soulcalibur II HD Online for XBLA and PSN earlier this year -- an update to a game that set the gold standard for the series.

Well, the short answer…a half-hearted “kind of.”

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5:00 PM on 11.14.2013

Soulcalibur II HD is looking nice in new launch trailer

Namco Bandai is all set to release Soulcalibur II HD Online next week on current-gen digital storefronts Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, and has released a launch trailer as a subtle reminder that this is a th...

Brett Zeidler

9:30 PM on 11.13.2013

SoulCalibur: Lost Swords is Namco's next F2P game

I love the SoulCalibur series, and I love what free-to-play games can offer, but a match made in heaven, these two are not. SoulCalibur: Lost Swords, is a free-to-play game similar to what we saw in Namco Bandai's last F2P e...

Abel Girmay

9:45 AM on 11.06.2013

SoulCalibur Lost Swords is getting a PSN beta

For those of you who are excited about the upcoming SoulCalibur:  Lost Swords, I have good news -- there will be a closed beta test from November 14th through the 18th on the PSN. All you have to do is download the 4GB d...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Soulcalibur II HD Online transcends history in November

Soulcalibur II HD Online will begin to retell its tale of souls and swords late next month, Namco Bandai has announced. Project Soul's masterfully crafted fighter will plunge headlong into battle on November 19 for PlayStatio...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 10.16.2013

Nightmare vs Mitsurugi in SoulCalibur II HD Online

Here's a look at SoulCalibur II HD Online, courtesy of player favorites Nightmare and Mitsurugi. This new footage doesn't look very HD to me, but no matter. It'll be fun. We know that SoulCalibur II is fun, right. As usual, ...

Dale North





3:00 PM on 09.20.2013

Soulcalibur II HD for Wii U if there's demand, says Namco

We're definitely getting Spawn and Heihachi in Soulcalibur II HD Online for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, which is terrific to see. No complaints there. Thing is, The Legend of Zelda's Link is the character we rea...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 09.11.2013

Free-to-play Soul Calibur: Lost Swords announced for PS3

Namco seems to be lovingly embracing the free-to-play model. The free Tekken Revolution is doing well enough that it added new, original characters. The free-to-play PC and PS3 racer Ridge Racer Driftopia just went up on Stea...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 08.29.2013

Heihachi and Spawn confirmed for Soul Calibur II HD

Good news, Soul Calibur fans! It seems as if two parts of the deadly trio that is Heihachi (PS2), Spawn (Xbox) and Link (GameCube) will be headed to Soul Calibur II HD. Specifically, Spawn and Heihachi will be making it to bo...

Chris Carter

5:45 PM on 07.19.2013

Soulcalibur 2 HD Online coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3

[Update: Online multiplayer has been confirmed, and the online infrastructure will feature brand new netcode overseen by the Project Soul development team.] Namco Bandai revealed Soulcalibur 2 HD Online at their San Diego Co...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 PM on 04.17.2013

SoulCalibur V hitting Games on Demand, PlayStation Store

SoulCalibur V will be available on Xbox Live's Games on Demand and the PlayStation Store on April 23 for $19.99, Namco Bandai Games today announced. The game features a roster of over two dozen fighters, including Ezio Audito...

Keith Swiader