View Full Version : Is Soul Calibur (XBLA) worth the $10 if you already own Soul Calibur (DC)?

07-01-2008, 03:40 PM
From what I've read, Soul Calibur (XBLA) really has nothing to offer those who already have Soul Calibur (DC).

The graphics are the same, so there's no positive there.
There's no online play, so there's no positive there.
The mission mode is gone, so there's a negative there.
There are are achievements and a leaderboard, so there are two positives.

But in your opinion, are these two things worth the $10?

07-01-2008, 03:54 PM
Lack of Mission Mode is a bummer. Only real other positive beyond the achievements is possibly the controller if you didn't like the DC one.

07-01-2008, 04:03 PM
No online, no mission mode, no graphical upgrade means it's essentially worthless if you already have the Dreamcast version.

07-01-2008, 04:10 PM
I voted 'yes' but then I saw the mission mode was missing so I'm now leaning towards 'no'.

07-01-2008, 05:25 PM
In short: No mission mode = no purchase.

Mission mode IS Soul Calibur (at least the single player portion). I can't imagine why anyone would want this neutered version if they already have the DC version at home.

I'm all for companies re-releasing great retro games, but this is a substantially lesser version. IGN's review said everything is automatically unlocked from the start. I mean, c'mon...how lame is that?

DJ Daishi
07-01-2008, 05:28 PM

Captain Wrong
07-01-2008, 07:04 PM
No online, no mission mode, no graphical upgrade means it's essentially worthless if you already have the Dreamcast version.

But, but, but, what about achievements???

Yeah, I don't care either.

07-01-2008, 07:32 PM
achievements and leaderboards are nice. I can't believe they didn't give this mission mode and an HD treatment!

I'm still kinda interested for the achievements and leaderboards... but I'll just hold off for SC4 next month

07-01-2008, 07:47 PM
graphics have been slightly improved.
yes, I have 2 Soul Caliburs on DC and I'm still getting it.

07-01-2008, 07:50 PM
The reason there is no mission mode or online is because this game was made using the original 150 mb cap.

When MS raised the cap, this game was pretty much done, and the point is to release it around SC 4, not delay it for another six months to a year or whatever and get this stuff back in.

So blame MS for having the shitty 150 mb cap, and Namco just decided to roll with it rather than complain. IIRC, Namco would have added online if the cap was not there, along with the mission mode, which pushed the game over 150 mb. I believe this is also why there is no graphical update, as well.

07-01-2008, 08:04 PM
if SC would have had the online support it would have definitly been a yes for me but no.

07-01-2008, 08:13 PM
Its not at all, trust me. The videos on my site (ptoponline.com hah) are about as much as I can stand to play the game, as there is absolutely nothing to it.

07-01-2008, 08:21 PM
No online equals no purchase.

07-01-2008, 09:59 PM
that would be a no..

07-01-2008, 10:21 PM
Negative. DC version is fine.

07-01-2008, 10:45 PM
I thought Soul Calibur was overrated, even then.

I got incredibly burnt out on fighting games, back in the 16/32-bit era, because there were so damn many of them.

MvC2 is the only modern fighting game I'll even consider playing.

07-02-2008, 03:07 AM
Soul Calibur is fantastic, but a big part of its charm and longevity was Mission Mode. They should have just included a full version in a $70 Special Limited Edition release of SCIV, perhaps in a Tin shaped like George Lucas' head.

So no.

07-02-2008, 04:49 AM
Nah, I'll wait for SC4.

Besides you can buy SC2 for the xbox and play it on the 360. That costs around $10 also.

07-02-2008, 08:17 AM
No. I kinda misssed the boat with Soul Calibur. Besides, it doesn't have the same 'attraction' the arcade classics like Robotron and Pac-Man do.


07-02-2008, 04:21 PM
No mission mode is the breaking point for me. Half the fun of that game was completing the missions. The lack of online mode is not a huge concern for me but makes me angry because releasing ANY game on XBLA without an online mode is ridiculous. What makes this worse is that it's a FIGHTING game without online mode. Shame on you Namco!!!

07-03-2008, 06:21 PM
For anyone who has bought the game...

Is there a gamma adjustment on the display settings (locked on the trial version)? This is the only 360 game I've ever seen which is just flat out too dark.

I had thought about buying it, but after seeing the bright stages look like they were taking place during the waning hours of evening and the dark stages look completely black, I decided to wait until I can get an answer.

07-03-2008, 07:14 PM
10 bucks says they're going to nickel and dime us for missions. Maybe online, too.

07-04-2008, 04:09 AM
I don't know what you people expect for $10, it's cheap and it's a fantastic arcade classic that never looked better.

07-04-2008, 08:07 AM
What I find interesting is that as of now, according to the poll, no one that doesn't have the Dreamcast version is going to buy the XBLA version.

07-04-2008, 09:35 AM
I played the demo last night. The first thing you notice is it looks a lot better than the DC version...and I'm talking about a DC connected to an LCD via VGA hookups. Still, I don't plan on purchasing it. SCIV will be here in a few weeks anyway.

Captain Wrong
07-04-2008, 11:57 AM
I don't know what you people expect for $10,

At least as much as the Dreamcast version (ie the missions.) Online play would be nice, considering I have $5 ports of early 80s arcade games that offer as much (assuming I can find someone online actually wanting to play Time Pilot or whatever.) If you're happy with it, great. I find this completely underwhelming. It's the kind of thing you tack onto Soul Calibur IV as a bonus, not the kind of thing you charge an additional $10 for.

07-06-2008, 01:48 AM
Considering you can get the DC version for like $10 shipped on eBay...no.

07-06-2008, 08:00 AM
I don't have Xbox Live, which makes this an easy choice for me.

Dastardly Dylan
07-06-2008, 12:00 PM
If there is online in the Xbox Live arcade one, then yes, if not, HELL NAH!

07-06-2008, 02:58 PM
If there is online in the Xbox Live arcade one, then yes, if not, HELL NAH!

Well, then its an easy choice for you. There isn't live online play in the game.

If you are into achievements, its a doable 200/200.

07-06-2008, 03:20 PM
I can't believe that they didn't include online play, it seems like such a cop out. Add that to the fact that they took out Mission mode and it's a no buy for me.