Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny

Was I the only person who missed the memo of “new Soulcalibur for PSP”? I was walking in a WalMart at 2 in the morning cause I was bored and I stumbled upon this gem of a game for a system that’s riddled with failure. Yes, Namco Bandai and Project Soul have produced Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny as an exclusive for the PlayStation Portable. For those who are not familiar with Soulcalibur, it is a one-on-one fighting game where the player chooses one of several characters who all wield different weapons ranging from a giant sword to a pair of nun-chucks. It’s a standard fighting game with a life bar and two players can face off against one another.

SCBD_ESRBboxart_160wThe Soul Calibur is one of the better fighting games in my opinion and I’ve been a huge fan of the seires until Namco kinda messed things up with 4. Despite the fact that 4 had Darth Vader in it, the game was a big let down from three. The story was uninteresting. The character creation was also poor with the addition of stats, which often left you characters looking stupid, rather than ridiculous and funny. I also miss Link from the Legend of Zelda when he appeared in Soulcalibur 2.

But the new Broken Destiny is really what 4 missed. While the game is small (give it a break, its on the PSP) it has a lot to it. Kratos from God of War has shown up to for no other reason except that he is jus that cool. There is also a new player named Dampierre who has a sweet mustache. The character creation is expansive and amusing, although it is a bit time consuming. There are 3 game modes, along with the usual Training and Versus modes. I’ll give a quick rundown.

Before I do that though, I think I need to make a quick note about how great this game looks.  For a portable game, this thing looks amazing.  They sound track is also a keeper, so you a clearly hear Kratos growl his usual hate filled catch phrases at his opponents.  Excellent work there Project Soul.

Quick Match

Very similar to Conquest Mode in Soulcalibur 2 arcade, the player is given a list of AI players with their titles and stats, and choose who to fight. The Players who have defeted the AI player with a unique title can wear that title under their name during Versus mode.

The Gauntlet

It’s a sort of tutorial mode for Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, but is ment to be the main story line. It does have similar story telling features much like Soulcalibur 2’s Weapon Master mode. The players is often given low health and required to guard or perform attacks within a short window of opening of the AI controlled opponent. There are altogether 34 chapters in The Gauntlet, with 2 to 4 sub missions in each of the stages and the difficulty curb goes bouncing around like an ADHD child who ate to many pixie sticks. Unlike other installments, The Gauntlet’s storyline and dialogue are comical on purpose. Characters often use puns, non-sequitors and wit throughout the mode.


Consisting of 3 portions, Trial of Attack, Trial of Defense and Endless Trials. All the Trials are round based battle much like arcade mode from other games. Trial of Attack rewards score according to how well a player can chain their attacks while Trial of Defense rewards score according to how well a player guard and counter attacks. Endless Trials is just a survival mode.


Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny has received better reviews than would be expected from a PSP game. IGN gave it a 8.0 out of 10 (there is a link to how they rate games on their site if you are curious) and have a few nice things to say including that the game “preserves the Soulcalibur tradition beautifully and recreates the weapon-based combat exclusively for Sony’s PSP”. Here’s the link for the review, if you want a second opinion on the game. IGN: Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny


Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny is one of few games that restore my hope that the PSP was more than just a bad attempt by Sony. If you are a fan of the Soulcalibur series or of fighting games in general, then I fully suggest buying Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny. While it may only be interesting for a few weeks at one time, it’s also the type of game that you can pick up at any time and be entertained for an hour or two.


~ by cabboge on October 8, 2009.

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