Dream Games: Soul Calibur III
Dream Games is a new weekly column where we explore a game we'd love to see on the PSP. Feel free to check in, and comment, every week.
Soul Calibur III
The Soul Calibur franchise is considered one of the best fighting series ever. With a large roster of characters, some genuinely interesting weapons and moves, and a great gameplay system, Soul Calibur has it all. After making a brief multiplatform appearance in Soul Calibur II, the third Soul Calibur went exclusively to Sony's PlayStation 2.
Namco squeezed all of Tekken 5, and then some, into the tiny PSP. The impressive graphics and enhanced functionality of Dark Resurrection proves that Namco is quite capable of delivering a truly full-fledged fighting game on Sony's portable. The single-player features of Soul Calibur III were mostly bashed by critics, but they might just work on the PSP: the short missions the player must complete are ideal for gaming on the go. Also, the character customization feature doesn't have to go to waste on the PSP; the use of ad-hoc or Infrastructure features can make creating characters worthwhile. While true Infrastructure multiplayer may be too much to ask for, sharing ghost data a la Dark Resurrection may prove to be quite the hit. Imagine: data exchanges that allow you to play against a friend's unique character. Undoubtedly, Soul Calibur III on PSP can become the definitive portable fighting game of all time.
Is it possible?
Tekken 5 has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide on the PSP. While not an overwhelming success, that's still an impressive figure (for a port!). Once the game enters Greatest Hits status, it will undoubtedly sell a lot more. There's a demand for good fighters on Sony's portable, and I doubt Namco will want to miss out on such a great opportunity. I hope you're reading this, Namco.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
1-31-2007 @ 11:07AM
Jean-Michel Decombe said...
I'd buy it. Sophitia!!!
1-31-2007 @ 11:08AM
I'd go with a Samurai Shodown-Collection instead.
1-31-2007 @ 11:13AM
Xplay keeps bashing PSP. Adam and Morgan keep saying that the psp games suck except for Lumines. I would like to know your thoughts on this subject. I guess they rather play Nintendo's stupid brain games.
1-31-2007 @ 11:24AM
Jeff Cossey said...
heck if we are just daydreaming here how about
Heroes of the Pacific
Star Trek Bridge Commander
Half Life & Half Life 2
a true n64 and gamecube emulator for DS users to see real emulation of these other systems instead of the watered down flavor of the ds
1-31-2007 @ 11:32AM
Heck, what about Shemnue? Or Sonic CD, I mean, Sonic UMD.
1-31-2007 @ 12:25PM
you said it!
1-31-2007 @ 12:35PM
I like the idea of this feature, but I would like to see some games explored that aren't ports of console games that would ultimately be super frustrating and pointless on the PSP. Okami, RE4, etc... would be virtually unplayable, battery-sucking monstosities on the one-analogue-stick PSP. They wouldn't take advantage of the PSP, they'd just be lesser versions of console games; which the PSP has plenty of already.
A dream game for me would be to take the portable Castlevania series away from the DS (which I do own and love) and put it on the PSP. The wider screen and larger pixel count would be much more helpful than the touch screen 'features' used in those games.
1-31-2007 @ 12:44PM
I was just thinking about Soul Calibur on the psp! I was playing Hitman: Blood Money on the ps2; wouldn't it be real nice if they made that for the psp? I mean the level of depth might not be the same on the psp but it would be so cool.
1-31-2007 @ 1:42PM
Might as well do KOF Maximum Impact too. Or a new Street Fighter EX.
1-31-2007 @ 2:26PM
The Poet said...
just bring it over to the ds, it will actually sell over there... just a suggestion, i just want to help out the developers for all their hard time and labor.
oh and Starcraft on the DS would be amazing. Thanks for suggesting that Jeff.
1-31-2007 @ 4:45PM
Jeff Cossey said...
Yah Starcraft would be great on the DS, maybe they would release the orginal 1998 version (they would have to dummy it down for the DS of course) and at the same time release an updated PSP version you know one that does not look like it is 9 years old but more inline with todays gameplay and graphics. Yet another great suggestion from poet
1-31-2007 @ 4:47PM
Jeff Cossey said...
You know what would really be kewl, they release a port of Rogue Leader so DS users could really see what the PSP can do.
1-31-2007 @ 10:03PM
Hasn't the fact that games like Age of Empires and Advance Wars are more easily (and quickly) played with the d-pad than stylus basically put the whole 'DS was made for RTS and turn-based strategy' notion to rest?
I mean, I've been playing PDA strategers for years. Scrolling and selecting is great with a mouse, but when the UI is designed properly, the d-pad/buttons are more convenient on a handheld. Balancing the device while fiddling with the stylus (and losing one hand for buttons in the process) is just a pain in the ass to me. Maybe not for everyone, but to me it's almost a dealbreaker.
1-31-2007 @ 10:25PM
The Poet said...
Starcraft and any RTS (real time strategy) game works way better on the DS. There's no denying that unless you guys are that blinded by Sony. Seriously its a huge difference. How about we start to rally support for this and call Blizzard to make this game already on the DS!!!!
Are you with me on this one or what Jeff Cossey??
1-31-2007 @ 10:45PM
the poet, seriously just stfu. i know this is adding fuel to your fanboy fire but cmon.
1-31-2007 @ 11:22PM
My dream game for the PSP would be a Legend of Zelda !!! It would be amazing to take Link in a portable adventure !!! :::((( Sadly this would never happen !!!
2-01-2007 @ 9:42AM
soul calibur...... please... namco!!!!!!!
i`ll buy it
2-01-2007 @ 10:39AM
Hmmm , now even if I like the Tekken series batter , I wouldent mind for this to come out . Seriously , I would buy it up in a second :D
2-01-2007 @ 1:31PM
yea shenmue would be a really good game on the psp. a lot of dreamcast games could get resurrected because the DC used 1 control stick, 2 shoulders, and 4 buttons like the psp.
2-27-2007 @ 2:41AM
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