If you own iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod or iPad 2 and you fancy yourself a fan of classic fighters reborn on touchscreen devices, then it’s high time you sit up and listen to news that Soulcalibur is now available on the App Store.
This port from the original has six gameplay modes available currently, though, according to the app’s description, more are planned. Here’s what you’ll be able to play upon downloading the game:
– ARCADE BATTLE
The original battle mode from the arcade version of “Soul Calibur.” Defeat all enemies to make it to the end of the game.
– TIME ATTACK
How fast can you beat the game?
With only a limited amount of life, how many opponents can you defeat?
– EXTRA SURVIVAL
How many opponents can you can defeat with single-hit kills?
Enjoy viewing a variety of artwork.
Learn the game’s basic system and techniques.
And here begins the bad news. First of all, you’ll likely have noticed that this fighter is absent a versus mode. You will not be able to play against friends or unknown opponents either by Bluetooth or wireless connection to the internet. Which is, if we’re being completely honest, lame sauce.
As Joystiq pointed out in their news for the app, and this is the worst bit of the bad news, Namco Bandai elected to make this game quite expensive. It’s on sale currently for $11.99. Full price? $15.00.
$12.00 for a classic fighter game that currently offers no versus mode is, from where we stand, an exceptionally hard sell. Buying Soulcalibur will likely mean you’ve got the spare scratch to toss around, or you’re a massive fan of the franchise that can’t live without picking up ever iteration the game comes in.
Take heart, we suppose, with the knowledge that Namco Bandai could add an incredible amount of features with updates later in the life of this app.