(posted on amazon.com 09-11-2012)
I bought this game used here from Rax Games direct for only $6.59!
While a lot of prices on the game may be all over the place, I would suggest getting it used from a reputable seller – but if you can afford the price of a new one…..go for it! My game plays fine just did not come with the instruction booklet (as the seller indicated) though it did come in the original case with the original back cover.
I loved playing this game back around when it came out on the PS1, it was nice to be able to play it again. The graphics are very dated though; if you are used to Soul Calibur 4 and 5 and then play this you might not like it very much. However for those of you that remember the game going back to when it was 25 cents to play the arcade version, this will bring back a lot of memories. I have a PS3 slim, and I recently found out that all PS1 games play on all PS3 models….well this game at least! I would have bought this game again a lot sooner had I known that, most of you reading probably do know that…..but if not…..SOUL BLADE WILL PLAY ON ALL PS MODELS, WHETHER YOU HAVE A PS1, PS2, OR ANY MODEL PS3. I can not be 110% sure about other PS1 games…..but this is the most important game series to me anyways! I used to own a Sega Dreamcast, which I only bought because of Soul Calibur.
I like how the voices in the game are in Japanese; it gives this title a nice touch and helps to set it apart from the other titles in the series. It did take me a little while of playing to remember the movements and what buttons did what as they are a little different from Soul Calibur 4 and 5. All the game modes work fine, I just wish the game had an online play option though it came out originally before online was any kind of a big deal.
Unlike Soul Calibur 5, I can use Taki and Seung Mina (later would be spelled Seong Mina) in Soul Blade! Of course, you also get several different options in the game such as you can change the background music and some cool modes like Edge Master Mode. While Soul Calibur 5 may be far superior in graphics, it pales in comparison to Soul Blade where features and options are concerned. You would think Namco would have done a much better job with Soul Calibur 5 than they did, though at least the original is still around so that you can see how the story truly began!
One thing I was thrilled to see was the opening movie for the game, as it is by far the best opening movie for any of the games in the entire series to date.
It would be interesting to see what this game would look like with modern graphics, though I think it would be a very bad idea to even attempt an alteration of this masterpiece. This is one game that will truly live on in video game immortality.
……”The Legend Will Never Die”……
*Update from 11-2-12*
*I forgot to mention when I originally wrote this review that yes as the first person to comment on my review said, this game has one of the best opening themes of all time for a video game! It is one of my favorite songs period for that matter! I have not had any luck finding the soundtrack at a reasonable price anywhere; perhaps with Soul Calibur VI a Soundtrack collection will be released for all the games in the series? One other note on the song, the version featured in the opening sequence for the game is shorter than the CD version. Go to You Tube and search “Edge of Soul” or “The Edge of Soul”. Compared to some of the later games in the series, the graphics and game play may seem awkward to those not as familiar with the series. However, overall it is one of the best video games of all time ever made. I never would have grown to love the games had I not first played this game in the lobby of a Wal-Mart many years ago!*