04th Jan2012

2012 Tournament Season – All about Soul Calibur 5 for 3D Fighters?

by Rip

Yesterday on Wakeup SRK, MrWizard announced the games list for Evolution 2012. The games are Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII, Mortal Kombat 9, Soul Calibur 5, and Street Fighter x Tekken. This of course means that Tekken 6 has been dropped.

It sucks, but its not very surprising considering Tekken’s relatively low turnout last year, the age of the game, and the spectator response everytime Tekken comes on a stream. Seems like the general Tekken franchise might need to be revamped. Around the 28 minute mark MrWizard explains why Tekken 6 was not chosen – and I disagree with most of his points, but at least he’s looking forward to Tekken Tag 2 being at Evo in 2013. The MOST interesting note from that podcast though was MrWizard mentioning that Street Fighter x Tekken may NOT be a 1v1 event! For this year though Tekken will still be represented by Street Fighter x Tekken and Namco will still have its 3D fighter presence with Soul Calibur 5.

Speaking of which, WinterBrawl will host a Soul Calibur 5 tournament that will be a qualifier tournament for ATL Final Round this year. Top 16 players at WinterBrawl will be seeded at ATL Final Round and have their event badge and tournament entry fees paid for. The first place finisher will receive roundtrip airfare to Final Round as well. Arcade cabinets of the latest version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will also be available at both events for everyone to play on.

For these upcoming Soul Calibur 5 tournaments Namco has provided a $1000 prize bonus for Winter Brawl and a $5000 prize bonus for Final Round! Time to start practicing!

28th Dec2011

Algol and Edge Master Confirmed For Soul Calibur 5 – Tekken Customizations Included As Well

by Rip

Famitsu has confirmed that Algol and Edge Master will return in Soul Calibur 5. I like how the oldest dude in Soul Calibur makes his return in Soul Calibur 5 where there is a big jump in time. Always cool to see characters return though. I expect there will be a lot of character reveals incoming as we lead up to the release of the game at the end of January.

Separately, they also have shown customizations that allow your character to look like Harada/Heihachi, but also to have DevilJin/Devil Kazuya moves (ewgf, tgf throw, laser throw?). Pretty neat, more pictures after the jump

22nd Dec2011

Soul Calibur 5 – Live Stream from Namco Bandai

by Rip

Namco Bandai is live streaming more of Soul Calibur 5 direct from Japan. Daishi Odashima is back and most of it is in japanese again, but Utoh is speaking some English! If you trouble getting it to play, click High and set it to Low. Check it out:

23rd Nov2011

SoCal Regionals 2011 – Namco Bringing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Soul Calibur 5!

by Rip

Namco will be bringing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Soul Calibur 5 to SoCal Regionals 2011! Level Up Your Game will be running the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 with a guaranteed prize pot of $1000 to be paid across the top 8 finishers. Not all of this event will be streamed so you won’t want to miss it if you’re in the area! This will also be the first time that Soul Calibur 5 is playable to the public on the west coast! Tekken Hybrid will also be on hand for anyone who wants to check it out. SoCal Regionals will be held at UCI on December 17/18 – For more information, check out the SoCal Regionals website. Trailer after the jump

17th Nov2011

Soul Calibur 5 – Quick Step Tutorial

by Rip

Check out this awesome tutorial showing you how to Quick Step in Soul Calibur 5. Impressive stuff from Namco. Looks like they’re on top of things. Hope to see more of these in the future:

12th Nov2011

Hori – NEW Soul Calibur 5 Stick and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue Stick!

by Rip

Wow, did not expect to see this coming. When MadCatz announced their Soul Calibur 5 stick I assumed it was an exclusive license, however Hori has pulled out a Soul Calibur 5 stick of their own. Not only that, but its based on a completely new design! I’m VERY interested in seeing what Hori decided to do with this new design. Separately, with Hori recently announcing the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 fight stick based off their V3SA design I thought that surely they would stick with that design going forward. But surprise, surprise, they pull out a stick for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue based on the old Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 design!

05th Nov2011

NEC XII – Soul Calibur 5 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2

by Rip

If you haven’t heard yet, NorthEast Championship XII (NEC XII) will feature a playable beta build of Soul Calibur 5. This will be the first time in the USA that Soul Calibur 5 will be playable to the public. Namco will also be bringing Tekken Tag Tournament 2 to the event as well! NEC XII will be taking place December 3rd and 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will be streamed by teamsp00ky. Be sure to check it out and attend if you can!