I picked up Soul Calibur V today while I was preordering Kingdoms of Amalur. My buddy and enjoyed the previous Soul Calibur entries, and I figured it would be a fun time-waster on the off chance we play some games.
Has anybody else given it a shot? I can't say I'm thrilled with it. At first I was disgusted, because I haven't loathed a main character this much since Tidus in FFX. I was also bothered because there are fights you are going to lose. Guaranteed. I don't mean they're fights you're supposed to lose so you can advance the story, I mean you drop the AI opponent to half health and suddenly he explodes at you in a 15 hit combo that drains 3/4 of your health bar... and then hits you three more times before you can get up. Doesn't always happen, but it's almost as if the game kicks itself in the ass to keep you from winning three fights in a row. More than once, I tossed the controller in frustration (admitted rage gamer, though nothing has made me flip for a few years).
I was extremely put off at first, and debating taking the game back (rent first, right? Would have been smart). On a whim, though, I put in Soul Calibur IV and went through a few battles. I found myself frustrated again in that it felt like there were forced fights where you amounted to a punching bag. It made me realize that my frustration in that case comes from the fact that the AI opponent never feels more skilled than me... the game simply ups the cheapness factor. I wanted the game to be a test of skill, not a test of patience in the vein of "Well, now I'm down two fights to none. Let's see if I can come back."
Does anyone still play fighting games? Does anyone still enjoy them after the advent of online gaming? I notice they're less popular than they were fifteen years ago, that's for sure. I think my time with the genre has been spent.