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Watching EVO 2018 this weekend got me excited for the release of Soul Calibur VI. I have loved the Soul Calibur series since a friend of mine introduced me to the second and third entries in the series back in 2004. I played Soul Calibur III for hundreds of hours, studying all of the techniques and intricacies of the characters. I’ve been a fan of fighting games since I discovered Street Fighter II in the early nineties, but something about the hand-to-hand weapon combat of the Soul Calibur series has always fascinated me. I find the characters and story to be very charming and the different fighting styles of the various personalities on the roster are all so different.

When I heard about Soul Calibur VI earlier this year, I became very excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new entry in the series. It was 2012 when Soul Calibur V was released for last generation consoles (XBox 360 and PS3) and those have felt like a long six years. Seeing the previews of SC6 at EVO got me pumped. Seeing Siegfried back on the big screen is going to be great. I love learning all of the different characters, but Siegfried will always be my first.

Tonight I hooked up my XBox 360 for the first time in a couple of years and, after a number of lengthy updates, fired up Soul Calibur V to get back into the swing of things. I’m sure a whole bunch of stuff is changing in SC6, which is great because we’ll have a whole bunch of new stuff to learn. It still can’t hurt to re-familiarize with the mechanics of the series and recap the story. While I was digging through my gaming archive boxes, I found some other Soul Calibur items; my SC3 strategy guide, and my SC4-themed HORI fight stick. I use Razer Atrox fight sticks these days (still have my XBox 360 Atrox fortunately!) but it was fun to find the HORI SC4 stick. Brings back a lot of really great memories.

I’m not sure which platform I’ll choose for Soul Calibur VI, although I’m heavily leaning towards my PlayStation 4. I don’t own an XBox One and I’m not convinced the PC community will be very strong. It would be great to see cross-platform play but that seems like a bit of a dream right now. For the next few months, while we wait for the release, I’m going to enjoy reliving the memories of Soul Calibur V and soaking up the beauty of the tale of two swords.

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