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Free PS3 Fighter SoulCalibur: Lost Swords Steps into the Ring in Spring

Posted by Edwin Garcia

En garde

Get ready to choose your weapon this Spring in SoulCalibur: Lost Swords. Releasing exclusively for the PlayStation 3, this fresh release is taking the franchise in a new direction, opting for a free-to-play format. While not a lot's been said about the fighter since its reveal last year, newly rebranded publisher Bandai Namco has produced a fresh trailer showing off the complimentary game.

Clearly, this is not the same weapons-based brawler that your ancestors played. One of the main highlights in this instalment is the use of elemental properties to give you the upper hand, allowing you to augment your swords with special powers such as Fire and Wind. Scavenging the bodies of your fallen foes will allow you to find some of these enhanced attack options. Furthermore, there is also a new forging system allowing you to create these menacing upgraded arms, adding a strategic dimension to the experience.

How do you feel about the legendary series going free-to-play? Stab us with your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via soulcalibur-lostswords.com]

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User Comments (6)

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#1

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Wow, this is a really interesting and in my opinion good direction. Sounds pretty awesome. Still a little confused about how its going to work. Will there be online co op?

Cloud7794

#2

Cloud7794 said:

Interesting ideas, but like I said about Tekken Revolution, I hope it doesn't mean the end of the normal series. I still want to be able to play these with couch co op.

rjejr

#3

rjejr said:

Why does everybody keep getting their clothes knocked off? I'm not a Soul Calibur aficionado but I have played every game and I don't recall that happening before.

Graphics looked better than I thought. When I read the headline I thought it would look like Castle Crashers or something.

So, does free-to-play get you 4 characters and you have to buy the rest, like Zen Pinball?

When does PSASBR go free-to-play? I'm sure at this point they would make more money selling DLC than people buying the game. I really thought it would go to PS+ last summer. I certainly would have expected it in PS+ before DmC or Bioshock Infinite.

drumsandperc92

#5

drumsandperc92 said:

@rjejr they introduced the armor/clothing getting "destroyed" in battle in Soul Calibur IV, but if you ask me, it looks a lot worse in Lost Swords. It looked like it just disappeared, and the layering isn't nearly as developed. In SCIV, one or two pieces would break off at a time, but in the trailer it looks like the whole suit just disappears at once and boom, characters in their underwear.
otherwise, gameplay looks...interesting. why no PS4 though? New systems are out now, it should at least be cross-generational. I would've definitely at least tried it out on PS4, but I can't since i don't own a PS3.

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