Soulcalibur V boasts excellent swordplay even as it cuts down on features (review)

Namco Bandai’s Soulcalibur returns to the crowded fighting-game genre with this fifth installment. The company originally wanted to focus on a new property after 2008’s Soulcalibur IV, but Producer Hisaharu Tago  insisted that the franchise should continue. In order to revitalize the long-running series, Soulcalibur V moves its setting 17 years into the future and tweaks the weapon-based battles to appeal to a new generation of players. Now the question is whether the game will thrive in a market that is much more competitive than in its heyday.