A new super-weird game just hit the App Store, sliding in early Thursday morning instead of the standard Wednesday night like everyone else. It's called Soul Calibur: Unbreakable Soul [Free] and it's about the strangest interpretation of the Soul Calibur series you could think of. Unlike the many Street Fighter games on the App Store which do a surprisingly decent job at bringing what feels like a real fighting game to touch devices, the powers that be at Namco decided to not only release a new Soul Calibur game as a free to play title packed with gems to buy, but they also removed all the technical elements from the game save just mashing what moves you want to do at the bottom of the screen.

The original PlayStation game had an intro that was so epic it gave you chills, and it's kind of sad to see what the series has become now. Replacing actually fighting like a normal fighting game with card battler mechanics is an odd move, especially considering virtual controls work fine in other games (even the original Dreamcast port which is on the App Store). But, hey, whatever. I guess if you really like what Namco did with the similarly strange fighting game turned card battler Tekken Arena [Free], give this one a shot?

Stuff like this sort of makes you feel like we're stuck in the bad App Store timeline, doesn't it? How do we get the almanac back and fix this mess? Would it help if we all bought the original Soul Calibur [$14.99] instead?

  • http://afterpad.com/ Kevin MacLeod

    At least the Dreamcast version of Soul Calibur is still available on the App Store. Plays great, too.

  • Bliquid

    Crashes after a five minutes data download ( that would take a total of 15 minutes to end).
    Tried twice, gonna try a third and then eventually delete.
    A tale of half baked apps, eternally retold.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      We all need to shine on?

      • Bliquid

        Like crazy diamonds.
        Forgot to say, i'm on 4s.

      • bigrand1

        Yep! Only thing to do!

  • Jef Crisis

    it all started going wrong with Spawn. and got worse with Yoda.

    • Based Xatu

      I still remember Link being on the GC version. Great times.

  • zergslayer69

    Let me make sure I understand correctly, this game is basically the actual fighter on the appstore except virtual buttons are replaced with cards?

  • Pagan Fox

    Awful, awful, awful.
    Played the tutorial and Then deleted.
    Timers and IAP should have been the clue where this was going.

  • B30

    Timers! Great so I can't play this awful game.

  • Superjimtendo

    The back to the future reference made me laugh.

  • Kane

    This app is soulless

  • Themostunclean

    Thomas F. Wilson and William Zabka, two of the most under appreciated actors of our time. The true heroes of Back to the Future and Karate Kid.

    • Jake7905

      Talk about being stuck in a bad timeline.....

  • witedahlia

    I've said it many time before so I'll just state it briefly here: Namco are out of their freaking minds. I'm still much more angry about Tekken, because at least I can still play the actual FIGHTING GAME version of Soulcalibur on iOS.

  • witedahlia

    Sorry for double posting, but for those who like to actually fight in their fighting games there's a new Soulcalibur on PSN called Soulcalibur Lost Swords. It's free to play, similar to Tekken Revolution. Oh, and Soulcalibur 5 was on sale for $5 from the playstation store, though that was a couple of days ago.

  • Cookies

    As much as this could be cool, how hard is it really for Namco to just make VI and actually include the characters people actually want without a million clones (hyperbole to the max) or weird rehashes?

    Maybe they're intentionally building suspense.

  • Rivalsan

    This game is really awful. I tried it out yesterday, and I absolutely could not believe how ridiculous it was. Game over.