Soul Calibur II – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Suggestive Themes, Violence 

Parents don't have too much to worry. While some moves may be brutal, not a single drop of blood is shed, and nobody ever dies. The game stays well within the region of fantasy, with fireworks and explosions replacing blood. There is no questionable language or sexual situations, just sexy fighters.

Fight fans can rejoice, because Soul Calibur II is the equivalent of the Second Coming.

Anyone who missed the first game on the ill-fated Dreamcast can find out what the hype is about since the game is available on all three major systems, each with its own unique character. Zelda's Link is on the GameCube, Todd McFarlane's Spawn character is on the Xbox, while Namco's Tekken veteran Heihachi graces the PlayStation 2. Because of the accessibility of this game, casual gamers would do good to check out the pinnacle of the fighting genre, especially with its top-notch production values, addictive Weapons Master mode and simple controls.

Soul Calibur fans won't lose out here either. Although the core gameplay remains the same, there are enough new moves, characters and nuances (including the addition of walls) to take your fighting to the next level.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers shouldn't have too much trouble. There are no necessary audio clues, which is typical of fighting games.