While March holds the promise of MLB 12: The Show and MLB 2K12, February isn’t really all that bad. UFC Undisputed 3 and EA Sports’ SSX come out this month, and both are great for athletes who love to game.
But while you’re waiting—UFC Undisputed 3 comes out on Feb. 14 and SSX on Feb. 28—SoulCalibur V, which hit stores at the end of January, might be worth your attention. This Xbox 360 and PS3 fighting franchise, which specializes in bright colors, crazy weapons and over-the-top combos, is a good bet if you’re looking to get pumped up before a workout or blow off steam after a tough loss.
SoulCalibur V features a few changes from previous editions. Fighting is tighter, which makes it easier for newbies to pick up, but many of the old characters have been retired, replaced entirely by new fighters. So the experience often feels markedly different. Gameplay, including careful blocks, cheap throws and overpowered attacks, remains similar.
Since SoulCalibur V has been out for a few days, reviews and gameplay clips are now available online. Head over to Gamespot.com for a detailed list.
The game is available online and in stores for $60.