Soulcalibur: Lost Swords now available in North America for PS3

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Namco Bandai?s free to play fighting game, Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is now available in North America for the PlayStation 3. The announcement was made earlier today.

The Soulcalibur spin off has an emphasis on single player action as well as mission based modes. Soulcalibur series producer Masaki Hoshino said that the decision to focus on single player missions in Lost Swords was due to the fact that the players? interest was in the characters and the world setting of the series and not necessarily the game?s versus modes. Most of the fan base was not hugely into competitive gaming.

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords will be using the fighting game system of Soulcalibur 5, the most recent entry to date, with a few included additions, according to Hoshino. Players will be able to choose from a roster of fighters from the Soulcalibur series? most popular characters to send into combat. Lost Swords also uses an item discovery and crafting system as well as elemental based fighting mechanics to add different factors in combat. Players can use and equip various weapons and armor that can be taken as a reward from defeating enemies or they can build new ones from raw materials and imbue them with elemental characteristics such as fire and wind. Since different elements are going to be used, some will be stronger or weaker against the other in battle.

The characters in Lost Swords can be customized by completing various quests. These quests will unlock accessories as well as other items that can be used to equip the characters. An interesting feature that has been added is that player built characters can be uploaded and shared with other players. These player built characters, can then be used as a ?summonable? partner in battle. The more times the player built character is used in combat, the more Friend Points the player will earn, and this will, in turn, make them stronger.

As an extra bonus, those who download Soulcalibur: Lost Swords in the first month on the PlayStation Network will receive an additional set of bonus items. This will serve as a ?thank you? gift from the developers.

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