5 Guest Characters that Should Appear in Soul Calibur 6
Soul Calibur 5 has finally landed on store shelves this week, and we imagine fans of the franchise are enjoying the series' latest special guest character Ezio Auditore. The Assassin's Creed mainstay will likely become a fan-favorite amongst newcomers and veterans alike and that has nothing to do with his move set — it's based purely on the allure of playing as a crossover-based character.
Soul Calibur has been a battlefield filled with crossovers ever since Soul Calibur 2 (with the exception of Soul Calibur 3). Throughout the years we've seen the likes of The Legend of Zelda's Link, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Tekken's Heihachi Mishima, God of War's Kratos, and even Star Wars' Yoda and Darth Vader appear in various installments and versions of the series. With the special guest character for Soul Calibur 5 already decided upon - we can't help but dream about which guest character will appear in Soul Calibur 6.
That's why we've created a list of the five guest characters we would love to see crossover into this treasured fighting franchise, so without any further delay, let's take a look at who should appear in Soul Calibur 6.
Tomb Raider used to be a big deal among gamers. The last few entries may not have lived up the the original's reputation, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about gaming's queen of action-adventure. Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics obviously haven't either, as they've been hard at work on a Tomb Raider reboot that looks to be a promising offering.
Since the heroin is slowly inching her way back into the limelight, it only makes sense that she appear on Soul Calibur's stage of history. Croft has a lot going for her - and her assets could give even Ivy herself a run for her money. Lara has a few skills that set her apart from other combatants though, and her combat knowledge has great potential if transformed into a move set. She's got pistols, knives, and nearly every other weapon imaginable at her disposal. This is one tough chick that could easily go toe-to-toe with any of the other warriors in Soul Calibur.
There are many fans who love seeing Nintendo-made characters venture outside their realm of familiarity. When Link appeared in SC2, fans were beyond excited and, as a result, the game sold more units on the GameCube than any other system. With the Wii U on the horizon, we can't help but imagine how awesome it would be to battle as a Nintendo character in Soul Calibur once more, but this time with the angelic warrior Pit.
Many, MANY, fans would probably love to see Link return if Nintendo were to offer Namco Bandai a fighter of their choosing, but fans deserve a fresh face - and Pit fits this bill. He has great potential for a phenomenal move set, and with Palutena's Bow at his disposal, he would be a force to recon with. Kid Icarus: Uprising is less than a month away, and we can't help but think Nintendo would do anything to make Pit's face a little more recognizable among the masses - that is if they plan on resurrecting the game as a series.
Marcus Fenix/Master Chief
Microsoft has missed the boat on platform exclusive characters for every single fighting game released in the past year. There's was no 360-exclusive character to be found in Mortal Kombat, and it was recently confirmed that Street Fighter X Tekken won't have an exclusive fighter on 360 either. When we dream of Xbox-exclusive characters though, there are two that immediately come to mind — Gears of War's Marcus Fenix and Halo's Master Chief.
Both of these characters seem perfect for the weapon-based combat found in Soul Calibur, and they'd definitely bring a unique set of moves to the table. Marcus can use the chainsaw on the end of his lancer, and curb stomp enemies after throwing them to the ground. Chief can pummel enemies with the use of an energy sword, and bust out a rocket launcher to finish them off. There's a lot of potential for either character if they were chosen to appear in a fighting game, and we hope it's realized very soon.
The main protagonist for Mass Effect is usually pretty busy saving the galaxy, but what does he do when he's not kicking alien butt, making love, or endorsing stores on the Citadel? Kick human and demon butt in Soul Calibur, obviously. Shepard is one of the most bad ass characters in all of gaming, and he would make a great combatant in Soul Calibur 6 if given the chance.
Some may say Shepard is only skilled with guns, thus making him unable to compete with more medieval weapon-types. Clearly these same people haven't seen the omni-blade that is available at the Commander's disposal. At any point during combat, Shepard can summon the Omni-Blade from his Omni-Tool — allowing him to enter into the ancient fray without any unfair advantages. I'm not sure how Shepard would find himself in the past, but maybe he slipped through a wormhole or something... Whatever Namco Bandai does, it couldn't possibly mess up the lore anymore than the latest Mass Effect novel.
Whether you call him Batman or Batsy, there's a certain trait about DC's caped-crusader that makes him so appealing. The fact that he kicks a stupid amount of bad guy tail doesn't hurt either, and we feel he would be a perfect one-time addition to the Soul Calibur series. If Spawn can make the jump, then Batman can too, and his presence in Soul Calibur 6 would definitely be noticed by the gaming/comic book community.
All of the weapons Batman has at his disposal are really pretty obvious for anyone who has played Arkham City. The batarang, grappling hook, and Bruce Wayne's very own fists are all the caped crusader needs, and he's able to quickly disassemble the likes of Nightmare, Ivy, and whoever else the Soul Calibur team could throw at him. Heck, maybe even Joker himself would tag along just for laughs. There's really no logical explanation for having Batman show up hundreds of years in the past - but we'd blame Alfred. It's always the butler's fault, right?
There are tons and tons of characters from other games we'd love to see make an appearance in Soul Calibur 6, and there will likely be even more by the time the game actually gets around to being announced.
Some honorable mentions go out to Final Fantasy's Cloud, inFamous' Cole McGrath, and Skyrim's Dovahkiin. All would be awesome, but we felt the five we picked stood out — especially since Dovahkiin may just be Lizard Man, depending on the race players assigned him, and Cole is already in Street Fighter X Tekken.
We have complete faith that whoever (or whatever) guest character Namco Bandai decides will include in Soul Calibur 6 will be great, because they haven't given us any reason to doubt their ability to blow our minds when it comes to awesome roster additions. There's also word that Soul Calibur 5 will come to the Wii U, so it may hold a currently-unnanounced exclusive character as well. Only time will tell what the cards of fate have planned for... okay, I've got to stop playing this game.
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