A blog entry about how much of a Soul Calibur fangirl I am. I'm willing to bet you didn't see this coming.
That's right, folks. I enjoy a fighting game. I'm not very good at fighting games, but since when has my lack of skill in a game kept me from playing? If you've been following me long enough, you'll remember I used to promote myself as a terrible gamer playing games to help sick kids. I upgraded to a casual gamer after a while because, well... at some point you're going to stop being terrible if you keep playing games!
Now, about Soul Calibur...
My love of the series began with Soul Calibur III on the PS2. I played the campaign, and I practiced with all of the characters. I enjoyed one-shot games where I asked a friend to play me in a few matches. I also enjoyed struggling my way through all of the character stories. I'll be quite honest here: the story is never very deep, it's a fighting game. You either appreciate it for what it is or you move on to a Final Fantasy title or something with a bit more meat to it.
I never had a favorite character to play as, but spent a long time battling away in Tales of Souls to unlock Olcadan (the guy with the owl head). Naturally when they announced Soul Calibur VI and people began making custom characters... I wanted it badly. My husband is good to me and feeds my gaming habits, and the character creator mode was the first thing I dove into.
My first creation was... not very good. We won't discuss it. It never happened. There's no evidence to prove I did anything.
My more recent creation was a better version and I spent far more time on each element of the build. In addition to that, the game had gotten the Witcher update so that the Geralt build was available... and this was the ideal fighting style for my custom character.
To try and explain Pompilidara, aka The Spirit Wasp, to anyone who never knew her when I actively roleplayed... would be impossible. Some of the basic elements to her include having wings, having a mystical sort of power, wielding two swords, fire-red hair, purple eyes, tons of sass, and the obvious mettle to be both a pirate captain and a mercenary.
The wardrobe/cosmetic appearance of my custom character is based largely off of Talim's outfit, made a bit more modest. I only tweaked display appearances of Geralt's fighting style -- the colors of the magic effects, which two of his swords are used, etc. Overall, I was very pleased with the result. I've spent a lot of time playing this custom character in Arcade mode, but I will never claim to be anything but shoddy in a fighting game!
So, here's a clip I made earlier tonight in said Arcade mode, which pitted my build against Ivy. Please let me know what you think! If you enjoy it, consider making a donation on my Extra Life page -- the 24-hour marathon is less than 2 weeks away!
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