How does one of the greatest fighting games of all time wind up one of our least favorite gaming apps of the week? Was it the power of Chopin, the combination of Minesweeper and Minecraft, or the $11.99 price tag?

I'm going to go with the price tag. If SoulCalibur for iOS was just a little less expensive than $12 (regularly $15, mind you) then perhaps Kirk would have been a bit more forgiving about the controls. Or perhaps not. I don't know what goes on in Kirk's head, nor do I want to. It's all jazzy in there.


I'm a little more of a classical music fan myself, at least after spending a week with Frederic — Resurrection of Music. If you're gonna bring out a pan, might as well make it a show pan, am I right?


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