Critical Edge moves return from Soul Edge, but the development team changed how these powerful attacks work in Soulcalibur V. Every character has the same Critical Edge motion, a Street Fighter style double QCF plus all three attack buttons at the same time. Using a Critical Edge takes up one full Soul Gauge (you can stock two) and if your move connects the game shows a flashy combo.
Critical Edge attacks feel like the Soulcalibur V equivalent of a hyper combo. When I played the game, I found it was easy to start a combo and end with a Critical Edge or cancel an attack right into the move. As a comeback of sorts, a character’s Soul Gauge charges up if you lose two matches in a row.
Soulcalibur V comes out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on January 31, 2012.