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Here's a painfully obvious example of why Soul Calibur 6's Ranked Mode is absolutely terrible for competitors right now

Check out Abbock's giant rainbow-colored cube that takes up half the screen and shoots fireballs

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 25, 2018 at 1:32 p.m. PDT • Comments: 142

Bandai Namco is one of the absolute best fighting game development companies in the world right now, but has a glaring issue with its most recent title: Soul Calibur 6.

The game looks great, includes plenty of different modes for a varied experience and seems to be more than worthy to carry the Soul Calibur torch forward. It also has the worst online environment for competitive players of perhaps any fighting game thus far.

Soul Calibur 6's create a character mode is one of its biggest draws as it allows players self expression on some pretty amazing levels. The internet has been buzzing with custom creations that have seen us laugh, reel back and even cover our eyes. Still, players like Aris Bakhtanians are calling Ranked Mode (and this is paraphrasing it nicely) an absolute joke.

We previously discussed the fact that characters can be created with sizes and hitboxes that do not at all reflect tournament standard play, but that scenario pales in comparison when you look at the situation Abbock is putting his unfortunate opponents in.

Abbock has created a gigantic, rainbow-colored cube that takes up half the screen and shoots fireballs. It's hilarious, no doubt, but also makes for a huge waste of time for players trying to legitimately train online. Said cube clips through the ground, gives virtually no indication of hit or hurtbox location and apparently could be even bigger, according to the creator.

Custom creations need to be taken out of Ranked play as soon as possible, and probably regulated a bit more even in casual modes, lest fans stop laughing and start hating in ways that could potentially endanger SC6's overall prosperity. Here are a pair of clips of the cube in action, the second actually seeing it break away and reveal the true character inside:

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