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SoulCalibur (Dreamcast)

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Description

A fighting game to end all fighting games. A sequel to Soul Blade, Soul Calibur takes place in a time inspired by a mixture of 16th-century ancient China and oriental medieval fantasies and legends.

All characters have weapons and distinct fighting styles with over 100 individual moves per character. In addition to high, mid, and low attacks, characters can hold/throw, block, and perform special attacks -- one or more of which is deemed "un-blockable" and must be avoided by ducking, jumping, or rotating around your attacker.

In addition to several locales in which to fight and alternate models/costumes per character, the Dreamcast conversion of Soul Calibur contains many additional features over the arcade coin-op, including hidden characters and locales, a campaign mode, and tournament mode. There is also a "museum" where you can view character profiles and view motion-captured martial arts demonstrations.

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SoulCalibur Dreamcast Special features menu
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Sophitia vs. Nightmare
SoulCalibur Dreamcast That's one hell of a versatile sword!
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Introduction Cinematic

Alternate Titles

  • "灵魂能力" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

A beautiful, complex and realistic fighting game for Dreamcast - probably the best one Mumm-Ra (382) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Perfect mechanics, beautiful graphics, clunky story. kyuzo (18) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Pure arcade fun BigJKO (68) unrated
Hands down - the best console fighting game money can buy. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
Amazing, if you can get past the gameplay Robyrt (51) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The best fighting game EVER! Bazajt (1888) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Thunderbolt Games Dec 01, 2004 10 out of 10 100
GamesFirst! Nov 25, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Sep 20, 1999 10 out of 10 100
Aftonbladet Dec 13, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Retroage Mar 02, 2013 10 out of 10 100
Shin Force Aug 09, 1999 9.8 out of 10 98
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gamekult Aug 30, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Dec 06, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Cincinnati Enquirer 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 88

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Trivia

Reception

The Dreamcast version of the game was the 2nd game in history to be given a 40/40 score by the respected game magazine Famitsu.

Version differences

In the Korean version of the game, Mitsurugi was replaced by a Caucasian swordsman named Arthur, because the image of the samurai is not very popular with Koreans.

Awards

  • EGM
    • February 2006 (Issue #200) - #22 in the "Greatest Games of Their Time" list
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #74 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • GameSpy
    • 1999 – Console Game of the Year
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #75 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Big John WV and CaptainCanuck

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Trixter (8739) added SoulCalibur (Dreamcast) on May 22, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Spenot (8440), Kabushi (120913) and The cranky hermit (491)