Soul Blade (PlayStation)

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In the 16th century, a sword surfaces that is so powerful, so evil that warriors from all over the globe seek it out. It is Soul Edge, a demon blade. From America to Europe to Japan, these warriors fight each other for the chance to obtain it. Soul Blade is a 3D weapons fighting game that chronicles their story.

A complete 3D fighting game that allows for side steps, Soul Blade has twelve colorful fighters (ten standard, two hidden, plus additional costumes for a few fighters), each with various weapons and styles. The first ten can be used in all the combat modes, while the hidden two can only be used in versus and arcade mode.

Namco enhanced the arcade version (called Soul Edge) by adding a well done CGI intro, plus a story mode to the addition of the traditional team, survival, and time attack modes. The story mode goes into greater detail about each character, and is presented in an ancient book format. The story mode also allows you to unlock more of each characters' extra weapons. These weapons, which vary in lengths, stats, and durability, add to the options available players in the versus mode.

Soul Blade's sequel is SoulCalibur, both in the arcades and for the Sega Dreamcast


Soul Blade PlayStation Who needs lightsaber? Special attacks, like Hwang's here, are often pretty, and many are fairly easy to learn.
Soul Blade PlayStation Li Long performing a close combat attack.
Soul Blade PlayStation Cervantes' attack missed and Hwang is already starting a counterattack.
Soul Blade PlayStation Soul Edge has some ridiculously powerful attacks. This is one of the more harmless ones though.

Alternate Titles

  • "Soul Edge" -- Arcade/Japanese Title

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User Reviews

A fun, yet unrealistic, sword fighting game. ZombieDepot (45) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
I don't normally like fighting games, but I loved this one. Attila (494) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 A 100
High Score Apr, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Play Magazine 1997 96 out of 100 96
Game Revolution Mar, 1997 A- 91
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla 1997 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot Apr 03, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Edge Feb, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Version differences

In the PAL version, Li Long's weapons is a three-segment-staff due to UK law. In the Japanese version of the game, the opening features Sophitia standing naked in the water. In both the PAL and US versions, she received a bathing suit.


  • PXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss.3) - Best Fighting Game of the Year
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