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Soul Blade (PlayStation)

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Description

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

Screenshots

Soul Blade PlayStation Siegfried's attack misses badly.
Soul Blade PlayStation If you have won, you can control the camera during replays.
Soul Blade PlayStation Row, row, row your raft... Soul Blade features some interesting backdrops, such as this raft.
Soul Blade PlayStation Even girls can play. Although her outfit may not be historically accurate, Seung Mina's weapon is, as she protects herself from the errant ronin, Mitsurugi.

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 (496) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Apr, 1997 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 A 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
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 23, 2009 18 out of 20 90
Gamezilla 1997 86 out of 100 86
Joystick (French) Jul, 1997 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Apr 03, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Edge Feb, 1997 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

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.

Awards

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