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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.


SoulCalibur Xbox 360 The victor gets the right to make a quip.
SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Stabbing in the face is always effective.
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Sophitia vs. Nightmare
SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Send them airborne with certain attacks.

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 Dreamcast Mumm-Ra (379)
Perfect mechanics, beautiful graphics, clunky story. Dreamcast kyuzo (18)
Pure arcade fun Dreamcast BigJKO (68)
Hands down - the best console fighting game money can buy. Dreamcast Lucas Schippers (59)
Amazing, if you can get past the gameplay Dreamcast Robyrt (51)
The best fighting game EVER! Dreamcast Bazajt (1888)

The Press Says

All Game Guide Dreamcast 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gaming Age Dreamcast Aug 11, 1999 A 100
Sega Collectors Guild Dreamcast May 23, 2003 100 out of 100 100
The Next Level Dreamcast Sep 15, 1999 A+ 100
GamePro (US) Dreamcast Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast Sep 01, 2000 10 out of 10 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dreamcast Jun 18, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95 Dreamcast Nov 26, 1999 19 out of 20 95
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 4.25 out of 5 85


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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.


  • 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)
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