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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 Charge up for stronger attacks.
SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Fighting in Venice.
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Beauty conquers the beast
SoulCalibur Arcade You loose!!

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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 (376)
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 (1883)

Critic Reviews

Dreamcast. Das offizielle Magazin Dreamcast Nov, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
IGN Dreamcast Sep 20, 1999 10 out of 10 100
Gaming Target Dreamcast Aug 13, 2001 10 out of 10 100
Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast Sep 01, 2000 10 out of 10 100
Video Games Dreamcast Sep, 1999 4 out of 4 100
Defunct Games Dreamcast Feb 05, 2005 99 out of 100 99
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Feb, 2000 9.9 out of 10 99
Player One Dreamcast Dec, 1999 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dreamcast Aug 15, 2001 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90


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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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