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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 Arcade Kick Him.
SoulCalibur Arcade Powering Up.
SoulCalibur Arcade Losing at the moment.
SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Versus screen.

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SoulCalibur Screenshot
SoulCalibur Screenshot
SoulCalibur Render
SoulCalibur Render

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 (378)
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 (1884)

Critic Reviews

Video Games Dreamcast Sep, 1999 4 out of 4 100
Sega Collectors Guild Dreamcast May 23, 2003 100 out of 100 100
Game Freaks 365 Dreamcast 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Edge Dreamcast Sep 06, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dreamcast Aug 15, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Xbox 360 Jul 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Jul 10, 2008 78 out of 100 78 iPad Jan 23, 2012 57 out of 100 57


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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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