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Description

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.

Screenshots

SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Block and move.
SoulCalibur Dreamcast CG Portraits 4
SoulCalibur Dreamcast CG Portraits 1
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Maxi vs. Mitsurugi

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

Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast Sep 01, 2000 10 out of 10 100
All Game Guide Dreamcast 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Shin Force Dreamcast Aug 09, 1999 9.8 out of 10 98
Console Monster Xbox 360 Jul, 2008 80 out of 100 80
The Review Busters Xbox 360 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameDaily Xbox 360 Jul 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NZGamer Xbox 360 Jul 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Mar 26, 2010 6 out of 10 60
4Players.de iPad Jan 23, 2012 57 out of 100 57

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Trivia

Reception

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.

Awards

  • 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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