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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 Arcade Your turn.
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Introduction Cinematic
SoulCalibur Arcade Fighting back.
SoulCalibur Xbox 360 Fighting in Venice.

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 (1885)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dreamcast Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Aftonbladet Dreamcast Dec 13, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
CyberGames Dreamcast Sep 29, 1999 9.7 out of 10 97
neXGam Dreamcast Dec 27, 2009 9.6 out of 10 96
Game Freaks 365 Dreamcast 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
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
Game Critics Dreamcast Dec 06, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Jul 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Jul 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80

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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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