SoulCalibur II

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Mortal Kombat-style one-on-one fighting is one thing, but fighting with weapons is completely different. Soul Calibur II continues the tradition set by Soul Blade and the Dreamcast Soul Calibur with intense action and plenty of weapons to deal the massive blows.

A majority of the action takes place in Weapon Master mode, as you choose a character and travel a set map to fight the many other warriors through a collection of different terrain styles and challenges. One minute you'll be fighting in quicksand; the next you'll have to defeat an opponent by only using throwing attacks.

Other modes include the usual arcade, survival, and practice modes, and multiplayer options for two people to battle it out.

Each version of Soul Calibur II also includes a unique character for the platform. Spawn appears on Xbox, Link from The Legend of Zelda series can be found on GameCube, and Tekken fighter Heihachi finds his way to PS2.


SoulCalibur II GameCube Attacking Voldo in weapons master mode
SoulCalibur II GameCube Raphael fights Taki
SoulCalibur II Xbox Mitsurugi
SoulCalibur II PlayStation 2 Hehachi runs towards the Inferno.

Alternate Titles

  • "灵魂能力II" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Soul Cali 2" -- Common abbreviation

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The Soul burns brighter in hidef Xbox Ace of Sevens (4225)
The soul still burns PlayStation 2 Ace of Sevens (4225)

Critic Reviews

TalkXbox Xbox Oct 02, 2003 93 out of 100 93
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 26, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Sep 01, 2003 A- 91 GameCube Sep 26, 2003 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Cubed3 GameCube Oct 04, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Gamezine Xbox Mar 28, 2003 18 out of 20 90
Retro4Ever GameCube Aug 09, 2013 8.75 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
IC-Games Xbox Sep 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
AceGamez GameCube Oct 16, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

SoulCalibur II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Link from The Legend of Zelda is an exclusive playable character for the Nintendo GameCube version. This is the second gaming series that he has broken away from the adventure-style gaming to be a playable character in a fighting game. The first series was Super Smash Bros.

Todd MacFarlane

The character Necro, who appears in all three console versions of Soul Calibur II, was created by Todd McFarlane for the game. He also created Spawn, who is exclusive to the Xbox version.


While the Heihachi (in the PS2 version) and Yoshimitsu characters are from the Tekken series, the Soul Calibur version of Yoshimitsu is considered to be from another time, and is in no way related to the Tekken Yoshimitsu, even though they share the same look, moves, and background (both are leaders of the Manji party, a Robin Hood-esque group, and both are missing their right arms).


  • 4Players
    • 2003 – Best Console Successor of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #10 Game of the Year (together with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time)
    • 2003 – #3 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2003 – #7 Xbox Game of the Year
    • 2003 – GameCube Fighting Game of the Year
    • 2003 – Xbox Fighting Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
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