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SoulCalibur II

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
90
3.9
Xbox
89
3.6
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GameCube 50 3.9
PlayStation 2 39 3.9
Xbox 28 3.6
Combined MobyScore 117 3.8


The Press Says

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GameCubeUOL Jogos
"Soul Calibur 2" pode não fazer o mesmo estardalhaço do jogo anterior da série, mas continua como um dos melhores games de luta do mercado, e o rei dos títulos de combate armado.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Soul Calibur 2" pode não fazer o mesmo estardalhaço do jogo anterior da série, mas continua como um dos melhores games de luta do mercado, e o rei dos títulos de combate armado.
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XboxGameplanet
All in all, Soul Calibur II is one sweet ride. With the arcade mode alone you would be getting excellent value for your cash, but as it stands, with the stacks of extras and high level of polish, it's an absolute bargain. Fighting gamers rejoice, there is literally years of gameplay in this. And if you haven't considered a fighter before, at the very least you need to rent this - it's an amazing game with tonnes of depth and may just be what you are looking for.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
For newcomers - people who didn't own a Dreamcast, or people who aren't massive fans of most beat 'em ups but can enjoy them on occasion - Soul Calibur II is a must-own, the absolute pinnacle of the casual fighting game. Hardcore beat 'em up gamers will have to make up their mind independently - everyone who's really into this genre has their own very personal ideas about what forms good gameplay, and Soul Calibur II might not conform to your ideas. The fact remains, however, that for the vast majority of the gaming world, this is quite easily the best 3D beat 'em up ever made.
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XboxGameSpy
Dead or Alive 3 has cooled down. Tao Feng was a disappointing mess. Bloody Roar Extreme is way behind the times. There is nothing remotely much that can compete with Soul Calibur II, and any Xbox gamer who has even the slightest inclination towards fighting games should be rushing down to the shops to grab a copy of this. It's the best version of an extremely excellent game, on the most powerful system of this generation, and that's something to relish.
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XboxGamePro (US)
Do you want the version of Soul Calibur II with the fastest load times, the exclusive antihero Spawn, and a slight edge in graphics? If you answered "yes," head immediately to the big black box with the X on it.
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XboxEmpireOnline.com
Spelling errors aside, the first Soul Calibur game was one of the best 3-D beat-’em-ups on any console. Unfortunately, that console was the doomed Sega Dreamcast, thus exposing it to an audience of about 14 people and a passing dog.
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PlayStation 2GamesFirst!
Overall, Soul Calibur II is a great game and it was well worth the wait. The graphics and sound are spectacular, it controls like a dream no matter what system you have it on, and it is flat out fun to play. The characters are well designed and unique and you will probably find yourself choosing a favorite character based on their personality rather than just their moves. The game is easy enough for beginners to pick up and enjoy, something that is very important because multiplayer matches make up a big chunk of the playtime you have with any given fighter, unlike a certain other fighting game that required hours of practice to really enjoy. Soul Calibur II is the best 3-D fighter out there, not because it is the deepest or has the most moves, but because it has the ability to appeal to everyone. Whether you get it on PS2, Xbox, or GameCube, you are in for a treat.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
For newcomers - people who didn't own a Dreamcast, or people who aren't massive fans of most beat 'em ups but can enjoy them on occasion - Soul Calibur II is a must-own, the absolute pinnacle of the casual fighting game. Hardcore beat 'em up gamers will have to make up their mind independently - everyone who's really into this genre has their own very personal ideas about what forms good gameplay, and Soul Calibur II might not conform to your ideas. The fact remains, however, that for the vast majority of the gaming world, this is quite easily the best 3D beat 'em up ever made.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
Soul Calibur II is a must-have for all fighting-game fans, but its easy-going control is also ideal for the casual gamer who just wants to get a bit of aggression out and look good doing it.
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PlayStation 2EmpireOnline.com
Spelling errors aside, the first Soul Calibur game was one of the best 3-D beat-’em-ups on any console. Unfortunately, that console was the doomed Sega Dreamcast, thus exposing it to an audience of about 14 people and a passing dog.
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GameCubeGame Shark
Over a dozen characters gather for the fight of their lives in Soul Calibur 2. This is the first Soul Calibur game for the GameCube. Soul Calibur 2 was simultaneously released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox at the same time. The GameCube version offers The Legend of Zelda hero, Link!
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GameCubeEurogamer.net (UK)
For newcomers - people who didn't own a Dreamcast, or people who aren't massive fans of most beat 'em ups but can enjoy them on occasion - Soul Calibur II is a must-own, the absolute pinnacle of the casual fighting game. Hardcore beat 'em up gamers will have to make up their mind independently - everyone who's really into this genre has their own very personal ideas about what forms good gameplay, and Soul Calibur II might not conform to your ideas. The fact remains, however, that for the vast majority of the gaming world, this is quite easily the best 3D beat 'em up ever made.
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GameCubeGameSpy
There's no doubt that anyone with a GameCube who has the slightest interest in fighting games should be all over Soul Calibur II. The GameCube's only real notable Japanese-developed fighting game, Bloody Roar: Primal Fury was a long time ago, and the game failed to really step into the 21st century of fighting games aside from its graphics. SCII is the forefront of the genre, and although it may not be an ultimate revolution for fighting games, but it's a highly polished evolution of a game that changed everything. It's simply excellent.
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GameCubeNintendoWorldReport
Soul Calibur II isn't nearly the breakthrough that its predecessor was, but that tends to be the case with the follow-up to any wildly successful title. Regardless, it's the absolute best fighting game available on the GameCube, and fantastic fun for one or two players. Good luck finding one, since early buzz is that Nintendo's heavy advertising of Link in the GameCube version has that edition of the game in short supply. Snatch it up while you still can … you won't be the least bit sorry.
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GameCubeG4 TV: X-Play
A direct port of "Soul Calibur" for the Dreamcast would have been great, but "Soul Calibur II" improves upon the original in enough ways to make it an instant classic. Does "Soul Calibur II" impress as much as the original did back in the Dreamcast days? No, it doesn't. But is it a better game than "Soul Calibur"? Most definitely, yes. If you haven't already picked this one up, your path is clear. After all, there isn't a better 3-D, weapons-based fighting game on the market.
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XboxLawrence
The follow up to the most critically acclaimed fighter is here and it is a true sequel in every way. For the casual gamer, it's easy to pick up and button mash. For the fighting snob, it boasts deeper gameplay than the previous SC, and more than Tekken, Dead or Alive and even Virtua Fighter.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
The follow up to the most critically acclaimed fighter is here and it is a true sequel in every way. For the casual gamer, it's easy to pick up and button mash. For the fighting snob, it boasts deeper gameplay than the previous SC, and more than Tekken, Dead or Alive and even Virtua Fighter.
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GameCubeLawrence
The follow up to the most critically acclaimed fighter is here and it is a true sequel in every way. For the casual gamer, it's easy to pick up and button mash. For the fighting snob, it boasts deeper gameplay than the previous SC, and more than Tekken, Dead or Alive and even Virtua Fighter.
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GameCubeDigital Press - Classic Video Games
If not for all 3 systems, GameCube is one of the best games on the GameCube, and is the same for the Xbox. I’m not sure if I can say the same for the PS2 due to aging hardware, but on an overall level, despite what some people may say, the GameCube version is the best. It’s not necessarily because of Link, which is the first reason why I bought the GC version, but the GameCube controller is not that hard to use. Soul Calibur 2 is a collection of gaming goodness - great graphics and great gameplay. Buy the game, especially if you’ve got friends, it will be a blast I can guarantee it. So between Virtual Fighter 4: Evolution and Soul Calibur 2, SC2 is the definite buy. VF4 may be good, but SC2 just has so much more that keeps you coming back for more time and time again.
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XboxGaming Age
This game is good enough for casual gamers to love, and fighting fanatics to enjoy as well. Soul Calibur II comes very highly recommended and deserves every bit of kudos it deserves. I also know that down the road, many will be comparing fighters to this game - not many games out there are well done. Period.
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GameCubeGaming Age
This game is good enough for casual gamers to love, and fighting fanatics to enjoy as well. Soul Calibur II comes very highly recommended and deserves every bit of kudos it deserves. I also know that down the road, many will be comparing fighters to this game - not many games out there are well done. Period.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age
This game is good enough for casual gamers to love, and fighting fanatics to enjoy as well. Soul Calibur II comes very highly recommended and deserves every bit of kudos it deserves. I also know that down the road, many will be comparing fighters to this game - not many games out there are well done. Period.
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XboxExtreme Gamer
Soul Calibur II is a refined version of the original game; of course any fans of fighting games are going to eat this up. It would be very hard to deny the great package Namco has put together. The Xbox finally has a game up to and exceeding Dead or Alive 3. It only took a few years, but Soul Calibur II is outstanding. Get this baby, and slice em’ all to they fall.
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GameCubeGamePro (US)
The GameCube version of Soul Calibur II has the most star power, but the real star is the insanely fun fighting system that will satisfy both novices and experts alike.
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XboxXboxAddict
Final words: If you are a fighting game lover of any kind, and you are finding yourself debating, or picking needlessly on your little brother…do yourself a favor a buy this title. It’s worth every penny.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
I hope that by now you've purchased Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, because there are no sole recommendations to be made. Both Soul Calibur 2 and Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution deserve a purchase, and I can't say that I clearly prefer one over the other. With Evolution priced at a mere $20, there is no reason as to why you shouldn't own both fighting games. They both feature a tremendous amount of depth, and both feature utterly fantastic core modes. The bottom line is: Soul Calibur 2 is worthy of the Soul Calibur namesake and it lives up to the original in every way imaginable, and manages to considerably outperform it, as well.
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PlayStation 2Game Vortex
Why are you reading this? If you haven't bought the game already, you should have been on your way to buying it after the first paragraph. Until now, Virtua Fighter 4 held the distinction as best fighting game on the PS2, but Akira, Wolf and the crew might want to watch their backs because their reign is coming to an end.
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PlayStation 2GameZone
Although it helps to have a friend who already likes the genre, you shouldn't fret if none of your gamer buds play fighting games. Like Tekken and the first Mortal Kombat game, Soul Calibur 2 has the power to turn anyone into a fighting fan. This doesn't mean you'll instantly love every fighting game out there, but why would you want to? I'm all for more games, but really, when it comes down to it, you want the best in every genre, right? If the best fighting game is what you're looking for, then look to the soul that never stops burning.
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XboxGaming Target
To break it down: Soul Calibur II is still an simply amazing Fighting/Role Playing game with so much going for it. This weapon-based title is easy to learn, looks incredible, sounds great, it has a cool story, and most importantly its fun to play game with lots of replay value. You get it all in Soul Calibur II and it not only makes for one of the greatest games to come out this year, it’s easily the best fighting game on the Xbox so far!
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PlayStation 2Mygamer.com
Imitators, go home. Soul Calibur II has finally arrived and delivers on all its promise. The bar has now officially been raised for all fighting games to come.
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GameCubeGaming Target
It's fairly simple to break Soul Calibur II down. Excellent gameplay, lots of unlockables, interesting stories and characters, smooth graphics and animations, and tons of replay value all add up to one amazing experience. Soul Calibur fans, fighting fans, and even Zelda fans really need to check this one out, as it is without a doubt the best fighting experience you can find on the GameCube to date.
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XboxDeeko
Yet again Namco has blessed gamers everywhere with a game that can only be described as I did in my opening... a masterpiece. While perhaps a bit too akin to its Dreamcast precursor, Soul Calibur II retains the elements that made the first one so fantastic. With new characters, hordes of items to find and infinite play value, Soul Calibur II is simply a title you do not want to miss. It's an excellent title and would be great in any collection.
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XboxXbox Exclusive
If you missed the first round, then Soul Calibur II is a must have for your Xbox library. With the best graphics in a fighting game since DOA3, no other game can really compare to Soul Calibur 2. Especially since the gameplay is top notch. Even though the endings are a little bit generic and boring, Soul Calibur II is a well-rounded fighter, with virtually no flaws. This game appeals to both the fighting fan, and the general videogame fan. Check this game out.
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PlayStation 2Armchair Empire, The
By and large Soul Calibur II has managed to live up to expectations, overcoming the daunting task of following in the footsteps of its predecessor. Whether you’re a fighting aficionado or a green rookie, there’s plenty to enjoy about this game.
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XboxXBox Solution (XBS)
I have never owned a Dreamcast or played the arcade version of this game, so it really wasn’t on my list of games I wanted. I was in EBgames last week and decided to pick up the controller on the Xbox and give it a whirl. After about 30 seconds of playing Spawn, I new this was a must buy title. The inclusion of 720p HDTV support on the Xbox version is a HUGE plus for all gamers that have an HDTV. The only thing I don’t like is that it lacks widescreen support, but that is easily overlooked when you see all the luscious characters in full HDTV glory. Not a jaggie to be seen anywhere, and I love the way the green smoke emanates from Spawn’s eyeballs! Two thumbs up, this game should be in every Xboxer’s collection.
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GameCubeGamingWorld X
Not only that, but Soul Calibur 2 is a great party game and a great single-player game. It is nearly the epitome of perfection when it comes to fighters. It features unlockable weapons and characters galore, its gameplay is unmatched, and the replay value is limitless. A substantial improvement in every aspect of Soul Calibur aside from originality, Soul Calibur 2 has fulfilled all expectations and has easily secured the genre crown.
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GameCubeKombo.com
Rest assured, Soul Calibur II is everything that encompasses a great fighting game. It will not disappoint fans of fighters, and should please even the most casual gamers, possibly even converting them into the fighting gurus of the future. With Soul Calibur II comes the complete package of cutting edge graphics with age-old proven gameplay from a flawless formula. Namco had a very fine line to walk in producing Soul Calibur II, and gamers should be happy that they improved upon one of the greatest fighters rather than try to recreate the series.
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GameCubeZTGameDomain
I am sure that reading a review of this game is pointless, in fact why are you even considering buying the game?? Get your asses to the local import shop and grab a freeloader and a copy of SC2 for the Cube. Importing has never been easier so there is no excuse. Well worth the wait and more than satisfying to the SC fans across the globe. Finally a sequel that does everything the first one did and everything it added was just as stellar. I kept the review short and simple as to not waste any possible play time I might have with the game, highly recommended!
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GameCubeGameZone
Soul Caliber II was the best fighting game around a few years ago, and Soul Caliber II continues its legacy. For any game system, you will want to own this game. The inclusion of an extra character, and with Link for the GameCube version, it is too good of a deal to pass up!
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GameCubeDeeko
Yet again Namco has blessed gamers everywhere with a game that can only be described as I did in my opening... a masterpiece. While perhaps a bit too akin to its Dreamcast precursor, Soul Calibur II retains the elements that made the first one so fantastic. With new characters, hordes of items to find and infinite play value, Soul Calibur II is simply a title you do not want to miss. It's an excellent title and would be great in any collection.
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GameCubeGame Critics
Besides, there's a certain point in gaming where you just stop thinking about semantics of criticism and let a moment take you. It's probably after Nightmare scrapes his hulking sword across a castle wall with sparks nipping at Talim's feet as she runs up the wall ready to slice back at her aggressor. No two-digit number can validate the pure exhilaration of that moment. And any time I begin to think that ratings even matter with a game like this, I can only offer myself the advice I gave Joey the other day (or was that last week?). Just shut up and play.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Soul Calibur II se veut envoûtant, riche, magnifique, indispensable et sacralise le jeu de combat. Une prise en mains simple mais technique à la fois, des graphismes éblouissants et une durée de vie substantielle portent à bout de bras un jeu qui n’est rien d’autre qu’une œuvre magistrale qui a désormais sa place au panthéon des plus beaux jeux de baston de tous les temps. Il y a de fortes chances que vous n’en sortiez pas indemne.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Soul Calibur II se veut envoûtant, riche, magnifique, indispensable et sacralise le jeu de combat. Une prise en mains simple mais technique à la fois, des graphismes éblouissants et une durée de vie substantielle portent à bout de bras un jeu qui n’est rien d’autre qu’une œuvre magistrale qui a désormais sa place au panthéon des plus beaux jeux de baston de tous les temps. Il y a de fortes chances que vous n’en sortiez pas indemne.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Soul Calibur II se veut envoûtant, riche, magnifique, indispensable et sacralise le jeu de combat. Une prise en mains simple mais technique à la fois, des graphismes éblouissants et une durée de vie substantielle portent à bout de bras un jeu qui n’est rien d’autre qu’une œuvre magistrale qui a désormais sa place au panthéon des plus beaux jeux de baston de tous les temps. Il y a de fortes chances que vous n’en sortiez pas indemne.
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GameCubeDigital Press - Classic Video Games
When it's all over with, it's really hard to find anything wrong with this game. A few of the character designs aren't as solid as the former release, the A.I. is still not quite up to par, and some people may not like the GameCube controller, but rest assured everything else is flawless. It's rare we get a game as majestic as this one. It's even less common that a sequel can actually surpass the original in terms of overall quality. It may have taken a while to get here, but rest assured that every minute the developers had, they used. The perfectly balanced characters, incredibly deep gameplay, and some of the greatest assmeblence of polygons make Soul Calibur II the supreme sequel.
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online
But the gripes aside, I love this game. That's one (fault? feature?) of my reviews: the more I like the game, the more faults I try to find with it, because, the way I see it, if the game is excellent, there's not much point praising it, because everybody knows it, and the score says it. At that time, I try to find things that would make others disagree with my rating and make an informed decision for themselves. That said, Soul Calibur II is an excellent game and I wholeheartedly recommend you get the English version (because, unless you have level 1 proficiency in Japanese, you are likely to find yourself in the same predicament as me in terms of understanding why the characters do what they do). All I dare hope is that the voices are left Japanese in the English version, like the Dreamcast version was.
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GameCubeNetjak
The Sega Dreamcast had its lifespan cut short after the release of the current generation of home consoles. Among other things, however, it had one compelling reason to keep it from collecting dust in the closet even after Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft kicked it to the curb, and that was Soul Calibur. One of the most popular fighting games of its time, Soul Calibur was incredibly easy to pick up and play, yet deep enough to keep the attention of even the most seasoned fighting game player. The weapons-based combat was also unique, and made each character remarkably different even when not executing their unique attacks. Basically, we could take Soul Calibur out in the dorm room and play for hours on end without getting bored, and anyone could have a turn and have fun. In fact, there was one memorable gaming session where my girlfriend (now wife) played for the first time, and took on five or so straight contenders without trying very hard at all.
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GameCubeNintendojo
Hyper-intuitive gameplay, well-produced audios and visuals, and an extreme sense of style make for the greatest traditional fighting game of all time. What’s more, there is a fairly well developed narrative that will present itself to those who care to look for one. As such, Soul Calibur II ostensibly presents itself to all gamers as a must own title, no matter what your current biases and typical preferences may be. In summation, I urge anyone reading this review that hasn’t done so already to pick it up as soon as they can spare a minute -- us GameCube owners owe it to ourselves. Indulge in this game’s artistic beauty and superior craftsmanship. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some virtual swordplay to attend to.
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GameCubeGamingTrend
A fantastic title that should be added to the library of any Gamecube owner. It’s a very worthy successor to Soul Calibur and even manages to surpass it in some ways. Fluid controls, good graphics and sound, and gameplay that rocks the gaming world proclaim this one a winner. The Weapon Master and other modes will keep you busy for a while, and the multiplayer fights seem to never get old.
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XboxGameZone
Soul Calibur II not only lives up to all the hype but it also proves that the series continues to be one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences the fighting genre has to offer. Aside from the gorgeous visuals and multitude of goodies to unlock, the game’s action will hook you in and won’t let you go until the very last stage. Do yourself a favor and pick up this game up right away, Xbox fans, it is just way too hot.
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XboxNetjak
And if you are one of the many looking for xbox nudity or nude codes for the Soul Calibur girls; you may want to keep dreaming. Oh, and to dispel another rumor... There is no way to unlock Link as a playable character for XBOX. The end.
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XboxArmchair Empire, The
Soul Calibur II will satisfy most fighting fans with its smooth play and brilliant graphics. It stands easily among a handful of other games as one of the best fighting games of all time.
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XboxInsert Credit
So there's the bottom line: fans of Soul Calibur, you owe it to yourself to pick up this prettier, Weapon-Master-mode-endowed replacement update. You who have never played a weapon-based fighting game by Namco with the word "Soul" in the title: give this one a whirl. You might just impress your friends. And you might just surprise yourself with your own inner power.
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XboxTalkXbox
Games like Tekken 4, Dead or Alive 3 and Virtua Fighter 4 are great, but none of them offer the entire package like Namco’s stellar weapon’s based fighter does. Soul Calibur II may not single handedly revive the genre, but it will allow you to transport yourself back to the golden age of fighters, if only temporarily. I salute you Namco for keeping fighters alive, and with such style. Overall Soul Calibur II is a game I could recommend to both the Soul Calibur elite and newbies alike. Its easy to use Weapon Master mode gives everyone a chance to learn the strategies that will help them compete with their friends. It may not be the revolution that the first one was, and I doubt it will be remembered as fondly, but by all means check this one out. If you're looking for a new reason to stay up until 5am then Soul Calibur II is for you!
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PlayStation 2Insert Credit
So there's the bottom line: fans of Soul Calibur, you owe it to yourself to pick up this prettier, Weapon-Master-mode-endowed replacement update. You who have never played a weapon-based fighting game by Namco with the word "Soul" in the title: give this one a whirl. You might just impress your friends. And you might just surprise yourself with your own inner power.
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GameCubeInsert Credit
So there's the bottom line: fans of Soul Calibur, you owe it to yourself to pick up this prettier, Weapon-Master-mode-endowed replacement update. You who have never played a weapon-based fighting game by Namco with the word "Soul" in the title: give this one a whirl. You might just impress your friends. And you might just surprise yourself with your own inner power.
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XboxGame Chronicles
Soul Calibur II remains a solid, hard-hitting fighting game that requires skillful mastery of it characters and their unique fighting abilities all wrapped up nicely in a next-gen package that no fighting fan will want to miss.
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XboxPGNx Media
All in all, Soul Calibur II had to live up to insanely high expectations, since its prequel did so many things right the first time. If you never played that masterpiece, this will suit you just fine.
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XboxTeamXbox
Soul Calibur II is the best 3D fighter to date on any console. It provides a level of gameplay suitable for rookies to masters and will provide the long lasting appeal that has been missing from recent fighters. In my first two days of playing this title, I found it very hard to put down and even spent two hours in the practice mode trying to master my control of Ivy. Add to the phenomenal gameplay, the sickening number of unlockable features, and Soul Calibur II offers a gameplay experience like no other. Namco focused on gameplay and longevity rather than big boobs or excessive violence and it pays off. No fighting fan, in fact no gamer, should be without Soul Calibur II.
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PlayStation 2PGNx Media
All in all, Soul Calibur II had to live up to insanely high expectations, since its prequel did so many things right the first time. If you never played that masterpiece, this will suit you just fine.
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GameCubeDarkZero
Soul Calibur II is bigger and better than its predecessor in almost every area, so if you liked the first game, you’ll probably love this. However, it’s not perfect; there’s still reams of background text to read through that could be replaced by some nice cut-scenes. Despite this, Namco have still managed to produce yet another classic fighting game, which will probably be the best fighter on any console for a pretty long time. The bottom line is that Soul Calibur II is a solid sequel that lives up to the hype. Like the original release, Soul Calibur II is an addicting adrenalin-inducing title that will keep you glued to your TV set for quite sometime. Soul Calibur II is definitely a solid game in all respects, and while it doesn’t do anything drastically different from its predecessor, it manages to continue a proud tradition of weapons based fighters by producing an attractive, deep and outright fun game to play.
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GameCubePGNx Media
All in all, Soul Calibur II had to live up to insanely high expectations, since its prequel did so many things right the first time. If you never played that masterpiece, this will suit you just fine.
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GameCubeNZGamer
Think how many more times you’ll shell out the money to buy some game that looks cool and turns out to be a total disappointment. Now consider Soul Calibur II. Even if you don’t love the game to the degree I do, you could have done worse. There’s a 99.9% chance you’ll like this game, and in the rare 0.1% chance you don’t, just be glad you didn’t waste your money on Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure instead.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
A small warning as I finish to cross platform gamers, The timing of the moves is very different from console to console, so take your time to get used to it before jumping into different combos.
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GameCubeGame Chronicles
Soul Calibur II remains a solid, hard-hitting fighting game that requires skillful mastery of it characters and their unique fighting abilities all wrapped up nicely in a next-gen package that no fighting fan will want to miss.
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PlayStation 2IGN
The simple fact of the matter is, Soul Calibur II is best weapons-based fighter out there, period. It's also one of the best games in the fighting genre itself. There's a diverse selection of characters, a deep fighting system, a decent single-player mode, and the multiplayer is as fun as it ever was.
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XboxIGN
The simple fact of the matter is, Soul Calibur II is best weapons-based fighter out there, period. It's also one of the best games in the fighting genre itself. There's a diverse selection of characters, a deep fighting system, a decent single-player mode, and the multiplayer is as fun as it ever was.
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GameCubeIGN
Sometimes, evolution is not mandatory. Take the horseshoe crab, Komodo dragon, or even a cockroach as examples. Each individual creature has remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years, yet each species continues to successfully survive in this ever-changing world of ours. We often take for granted, or simply forget that more primitive life forms thrive to this very day as a consequence of their underlying simple forms.
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GameCubeVicioJuegos.com
Soul Calibur II es una más que digna secuela, aunque los poseedores de la anterior entrega en Dreamcast tal vez no vean suficientes alicientes como para hacerse con él. Y en realidad es así, no hay novedades jugables de relevancia. Sin embargo, el hecho de ser muy parecido a Soul Calibur es igualmente una gran noticia, puesto que conserva toda su genialidad. Sin discusión alguna se trata de uno de los grandes del género y un imprescindible para los amantes de la lucha.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
Después de todo lo dicho huelga decir que Soul Calibur II es un título sobresaliente, una compra obligada para los aficionados a los beat´em-up, y prácticamente imprescindible para cualquier poseedor de una PS2. Es, en mi opinión, uno de los 3 mejores juegos del año (junto a PES3 y ZOE2) de la 128 bits de Sony.
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XboxVicioJuegos.com
Esperemos que la nueva generación de consolas nos traiga una nueva entrega de esta saga que vuelva a sorprendernos como lo hizo el Soul Calibur de Dreamcast, y Namco vuelva a contarnos la historia de espadas y almas.
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GameCubeGamesmania
Soul Calibur 2 ist ein nahezu perfektes Prügelspiel, an dem kein Fan des Genres vorbei kommt. Dem genialen Vorgänger verdankt es ein ausgereiftes Gameplay. Hinzu kommt eine Grafikengine, die das Geschehen spektakulär in Szene setzt und ein Waffenmeistermodus, der selbst Einzelspielern stundenlangen Spielspaß bietet. Schade ist lediglich, dass es keine Onlineduelle ermöglicht und kein vernünftiges Handbuch bietet - wer die Bewegungen auch mal abseits des Fernsehers nachlesen möchte, muss leider 15 EUR für das Lösungsbuch investieren.
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XboxGamesmania
Soul Calibur 2 ist ein nahezu perfektes Prügelspiel, an dem kein Fan des Genres vorbei kommt. Dem genialen Vorgänger verdankt es ein ausgereiftes Gameplay. Hinzu kommt eine Grafikengine, die das Geschehen spektakulär in Szene setzt und ein Waffenmeistermodus, der selbst Einzelspielern stundenlangen Spielspaß bietet. Schade ist lediglich, dass es keine Onlineduelle ermöglicht und kein vernünftiges Handbuch bietet - wer die Bewegungen auch mal abseits des Fernsehers nachlesen möchte, muss leider 15 EUR für das Lösungsbuch investieren.
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PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Soul Calibur 2 ist ein nahezu perfektes Prügelspiel, an dem kein Fan des Genres vorbei kommt. Dem genialen Vorgänger verdankt es ein ausgereiftes Gameplay. Hinzu kommt eine Grafikengine, die das Geschehen spektakulär in Szene setzt und ein Waffenmeistermodus, der selbst Einzelspielern stundenlangen Spielspaß bietet. Schade ist lediglich, dass es keine Onlineduelle ermöglicht und kein vernünftiges Handbuch bietet - wer die Bewegungen auch mal abseits des Fernsehers nachlesen möchte, muss leider 15 EUR für das Lösungsbuch investieren.
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XboxThe Video Game Critic
But despite all the bells and whistles, I still prefer the original Dreamcast version. Perhaps it's the uncomfortable Xbox controller. In conclusion, Dreamcast owners may be under-whelmed, but there's no argument that this game shines on the Xbox.
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XboxGaming Nexus
Soul Calibur 2 is the definitive 3D-Fighter. With smooth gameplay, beautiful graphics and deep play modes, Namco's fighter is one of the best games that money can buy.
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XboxAtomic Gamer
Soul Calibur 2 is an evolution of the original on all levels - it might take you weeks of play to figure out all the changes made from the first game. The new characters, arenas, and Weapon Master mode might seem to be what Namco worked on the most, but the many subtle changes to the combat are what make this a brand new experience for every Soul Calibur veteran.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Soul Calibur II is a finely honed blade indeed, but it's not a particularly new one. Is that too harsh? I'll let you know in a few years when I fondly look back at this review and notice a small spot on my glasses. In the meantime, do both of us a favor and go buy it. Hindsight might not be 20/20, but your immediate future should be crystal clear.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Nexus
There’s much to like about Soul Calibur 2 but just don’t leap in to expecting to see another revolution. The first SC for the DC completely blew away the fighting game crowd with its intense visuals and ground-breaking gameplay. A few years later and it’s really starting to show signs of aging. It’s just not quite the revolutionary leap forward that the original SC was. Don’t get me wrong, SC2 is an excellent fighter that is a worthy pickup for anyone who is even mildly interested in 3D fighters.
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PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Soul Calibur II is yet another classic fighting game which should be in any PS2 owners collection. The graphics, while not mind-blowing, are very impressive and the game modes will take weeks to fully explore. The gameplay, however, is the big winner and with a wide variety of fighters to master Soul Calibur II will have you hooked for weeks, if not months. Get this game now.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Soul Calibur II remains a solid, hard-hitting fighting game that requires skillful mastery of it characters and their unique fighting abilities all wrapped up nicely in a next-gen package that no fighting fan will want to miss.
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Xbox4Players.de
Auch wenn man im Vergleich zum Dreamcast-Vorgänger großartige Änderungen im grundsätzlichen Gameplay-Bereich mit der Lupe suchen muss - Soul Calibur 2 hat sich den Award redlich verdient. Denn alle Qualitäten des Originals wurden nahtlos übernommen: eine hervorragende Steuerung, ein beispielhaftes Block- und Kontersystem und Kombos ohne Ende sorgen für viel Vergnügen und unterstreichen den Ausnahmestatus des meist erwarteten Prüglers aller Zeiten. Nimmt man jetzt noch die neuen Spielmodi, den verbesserten Waffenmeister-Modus, die neuen Kämpfer und die sowieso über jeden Zweifel erhabenen Multiplayer-Duelle in die Rechnung auf, gibt es für Genre-Fans keinen Grund, sich das Spiel nicht zu kaufen. Doch auch Einsteiger werden sich schnell mit Soul Calibur 2 anfreunden und noch schneller Schwierigkeiten haben, wieder davon loszukommen.
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GameCube4Players.de
Auch wenn man im Vergleich zum Dreamcast-Vorgänger großartige Änderungen im grundsätzlichen Gameplay-Bereich mit der Lupe suchen muss - Soul Calibur 2 hat sich den Award redlich verdient. Denn alle Qualitäten des Originals wurden nahtlos übernommen: eine hervorragende Steuerung, ein beispielhaftes Block- und Kontersystem und Kombos ohne Ende sorgen für viel Vergnügen und unterstreichen den Ausnahmestatus des meist erwarteten Prüglers aller Zeiten. Nimmt man jetzt noch die neuen Spielmodi, den verbesserten Waffenmeister-Modus, die neuen Kämpfer und die sowieso über jeden Zweifel erhabenen Multiplayer-Duelle in die Rechnung auf, gibt es für Genre-Fans keinen Grund, sich das Spiel nicht zu kaufen. Doch auch Einsteiger werden sich schnell mit Soul Calibur 2 anfreunden und noch schneller Schwierigkeiten haben, wieder davon loszukommen.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Auch wenn man im Vergleich zum Dreamcast-Vorgänger großartige Änderungen im grundsätzlichen Gameplay-Bereich mit der Lupe suchen muss - Soul Calibur 2 hat sich den Award redlich verdient. Denn alle Qualitäten des Originals wurden nahtlos übernommen: eine hervorragende Steuerung, ein beispielhaftes Block- und Kontersystem und Kombos ohne Ende sorgen für viel Vergnügen und unterstreichen den Ausnahmestatus des meist erwarteten Prüglers aller Zeiten. Nimmt man jetzt noch die neuen Spielmodi, den verbesserten Waffenmeister-Modus, die neuen Kämpfer und die sowieso über jeden Zweifel erhabenen Multiplayer-Duelle in die Rechnung auf, gibt es für Genre-Fans keinen Grund, sich das Spiel nicht zu kaufen. Doch auch Einsteiger werden sich schnell mit Soul Calibur 2 anfreunden und noch schneller Schwierigkeiten haben, wieder davon loszukommen.
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GameCubeSci-Fi Online (The Sci-Fi Channel)
The one "must own" beat'em up game for the Gamecube.
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XboxFactornews
Le premier Soul Calibur a fait vendre des milliers de Dreamcast, le second aurait pu faire de même s’il était sorti sur un unique support : graphismes magnifiques, bande son excellente, une maniabilité et une accessibilité parfaites. Une campagne solo plus intéressante aurait certainement évincé complètement la concurrence. Enfin, que ce soit sur Gamecube, Xbox ou PS2, Soul Calibur 2 trouve facilement sa place dans n’importe quelle ludothèque.
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PlayStation 2Factornews
Le premier Soul Calibur a fait vendre des milliers de Dreamcast, le second aurait pu faire de même s’il était sorti sur un unique support : graphismes magnifiques, bande son excellente, une maniabilité et une accessibilité parfaites. Une campagne solo plus intéressante aurait certainement évincé complètement la concurrence. Enfin, que ce soit sur Gamecube, Xbox ou PS2, Soul Calibur 2 trouve facilement sa place dans n’importe quelle ludothèque.
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GameCubeFactornews
Le premier Soul Calibur a fait vendre des milliers de Dreamcast, le second aurait pu faire de même s’il était sorti sur un unique support : graphismes magnifiques, bande son excellente, une maniabilité et une accessibilité parfaites. Une campagne solo plus intéressante aurait certainement évincé complètement la concurrence. Enfin, que ce soit sur Gamecube, Xbox ou PS2, Soul Calibur 2 trouve facilement sa place dans n’importe quelle ludothèque.
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PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Vous l'aurez compris, Soul Calibur 2 est une merveille dont les aficionados de combats virtuels auraient bien tort de se passer. Alliant une réalisation superbe à un gameplay riche et complet, ce titre marque une nouvelle étape dans le genre et constitue une référence incontournable, au même titre que Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution. Au chapitre des déceptions, signalons simplement l'absence de fins en images de synthèse dans le mode Arcade. Vous avouerez que ceci est bien peu comparé aux qualités énumérées précédemment.
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XboxX-Power
Zoals bij alle fighting games zou ik het niet aanraden als je nooit de kans hebt om het in een bepaalde vorm van competitie (al is het tegen één vriend) te spelen, maar zelfs qua single player ervaring biedt SC2 best veel, vergelijkbaar met de recentste Mortal Kombat.. maar dan met een betere, intuïtievere besturing. Iedereen zou het spel zeker minstens eens een kans moeten geven, en wie weet komt er wel grote liefde van ! Aanrader !
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GameCubeSuper Play
Men när det kommer till kritan är detta ändå ett förbannat roligt spel. Trots allt. Årets fightingspel, javisst. Förmodligen det bästa tredimensionella beat ´em up som släppts under hela 2000-talet. Men jag tvivlar starkt på att det kommer att leva lika länge som sin äldre broder. Vi får se hur det står sig om ett par år.
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XboxBordersdown
Soul Calibur 2, like its predecessor, is a game which gamers can, and will, enjoy. There's plenty of incentive here for those who are more interested in a button mashing fest, as it's spectacularly beautiful looking, with wonderfully detailed, animated and solid character models, and will entice players to keep on playing. Conversely, it offers the more dedicated players, who want to explore the depths of its combat system, almost endless scope and gameplay.
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XboxMS Xbox World
What makes a player who is constantly playing LIVE to give it up to play an offline game ? The answer is…..SOUL CALIBUR II. This game is the ultimate sequel to one of the best weapons-based fighting games.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
The game has great graphics, music, and gameplay, while being easy enough for the newbies and complicated enough for the most advanced gamers. This game is definitely near the top of my charts, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this fast-paced fighter would be reissued as a platinum edition. The intense graphics make for a slightly higher load time, and you don’t automatically get to retry when you die, which is something that I would have been greatly appreciated, but those are just nitpicks. This game is definitely worth owning, but if you can’t afford this, go with VF4: Evolution, another great fighting game. For us PS2 fans, Namco has been kind enough to add an extra demo disc that includes a playable demo of I-Ninja, .Kill Switch, several video demos, and some cheat codes. So go out and prove that you are the true owner of “Soul Edge!”
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PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Despite all the praise I have laid upon this game, it still lacks the “je ne sais qua” that the original had. Maybe it was that impact that it had back when I hadn’t seen anything like it before, the realization of how much greater things could really be. Whatever it was, this game just lacks that punch. This is not a knock on what is a worthy heir to the first game’s throne, it improves on the formula in every way. Some more revolution would have been nice in this evolution piece, but it is still well worth very penny of your fifty dollars if you are a fighter fan.
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PlayStation 2Deeko
There are few games that I consider to be masterpieces, but the day I first played Soul Calibur, which was a launch title for the Sega Dreamcast, I knew I had found gaming Nirvana. An glorious union of phenomenal gameplay, impressive graphical style and one of the finest soundtracks ever put into a game, Soul Calibur was not just a game, but a work of art. To this day, the game easily holds its own against the newer games on the market. Many people waited with baited breath as the sequel was announced. Going multi —platform, Soul Calibur II promised to be bigger and better... and just to step it up a notch, each system was going to have a special system-specific character. All the hype that was generated only fanned the flames of fanatical fans frantic to get their hands dirty with what could possibly be another masterpiece of gaming. That day has finally arrived... "Transcending history and the world, a tale of souls and swords eternally retold"...
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PlayStation 2Gameplanet
Throughout each game mode, learning each character and weapon is the greatest pleasure. Unlocking additional modes, items and fighters spurs you on all the more. However embellished by sensory factors, the plain fighting experience is what Soul Calibur II is all about. In the end, the over-dramatised feel only serves to accentuate this all the more.
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PlayStation 2Boomtown
The main negative point to the game as far as I can see is the same as that with all of the genre, which involves the frustration of being unable to kill a certain enemy or group of enemies in Weapon Master mode. This, coupled with the lame arcade mode and lack of much originality in terms of style and gameplay, are the only things holding my final judgement down, but Soulcalibur II is a fine addition to any gamer’s collection because even though it borrows aspects from other games and previous incarnations of the series, it does so very well, exceeding almost any other game in the genre on almost all aspects. You’re a beat ‘em-up fan? You need this game.
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PlayStation 2Bordersdown
In conclusion, Soul Calibur 2 is a masterpiece in terms of design and playability. It is enjoyable for the novice, yet deeply rewarding for those who are willing to take the time it takes to learn its intricacies. Like many fighting games, the single player experience is ultimately limited, but add regular human competition and this game will be played for years to come.
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PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
In a time when one-on-one fighting games are few and far between, Soul Calibur II is there to breathe fresh life into the fading genre by offering an immense wealth of options, exquisite presentation and addictive gameplay. Games like Tekken 4, Dead or Alive 3 and Virtua Fighter 4 are great, but none of them offer the entire package like Namco’s stellar weapon’s based fighter does. Soul Calibur II may not single handedly revive the genre, but it will allow you to transport yourself back to the golden age of fighters, if only temporarily. I salute you Namco for keeping fighters alive, and with such style.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Out of all gamers, PlayStation 2 owners are most used to variety. The PS2 has tons of fighting games, and it is the only system that has the superlative Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution as well. You should be buying both of these games. But if you have to choose one, go with your gut -- neither will disappoint you. Flash and weaponry versus staid and true hand-to-hand depth -- it's a hard choice to make but a rewarding one. Soul Calibur II will give you hours of pleasure; if you missed the Dreamcast prequel entirely, it will very probably shake your world.
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PlayStation 2HonestGamers
Heihachi was enjoying his time at a hot springs retreat in Japan when he happened to notice a menacing shard of steel. His pulse quickened as he realized this was the part of the evil sword known as Soul Edge, the possessor of men's souls. Without a moment's thought, he dove for the shard, grabbed it in his fingers, and realized that he had cut his thumb with it. Ouch. Next thing he knew, he woke up in a field somewhere and thought to himself, ''Hmm, I must have woken up four centuries ago.'' And indeed he had, and that's why Heihachi is in Soul Calibur II.
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GameCubeSilicon-Fusion.com
Overall, Soul Calibur 2 is bigger and better than its predecessor in almost every area, so if you liked the first game, you'll probably love this. However, it's not perfect; there's still reams of background text to read through that could be replaced by some nice cut-scenes, and a lot of the game modes you unlock seem unnecessary (i.e several versions of Time Attack mode??). Despite this, though, Namco have still managed to produce yet another classic fighting game, which will probably be the best fighter on any console for a pretty long time.
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GameCubeDarkstation
There is a story to this game. It's a bit hard to understand, unless you've played the first games though. Nonetheless it's still an intriguing story with side quests to keep the game going on and on with no end. Even after beating the game through once in Weapon Master Mode, you will be given the chance to start on extra missions with every item you got from the first time around, and collect new ones while you are at it.
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GameCubePAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
It was quite impossible for Namco to produce a title that could recreate the same experiences we felt when we played Soul Calibur for the first time. Soul Calibur II is definitely a solid game in all respects, and while it doesn't do anything drastically different from its predecessor, it manages to continue a proud tradition of weapons based fighters by producing an attractive, deep and outright fun game to play. It's the best fighting game on the current lineup of consoles.
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GameCubeCubed3
Soul Calibur 2 retains the successful formula from past editions but expands and refines certain areas of the series with a style update for next generation consoles. Although there has not been as much enhancement as fans expected in the gameplay department, the additions and minor changes are notable. With near perfection there are minor faults in the game notably the camera as well as connection problems. However, the traditional gameplay with a modern approach will intoxicate and keep fighting veterans returning to conceive new techniques and ways of playing. Overall, the sequel on the GameCube is not without blemishes, but manages to embrace a fighting game with the classic gameplay, and an excellent update for the next generation.
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GameCubeMygamer.com
What else can I say? This takes the engine of Soul Calibur and improves on it. Though very little, I honestly can't think of any other way they could do more. Perhaps a little refining of the graphics, a better art gallery and new exhibitions for the old characters, but that's just being nitpicky. This game is already the one of the best fighters out there and it'll probably reign as king for a while just like its daddy did back on the Dreamcast. If you own the original and think that SCII is exactly the same, think again. This is NOT a rehash of an older game. It stands alone and proudly at that. Pick this game up right away or you will never forgive yourself.
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GameCubeNintendo Spin
Soul Calibur 2 is easily the best fighting game available for the GameCube. It's fun, challenging, long lasting, and hugely popular, for good reasons. Beautifully executed with very smart improvements made by Namco. If you like fighting games, this is the one I recommend you pick up.
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GameCubeGamezine
Soul Calibur II réussit le pari de regrouper les passionnés et les novices autour d’une réalisation graphique, sonore et technique de haut vol. On pourra reprocher quelques petites choses au titre de Namco (absence de fins en image de synthèse, impossibilité de désarmer les combattants…) mais ces défauts sont éclipsés devant l’excellence du jeu. De plus, la durée de vie est excellente, autant en solo (avec le mode maître d’armes) qu’en multijoueurs (qui vous assure des heures de jeu face à des adversaires minables, ouais, supeeeer). La nouvelle référence du jeu de baston.
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XboxGamezine
Voici le hit de la semaine et il se nomme, vous l’aurez compris, Soul Calibur 2, mes amis. Les versions PS2 et Game Cube sont certainement aussi très bonnes mais comme les manettes sont différentes le gameplay l'est certainement aussi. J'ai pu avoir la confirmation puisque j'ai essayé la versionPSs2 et le constat est le suivant : graphiquement il y a moins de couleurs et les textures sont un peu moins impressionnantes mais en contrepartie la version PS2 est encore plus jouable que la version Xbox. C'est maintenant à vous de choisir votre version en sachant que la version Xbox est la plus belle, désolé pour les possesseurs de Game Cube mais comme je l'ai déjà dit je n'ai pas encore pu essayé cette dernière version, pour les quelques sceptiques concernant la maniabilité au pad Xbox : foncez !
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GameCubeN-Zone
Wie sehr habe ich auf dieses Spiel gewartet. Nach ausgiebigem Zocken war ich enttäuscht und zufrieden gleichermaßen. Enttäuscht haben mich die kaum spürbare Verfeinerung des Kampfsystems und die geringen Interaktionsmöglichkeiten mit den schönen Umgebungen. Auf der anderen Seite sind die gesamte Präsentation, der Umfang und die, trotz allem, perfekte Spielbarkeit einfach famos. Gerade der Weapon-Master-Modus mit den unterschiedlichen Kampfvoraussetzungen sorgt für einen hohen Wiederspielwert. Dieses Spiel wird auf dem GameCube für lange Zeit die Referenz bleiben.
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GameCubeEdge
No other beat 'em up developer is quite as willing to experiment with the form in a bid to stave off the moribundity that's gradually subsuming the genre.
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GameCubeGamers.at
Das Spiel, welches auf dem Sega Dreamcast für Furore sorgte ist wieder da. Die Rede ist von Soul Calibur 2. Namcos neue Firmenstrategie, welche die großen Neuentwicklungen für alle gängigen Konsolen vorsieht, ermöglicht es auch dass die Riege auf der Playstation2, der Xbox und dem Nintendo Gamecube loslegen kann. Einmal ganz abgesehen von der Tatsache dass es den Sega Dreamcast nicht mehr gibt. Doch gibt es Neuerungen gegenüber dem Vorgänger und wie sieht es mit den speziellen Charakteren aus? Dies zeigt das folgende Review der japanischen Gamecube Version.
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XboxGame Freaks 365
Soul Calibur has been heralded as the best fighting game ever or the best game on the Dreamcast. The choice to make a sequel to a near-perfect under-rated title on an ill-fated system and giving its successor a better chance by launching on next-generation consoles across the board was a great choice. Namco hit the spot.
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
While SC II is a game that is more than worthy of mention, it will not be remembered as greatly as its predecessor. Fast-paced battles will keep you busy for hours, but after going through the game for a couple weeks, SC II will begin to tarnish and you will probably be ready to move on to some other new hit PS2 title.
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GameCubeArmchair Empire, The
If you’re a moderate fighting fan or a hardcore fanatic, Soul Calibur II has what you want. On the GameCube there’s not much competition (even with the likes of Def Jam Vendetta, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee and Ultimate MUSCLE), but that doesn’t make it any less of an awesome fighting game. There are lots of characters, weapons, arenas, and modes of play in a beautiful package with solid control. Snap it up!
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365
While SC II is a game that is more than worthy of mention, it will not be remembered as greatly as its predecessor. Fast-paced battles will keep you busy for hours, but after going through the game for a couple weeks, SC II will begin to tarnish and you will probably be ready to move on to some other new hit PS2 title.
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PlayStation 2Netjak
You won't be regretting this trip back to the stage of history, but you may be pensively looking over at other games and wonder why SC2 skimped on all of those luscious features. I don't understand it all either, but that doesn't stop me from proclaiming this as the best 3D fighter I've played to date. (Your opinion may vary.) You shouldn't need too much help with the Japanese to understand what's going on, so don't let the fact that it's an import stop you from going out and picking this one up.
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XboxDigital Entertainment News (den)
Regardless, the wait is over, and the game is finally here. Buy it. It will give you and your friends many many nights of beer-laced enjoyment.
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XboxKombo.com
Soul Calibur 2 has plenty to unlock, so you’ll be at it for quite some time. That’s a good thing, because the game is, for all I’ve ragged on it, an excellent fighter, and, it’s pretty much your only reasonable choice for a while. Namco’s pretty much got the weapons-based fighter market all to themselves, unless Sega decides to make another Last Bronx, which I don’t necessarily recommend. The future of fighters isn’t so bright, and while Soul Calibur is more than enough to tide you over, it still can’t hold a candle to old Souls.
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GameCubeRetro4Ever
Overall, Soul Calibur II is one of the top fighting games that I have played, and it stands up very well over the last decade. With the amount of changes the developer made over the course of the series, the leap from the original to this one was, in my opinion, the greatest one they made. In fact, many others out there rank this game as one of the top 20 fighting games of all-time. While the character customization could have been deeper in the game to allow for players to create their own, they fixed that up in future entries. There isn’t much that I would really change within this game, and anything that comes to mind would just detract from the great game that it is. I definitely recommend this game as a pickup, and the added bonus is that you can pick it up on any console of that time and be happy. It’s found for under $10 at any local secondhand store, and a copy should be awaiting your purchase.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Little can be said about the quality of Soul Calibur II. The gameplay is endless in scope and its visuals will leave you with a wide-eyed gaze. It’s a remarkable fighter that just happens to feel the most at home on GameCube.
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XboxIC-Games
This game is not perfect. But I am not sure anyone really asks for perfect games. But if you are looking for a great game that will provide a fun atmosphere by yourself or in the company of others, Soul Calibur 2 is your game. Dead or Alive 3 finally has decent competition from more than just the weak Tao Feng. If your console collection needs a little spice, then Soul Calibur is the game you need to liven up your party.
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PlayStation 2IC-Games
This game is not perfect. But I am not sure anyone really asks for perfect games. But if you are looking for a great game that will provide a fun atmosphere by yourself or in the company of others, Soul Calibur 2 is your game. Dead or Alive 3 finally has decent competition from more than just the weak Tao Feng. If your console collection needs a little spice, then Soul Calibur is the game you need to liven up your party.
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PlayStation 2Entertainment Depot, The
On its own, Soul Calibur 2 is an enjoyable fighter that is sure to get a group of friends rowdy. However, when looking at the bigger picture, it's a little disheartening that more wasn't done. With AM2 stepping up their game with Virtua Fighter 4, and even more so with Evolution, it's disappointing to see Namco fairly lax with such a big release. Luckily, the system is holding up without massive alterations, but even so, I'd suggest fans of the original to definitely rent first. For those who haven't partaken in the series before, it's a safe bet that they'll find it a worthwhile addition to their PlayStation 2 library.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
If nothing else, Soul Calibur II is proof of how outstanding 1999's Soul Calibur really was. Like its predecessor, this sequel can provide countless hours of fast-paced, great looking battles--though if you played a lot of the previous Soul Calibur game, you'll be hard-pressed to sustain or even muster up the same level of enthusiasm over this update. That's not to say Soul Calibur II doesn't pack in any thrills of its own. It's certainly one of the most refined, most accessible, and best-looking 3D fighting games to date, and it's squarely the best game in its class for the Xbox and GameCube.
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GameCubeIC-Games
This game is not perfect. But I am not sure anyone really asks for perfect games. But if you are looking for a great game that will provide a fun atmosphere by yourself or in the company of others, Soul Calibur 2 is your game. Dead or Alive 3 finally has decent competition from more than just the weak Tao Feng. If your console collection needs a little spice, then Soul Calibur is the game you need to liven up your party.
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GameCubeGameSpot
If nothing else, Soul Calibur II is proof of how outstanding 1999's Soul Calibur really was. Like its predecessor, this sequel can provide countless hours of fast-paced, great looking battles--though if you played a lot of the previous Soul Calibur game, you'll be hard-pressed to sustain or even muster up the same level of enthusiasm over this update. That's not to say Soul Calibur II doesn't pack in any thrills of its own. It's certainly one of the most refined, most accessible, and best-looking 3D fighting games to date, and it's squarely the best game in its class for the Xbox and GameCube.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
It has all of the elements I look for in the genre: It’s long-lasting, it’s great in multiplayer, and it looks dead sexy. SC II just doesn’t elevate the series the way I had hoped, and even takes a few steps back in some single-player respects. But, if you’ve got love for fighting games, pick it up.
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XboxGameSpot
If nothing else, Soul Calibur II is proof of how outstanding 1999's Soul Calibur really was. Like its predecessor, this sequel can provide countless hours of fast-paced, great looking battles--though if you played a lot of the previous Soul Calibur game, you'll be hard-pressed to sustain or even muster up the same level of enthusiasm over this update. That's not to say Soul Calibur II doesn't pack in any thrills of its own. It's certainly one of the most refined, most accessible, and best-looking 3D fighting games to date, and it's squarely the best game in its class for the Xbox and GameCube.
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PlayStation 2Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This offering gives you great value, with appeal to a wide audience and a jackpot of unlockables. The graphics are breathtaking, with smooth animations and a consistent frame rate, backed by quality sound and music. The Weapons Master mode consists of a solid storyline, and there are enough tasks to encourage you to keep playing. If you’re only interested in a good fight, Soul Calibur II can certainly accommodate you, with a robust fighting system and adequate difficulty to stay challenging for quite some time. Soul Calibur II is undoubtably a game of fine craftsmanship, but there is one slight problem: I had already played much of it on a now defunct console some years ago. Dreamcast owners don’t have much to look forward to here, with many of the same characters, features, and game mechanics intact. Considering the extra characters and weapon variety, this isn’t a clone, but Dreamcast owners should strongly consider if their money might be better spent on another title.
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GameCubePlayer1
Personligen tycker jag det är mest spännande att se Link slå sönder allt i sin väg för att sedan kasta iväg en bomb på sin intet ont anande fiende. Oavsett vilken av versionerna man skaffar, är Soul Calibur 2 ett riktigt genomarbetat spel som kommer glädja alla som gillar fightingspel. Namco har slipat varenda aspekt som behövde vässas. Just så här ska en bra uppföljare vara.
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XboxBoomtown
I can recommend Soulcalibur II without hesitation if you are a fighting game fanatic. It has everything you want and more. Whether you should give it a chance if you aren’t usually the kind of person who buys fighting games is going to depend on whether you’re going to play it multiplayer (which is always fun) and whether the Weapons Master mode is going to keep you interested long enough to justify your purchase.
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XboxAceGamez
Soul Calibur II harkens back to the days of early 3D fighters, with few of the extras that you might expect from a modern day title. I think that was the intention and regardless of the traditional format, Namco have succeeded in producing a deep but accessible game for all levels of competence. The fact that there's nothing outstanding about SCII shouldn't put you off buying it, because it's an excellent example of what a fighter should be: high quality, enjoyable and worth putting effort into. It's difficult to recommend to the single player who isn't a fighting fan, but for two people who are willing to put in a bit of time and see how deep it gets, you can't do much better than this.
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PlayStation 2AceGamez
Soul Calibur II harkens back to the days of early 3D fighters, with few of the extras that you might expect from a modern day title. I think that was the intention and regardless of the traditional format, Namco have succeeded in producing a deep but accessible game for all levels of competence. The fact that there's nothing outstanding about SCII shouldn't put you off buying it, because it's an excellent example of what a fighter should be: high quality, enjoyable and worth putting effort into. It's difficult to recommend to the single player who isn't a fighting fan, but for two people who are willing to put in a bit of time and see how deep it gets, you can't do much better than this.
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PlayStation 2GameDaily
Soul Calibur 2 was well received in arcades due to its gameplay depth and outstanding graphics. The PlayStation 2 port of the game picks up where the arcade left off with even more options, characters, and game modes. From the CG intro, to the character art galleries, SC2 is packed full of fighting game goodness. Serious fighting game fans will be hooked after they see how deep the gameplay is, while casual gamers will enjoy the fast-paced action and extra modes of play. If you don't have the necessary equipment to enjoy the audio and visual enhancements packed into SC2, your experience will be slightly dampened, but it's still a quality game from almost every angle. The only thing that remains is for Namco to include online options in their fighting games.
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GameCubeCheat Code Central
Excited fans who have already been playing the heck out of their import versions won't have any reason to jump ship. Soul Calibur 2 is exactly what you make it. If you are a diehard fighting fan you'll get the most out of your time with the game. If you are a casual fan attracted to the pretty graphics like a moth to a flame, expect to play for an hour or two, get the jist and move on to something else. You will notice that out of all three systems, the PS2 system takes the cake with 4.75, the Xbox with 4.5 and the GC with 4.0. I calls 'em as I sees 'em.
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GameCubeBoomtown
While Soulcalibur II can in no way claim to be groundbreaking, this is a game of precision and depth. It will provide a serious challenge to even hardened beat ‘em-uppers, while still being accessible to newcomers. It's frustrating that a few rough edges - the camera and the somewhat fiddly controls - weren't smoothed out for the home version but, nevertheless, it's the best beat-em-up on the ‘Cube since Super Smash Bros. Melee and streets ahead of any opposition.
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GameCubeAceGamez
Soul Calibur II harkens back to the days of early 3D fighters, with few of the extras that you might expect from a modern day title. I think that was the intention and regardless of the traditional format, Namco have succeeded in producing a deep but accessible game for all levels of competence. The fact that there's nothing outstanding about SCII should'nt put you off buying it, because it's an excellent example of what a fighter should be: high quality, enjoyable and worth putting effort into. It's difficult to recommend to the singe player who isn't a fighting fan, but for two people who are willing to put in a bit of time and see how deep it gets, you can't do much better than this.
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GameCubeGameCola.net
While similar to the original Soul Calibur for Dreamcast, Soul Calibur II has plenty of new features to keep fans of the series happy. It's easy to pick up, and you won't find too many people who won't take you up on the offer to duke it out. Pick up a copy and live out those boyhood dreams! Wreak havoc! Girls can play too, though...
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XboxGamestyle
All this may well sound uninviting, but there's just an overwhelming feeling of disappointment - we've seen it all before (twice) and Namco didn't see fit to expand on the unlockables and the mission mode enough to convince gamers already perfectly happy with their Dreamcast version (although the eventual PAL release, slated for September, may well address some of these key issues). It's well coded, sure, with barely a second for load times and it's well presented (even though we've heard all the cheesy quotes and music before) and it's most definitely a good fighter: but it's not that good, and most heart-rending of all? It's not as good as it was four years ago.
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XboxThe Next Level
Unlike newcomers to the series, it's understandable why veterans won't have the same level of enthusiasm towards this latest installment. Aside from a few recycled elements featured throughout the game, Soul Calibur 2 qualifies as one of the most universally accessible and enjoyable games available on the market. And not even Virtua Fighter fans can't dismiss that. Although Soul Calibur 2 doesn't achieve a new evolutionary standard, it's definitely given many of us a reason to love fighting games all over again....
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PlayStation 2Video Games Daily
Soul Calibur 2 ain't half bad and is certainly one of the better fighting games around, and since the Xbox and GameCube formats don't have many great fighting games, you can't do much better than snapping this up. Of course I'd tell you to shell out for a PS2 and a copy of VF4E to realise what you're missing, but that could prove expensive! Or you could do what one Kikizo reader suggested to us: buy a second hand Dreamcast and a copy of the original Soul Calibur...
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XboxGotNext
Unlike newcomers to the series, it's understandable why veterans won't have the same level of enthusiasm towards this latest installment. Aside from a few recycled elements featured throughout the game, Soul Calibur 2 qualifies as one of the most universally accessible and enjoyable games available on the market. And not even Virtua Fighter fans can't dismiss that. Although Soul Calibur 2 doesn't achieve a new evolutionary standard, it's definitely given many of us a reason to love fighting games all over again....
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XboxGame Critics
Soul Calibur II simply isn't the revolutionary, innovative, mind-blowing experience I'd hoped it would be. I sat down in front of my TV, fully prepared to be feverishly addicted. And I wasn't. I desperately wanted to re-anoint Soul Calibur II as the consummate fighting game...but I can't. Instead of rising to the challenge and "cleaning out the heavyweight division of every last misfit" as boxer Lennox Lewis has promised to do, Soul Calibur II seems to be resting on its laurels. Instead of going for an aggressive, crowd-pleasing KO, the game seems content to coast to a competent, if a little dull, 12-round decision, the way Oscar De La Hoya did in his famous loss to Felix Trinidad. And in the ever-evolving fighting game genre, that's just not enough anymore.
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GameCubeDiehard GameFan
Soul Calibur II is an exercise in bloodless game play, literally and figuratively. Sure, it has it’s rush at times, but the vast majority of the time, I found myself wondering what else I could be doing. Will I be skeet shooting with my copy? No, but I sure as hell won’t be playing it, either. The very definition of a lackluster sequel.
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XboxChrist Centered Game Reviews
This is where the game falters. For one thing, it is violent, like all fighting games. All you do it pound your opponent without mercy until they die. If you don't like sword and axe type violence, do not play this. Also, one of the female characters, Ivy, wears next to no clothing. The front of her tight leather outfit is 3/4 of the way open! And also, she wears a thong so you can see most of her rear. But,she does have an alternate costume that is perfectly acceptable. Also,in the XBOX version,Spawn (who is a demon and uses demonic attacks) makes vulgar taunts such as 'get the h--- out of my way' or 'you are p------ me off' and some comments such as 'I will devour your soul'. I reccomend this to no Christian, except possibly the most hard-core fighting fan.
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PlayStation 2Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is where the game falters. For one thing, it is violent, like all fighting games. All you do it pound your opponent without mercy until they die. If you don't like sword and axe type violence, do not play this. Also, one of the female characters, Ivy, wears next to no clothing. The front of her tight leather outfit is 3/4 of the way open! And also, she wears a thong so you can see most of her rear. But,she does have an alternate costume that is perfectly acceptable. Also,in the XBOX version,Spawn (who is a demon and uses demonic attacks) makes vulgar taunts such as 'get the h--- out of my way' or 'you are p------ me off' and some comments such as 'I will devour your soul'. I reccomend this to no Christian, except possibly the most hard-core fighting fan.
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GameCubeChrist Centered Game Reviews
This is where the game falters. For one thing, it is violent, like all fighting games. All you do it pound your opponent without mercy until they die. If you don't like sword and axe type violence, do not play this. Also, one of the female characters, Ivy, wears next to no clothing. The front of her tight leather outfit is 3/4 of the way open! And also, she wears a thong so you can see most of her rear. But,she does have an alternate costume that is perfectly acceptable. Also,in the XBOX version,Spawn (who is a demon and uses demonic attacks) makes vulgar taunts such as 'get the h--- out of my way' or 'you are p------ me off' and some comments such as 'I will devour your soul'. I reccomend this to no Christian, except possibly the most hard-core fighting fan.