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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 Dreamcast Introduction Cinematic
SoulCalibur Dreamcast That is one huge freakin' sword!
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Nunchakus have a reach if you know how to use them
SoulCalibur Dreamcast Ivy brings her sword up over her head to crash down on his

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "灵魂能力" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ソウルキャリバー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A beautiful, complex and realistic fighting game for Dreamcast - probably the best one Mumm-Ra (410) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Perfect mechanics, beautiful graphics, clunky story. kyuzo (21) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Pure arcade fun BigJKO (71) unrated
Hands down - the best console fighting game money can buy. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
Amazing, if you can get past the gameplay Robyrt (54) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
The best fighting game EVER! Baza (1905) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Meristation Oct 25, 1999 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic Jan 18, 2006 A 100
Revista Oficial Dreamcast Jan, 2000 10 out of 10 100
Game Vortex 2000 100 out of 100 100
Dreamcast. Das offizielle Magazin Nov, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Games Sep, 1999 4 out of 4 100
Power Unlimited Feb, 2000 9.9 out of 10 99
neXGam Dec 27, 2009 9.6 out of 10 96
RetroGame Man Sep 16, 2016 9 out of 10 90
WomenGamers.com Sep 20, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85

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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)
Information also contributed by Big John WV and CaptainCanuck

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Trixter (9115) added SoulCalibur (Dreamcast) on May 22, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Spenot (8670), Sciere (779121), Kabushi (257593) and The cranky hermit (2947)
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