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In the 16th century, a sword surfaces that is so powerful, so evil that warriors from all over the globe seek it out. It is Soul Edge, a demon blade. From America to Europe to Japan, these warriors fight each other for the chance to obtain it. Soul Blade is a 3D weapons fighting game that chronicles their story.

A complete 3D fighting game that allows for side steps, Soul Blade has twelve colorful fighters (ten standard, two hidden, plus additional costumes for a few fighters), each with various weapons and styles. The first ten can be used in all the combat modes, while the hidden two can only be used in versus and arcade mode.

Namco enhanced the arcade version (called Soul Edge) by adding a well done CGI intro, plus a story mode to the addition of the traditional team, survival, and time attack modes. The story mode goes into greater detail about each character, and is presented in an ancient book format. The story mode also allows you to unlock more of each characters' extra weapons. These weapons, which vary in lengths, stats, and durability, add to the options available players in the versus mode.

Soul Blade's sequel is SoulCalibur, both in the arcades and for the Sega Dreamcast


Soul Blade Arcade Sophitia Wins
Soul Blade PlayStation Freakshow. Voldo, the token creepy guy, juggles Rock on his blades.
Soul Blade PlayStation Classic Samurai: Mitsurugi defeats some bandits. The intro is an incredible mixture of sight and sound.
Soul Blade Arcade Spinning jump

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Alternate Titles

  • "Soul Edge" -- Arcade/Japanese Title

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User Reviews

A fun, yet unrealistic, sword fighting game. PlayStation ZombieDepot (48)
I don't normally like fighting games, but I loved this one. PlayStation Attila (588)

Critic Reviews

Retrogaming History PlayStation Mar 04, 2009 10 out of 10 100
Play Magazine PlayStation 1997 96 out of 100 96
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Retroage PlayStation Jun 27, 2011 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 03, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Mar, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN PlayStation Mar 03, 1997 8.3 out of 10 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation Feb 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RetroGame Man PlayStation Sep 12, 2017 7 out of 10 70


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Version differences

In the PAL version, Li Long's weapons is a three-segment-staff due to UK law. In the Japanese version of the game, the opening features Sophitia standing naked in the water. In both the PAL and US versions, she received a bathing suit.


  • PXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss.3) - Best Fighting Game of the Year
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