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A beautiful, complex and realistic fighting game for Dreamcast - probably the best one Dreamcast Mumm-Ra (410)
Perfect mechanics, beautiful graphics, clunky story. Dreamcast kyuzo (21)
Pure arcade fun Dreamcast BigJKO (71)
Hands down - the best console fighting game money can buy. Dreamcast Lucas Schippers (59)
Amazing, if you can get past the gameplay Dreamcast Robyrt (54)
The best fighting game EVER! Dreamcast Baza (1964)

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DreamcastRevista Oficial Dreamcast (Jan, 2000)
Es así de claro, olvídate de todo lo que has conocido antes. Soul Calibur se eleva sobre cualquier título similar que se haya programado jamas para ninguna consola. Sin duda, el mejor juego de Dreamcast hasta la fecha.
Was soll man zu Soul Calibur sonst noch sagen? Mit Abstand das beste Spiel für Dreamcast. Mit weitem Abstand. Ungefähr so weit von den anderen entfernt wie Krieg der Sterne von allen anderen Science-Fiction Abenteuern. Und hier wird man nicht von krötenartigen Außerirdischen genervt, sondern höchstens mal von einem Echsenmann. Kaufen! Kaufen! Kaufen!
DreamcastVideo Games (Sep, 1999)
Fazit: Soul Calibur ist ein Meisterwerk erster Güte und ein Meilenstein des Genres, das sich niemand entgehen lassen sollte. Lasset uns in diesem Sinne für weitere Namco-Games auf dem DC beten!
DreamcastRetroage (Mar 02, 2013)
Pod względem muzycznym Namco postawiło na klimaty kojarzące mi się z azjatyckim kinem przygodowym. O dziwo sprawdza się to bardzo dobrze – skutecznie zagrzewa do walki i nie utrudnia skupienia się gdy na ekranie robi się gorąco. Poza tym o wiele lepiej podkreśla unikalny klimat gry niż, jak to zwykle w klepkach bywa, niezbyt wymyślne techno w najogólniejszym znaczeniu tego słowa. Dodatkowo mamy możliwość wybrania języka w jakim mówią postacie ustawiając oryginalny japoński lub angielski. Co zaskakujące obydwa są bardzo dobre i pozwalają się wczuć w klimat walk na miecze, kije i topory. Co tu dużo gadać, Soul Calibur jest grą wybitną, dającą dużo satysfakcji i mile łechczącej oczy i uszy gracza. Masz Dreamcasta i nie masz Soul Calibur? To na co jeszcze czekasz?
DreamcastAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Oct 04, 1999)
One common fallacy regarding video game reviewers is that we never actually have to pay for any of the titles we review. While this is often true, there are certain exceptions. For me, Soul Calibur was one of these. I bought it along with my Dreamcast and I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as much gameplay for $50 before. This title would be worth buying at twice that, and I can’t think of a single reason why anyone would get a Dreamcast without picking up Soul Calibur to go along with it.
DreamcastSpel för Alla (Feb, 2000)
Jag hatar att säga det, men Tekken 3 har förlorat sin position som världens bästa fighterspel. Faktum är att det är slaget med hästlängder. Dreamcasts senaste titel i genren, Soul Calibur, är störst, bäst och starkast på alla fronter. Det är bara att inse fakta.
DreamcastThe Video Game Critic (Jan 18, 2006)
One of the system's original "launch" titles, this one-on-one fighter is regarded by many to be the greatest Dreamcast game of all time. It's difficult to argue. Although technically a sequel to the excellent Soul Blade (Playstation, 1998), Soul Calibur's level of graphic detail, fluid animation, and rich gameplay eclipsed all that came before it. It's an absolute work of art, and to this day I'm still blown away by its magnificent backdrops and responsive controls.
DreamcastAftonbladet (Dec 13, 1999)
Spelet har Namcos lätthanterliga fightingspelkontroll, häftiga karaktärer och Dreamcasts oerhört mjuka och vackra grafik. En lyckad kombination - det är ju som att ha ett eget arkadspel hemma! De ursnygga animationerna, rörelserna, bakgrunderna och musiken gör att man bara inte vill sluta spela. Och eftersom Soul Calibur är väldigt lätt att hantera kan faktiskt alla lira på samma vilkor - riktiga fightingfreaks såväl som ovana spelare.
DreamcastGamesFirst! (Nov 25, 1999)
Soul Calibur is a must have for the die hard fighting fanatics and those with a moderate interest alike. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you haven’t seen what the Dreamcast is capable of. Considering this is a first generation title, it has my mouth watering for things to come. Does it surpass Tekken 3? Is the king really dead? Well he sure looks dead, but I think there’s still some life left in the old chap. One thing is for certain though, when it comes to hardcore fighting games, I’ve seen the face of the future and it still looks like Namco.
DreamcastMeristation (Oct 25, 1999)
Mediante este artículo Meristation se enorgullece de presentar una obra maestra, una maravilla lúdica, una experiencia inolvidable. Intentaremos converceros para que os hagais con él y sintais todo su poder en vuestras propias manos, pues será la única forma de que os deis cuenta de la magnitud de SoulCalibur. Los videojuegos han muerto. Vivan los videojuegos.
DreamcastGamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
What are you waiting for? Sonic can wait, TrickStyle will still be pulling tricks next week, and NFL 2K has a millenium ahead of it. There's no excuse for you not to be enjoying the best fighting game this year, and possibly the best ever. Power Stone and the laughable Mortal Kombat Gold can't touch the soul of this fighter, but you can.
DreamcastSega Collectors Guild (May 23, 2003)
Overall, Soul Calibur is the greatest 3D fighting game ever made (if not ever, than definitely on the Dreamcast). Namco did everything right with this game and anyone who tries to pick it apart and undermine its greatness is an ignorant fool. Once in awhile a game comes along that is just so good that it makes you remember why you got involved in videogames in the first place---because they're fun. And Soul Calibur is one of those games; a must-buy masterpiece that anyone who considers his or herself a gamer needs to own and experience.
DreamcastThe Next Level (Sep 15, 1999)
The verdict on Soul Calibur? You won't find any argument here; it's totally perfect. For someone who's been an ethusiast of the game for over 11 months, how can I not give it a perfect score? After all the hype it's been through, after all the praises it's earned, how can someone not like this game? It's simple, you can't hate this game from a gameplay perspective, because there's something for everyone in this game, something for a newbie, a fighting vet, an early adopter to the Dreamcast... it's all here in one small little disc. For those of whom who haven't played Soul Calibur yet, I urge you to play it soon; at the arcades, on a Dreamcast, whatever, you need Soul Calibur, and it knows it.
DreamcastGame Vortex (2000)
Close your eyes. Now try to imagine a game in which the characters react as quickly as you can think of a move. Now open your eyes, damn it, and go buy Soul Calibur and a Dreamcast.
DreamcastGaming Target (Aug 13, 2001)
Soul Calibur is still one of the best reasons to own a Dreamcast today. Even after almost two years no fighter has yet to match the overall package, mainly it’s the profusion of gameplay, graphics and features that just can’t be touched. If you own a Dreamcast you simply must own Soul Calibur, like the advertisement stated, the Dreamcast is the heart and Soul Calibur is its soul.
DreamcastGaming Age (Aug 11, 1999)
It should go without saying that Soul Calibur is worth the purchase. It is a finely tuned package that every gamer must experience at least once. Sure there might be a couple of complaints here and there, but as the old saying goes, nothing's perfect. Soul Calibur is the closest thing that we've seen to perfection, and as such, it deserves the kind of hype and attention that it's getting. The more relevant question, however, is whether or not Soul Calibur makes the Dreamcast worth the purchase. Whether you're a fighting game fanatic or not, the answer is a thunderous yes. Soul Calibur is the Dreamcast's first true system seller. Don't miss out on it.
DreamcastGameSpot (Aug 09, 1999)
While it may seem bandwagon-esque to say this game is worthy of a perfect score, it really isn't much of a stretch to say it is. Think state of the art. Absolutely brilliant in all aspects, as far as games of this type go, Soul Calibur is the undisputed king of the hill. It is essential in any gamer's collection.
DreamcastAll Game Guide (2002)
The Museum Mode includes the Battle Theater which enables you to view CPU battles. Purchasing these beautiful Art Cards lets you save them to the VMU so you can add to your collection. With all these fantastic features and options that are enhanced by a visual presentation that gives you a sugar tooth, what game player -- fighting fan or not --wouldn't want to get their hands on this baby? Soul Calibur has it all.
DreamcastArmchair Empire, The (Sep 01, 2000)
Now that Soul Calibur has been released it will, in all likely-hood, become the template by which all 3D fighters are compared. From the drop-dead gorgeous graphics to the tremendous depth in gameplay, this is the most amazing fighting game ever released.
DreamcastIGN (Sep 20, 1999)
Few games come to mind as "required purchases," games that are so good that they have to be a part of your lineup. The original Soul Edge was such a game, and now Soul Calibur has earned a place alongside its brother. It may or may not be the most complicated fighting game out there - I'm not bold enough to make such a statement. I am bold enough, though, to state that I've never had so much fun with a fighting game than I had when playing Soul Calibur.
DreamcastThunderbolt Games (Dec 01, 2004)
Since the Tekken series was slowly growing bit stale in my opinion, and Virtua Fighter 4 frustrated me to the point of cursing like a sailor, my search for the new ultimate fighting game began. Little did I know that a relatively old Dreamcast game named Soul Calibur could be one of the most addictive and exciting fighting games ever made. The gaming gods (or maybe it was just Namco) have blessed us with the closest game to perfection since The Punisher on the arcade (play it if you haven’t already).
DreamcastPower Unlimited (Feb, 2000)
Wie zoekt naar een overtuigende reden om een Dreamcast aan te schaffen, geef ik twee woordjes: Soul Calibur. Beter dan dit zul je fighters voorlopig niet krijgen, geloof mij maar. Fok, ik kna wel janken joh... van geluk dan hè!
99 (Dec 16, 2001)
Estamos ante un verdadera obra de arte en videojuegos y no me canso de decir lo increíble que es, el mejor juego de lucha hasta el momento (a ver que tal se portan VF4, T4 y Soul Calibur 2.) Una joya que ha hecho a Dreamcast aún mas especial de lo que ya en sí es. Por eso según mi opinión merece el calificativo de OBRA MAESTRA.
DreamcastDefunct Games (Feb 05, 2005)
There is an in depth, well crafted one player game that trains, tests your skills, and also entertains as a game in and of itself. And the desire to continue playing until you have everything is intense like a drug. I'm afraid I have nothing bad to say here.
DreamcastShin Force (Aug 09, 1999)
Ivy is the babe, man! All ten immediately selectable characters have varied moves, animation and costumes. Choose from Arcade, Vs. Battle, Team Battle (up to 8 vs. 8 -- one at a time), Time Attack, Survival, Museum (watch), Practice, and Mission Battle modes! In the Mission Battle mode you can unlock extras like artwork by completing its levels. All that plus hidden characters and great Versus action and you have the second best fighter on the Uberconsole (IMO)...
DreamcastCyberGames (Sep 29, 1999)
A fantastic weapons-based fighter eclipsed only by it's predecessor, and only slightly so. Stunning graphics and great features add much replay value.
DreamcastneXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
Namco hat es tatsächlich geschafft, mit Soul Calibur ein MUST-HAVE für die Dreamcast auf die Beine zu stellen. Die überragende und für Dreamcast-Verhältnisse ungeschlagene Grafik machen Lust auf mehr. Dazu kommt ein durchdachtes Gameplay, mit dem sich Buttonsmasher und Profizocker gleichermaßen anfreunden können... KAUFEN!!!
DreamcastGamezone (Germany) (Apr 27, 2001)
Namco hat mit diesem Spiel echte Maßsäbe gesetzt. Gerade die berühmte japanische Liebe zum Detail ist in diesem Spiel bei jeder Gelegenheit bemerkbar. Hier hat man sich wirklich viel Zeit bei der Entwicklung gelassen und alles bis zuletzt abgerundet. Dieses Spiel ist alleine schon ein Kaufgrund für das Dreamcast und darf natürlich in keiner gut sortierten Spielesammlung fehlen!
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast (Sep 17, 1999)
Soul Calibur has a lot to love. The graphics, particularly the character models and animation, are stunning. The fighting is both strategic and intense, fun to watch and fun to play. Multiple game modes, including an extensive single-player campaign, offer a lot of variety not normally found in fighting games. We would've liked to see more interaction in the arenas, but other than that this was a superb example of the Dreamcast at its best. A must-have title!
DreamcastGame Freaks 365 (2000)
SC doesn’t leave you with much replay value, aside from unlocking new characters. Mastering moves will take quite some time and is, depending on how much of a fighter fan you are, worth your time. Sorry for writing such a short review, but hopefully this will give you an idea of how good Soul Calibur II will be (before I review it).
95 (Nov 26, 1999)
TA DAAAAA !!!! Soul Calibur est LE MEILLEUR JEU DE COMBAT DE TOUS LES TEMPS réalisé à ce jour ! Et je vois d'ici les grincheux qui trouveront quelque chose à redire à tel ou tel bonhomme, ou à tel ou tel aspect... Et bien qu'ils se plaignent si ça les amuse ! En attendant, nous, on va s'allumer la console et y jouer jour et nuit, et basta. Ce jeu est un chef-d'oeuvre, point à la ligne.
DreamcastDigital Press - Classic Video Games (Jun 18, 2005)
With flawless gameplay mechanics, characters packed with polygons, nearly endless replay value, and a soundtrack like no other, Soul Calibur is a game not to be missed. With a game like this, it baffles the mind as to why this console is now defunct. It's really impossible to ask much more from any game, especially when it was one of the first games for the console. If you own the console, you must own this game, no questions asked.
DreamcastMega Fun (Sep, 1999)
Noch nie habe ich eine dermaßen detailreiche und zugleich flüssige Grafik gesehen wie in diesem Beat ‘emUp. Störten mich früher noch Prügler mit Waffen, ist mir das jetzt egal! Dieses Spiel muss man einfach lieben. 19 Kämpfer, unzählige Stages, Modi und Einstellmöglichkeiten werden euch fast ewig motivieren. Und dann der Mission-Modus. Wer einmal angefangen hat, der möchte am liebsten nicht wieder aufhören. Auch wenn die ein oder anderen Aufgabe dermaßen schwer ist, dass man kurz davor steht, das Pad in die Ecke zu brennen, wandert der Finger doch wieder auf den Start-Button. Wenn das kein deutliches Zeichen für Qualität ist, dann weiß ich auch nicht mehr. Jedem Freak, der bislang dem Dreamcast skeptisch gegenüberstand, gebe ich den gut gemeinten Rat, in den Laden zu gehen, sich Soul Calibur anzusehen und am besten gleich Spiel und Konsole mitzunehmen.
DreamcastPlayer One (Dec, 1999)
Tous les fans de beat'em up (et même les non-initiés) doivent posséder ce petit bijou. Superbe, spectaculaire et enivrant.
DreamcastSuper Play (Sweden) (Nov, 1999)
Lägger man därtill alla hemligheter som vi ännu inte har upptäckt trots ett par veckors hårdspelande och vad som kan döljas på Internet står det klart att Soul Calibur är ett spel som kommer att leva länge.
92 (2000)
Incredible! Go buy this game! A must have! The graphics, sound, gameplay, control, are all fabulous. You couldn't ask for a better fighting game. Well, maybe Dead or Alive 2 will beat it but for now this is the best fighting game for a home system out on the market. Actually, it might be the best fighting game out period. Soul Calibur also has a story mode that makes the game have great replay value. Not only do you get to beat the game to get extra characters you also get to play different missions that when completed give you more extra features. Some of the extra features are pictures, endings, extra costumes, new levels, and more. I highly recommend this game to everyone. It is a must have game.
DreamcastGame Revolution (Sep 01, 1999)
Still, I really have to search for things to complain about… Hands down, Soul Calibur is the best fighting game I have ever played, even though most of the improvements over Soul Blade are purely in the graphics. It has tried and true characters, great combat and absolutely brilliant graphics. However, I have to award at least half of the graphical credit to the new Dreamcast system. Do you have one yet? It's worth buying for Soul Calibur alone.
DreamcastRetroGame Man (Sep 16, 2016)
Overall, this is one of my favourite fighting games of all time. The only one that really gives it a run for its money is the sequel on Gamecube (where you can be LINK!). This game is fun, easy to pick up but hard to master, looks great and sounds even better! Highly recommended for anyone who owns a Dreamcast.
DreamcastVideo Games (Nov, 1999)
(PAL version)
Namco setzt den Maßstab auf dem Dreamcast - Wahnsinn! Teilweise spielt man Soul Calibur gar nicht mehr, um das nächste Match zu gewinnen, sondern ist einfach nur noch perplex ob der bis in kleinste Details (keinerlei Clipping-Fehler, keine Gelenküberschneidungen etc.) akribisch perfekten Grafik und Animation der Kämpfer. Das ist gar kein Spiel mehr, sondern ein Kunstwerk! Wenn man ein Dreamcast-Spiel haben muss, dann dieses hier. Entschuldigungen werden nur akzeptiert, wenn man beim Anblick eines Beat‘em-Ups Pickel und Magenkrämpfe bekommt, hehe. Einziger haltbarer Kritikpunkt ist die nicht übermäßig tiefgehende Fighting-Engine - das ist hier aber irgendwie Nebensache und heißt auch keinesfalls, dass einem je die taktischen Mittel ausgehen, um jede Art von Gegner zu schlagen.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
Input is as crisp as ever, and dishing out the hurt is surprisingly easy -- a bit too simple, really. Still, Soul Calibur is one of the best fighting games ever and will please fans of the Tekken and Virtua Fighter series. An even better version of the game was released for the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast.
90 (Sep 20, 2009)
Soul Calibur ist mit Abstand das beste Beat’em Up, welches ich je gespielt habe. Hier passt alles zusammen. Audiovisuell ist der Titel eine absolute Wucht und die Steuerung für meine Verhältnisse perfekt, so dass die Kämpfe (vorzugsweise zu zweit) immer wieder ein Vergnügen sind. Der ausgezeichnete Missions-Battle und massig andere tolle Modi unterhalten wirklich für Wochen, was man von vielen anderen Genrevertreter nicht behaupten kann. Hier habe ich wirklich versucht jeden Charakter gut zu beherrschen, obwohl ich eigentlich immer nur etwas an der riesigen Move-Palette gekratzt habe. Soul Calibur ist ganz klar ein Meilenstein in der Geschichte der Videospiele und gehört auf jeden Fall in jede DC-Sammlung. „Welcome to the Stage of History!”
DreamcastEdge (Sep 06, 1999)
Few games scream at you to play them, stealing away hours and days without you even caring. Soul Calibur is one such title. Gather a few friends together and you’re transported back to the early days of the PlayStation and endless Tekken bouts, transfixed by a vision of the future. Just as it did when 32bit arrived, Namco has once more defined a new videogame era.
Xbox 360Digital Chumps (Jul 25, 2008)
Yeah it's old but it's GOOD! Maybe even the best. All those perfect scores Soul Calibur recieved 10 years ago weren't for nothing! THere's a lot of fun to be had with this game. It's still beautiful and full of rich yet simplistic gameplay.
Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK) (Jul 03, 2008)
But even without those, this is still one of the best games now available on XLBA. Invite a few friends and get ready to lose hours of your life. Under seven quid for one of the best one-on-one fighters since Street Fighter II? Bargain!
DreamcastBordersdown (Jul 30, 2002)
Although any flavour fighting game will fail to convert the die-hard anti-scrapper to the genre, no fan of gaming can fail to be impressed by the product as a whole. If the future of video games depends on creating utterly consistent game worlds - to aid immersion - then this must be seen as a design blueprint for achieving such a lofty ambition. Not only does Soul Calibur have incredible (and still, arguably, unsurpassed on home formats) visuals for a beat-em-up, with glorious lighting effects when weapons clash and highly detailed and individualistic warriors, but this never feels like an achievement obtained at the expense of either gameplay or consistency.
DreamcastComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Aug 15, 2001)
The talented and caring team at Namco has provided the home user with much more than a straight arcade port-over. While everyone first zones in on the orgasmic visuals, it is the Mission Battle mode that defines the DC version as a classic. Mission Battle encourages players to appreciate the innovations in Soul Caliburis command system by offering great rewards. You donit feel worthy until youive got the gold-tinted title screen with all the character portraits. Itis true that you could give up every other DC game in return for this.
DreamcastHappyPuppy (Aug 13, 1999)
The graphics are the best ever on a home machine. The game itself is very fun and the extras will keep you coming back for a long time. This is a must-have for all Dreamcast owners.
DreamcastTotalVideoGames (TVG) (Aug 13, 2001)
This really is a staggering game with so much effort obviously put in to it, you just have to be impressed. This really is the ultimate fighting game. It is easy to get into and very rewarding when you put the time in. The characters are very diverse and there is a favorite in there for everyone. I canât get over this game. It doesnât have the complexity and pure skillfulness of VF3, but did you expect it to? But what it does have is an all-out action packed experience that will amaze everyone, it is without a doubt the ultimate two-player experience. As for is it the best fighting game ever, well yes and no but more yes than no. You see if you like depth and precision then you will probably still go back to VF3, but if you like everything else then Soul Calibur is for you. It will be a long time before a game amazes me like this again. Well not a long time, just until Shenmue is releasedâ¦
DreamcastGame Critics (Dec 06, 1999)
So much like my first day of class in a new school, I had some initial fears when first playing Soul Calibur. It wasn't what I had originally hoped for (like realizing college isn't just one long party) and I was like a new freshman longing for his yesteryears as a lower-school senior (back when I could muster up one combo chain after another in Tekken 2, resulting in some serious cans of whup-ass). Sadly, those techniques have faded in my memory and I was left to deal with the reality of now being a student of Soul Calibur. But fear not, because after finding new motivation (like punking Dale until he cries like a girl) and studying up on the techniques, I'm beginning to pick up the ropes and see the light that is Soul Calibur. It's only a matter of time now that, as my skills develop, my experience grows and pretty soon I'll achieve my PhD in Soul Calibur. Then people will have to start calling me Dr. Kilik instead of Mr. Fishcake.
DreamcastGamekult (Aug 30, 2000)
Les jeux de baston 3D sur Dreamcast ne sont pas légion. Mais ils sont de qualité. Un des premiers qui soient sortis, Soul Calibur, reste sans aucun doute un des meilleurs du genre toutes consoles confondues. Personnages charismatiques, système de combat bien étudié, un plaisir éternel pour un jeu mythique !
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain (Jul, 2008)
Even with these immoral omissions Soulcalibur for Xbox Live Arcade is more than worth the price of admission. There are still gamers who troll forums proclaiming the dominance of this particular game as the greatest of its kind. While it is a bold statement you will find many who agree and you will find very few people who will argue just how good this game really is. At ten bucks it is hard to go wrong, even if it lacks online play, a mission mode and true widescreen support. Soulcalibur is one of those games that everyone needs to play at least once in their lives, and there has never been a better time to jump in.
DreamcastCincinnati Enquirer (1999)
Soul Calibur is an excellent showcase for the Dreamcast’s capabilities. The game’s detail, graphics and addictive action make it the benchmark for future 3-D fighters and gives the Dreamcast another feather in its cap.
Xbox 360GamePro (US) (Jul 03, 2008)
Despite these issues this is still an excellent title. SoulCalibur on Xbox LIVE Arcade has plenty to offer and is a great way to prepare yourself for SoulCalibur IV.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Jul 02, 2008)
Even with a few interesting items missing from our dream Xbox Live Arcade Soulcaliber experience, Namco’s marvel is worth the paltry asking price. Still on the fence about buying Soulcaliber? Consider this: you’re going to need a thorough warm-up on the ways of the Soul before grabbing a lightsaber. Trust us.
85 (Sep 20, 1999)
I'm sure by now you have heard people say "Get Soul Calibur if you buy a Dreamcast! This is a must buy!". Well I have to go along with the general consensus, this is indeed a great game.
84 (Jul, 2008)
OK folks, I think I’ve droned on enough. Bottom line is this: Soul Calibur is an incredibly fun and addictive fighter, even for people who generally don’t like fighting games, and it is still extremely good even when compared to the newest fighters out there. If you happen to have access to a Dreamcast and aren’t too busy playing Who Wants to Beat Up a Millionaire?, definitely don’t hesitate to check this game out.
Xbox 360IGN (Jun 27, 2008)
Over the past decade, the Soul series has and added numerous characters and gameplay mechanics. However, the series' highlight remains Soulcalibur 1. It took the ideas that debuted in Soul Edge and evolved them into a cohesive and enthralling package. Even without Mission Mode, there are still plenty of other game modes that will suck up some of your time. And if you've never played Soulcalibur, then you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try. After all, it's one of the 100 greatest games of all time.
Xbox 360The Review Busters (2008)
For what you get with this game you can’t complain about the price. Soulcalibur is still an excellent fighter after all these years. Thanks to Xbox Live all you have to do is load this up and have hours of fun with your friends. Sadly I wish you could say the same thing about playing with online friends.
Xbox 360UOL Jogos (Jul 03, 2008)
O retorno de "Soulcalibur" na Xbox Live é ótimo para lembrar porque o jogo foi tão marcante na época de seu lançamento, em 1999. Foi uma das primeiras vezes em que uma conversão doméstica superou o original do fliperama em todos os aspectos, ainda mais considerando que era um título de estréia de um console. E ele resiste bem até hoje, com gráficos competentes, um grupo de personagens marcante e mecânica impecável para todo tipo de jogador. É um grande clássico que merece ser celebrado por todo fã de luta que se preze.
Xbox 360Console Monster (Jul, 2008)
Despite the lack of mission mode, Soul Calibur still represents a good purchase for 800 of Microsoft’s points. Soul Calibur has always played well, from novice button mashers to in-depth strategy seasoned weapon masters; it’s one of the greatest fighters to grace the digital screen.
Xbox 360AceGamez (Jul, 2008)
Those who never got to play the original Soulcalibur will have good reason to download this port from the Xbox Live Arcade. Everyone who harbors fond memories of it will surely snap it up too, unless you want to get out your Dreamcast that's been collecting dust. The absence of the Missions Mode is disappointing and online play would have been a blast, but the weapon-based fighting system is still a lot of fun. The characters and levels are all there, the game looks great in HD and let's not forget this is a Live Arcade release; it sure isn't a bad way to spend $10.
Xbox 360NZGamer (Jul 11, 2008)
So should you get this game? If you've got friends to play against on a regular basis, then yes. Despite various sequels, the original Soul Calibur still shines strongly. But if you're looking for a meatier overall experience, perhaps you should wait until Soul Calibur IV comes out in early August - just remember that it'll be a lot more expensive than this one!
Xbox 360GameDaily (Jul 09, 2008)
Minor shortcomings aside, SoulCalibur is a superlative fighting experience and a welcome addition to XBLA. It controls wonderfully, it looks superb and there's still plenty to keep you busy, even without online play and Mission Mode. It's a nice little $10 appetizer to snack on until the main course, SoulCalibur IV, arrives July 29.
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network (Jul 08, 2008)
In fact it just goes to show that quality titles can be brought back from the dead and released on XBLA, and with a whole slew of fantastic titles waiting in the wings from the Dreamcast’s back catalogue let’s hope that releases like SoulCalibur HD are the shape of things to come, and we can dispense with all that nasty shovelware that’s blighted the marketplace recently once and for all.
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0 (Jul 08, 2008)
Soul Calibur for Xbox Live Arcade is a game that could have offered so much, but instead delivers only the bare essentials. The removal of the Mission Battle mode cuts down the game’s replay value considerably. With the new 350 megabyte download limit for Xbox Live Arcade titles, this shouldn’t have even been an issue. The same goes for the compressed audio. While it’s inevitable that some compression has to happen to get the game to a decent download size, this game shows that it is possible to cut a game down too much. It has all of the major bits, but lacks the little extra touches that could have made it a true must-have. That said, the game is still fun, even if it’s got a few nagging flaws.
Xbox (UK) (Jul 04, 2008)
So is this a slimmed down version of a "proper game", suitable for all players and offering instant arcade-perfect enjoyment? Or a crudely chopped-up borked port of an absolute classic, tantamount to cutting the Mona Lisa in half and mounting the tattered remains on a traffic roundabout like one of those rain-smeared "BARBARA IS 40" banners? I'm going to have to go with the first option, simply because Soulcalibur is too much of an awesome game to allow this annoying act of butchery to dull its shine. Could it have been even better, had they waited and used more space to include absolutely everything? Undoubtedly, but a big chunk of Soulcalibur for 800 Microsoft Points is still one hell of a treat.
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine (Jul 02, 2008)
Soulcalibur’s nostalgic buzz burns off a bit when you realize that, as with the original, there’s no online support. Despite awesome potential for versus battles via Live, it offers only leaderboards. This glaring omission shouldn’t keep faithful fans away, but the rest of the pummeling populace may want to save their fight (and Microsoft Points) for the online-enabled Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
Xbox (Jul 10, 2008)
Soul Calibur, ich liebe dich. Ich habe dich immer geliebt, ich werde dich immer lieben. Ich habe früher wahnsinnig viel Zeit mit dir verbracht, ich bereue keine Minute davon. Und auch heute bereitest du mir viel Freude, auch heute noch schwingen meine Chackus-des-Todes genauso flott und präzise wie vor neun Jahren. Aber du bist nicht mehr dieselbe, wir haben uns auseinander gelebt. Dass du nicht mehr so gut aussiehst wie damals, kann ich dir nicht vorwerfen - auch ich habe mich verändert, außerdem sind deine inneren Werte ja immer noch so schön wie einst. Aber warum hast du dich von dem Missionsmodus getrennt? Den mochte ich immer am liebsten an dir! Wieso hast du zugelassen, dass dich faule Leute einkleiden? 4:3 ist heute einfach nicht mehr so hip wie noch 1999, die Jugend von heute trägt 16:9! Ach, Soul Calibur, du bist für immer in meinem Herzen. Aber lass uns unsere Liebe in der Erinnerung für immer frisch erhalten. In der Realität bröckelt deine Fassade nämlich.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Jul 08, 2008)
Since it lacks the Battle Mission mode the Xbox Live Arcade version of Soulcalibur is inferior to the Dreamcast game and, at least where online features are concerned, it's inferior to other XBLA fighters such as Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Soulcalibur is still an extremely good fighting game, though, and provided you have a friend to play it with on your couch, it'll certainly keep you entertained until Soulcalibur IV arrives in stores.
Xbox 360Entertainmentopia (Aug 07, 2008)
If you are a hardcore fan of the series, $10 is a small price to pay to relive the good old days. If you are new to the series, go find it in the arcade or play this on one of your friend’s machines before making the purchase, and hang your head in shame that you are not part of one of the most enthralling fighting franchises in history.
Xbox 3601UP (Jul 02, 2008)
Fighting games and fancy graphics have passed Soul Calibur, but if you've got any nostalgia for this one, it's a golden oldie that just might be worth the steepest price of all: having to play a fighting game on the 360 controller's awful D-pad. If you're willing to put up with that, the 10 bucks is trivial.
Xbox (Aug, 2008)
Aw, hell. Sorry, GameCola Faythful—I seem to have been drunk writing again. The sad part is that it just happens to be the day of the deadline, and I really do not have time to double-check my work as the deadline’s kinda in 10 seconds and looking at the screen with a hangover like I’ve got is really going to kill me. So, uh. Go buy Soul Calibur pronto! There’s no online, yeah, but it’s still one of the best fighters ever, and it may help you overcome your drinking issues someday, too!
Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games (Mar 26, 2010)
Make no mistake, SoulCalibur’s just as awesome today as it was a decade ago, although if you still own the Dreamcast version, you’re probably only looking into this for the competition on the leaderboards or the achievements, at this point. It’s a nice looking game and plays well, only it comes off as too little, too late. What is represented in this download proves that the game still holds up and that it would’ve been a perfect port, if it didn’t have to be released a full month ahead of SoulCalibur IV, which is unfortunately the superior SoulCalibur experience on the Xbox 360. Your money would go a lot further purchasing a Dreamcast and the original game, or feeding some coins into a local arcade machine for a few hours and entering gaming nirvana.
57 (Jan 23, 2012)
Ich liebe Soul Calibur. Für immer und immer. Aber angesichts der iOS-Fassung muss ich mich schon fragen, wie oft man den Fans immer abgespecktere Versionen des Originals eigentlich noch aufschwatzen kann. Denn diese Fassung vereint nicht nur alle Nachteile der XBLA-Version in sich, sondern reduziert diese nochmals um den Mehrspielermodus und ergänzt sie um schlecht bedienbare Menüs und eine sehr schwammige Kampfsteuerung. Für einen Touch-Prügler ist das Ergebnis nicht schlecht: Die Kulisse ist immer noch ansehnlich (und echtes Polygon-3D, kein 2D wie bei Street Fighter 4), das Spielprinzip unverwüstlich. Aber den Vergleich mit dem Original sollte man sich besser ersparen – da kann man nur enttäuscht werden.
57 (Jan 23, 2012)
Ich liebe Soul Calibur. Für immer und immer. Aber angesichts der iOS-Fassung muss ich mich schon fragen, wie oft man den Fans immer abgespecktere Versionen des Originals eigentlich noch aufschwatzen kann. Denn diese Fassung vereint nicht nur alle Nachteile der XBLA-Version in sich, sondern reduziert diese nochmals um den Mehrspielermodus und ergänzt sie um schlecht bedienbare Menüs und eine sehr schwammige Kampfsteuerung. Für einen Touch-Prügler ist das Ergebnis nicht schlecht: Die Kulisse ist immer noch ansehnlich (und echtes Polygon-3D, kein 2D wie bei Street Fighter 4), das Spielprinzip unverwüstlich. Aber den Vergleich mit dem Original sollte man sich besser ersparen – da kann man nur enttäuscht werden.
Xbox 360Giant Bomb (Jul 25, 2008)
In highly conditional situations, I could see recommending this re-release to someone. It's a quality fighting game and it's $10. But all the caveats weigh heavily on the full package, and left me feeling like I was playing half of a game.
Xbox (Jul 22, 2008)
All the original characters and weapons we’ve grown to love and hate over each of the Soul Calibur series is here. The game provides a cool, nostalgic experience for those looking to see one of the earliest titles in the Soul franchise. In terms of value, it can definitely be argued that it isn’t worth the 800 Microsoft Point price tag. The decision to leave out the Mission Mode and an online multiplayer feels like a massive oversight and a lot of wasted potential. However, It has received a very respectable HD overhaul and has many features from the original game. Though it is hurting in some aspects of replay ability, it isn’t really not enough to prevent the game from being a solid XBLA purchase. All things considered, it’s a great update for a classic franchise that will be seeing its latest installment on shelves July 29th.
Xbox (Jul 17, 2008)
This Arcade port of Soulcalibur isn’t perfect I will readily admit that. The lack of online support is a bit of a drawback, and not having “MISSION MODE” does relegate you to a lot of Arcade battles. However, with 12 achievements to unlock and just for the sheer joy of getting to see some old friends from the Dreamcast back in action there really is no excuse for a fan of fighting games to pass on Soulcalibur.