SoulCalibur Dreamcast
  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 1999

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    I guarantee you'll be amazed at how phenomenal this game looks, and you won't be able to put it down.
  2. It blows away every 3D fighting game I've ever played (even "Virtua Fighter 3," and by a much bigger margin than I expected!), so go buy it when you get your Dreamcast, or feel like a total fool when it's sold out the next day.
  3. 100
    This is - or was - bleeding edge technology; the 'Sole Calibre' of Dreamcast's Distinction, and it shall remain so... until Namco's elite inevitably trump themselves.
  4. The great gameplay, large variety of options, and the absolutely astounding visuals combine to make this game near perfect.
  5. A technological masterpiece that is also a great enjoyment to play. All I have to say is run, do not walk, to your video game store and buy this work of art, for if you do not, I will send the final character from the game, Inferno, to influence your purchase decision.
  6. If "Soul Calibur" (is) not perfect, it is without question the closest thing to it.
  7. 100
    The number one reason to buy a Dreamcast.
  8. 100
    For sheer adrenaline working in tandem with eye-melting graphics, nothing could touch it.
  9. This is the most beautiful fighting game ever to grace a home console.
  10. Polished to a piercing gleam, considered beyond mortally tangible thought, it's the best beat 'em up we've played in years.
  11. 100
    Let's just put it this way, if you have a Dreamcast and there isn't a "Soul Calibur" Disk sitting close by then you're getting ripped off.
  12. 100
    Stunning 3D backgrounds, convincingly animated (to put it mildly) characters and superfluous effects are carried out in fine style with no hint of slowdown, all the while running in glorious high-res.
  13. 100
    Without a doubt the best looking fighting game ever, with nuances like muscle rippling, facial expressions of pain, fear, and anger, and caustic lighting effects that dazzle the eyes.
  14. With increased detail running at a higher resolution and maintaining the same frame rate, it quite literally leaves the arcade version for dead. That's 640x480 at a constant 60fps.
  15. The only thing missing is internet multi-player capability, but you can't have everything, can you...
  16. "Soul Calibur's"only detectable flaw... while professed SC masters may think that they can manhandle any selectable character, the ugly truth is that some of the game's characters are completely over- and under-powered.
  17. If you like fighting games, "Soul Calibur" on the DreamCast is without a doubt, better than any fighting game on any console or in the arcades. Period! Need I say more? I don't think so.
  18. 95
    Visual presentation, with the fluid motion and beautiful fighting styles is the games strongest aspect.
  19. The graphics, particularly the character models and animation, are stunning. The fighting is both strategic and intense, fun to watch and fun to play.
  20. The sound is good, but not good enough to be noticeable when combined with jaw-dropping graphics.
  21. You won't touch your PlayStation or N64 again.
  22. This really is a staggering game with so much effort obviously put in to it, you just have to be impressed.
  23. "Soul Calibur" revolutionizes (3D Fighting) with amazing graphics, intriguing characters and an incredibly smooth 60 frame per second game engine.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 137 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 63
  2. Negative: 1 out of 63
  1. Nov 10, 2013
    Quite simply the best fighting game ever made. Extremely well-balanced, fast-paced with great visuals and a diverse range of characters. Addictive gameplay. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2013
    Although the series took a little dive in recent releases, we all know how great it made it's stay. The graphics at the time we're amazing, the gameplay is better then some games today, and this is the golden era of fighting games, along with Battle Arena Toshinden, which is an underrated rival. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2012
    Absolutely perfect. Outstanding graphics, addictive gameplay, awesome rewards, magnificent storylines. This game is the true standard of a masterpiece. Period. Full Review »