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
    The number one reason to buy a Dreamcast.
  2. 100
    For sheer adrenaline working in tandem with eye-melting graphics, nothing could touch it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The sound is good, but not good enough to be noticeable when combined with jaw-dropping graphics.
  6. 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.
  7. This really is a staggering game with so much effort obviously put in to it, you just have to be impressed.
  8. 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.
  9. Polished to a piercing gleam, considered beyond mortally tangible thought, it's the best beat 'em up we've played in years.
  10. 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.
  11. You won't touch your PlayStation or N64 again.
  12. This is the most beautiful fighting game ever to grace a home console.
  13. "Soul Calibur" revolutionizes (3D Fighting) with amazing graphics, intriguing characters and an incredibly smooth 60 frame per second game engine.
  14. 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.
  15. If "Soul Calibur" (is) not perfect, it is without question the closest thing to it.
  16. 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.
  17. The great gameplay, large variety of options, and the absolutely astounding visuals combine to make this game near perfect.
  18. The graphics, particularly the character models and animation, are stunning. The fighting is both strategic and intense, fun to watch and fun to play.
  19. "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.
  20. 100
    I guarantee you'll be amazed at how phenomenal this game looks, and you won't be able to put it down.
  21. The only thing missing is internet multi-player capability, but you can't have everything, can you...
  22. 95
    Visual presentation, with the fluid motion and beautiful fighting styles is the games strongest aspect.
  23. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 149 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 64
  2. Negative: 1 out of 64
  1. NikkiH.
    Jul 8, 2003
    The best fighting game I've ever played by far! It's got everything; eye-candy graphics, great characters & some of the most amazing moves I've seen in a long time. It even seems to have a plot (of sorts) which I really like; the characters have real depth & even a personal history. The thing I like about it most of all are all the hidden extras you uncover when you complete the game. It gives you a real added incentive to carry on playing. I would personally recommend this game to anyone. Full Review »
  2. Tony
    Jul 21, 2004
    What is it with people drooling over this turd? Soul Calibur is an awful game, even if it looks great. I agree with the guy who says Project Justice is much better! Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2011
    The first real 3-D fighting game -- Soulcalibur is one of the most valuable titles on the DC. Pros: Beautiful graphics; great audio; variety of characters, weapons, and level designs; near-perfect controls. Cons: It's on the Dreamcast, one of the most forgotten video game consoles. Full Review »