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Generally favorable reviews- based on 154 Ratings

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  • Summary: Open the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with theirOpen the next chapter in world of Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur II features seven distinctive gameplay modes including: Arcade, Versus, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and the console exclusive Weapon Master. Collect up to 200 different weapons and battle characters with their own styles, strengths, and abilities. In addition to the 13 fighters, each platform has unique special fighters: Link for GameCube, Heihachi for PS2, and Spawn for Xbox. Prove yourself through soul and sword. Expand
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  1. Positive: 45 out of 45
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  1. 100
    Given the game’s top notch presentation, tight and accessible gameplay with considerable depth and veritable endless buffet of modes and secrets to unlock, Soul Calibur 2 is a no-brainer purchase for fighting fans. [Import]
  2. 100
    A noticeable step forward in the evolution of the genre. "Virtua Fighter 4" might hold the top spot among hand-to-hand fighters, but when it comes to weapons-based combat, Soul Calibur II is the undisputed champion.
  3. 100
    For the vast majority of the gaming world, this is quite easily the best 3D beat 'em up ever made.
  4. Fluid controls, good graphics and sound, and gameplay that rocks the gaming world proclaim this one a winner. The Weapon Master and other modes will keep you busy for a while, and the multiplayer fights seem to never get old.
  5. A great game. It's got all the goods you'd expect, from solid gameplay to smooth presentation. But where the game comes up short is giving you things you don't expect, and considering that the series is in many ways unchanged since it first hit the PSX back in 1997, that’s a shame.
  6. Put in enough time and you will find you are able to block, sidestep, counter, throw and special move your way to an impressive amount of “perfects”, without ever reaching the ridiculous heights of some games whereby a newcomer has no chance whatsoever.
  7. Playboy
    75
    Unfortunately, Soul Calibur 2 doesn't include an option to download content from the Net, nor is there a component for online play, so all fashion critiques are confined to your living room. [Aug 2003, p.32]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 66
  2. Negative: 2 out of 66
  1. BlancoA.
    May 14, 2003
    10
    Link looks incredibly cool in this game. I played it for about 20 minutes at E3 this morning, and I was far from disappointed. It certainly Link looks incredibly cool in this game. I played it for about 20 minutes at E3 this morning, and I was far from disappointed. It certainly picks up from where the Dreamcast game left off in terms of quality gameplay. Expand
  2. Jun 22, 2011
    10
    One of the best DC games ever get one of the best fighting game sequels to date. Pros: Excellent graphics, sound, and control; likableOne of the best DC games ever get one of the best fighting game sequels to date. Pros: Excellent graphics, sound, and control; likable characters; lots of easy-to-learn combos; lots of single-player and multiplayer modes; Link is the best of the trio's exclusive characters. Cons: No online play. Expand
  3. DavidF.
    Aug 25, 2003
    10
    The GameCube version is the best and it has better controls and better graphics and has a better secert ecsclusive character Link.
  4. AB
    Oct 29, 2004
    10
    This game is amazing in all aspects. The graphics are gorgeous, the music is beautiful, and (most importantly) you can play as Link! Yes, the This game is amazing in all aspects. The graphics are gorgeous, the music is beautiful, and (most importantly) you can play as Link! Yes, the Link from Zelda! And, oh yeah, the gameplay is great, too. And you can play as Link! Expand
  5. AaronP.
    Aug 3, 2008
    10
    I love what namco did by having Link in the game it makes the experience better by playing as a great long loved Nintendo character in a I love what namco did by having Link in the game it makes the experience better by playing as a great long loved Nintendo character in a awesome fighting game. This game is awesome every one should get a taste of the game! Expand
  6. StuartJ.
    Apr 17, 2004
    9
    Wipes the floor with other fighting games like mortal kombat and the such. weapon master mode is a challenge but can get very frustrating butWipes the floor with other fighting games like mortal kombat and the such. weapon master mode is a challenge but can get very frustrating but then u can always go smash ya friends face ina nd every things ok. lots of things to do, fun to play with some good characters but the only thing that drags this down from 10 to a 9 is that rapheal is so gay and incredibly annoying in 2p mode. p.s. TALIM RULES. Expand
  7. GlenR.
    Sep 27, 2003
    0
    Too easy and i love Link but i completed the game in 1 day.

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