SoulCalibur II PlayStation 2

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

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  • Summary: A new page in history has begun as the most highly-anticipated fighting game ever finally arrives! The greatest 3-D weapons-based fighter will provide non-stop action, excitement and surprises as you go one-on-one against your favorite challengers. 13 historic fighters plus all newA new page in history has begun as the most highly-anticipated fighting game ever finally arrives! The greatest 3-D weapons-based fighter will provide non-stop action, excitement and surprises as you go one-on-one against your favorite challengers. 13 historic fighters plus all new combatants including Necrid, specially designed by Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. Unique special guest fighters for each platform include Link (GameCube), Heihachi (PS2), and Todd McFarlane's Spawn (Xbox). 7 exciting modes of play including Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master. Collect 200 different weapons in the all-new mission-complete Weapon Master mode. [Namco] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Never mind that it's one of the best fighters ever made - it's one of the best games ever made... Brilliant. It's one of those extremely rare games that screams perfection. [Sept 2003, p.94]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    With seemingly countless missions, weapons, and strategies, Soul Calibur II is the latest and greatest contender in the arena of thumb-numbing fighting. [5 Sept 2003, p.L2T 22]
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    97
    A hardcore gamer's fantasy game come true. With Eight-Way Run, Air Control, Guard Impacts, and all these other techniques in your holster, you can spend weeks training with just one character. [Sept 2003, p.103]
  4. Extensive gameplay, tons of unlockables, gorgeous graphics and solid audio qualities all come together to deliver a game that is only millimeters away from gaming perfection.
  5. You've seldom seen an interface as polished as this one.
  6. PSM Magazine
    90
    The backgrounds are so stunning you'll want to drop your weapons, pack a lunch, and go exploring. [Oct 2003, p.26]
  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: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. 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. Cons: No online play; Heihachi is the worst of the trio's exclusive characters. Expand
  2. TomG.
    Oct 7, 2003
    10
    Although not much of an innovation to Soul Calibur that Soul Calibur was to Soul Blade, this game is absolutely awesome.
  3. EdB.
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    Best fighting game ever. Virtual fighter is also awesome. Dont let the button crunching fool you you can learn awesome combos.
  4. MarioM.
    May 2, 2004
    9
    Brilliant fighting game.
  5. May 20, 2014
    9
    This is my favorite fighting game of all time despite that it didn't improve much over is revolutionary predecessor, it's story is brief whileThis is my favorite fighting game of all time despite that it didn't improve much over is revolutionary predecessor, it's story is brief while the are two repetitive arcades and way more content than the original because of the weapon master mode campaign. The graphics are excellent just like the original, more places to fight but barely anything new combos except for the new comers of the game. No on-line but why I have to complain about the on-line to a fighting game is still the same impact. My review 9.222. Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2016
    8
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and rig:
    Which OS to load, which user
    This note is only temporary, this can change if better settings are found in the future on another OS and rig:
    Which OS to load, which user account and what hardwares:
    2 Sept 2016 … best looking graphic, but at lower than normal game speed = play this on Win7 64-bit, user account “knowy64”, Phenom 965 o'c to 3.8GHz with GTX 670 2GB. ... run it on PCSX2 1.4.0
    Phenom x 965 overclocked to 3.8GHz (stock is 3.4GHz) .. 8GB DDR3 RAM .. Geforce GTX 670 2GB .. Win7 64-bit ... runs ALL fine, FPS and game speed are all good. No jagged lines any more as the AA effect or screen resolution increased by playing it on the PCSX2 enhanced it so much.
    Note, this graphic glitches has been sorted after retunning and running the game on the PCSX2 1.4.0 than the v1.2.1: The game can be played on the same PCSX2 settings that's been used on the Soul Calibur 3, it works on the PCSX2 1.2.1 .. though there are small amount of ploygons flickering or missing in the background scenes on some maps, and the characters' face and couple other "skin tone" parts can has "tears" at rare times - like being pulled out into a far distance with the textures smudged into fine colored lines and narrowing into a point, the game is very playable despite the rare graphic issues only happend to the PCSX2 1.2.1
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  7. Ravan
    Oct 22, 2003
    2
    Many of my friends had told me how awesome this game was and was for the first 30 seconds I continued on though hoping that farther you got Many of my friends had told me how awesome this game was and was for the first 30 seconds I continued on though hoping that farther you got the better it would get but sadly it didn't. The music is bland and not half as good as Guilty Gear X2 and the story is bland and unattractive. The weapon system is a good idea but not when the better weapon is just the more expensive one, I mean lame. So if you want a fighting game go pick up Guilty Gear X2 or if you like 3D more go get Tekken 4. Expand

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#31 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003