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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Soulcalibur, the highest Metascoring game on the Dreamcast, has returned to the next generation. Sharpen your blades as you relive old grudges against classic adversaries in new high definition graphics. Prove your mettle against the world with a variety of leaderboards spanning every character and mode, or challenge a friend in local-play Versus mode. Nineteen playable characters: All of your favorite fighters are back including Kilik, Ivy, Siegfried, Edge Master, Nightmare, and many more. Eight modes of play: Try the different game modes including Story, Versus, and even Museum Mode that allows players to view artwork, character models, and animations. Leaderboards galore: Compare stats in sixty leaderboards spanning across each character and mode. High definition support: Soulcalibur has been given a whole new coat of beautiful paint to support HD resolutions up to 1080p. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. If you'd had enough of ogling at "Calibur 4," cop a feel of SC Arcade. It's still a handful. [Oct 2008, p.100]
  2. 89
    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.
  3. 85
    For some strange reason one of the best features of the original game, Mission Mode, is absent. Even more disappointing is the lack of any online versus mode. Sure I can thump my brother in 2-player offline whenever he comes over, but fighting games are perfect for multi-player.
  4. No online play or mission mode, but it's still a top-notch fighter. [Sept 2008, p.85]
  5. The controls are great, as you can chain together Soul Charges and attacks without difficulty. Its graphics, despite a lack of widescreen support, look excellent.
  6. Soulcalibur still controls like a dream, allowing button-mashers to unleash a flurry of unintentional moves, and even better, rewarding seasoned stratetists with a sophisticated set of beat-downs. [Aug 2008, p.79]
  7. Soul Calibur gets the fighting right, but without online play or the single-player mission mode that made it fun to play alone, this XBLA re-release is a flimsy package.

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  1. IETZ28
    Jul 5, 2008
    7
    9 years later, this game still holds its own. Anyone who played this on the Dreamcast will have no problem with the controls. The graphics look a bit dated though since they are from the arcade version. For those not lucky enough to still have the DC version of this, it is well worth the 10 bucks. XBOX Live Arcade needs to have more titles like this. Collapse