SoulCalibur

Dreamcast
  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 1999
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98

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critic Reviews What's this?

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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 416 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is a tale of souls and swords, transcending the world and all its history, told for all eternity... The greatest weapons-based fighter returns, this time on Sega Dreamcast. Soul Calibur unleashes incredible graphics, fantastic fighters, and combos so amazing they'll make your head spin!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. CheckOut
    100
    I guarantee you'll be amazed at how phenomenal this game looks, and you won't be able to put it down.
  2. 100
    The number one reason to buy a Dreamcast.
  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. Antagonist
    100
    The great gameplay, large variety of options, and the absolutely astounding visuals combine to make this game near perfect.
  5. Game Fan
    98
    "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.
  6. The graphics, particularly the character models and animation, are stunning. The fighting is both strategic and intense, fun to watch and fun to play.
  7. "Soul Calibur" revolutionizes (3D Fighting) with amazing graphics, intriguing characters and an incredibly smooth 60 frame per second game engine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 83
  2. Negative: 2 out of 83
  1. SoulCaliber
    Feb 19, 2002
    10
    Perfect!!
  2. [Anonymous]
    Aug 27, 2001
    10
    1 word: WOW!
  3. NikkiH.
    Jul 8, 2003
    10
    The best fighting game I've ever played by far! It's got everything; eye-candy graphics, great characters & some of the most 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. Expand
  4. MarkB.
    Mar 11, 2003
    10
    This is the best fighting game I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It is simply awesome.
  5. Apr 3, 2015
    10
    This game is pure awesome!!!! THE GRAFIX!!!This game is pure awesome!!!! THE GRAFIX!!! sdfjhkaersuyfhjmrsagmfhjeawfgiuyekmfneahkjfnrgfhjekrfgehjrfghejferfjkfnaeslfherfkjrfbhkewhjfejkdsfshjfuadfks Expand
  6. Aug 19, 2020
    10
    El primer o de los primeros juegos en una consola en superar su versiĆ³n de arcade. Juegazo!
  7. Jun 6, 2022
    0
    Aha. According to the Metacritic ranking, Soul Calibur is the best fighting game of all time.

    First of all, this should show the low degree
    Aha. According to the Metacritic ranking, Soul Calibur is the best fighting game of all time.

    First of all, this should show the low degree to which lists created with spongy "indices" serve as a criterion for judging the quality of computers or video games.
    Secondly, Soul Calibur is of course not a bad game, but in single player terms - like almost all DC beat em ups - it is completely irrelevant and boring after 2 hours.

    The sequels do a much better job of balancing the strengths and weaknesses of the characters.

    Don't be blinded by the ranking!
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#1 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 1999
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#1 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 1999