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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Both the stages and characters show a grand level of detail and depth. Everything down to the facial features look spectacular.
  2. 100
    The Xbox version is the prettiest of the bunch, sporting HDTV support with a 720p display mode, yet it also suffers from the worst default control layout... "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. Remains a solid, hard-hitting fighting game that requires skillful mastery of it characters and their unique fighting abilities all wrapped up nicely in a next-gen package that no fighting fan will want to miss.
  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. 90
    It offers the more dedicated players, who want to explore the depths of its combat system, almost endless scope and gameplay. [JPN Import]
  7. The biggest let-down though is that Soul Calibur 2 feels much more like a remake than a true sequel. [Import]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Tim
    Jun 29, 2003
    10
    I agree with Patrick, Gamestyle consists of mostly idiots. This game is great from the first time, and the people that think this is I agree with Patrick, Gamestyle consists of mostly idiots. This game is great from the first time, and the people that think this is "over-hyped" or "disappointing" either expect too much, or haven't played the game. The graphics and sound are great. It's definitely an improvement from the DC version. And it's going to be great when it is finally released. Expand
  2. ArmandoD.
    Sep 5, 2005
    10
    Now it's 10/2006... and still the best fighting game! I've had this game since it was released... and i am still playing it and Now it's 10/2006... and still the best fighting game! I've had this game since it was released... and i am still playing it and it's great fun (specially with friend /s). Expand
  3. CameronJ.
    Sep 4, 2003
    10
    It's awesome.
  4. CameronS.
    Mar 1, 2004
    10
    Best fighting game ever!!!! Shows that even though its not a patch for to the xbox one, the Gaycube can actually have a good game! Amazing Best fighting game ever!!!! Shows that even though its not a patch for to the xbox one, the Gaycube can actually have a good game! Amazing graphics, just as good as Halo's. Could have had better arenas though and a tag team mode. Thats for Soul Caliber 3 then.Asta la vista Tekken! Expand
  5. VictorN.
    Feb 19, 2008
    10
    And.....guess what.....now it's 02/2008 and this game continue surprising me. Awesome game.
  6. SteveE.
    Nov 28, 2003
    9
    It`s bigger and bolder and rougher and tougher , there is no other!
  7. WillB.
    Aug 25, 2003
    1
    Snore, same old button mashing engine from way back AND ported to all systems to boot! Non-w00t!

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#5 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003