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VITAL STATISTICS
Size:
1 GD-ROM
Style:
1 or 2-Player
Fighting
Special Features:
Mission Battle, Museum, Team Battle, Time Attack, Survival, Extra Survival, Battle & Exhibition Theater, Opening Direction, & Character Profile Modes; 19 Characters; VMU & Jump Pack Compatible
Created by:
Namco
Published by:
Namco
Available:
Now
Bottom Line:
9.25


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Andy, The Game Hombre
Concept: 9
Graphics: 9.5
Sound: 9
Playability: 9
Entertainment: 9
OVERALL: 9
"Soul Calibur is a must-buy for the Dreamcast. Not only is it the most impressive looking of the launch titles, it offers hours of game time for the single player as well as endless showdowns in two-player. Namco's famous extra features aren't as spectacular as usual, but they are nice nonetheless (especially the martial arts demos in Exhibition mode). The fighting, as you would expect, is fierce with lots of unblockables, combos, and specials for each character. Unfortunately, the computer opponents aren't too tough, and with some practice can be picked apart with ease. But I found myself playing it over and over anyway. It's fun just to watch its animations - they are easily the most impressive I've ever seen on a home console. If you like fighting games even remotely, get Soul Calibur. It's worth it."

Jay, The Gonzo Gamer
Concept: 9.5
Graphics: 10
Sound: 9.75
Playability: 9.5
Entertainment: 10
OVERALL: 9.75
"Unbelievable. Not only do Soul Calibur's graphics put you in a state of utter awe, its gameplay delivers more challenge and fun than most fighters. Even this game's weakest points are cool. Take, for instance, the art you collect with points earned in Mission mode. Normally this is the last thing I'd care about in a fighting game, and I'd just buy the ones that would open up new arenas, but not with this game. I had to see it all because these are some truly beautiful pieces. The only chink I can find in Soul Calibur's armor is how comparatively lame the end boss looks, but that could just be me desperately looking for a flaw. I kid you not when I say that this is a game that even those who dislike fighters can enjoy. Not only is it the best fighting game for Dreamcast, it is the best Dreamcast game available, period."

Reiner, The Raging Gamer
Concept: 9.25
Graphics: 9
Sound: 8.75
Playability: 9.5
Entertainment: 9.25
OVERALL: 9.25
"The Dreamcast is already overflowing with fighting games, yet when you take a really good look, you'll see that nothing comes close to delivering the mark of excellence of Soul Calibur. Like clockwork, Namco has again pieced together the most comprehensive fighter on the market. From the flawless combat execution to the graceful animation, Soul Calibur is a masterpiece. Along with an arcade-perfect translation, Namco has improved the graphics, added a ton of modes, and increased the longevity by adding a slew of secrets. The best addition is the Exhibition mode. Just wait until you see the animation in this section. It's unbelievable. The gameplay is equally impressive, and the number of moves is unfathomable. If there's even a hint of fighter in your blood, let Soul Calibur kick your face in."

Soul Calibur

The #1 Accessory for Dreamcast

October 28, 1999

Namco has a knack for launch games. On the PlayStation, Namco's Ridge Racer was without a doubt the premier title to get; now on Dreamcast, Soul Calibur is far and away the must-have game. And why not? Soul Calibur not only looks better than its arcade counterpart, it comes packed with extra modes and characters, and a quarter slot is nowhere to be found.

In typical Namco fashion, the extra modes and fighters are unlocked through the Mission Battle mode where you collect points for completing each mission. These points can then be used to purchase art from the Museum Gallery, which in turn releases new modes, costumes, stages, and features. The missions aren't terribly tough, but they do offer some interesting twists that you don't usually see in a fighter - like strong winds that try to blow you off the edge, quicksand-floored arenas that slow you down, and rats that bite at your feet as you battle.

The animation for each of the 19 characters in Soul Calibur is amazing. This is even more impressive when you look at the number of moves, throws, combos, and specials that each character has in his/her/its arsenal. Hours on end can be spent just learning the characters' moves lists in the Practice mode. After you get tired of that, you can explore any of Soul Calibur's other modes including Time Attack, Survival, and Vs.

As far as fighting games go, Soul Calibur is in a league all its own with its unique concepts and extra modes. So if you are planning on buying a Dreamcast, make sure you have some cash left over for this fighting extravaganza that perhaps best represents the power of the Dreamcast with its gorgeous graphics and fluid animation.


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