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Overview

Soulcalibur is a 3D historical-fantasy weapon-based fighting game developed and released by Namco for arcades (running the PS1-based Namco System 12 hardware) on July 30, 1998.

The sequel to the 1995 game Soul Edge, Soulcalibur features a new assortment of fighters and new gameplay mechanics (most notably the Eight-Way Run, which allows a higher freedom of movement).

Set three years after the events of the game's predecessor (in which the corrupted pirate Cervantes was defeated and one of his dreaded "Soul Edge" blades was broken), the country of Europe is suffering from endless slaughters as the young knight Siegfried is transformed into the hungry knight "Nightmare" after wielding the hilt of the broken Soul Edge blade.

The game was later ported to the Sega Dreamcast in 1999 (released on August 5 in Japan, on September 9 in North America as a launch title, and on December 1 in Europe). Along with a variety of new game modes and a new way of unlocking characters, this version is known for its improved visuals. It later received a HD-enhanced digitally-released port for the Xbox 360 (on July 2, 2008), for iOS devices (on January 19, 2012), and for Android devices (on November 20, 2013).

Gameplay

Soulcalibur has many familiar features that currently exist in the fighting genre. Modes such as Arcade Mode, which consists of choosing one of the sixteen characters found within the game and fighting through 8 rounds with the 7th round opponent being based around the character the player is controlling and the story they tell. The game also features other classic modes such as Vs Mode, Time Attack, Team Battle, Survival and Training Mode.

The game also featured a Mission Mode, which allowed the player to move through various levels where fighting and fulfilling tasks earns players special points which can be spent on new costumes, artwork, CG Portraits, fanart, and sketches. Another feature is the 'Exhibition Videos' or 'Katas', as they were also known; these videos allow the player to see various characters performing Katas with the weapon of choice.

Soulcalibur is the only Soulcalibur game to be without the extra weapons feature; a feature that existed in Soul Blade/Edge, Soulcalibur II, and Soulcalibur III.

5 of the 19 characters available will given an extra 3rd costume to unlock using the Mission Mode. These characters are Maxi, Voldo, Siegfried, Sophitia, and Xianghua. Also, each character counted with an extra 'transparent' version of their costume in the arcade Version and in the Dreamcast Version counted with a 'Liquid Metal' version of the characters costume.

The game was notable for featuring an eight-way run system, which allows the player to use rolls and sidesteps, compared to the third axis system which only allows the player to move from side to side.

Characters

New Additions

Returning Characters

Story

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Pirate Cervantes de Leon of Spain obtained the mythical Sword of Legends also known as the 'Soul Edge'. The sword devoured his soul and turned him insane, slaying his entire crew. For a good 20 years the Dread Pirate stayed silent in the Sea Port Town of Valencia where he would take the souls of those who reached him during their search for the legendary sword. Soon began a reign of terror, violence and pain, yet the joint efforts of the divine warrior Sophitia and the underground Ninja Taki were enough to stop the violent Cervantes in his tracks and in the process breaking one of the twin Soul Blades in half. Another warrior happened upon the remains of Soul Edge, the young knight, Siegfried. Upon approaching the blades, Cervantes rose, bathed in hellfire, wielding the broken blades. He had become Inferno, the condensed will of the evil sword. Siegfried swiftly dealt with the weakened monster. After the battle, he picked up the Famous blade. Soul Edge took control of his mind, much as it did Cervantes, using the memory of Siegfried's dead father as a tool to get the boy to harvest souls for the evil sword. With the evil seed infecting him, Siegfried had turned into a Nightmare, clad in Azure armor.

Three Years later, the Azure Nightmare and its crazed minions have gathered enough souls to start a ritual to return Soul Edge to its formal power. Unknown to Nightmare and his followers, a group of young warriors meet on their journeys to stop Soul Edge and with them three sacred weapons are joined once again.

Soundtrack

Disc One

1."Light & Darkness"光と闇の闘い(オープニング)2:01
2."The Stage of History"歴史の舞台へ(キャラクターセレクト)1:07
3."The New Legend"新たなる伝説 剣聖の石庭(キリク&エッジマスター)2:37
4."Bloom and Harvest"花の盛りと実りの時 神宗帝の庭園(シャンファ)2:33
5."Sail Over the Storm"荒海を越えて インドの港街(マキシ)2:46
6."Duelists"刃に生き,刃に死す 備中高松城(御剣)2:48
7."The Cursed Soul"呪われし心臓 方広寺~地下大仏殿(タキ)2:52
8."Remembrance"懐かしい幻 秘倉マネーピッ(ヴォルド)ト2:38
9."Wings of Faith"信念の翼 エイリュディケ神殿~神々の回廊(ソフィーティア)2:37
10."In Father's Name"父の名の元に オストラインスブルク攻城戦跡(ナイトメア)2:27
11."Born From Chaos"狭間より沸き出でし者 バルギア大神殿(アスタロス)~クンペクトー&2:40
12."Unblessed Soul"祝福されざる者 ヴァレンタイン邸(アイヴィー)2:34
13."Beyond the Horizon"地平線の果てに シルクロードの遺跡(黄星京)2:32
14."Chasing Downstream"激流の彼方 霊峰富士~地下水脈(吉光)2:44
15."Worth Dying For"死に値するもの ヴェネツィアの水路(ジークフリート)2:29
16."Gathering: Destiny Beckons"戦士たちの集い:宿命の引力 古代闘技場跡2:51
17."Eye to Eye, Blade to Blade"火花散る魂の激闘 トルコの地下迷宮~死者の間(成美那)1:31
18."Leaving the World Behind"全てを捨てて エイドリアン号と海岸砦(セルバンデス)2:51
19."Immortal Flame"不死の焔 カオス~心象世界(インフェルノ)2:44
20."Everlasting Quest"旅果つる先は…(ミッションバトル:マップ画面)1:33
21."Going to Where the Wind Blows"風に吹かれるまま(スライドショー)1:50
22."Kaleidoscope"揺れ動く未来~戦士たちの偶像(オープニングディレクション)1:22
23."Going to Where the Wind Blows: Reprise"風に吹かれるがまま:回想(アートギャラリー)2:29
24."The Seal Was Broken"解かれし封印(カードゲットジングル)0:09
25."Prepare to Unleash Yourself"白刃の煌めき(乱入ジングル1)0:08
26."Prepare to Defend Yourself"黒金の咆哮(乱入ジングル2)0:07
27."Apocalypse"黙示の時代(エンディング1)0:44
28."Sacrifice"消えゆく魂(エンディング2)0:43
29."Forever Onward"終わりなき旅(エンディング3)0:42
30."Into the Sunlight"今,光の中へ(エンディング4)0:44
31."No Remorse, No Pain"鋼の意志(エンディング5)0:42
32."The Legend Will Never Die"伝説は死なず(ネームエントリー)1:41
33."Recollection: A Tribute to Those Who Shed Red"魂の記憶:赤き血を流せし者達へ(エンドクレジット)2:10

Disc Two

1."Under the Star of Destiny (Arcade Version)"宿命の星のもと(AC版アトラクト)0:49
2."Recollection: A Tribute to Those Who Shed Red (Arcade Version)"AC版エンドクレジット1:57
3."Light & Darkness (Soul Mix)"光と闇の闘い(SOUL MIX)4:55
4."Going to Where the Wind Blows (Piano Mix)"風に吹かれるがまま(PIANO MIX)3:14
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