Soul Calibur was a 3D fighting game developed by Project Soul and released by Namco for Sega Dreamcast in 1998. The original Soul Calibur marked the birth of the series that many gamers have enjoyed next to other 3D titles such as Tekken and Viruta Fighter. Similar to the Tekken series Soul Cailbur was an innovative 3D fighting game that kept players on the edge of their seats. However, the Soul Cailbur had allowed each character to utilize weapons in battle. While many games in the past such as Samurai Showdown allowed characters to use weapons during battle many would argue that the original Soul Calibur along with Mortal Kombat 4 took the action to another level.
Along with having a great storyline and excellent gameplay Soul Calibur had also included characters that remained very popular throughout the series including Ivy, Sophitia, Siegfried and many others. Soul Calibur was originally released for the arcade system before it became ported for the Sega Dreamcast as many people know. However, both critics and fans believe that the Sega Dreamcast version of Soul Calibur is just as good if not better that the original arcade game. While the graphics for the Sega Dreamcast version was praised the game itself had also gave people multiple gameplay options that was not included in the arcade system.
Similar to Tekken 1-3 the original Soul Cailbur was an awesome 3D fighting game for its time and still remains very popular today. Soul Cailbur has received numerous re-releases on networks such as Xbox live and mobile devices such as the iOS currently available at $14.99. This game has received numerous awards by many different publications for containing a variety of elements that contributed its replay value. Both AllGame and GamePro had given Soul Cailbur a five star rating while Electronic Gaming Monthly had rated a game a perfect ten. In addition, this game had won the “Best Fighting Game” award at the E3 Game Critics Award in 1999. Along, with receiving high ratings Soul Cailbur had also become one of Sega Dreamcast’s fastest selling games reaching over 1 million units shortly after its release. While this game may be considered very old by today’s standards many people who originally played the game for the arcade system was lucky enough to witness the birth of the Soul Series.