Free slam games exist in droves. Even if they have a power here or there, they end up being punched in the mouth and kicked in the belly. Now, the franchise we talked about today is different: it’s about the sharpest weapon.
Sword, dagger, nunchaku… everything is released, even lightsaber. You asked, voted and here’s the Worst to Best in the franchise Soulcalibur. Here are our criteria, pay close attention:
- The notes presented are based on the Metacritic note aggregator. If the title was released for more than one platform initially, we will take the notes for each version and do an arithmetic average.
- We are considering the console release notes, not the arcade versions.
- We only considered the main titles in the franchise, so the spin-offs did not make the list.
7) Soulcalibur V (2012) – 79 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Lastly, we have Soulcalibur V, launched in 2012. Its story takes place 17 years after the events of its predecessor and its protagonist is Sophitia’s son, Patroklos and his sister Pyrrha, who set out on an adventure in Europe to remove a curse that struck Pyrrha due to contact with the evil Soul Edge weapon.
The game contains a story mode that accompanies Patroklos and several supporting characters that is divided into 20 episodes, but not all fighters can be used, unlike previous games in the franchise. In addition to it, there is Arcade, Quick Battle, several multiplayer modes and a character creator.
The game has a total of 28 characters, 10 of them new to the series, such as Viola, Xiba and Natsu. As usual, it contains a guest character from another franchise, which is Ezio Auditore da Firenze, from the franchise. Assassin’s Creed. A gameplay system that returned after 17 years was Critical Edge, but in a modified way, with super attacks draining 100% of the Soul Gauge bar and doing different amounts of damage according to the chosen character.
Analysts praised him for his detailed visuals, the new combat mechanics, the stable online multiplayer with replay support and the fighting styles of some new characters, but he was criticized for the lack of variety in singleplayer modes, the lack of some classic styles of characters and the lack of instruction for new players. Your grade is 79.
6) Soulcalibur VI (2018) – 82.6 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
And sixth, the latest title in the franchise. Soulcalibur VI, released in 2018, takes place after the events of its predecessor and serves as a reboot of the franchise, revisiting the events of the first Soulcalibur. The story is divided into two modes: Soul Chronicle, which has the main plot with the protagonists having to deal with the Nightmare threat, and Libra of Soul, which takes place shortly after the event known as Evil Seed, in which Siegfried succeeds Soul Edge and becomes Nightmare.
The base squad has 21 characters, some newcomers and others from seasonal DLCs. The guest characters this time are 2B, by NieR: Automata, Haohmaru, from Samurai Shodown, and Geralt de Rivia, The Witcher. Of the three, only the last one is not acquired through DLCs.
The gameplay maintains the mechanics previously established in the franchise, but brings news like Reversal Edge, which allows the player to defend himself from an imminent attack and attack back, and a redesigned Soul Charge.
Analysts at the time praised its battle system that is as deep as it is intuitive, its openness to new players to pick up mechanics with ease and a robust single player mode, but the story mode has a lot of text and fast fights, Libra of Souls has little variety and some mechanics do not fit well with the rest of the gameplay. Your grade is 82.6.
5) Soulcalibur IV (2008) – 85 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Soulcalibur IV, launched in 2008, has as narrative focus the appearance of the old king Algol, his tower and his connection with the origin of the magic sword Soulcalibur. In Chain of Souls mode, you can discover the motivations and connections between the characters. Even if none of the Soulcalibur III be considered canonical, some events from the previous game are taken into account, such as the death and resurrection of Siegfried and the abduction of Sophitia’s daughter, Pyrrha.
In addition to story, arcade, training, museum and character creation, there is also the Tower of Lost Souls, which requires players to win battles in order to earn rewards. Now, items equipped by the character, such as armor, weapon and accessories, affect statistics such as health, attack and defense, battles with multiple fighters have been modified and resemble the tag system of The King of Fighters 2003 but which is only present in story mode and Tower of Lost Souls, a new Critical Finish system was introduced and it received online multiplayer support.
The game contains 34 characters in total, 5 of them newbies. Of these, 3 are guests from the franchise Star Wars: Darth Vader, Yoda and The Apprentice, the protagonist of The Force Unleashed. These three can use Force attacks that drain the bar for this ability. Some less prominent characters in the series make small appearances in battles and, if it is of interest to the player, can be made entirely in character creation mode.
Among the praises made by analysts, we have the smooth online mode, the quantity and variety of characters, the accessible gameplay for new players, the challenging Tower of Lost Souls mode, the deep character creation mode and the beautiful visuals, but the lack in a team battle mode, the short and disappointing story and the fact that Yoda is extremely broken was very unpleasant. Your grade is 85.
4) Soulcalibur III (2005) – 86 (Arcade, PlayStation 2)
Fourth, we have Soulcalibur III, launched in 2005. Its history takes place shortly after that of its predecessor. Siegfried managed to get out of control of Soul Edge, who had turned him into the evil knight Nightmare, and now aims to destroy the sword once and for all.
It features 24 playable characters, 5 of which are newcomers to the franchise. The guest character of the time is the android KOS-MOS, known by fans of Xenosaga. The game brought several modes like Tales of Souls, which is a story mode similar to the Edge Master Mode of Soul Edge, the Character Creator and the Chronicles of the Sword. The latter is quite peculiar, since it is a story mode in a turn-based RPG scheme in which the player uses his characters created to interfere in the war between the Grandall Empire and neighboring countries Halteese and Dalkia.
Analysts of the time praised the fast, technical and deep combat, the beautiful and smooth visuals during the confrontations and the good number of characters, but they criticized some strange new modes, the lack of an online mode and the battles very similar to each other . Your grade is 86.
3) Soul Edge (1995) – 89 (Arcade, PlayStation)
And we arrived at the first game in the franchise, Soul Edge, released in 1995. The story revolves around a mysterious sword that, according to legend, would give unlimited power to anyone who used it. With that, warriors from all over the world set out in search of the weapon, some to use it and others to destroy it.
The game features 9 warriors who use different weapons to duel. It brings as a great novelty the 8-Way Run, in which the player can approach or move away from the background, similar to the movement of the first Tekken, which had hit the market the previous year. Among its gameplay features, we have Guard Impact, which blocks an enemy attack and opens a gap for an attack, the possibility of throwing the opponent out of the arena, which yields an automatic victory in that round, and a bar for the weapon used, called the Weapon Gauge, which functions as the life of the equipment.
Analysts praised the fluid movements of the characters and weapons, the great gameplay, the incredible characters and the unique graphics. He was criticized for some delays in the controls, but it barely affected his score, which came in at 89.
2) Soulcalibur II (2002) – 92 (Arcade, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Second, we have Soulcalibur II, launched in 2002. In the story, the legendary and evil Soul Edge sword has been broken into pieces and some characters are looking for each piece of the weapon to bring everything together and be able to take advantage of its great power.
In addition to the 13 characters that return from the previous game, he has 6 new characters and 3 guests that are exclusive to each of the consoles: Heihachi Mishima on PS2, Spawn on Xbox and Link on GameCube. The game introduced and improved several things, such as step and avoid systems, some walls in the arena, specific hits on the wall, a three-step Soul Charge, a clash system, Guard Break attacks and a review on Guard Impact.
In 2013, the Soulcalibur II HD Online, which includes all the original content but with redesigned graphics and an online mode. The characters Heihachi Mishima and Spawn are present in all versions, and are no longer exclusive to platforms.
Returning to the original game, he was highly praised for his visuals, accessibility and refined controls, but slightly criticized for looking too much like his predecessor. The title was a success and got 92 of note.
1) Soulcalibur (1998) – 98 (Arcade, Dreamcast)
And we got to the very first place with him, one of the best rated games in all of Metacritic: Soulcalibur, released in 1998. His story revolves around the knight Nightmare, who is in possession of the evil Souls Edge, and who kills anyone on the way to quench the blood thirst of the equipment. With that, several warriors come to him to take possession of the weapon or destroy it.
It has a total of 20 characters, of which 10 are newbies and 9 are unlockable. The game’s main innovation is the simplification of the 8-Way Run, which not only increased the feeling of freedom but also deepened the gameplay even further. The game also brought forgiving buffering and Guard Impact was further developed.
It was described as beautiful, deep and one of the best of its kind for that time. The game is repeatedly considered one of the best ever released for the Dreamcast, it is the second in history to receive 40 out of 40 from the Japanese magazine Famitsu and got a 98 rating, taking the gold medal home.