DC Soulcalibur swings onto XBLA

Critically acclaimed Dreamcast fighting game headed for downloadable debut courtesy of Namco Bandai.

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In more than a decade of reviews on GameSpot, perfect scores have been exceedingly rare occurrences, with only four games receiving a 10. One of those was the original Dreamcast launch fighting game Soulcalibur.

The Dreamcast may be gone and in some cases forgotten, but the standout star of its launch is about to get a new lease on life. Namco Bandai today announced that Soulcalibur would make a Cervantes-like return to life this summer as a downloadable title on the Xbox Live Arcade.

New features for the XBLA edition of Soulcalibur will include the expected high-definition graphics and assortment of character- and mode-specific leaderboards. Unfortunately, cross-continental swordfights appear to be limited to the upcoming online-enabled Soulcalibur IV (set for a July 29 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), as Namco Bandai promised only that players could "challenge a friend in local-play Versus mode." Other modes include fighting genre staples like Arcade, Training, and Survival.

For more on the publisher's upcoming slate, check out GameSpot's full coverage of this week's Namco Bandai press event.

Discussion

288 comments
Xellos123
Xellos123

guys this si gonan suck ass,theres no online play for this game at all,weak,waste of time ...id be beetter off dustin off my dreamcast and polay it on that instead

Hunting_prodigy
Hunting_prodigy

All we need now is for them to release SoulBlade, the original one that evolved to Soulcalibur...hopefully if Namco releases this, they will release the first one too. It was awesome...

shattapinks
shattapinks

CrazyRabbi. Are you for real? No games have received a perfect 10 in the last two gens. I guess you didn't check out the review for GTA IV then, huh?

Hanner18
Hanner18

Nintendo owns the rights to killer instinct, I would love to see Rare put that out on 360 but its never going to happen, unless ninendo gives up their rights :(

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Man, what a great year for fighting games. Soulcalibur4, the original in arcade, AND street fighter 4?

kaizerkakai
kaizerkakai

all we really need now is rare's killer instinct.

CrazyRabbi
CrazyRabbi

I haven't seen GS give a 10 to any game in the last 2 gens. I'll tell you this, it's not cause games aren't as good... GS reviewers have higher standards now days. We'll probably never see another perfect 10 score which I think is good cause none of the games they gave 10's to were 10's in the first place. No game is perfect and can be improved a little bit in some area.

ctg867
ctg867

Wow, watch them only throw in a cheap HD update for an emulation and charge $15. First the rip off of a Collector's Edition (including features that should be in the full game like extra character customization, and charging an extra $20 rather then the industry standard $10, rather then actually adding any substantial content), and now they don't exactly set this situation up in a proper light by removing the chance of online play. I'll be open minded, since we don't know to much about it, but I'm very skeptical.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

I wish MS would drop some money on Marvel and Capcom so we can get Marvel vs Capcom 2 with online play for XBLA. They don't even have to update the graphics and it'd still be an instant purchase.

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

It's just marketing for SC4... but who cares? This is pretty cool. I've never played the original, but SC2 was enough to make me a fan of the series. Maybe I'll pick this up.

_DarKEviL_
_DarKEviL_

OMG Yes! Great news for the xbox 360 owners but it may be cool if namco release it on the PSN too :P

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

Oh hell yes! Now let's see the DC list grow on XBL

360nly
360nly

Soulcalibur in Xbox Live Arcade AWESOME

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Say what you want, my first TRUE next gen experience ever came when I went over to a friends house and played Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast. It was so above and beyond the Playstation that I couldn't believe what I was experiencing. I got my own Dreamcast shortly after but sadly, it couldn't defeat the PS2.....which I also owned..............ah the Dreamcast............good times..............good times....................sigh

david60639
david60639

Worthless to any one who owns it for the DC due to the lack of online functionality.

destrozz
destrozz

I was really pissed when SEGA announced they were getting out of the console market. anyone that owned a Dreamcast during that era, and didn't wait for the "godly PS2" had a very good time gaming.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Cool the dreamcast was full of quality games. great to see them come to xbla. xbl could do with classic saturn rpg panzar dragoon saga cause that is one of the best rpgs i have ever played. Soul calibur on xbla arcade though definetly a good move. dreamcast will never will be forgotten it started the consoles going online revolution. if only sega were in the position to throw money at it cause i for one prefered my sega games being on one system that was made by sega instead of all over the place. but as they are third party it is good to see them not showing any bias like some third parties do. good on namco bandi for getting there best dc game to live arcade. To that guy who said sony fan boys killed the dreamcast not only are you right but sony fan boys will kill anything that is good about gaming.

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. If they put it at a sensible price (800 points max) then I will definitely buy this.

R-Force
R-Force

:shock: O god I hope this comes to the PSN. The original Soul Calibur is one of my untouched favourites. I agree, Franzkill. More SEGA and Namco classics on next-gen systems please.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Anyone else extremely happy with the of Dreamcast games that are being bought over to XBLA? I sure am. Ikaruga and Rez have already made the transition and in fine form might I add. Now all they have to do is get Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5 and Chu Chu Rocket on the Marketplace then where sorted!

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

It's no doubt the arcade version. Probably Namco's 1998 128-bit system 12 arcade emulation.( http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=535&gid=2513#2513) It's obvious that GS would spin this out of context claiming it's DC hardware when it not(not only did Sega renew the DC trademark last year, DC emulation is still pretty hard to obtain. Most of it's hardware ran exclusively on Naomi( Which was introduced as the world's first 128-bit hardware board in 1997.)

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

No PSN love? :( I want Soul Calibur...

ExuNavarinIdara
ExuNavarinIdara

This is great news, I loved Soul Calibur and played it to death all those years ago. Completed everything, it was that good. Still, I implore Namco to shoehorn some online in there, though I can kinda understand the reluctancy to confirm any. After all, they may be worried it could hurt SC4 sales. :/

Shuz_
Shuz_

are you kidding? power stone! it's was one of the best games for dreamcast!

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

Wow, this is awesome news. I really hope we see more Dreamcast games for download on Xbox. Bring on the Jet Grind Radio please.

Vambran
Vambran

Do we really need an old version of soulcalibur when 4 is a few months away? I know it was a good game and all but they should have done this a couple of years ago its too soon to release to make any sense.

godson86
godson86

I was so exited by this news that a little bit of pee came out!

golbala
golbala

this is fkn great news.

Montrealien
Montrealien

Can't we just say.. "awesome news! great game and we are happy people that did not have a chance to play it will now have a chance to play it"? I mean the state of DD games and the primary online functions of Xbox Live have nothing to do with this. This is simply some good news for people that have access to live and wish to try out a classic. If you don't like the way Xbox live works or the internets is way too hard for you to understand, then by all means, gtfo!

nate1222
nate1222

@Coheeds_Avatar I agree. M$s constant forcing of XBL has gotten old. It was one of the factors in my ditching the 360. I love the internet, but we shouldn't have to be ONLINE every time our wipe my ***. Nonetheless, I had the Dreamcast version of SC and Quake 3 Arena. Those 2 and the Capcom fighting games were THE REASON to own a Dreamcast.

H2Painguin
H2Painguin

God this is going to be awesome.

zeecorner
zeecorner

At first I was like way cool, but then you find out no multiplayer? lame!

Krusnikzero2
Krusnikzero2

Awww, now my dreamcast will start collecting even more dust

RHCPfan24
RHCPfan24

That is awesome. I hope they can fit in the size limit w/o any restraints

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Great news! I still have my DC copy but for those who never had the oppertunity to experience the power that was the Dreamcast, it's nice that they will have the chance to see why the original garnered so many accolades. I'll tell you this though. For those who didn't jump into the series until SC2 for PS2, you will be less impressed with that one after playing DC SC.

Coheeds_Avatar
Coheeds_Avatar

Wow, I mean I enjoy online gaming too, but I don't think it should be the ONLY deciding factor as to whether or not a game should be bought, as some people have already decided. I've only played the second one, but I really enjoyed the mechanics, and I'll be looking into this download pre-SC4.

amin915
amin915

Now i want powerstone!!

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

This is really cool but I still have my dreamcast with SC. : )

Jipset
Jipset

My dream has come true! I was actually thinking about buying another Dreamcast. :P

destrozz
destrozz

theres alot of Dreamcast games that should come back. Sony fanboys killed Dreamcast, because that system had some very good games. I had no regrets about buying that system.

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

i miss my dreamcast ..i member the x-mas i got it i was so happy . i had that Soulcalibur .....they need to bring back powerstone if ur talkn bout dreamcast

rickjamesxx
rickjamesxx

yeah wtf no online play although im probaly gonna get sc4 YODA FTW but still thats a bummer they need to release mvc2 on the xbla with online play i would pay money for that :)

KingSigy
KingSigy

Even with the lack of online fighting, Soul Calibur is an amazing addition to XBLA. I will absolutely pick this up.

rickjamesxx
rickjamesxx

MonoxideMike "My Dreamcast has been alive and well for me over the past 11 years and I still play Soul Caliber when people tell me to bring it over for parties and such so theres no need to get this version for XBLA" hasnt dream cast only been out since sept 1999??

Fredrick2003x
Fredrick2003x

I wonder what the achievements are :) Always looking for an excuse to play the original Dreamcast classic over again.