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.

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