Soul Blade

Soul Blade

Namco pushes the PlayStation farther than ever with an incredible arcade conversion.

Jewel Case Release

Genre:
3D / Fighting
CDs: 1
(459 Megs)
Players:
1 to 2 Players
ESRB: Teen
Animated Violence
Publisher:
Namco
Retail Barcode:
7 22674 02058 9
Memory:
1 Block
Developer:
Namco
Sony ID:
SLUS-00240
Accessories:
None
Released:
February 28, 1997
PSRM:
003810

IF YOU THOUGHT TEKKEN 2 WAS TOUGH, TAKE A STAB AT THIS.

What’s next in fighting? How about a game that melds 3D movement, polygon characters, razor sharp graphics, awe-inspiring moves and a one-of-a-kind combat system? Or, in short, Soul Blade – arguably the most innovative fighting name on the planet. It’s the 15th century and ten warriors from around the world, each wielding their weapon of choice, are in bloody pursuit of Soul Edge – the ultimate weapon. Sure, only one will find it. But it looks like the critics already have found it. Game Players Magazine voted Soul Blade “Best Game of Show” at AMMO, and NEXT Generation calls Soul Blade “the most complete fighting game to date.” Obviously, a cut above.

  • First polygon fighter to feature an authentic weapon-to-weapon combat system – incredibly realistic feedback when weapons collide.
  • Ten amazing characters – the most detailed characters yet to be seen on a PlayStation™ polygon fighter.
  • Characters with their own distinct 3D ending crafted from ancient lore.
  • An arsenal of combo attacks, secret techniques and special throws for each warrior.
  • Real 3D backgrounds for each character, providing the player with an unsurpassed sense of realism.
  • All backgrounds feature light sourcing.
  • From electrified swords to glowing “motion blurs,” stunning special effects highlight each characters’ fighting technique.
  • Original, orchestral music score set.
  • Multiple weapons.

Review

Quick Capsule: OUTSTANDING 3D fighting game for the system, and one of the truly rare games to earn a ‘benchmark’ status in terms of the PlayStation’s history. It’s one of the only 3D fighters I play, and LOVE. Either you own it or you need to. The game looks amazing in HDMI, even to this day.

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Variants

Greatest Hits Release: Original ESRB T Version
Greatest Hits Release: Namco re-releases the GH Version with an updated ESRB logo, but only on the manual. The disc and back insert are still the original ‘hollow’ T. They did the same thing with Air Combat.

Trivia

  • Soul Blade’s original name in Japan was Soul Edge – however, a copyright issue caused the name to be changed. Namco got around this by naming the next game Soul Caliber, after the other sword.
  • Besides referencing Tekken 2 on the back, Tekken’s Yoshimitsu character made a cameo in future releases.
  • Soul Blade features interactive endings for some characters.
  • The beloved Edge Master mode made its first appearance here. Essentially a ‘weapon collecting’ story, you could then use the new found weapons in the other modes.

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