SoulCalibur (ソウルキャリバー SōruKyaribā?) is a fighting game developed and produced byNamco. It is the second game in the Soul series. Originally released in the arcades running on the Namco System 12 hardware, SoulCalibur was ported to the Dreamcast with improved graphics and new features. SoulCalibur was later released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2008.
The Dreamcast port of SoulCalibur was released to universal success, with many reviewers declaring it to be the single greatest fighting game of all time. As time has gone on SoulCalibur has gone on to be recognised as one of the greatest video games of all time across all genres. Game review aggregator website Game Rankings has the Dreamcast port ranked as the fifth highest reviewed game of all time, as well as being the highest ranked fighting game.
The mystical sword of the legends, the "Soul Edge", ended up in the hands of the dreaded pirate Cervantes de Leon of Spain. For the next 25 years he stayed dormant on the remnants of a Spanish port town, taking the souls of those who reached him during their search of the sword. His reign of terror was soon to start, but through the joined efforts of Greek divine warrior Sophitia Alexandra and Japanese ninja Taki, he was stopped and killed, with one of the twin Soul Edge blades being shattered in the process. As it was about to tear itself apart, young Prussian knight Siegfried Schtauffen approached the port town and battled Cervantes, whose corpse had been momentarily reanimated through Soul Edge's will. After emerging victorious, Siegfried's attention turned unto the sword. The moment he took the hilt of the cursed blade, Soul Edge released a bright column of light into the sky. This was known as the "Evil Seed", bound to bring calamity and death in its wake.
Three years after those events, Soul Edge uses Siegfried as its host, and now Siegfried is Nightmare, a knight wearing azure armor and sporting a hideously deformed right arm. Europe plunges into a vortex of slaughters as he and his followers claim souls to strengthen the blade in its weakened state. Unknown to them, a group of warriors met on their journey to stop Soul Edge, and with them three sacred weapons join once again.