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Soulcalibur II
Box artwork for Soulcalibur II.
Japanese title ソウルャリバーII
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Distributor(s) Namco Cybertainment Inc.
Release date(s)
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Arcade
Genre(s) Fighting
System(s) Arcade, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Players 2
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
OFLC: OFLC M.svg Mature
CERO: CERO B.jpg Ages 12 and up
PEGI: PEGI 16.png Ages 16+
Preceded by Soulcalibur
Followed by Soulcalibur III
Series Soulcalibur
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Soulcalibur II is the sequel to Soulcalibur and the third game in the Soulcalibur fighting game series. It was developed and published by Namco.

Soul Calibur is the name of the holy sword, created to battle the evil sword Soul Edge, which the games' story-lines revolve around.

Compared to Soulcalibur, Soulcalibur II boasts improved graphics and introduces new characters, stages, and music. With respect to game mechanics, the two games are very similar, with Soulcalibur II generally considered an updated version of Soulcalibur.

Key game engine improvements include:

  • More powerful "step" and "avoid" systems, which made evading vertical attacks noticeably easier
  • Arena walls, rather than ring-out ability on all sides, and subsequent wall-specific moves
  • A three-step Soul Charge system
  • A clash system, one that is used when two attacks would hit each other resulting in a white flash and no damage to either opponent

Story[edit]

The game is set 4 years after the end of Soulcalibur, which based on calculations from a timeline released on the Soul Archive website, puts the game's story in the year 1591.

The wave of slaughters that terrorized Europe reached a sudden end. The knight in azure armor, Nightmare, and his followers were successful in collecting enough souls and were about to start the restoring ceremony on the ruins of the once-proud Osthreinsburg Castle. But just as the ceremony was to start, three young warriors assaulted the castle. In a matter of time the clan was defeated and Nightmare stood in front of the young warriors wielding the Sacred Trinity. After an intense battle Nightmare fell, but then the evil soul inside Soul Edge sent the young warriors into a vortex of hellfire and stood to confront them. As result of Soul Edge's evil aura, Krita-Yuga revealed its true form: that of the Holy Sword, Soul Calibur.

The intense battle ended with the victory of the holy sword, but at the collapse of the vortex of Inferno, both swords along with the azure Nightmare were sucked in a void and expelled in another place. Siegfried Schtauffen, who was until a moment before the Azure Knight, restored his mind. Recognizing his sins, he set on a journey of atonement. Still the blade held a strong bond, and every night it took control of the body and took souls of those nearby. The efforts made by the young knight were fruitless, and four years later the Azure Nightmare returned.

Around those times various warriors came into contact of the blade's remaining fragments, revealing Soul Edge's ultimate survival after its defeat. Driven either to possess or destroy it, they join a new journey, while Nightmare starts his rampage once again, seeking souls to restore Soul Edge once again...

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