- Debut: 1995
Soulcalibur might not be as legendary as some other fighting game franchises, but it is still one of the most nostalgic and beloved in history. The original Soulcalibur game was actually called “Soul Edge” and was a massive hit in arcades across America and Japan when released in 1995. The Soulcalibur game was technically the name of the sequel but was so well-liked that it became the name of the series going forward. The original games and those that followed focused on using a historic fantasy concept. Where all weapons and attire, though over the top, were inspired by 16th to 17th-century weapons and gear. The “evil” weapon of the series, Soul Edge, is wielded usually by a boss in the game. It has to eventually face off with someone using the Soul Calibur weapon that you play as.