Retro Gaming 90’s- Soul Edge: (1995)

When it comes down to classic underrated video games from the mid 90’s in relation to the fighting genre one of the few titles that comes to mind is Soul Edge. The Soul Edge game is considered to be legendary mainly because it was the very first game within the Soul series. Soul Edge came out during a time period where 3D fighting games were starting to become more popular with the likes of the Tekken series which was also something that was produced by Namco. Soul Edge felt a lot like the classic 3D Tekken games from the 90’s except with swords and ring outs as it relation to head to head combat. Soul Edge featured a majority of the iconic names from the Soul series that we have seen in recent installments within the past decade or so including: Sophita, Siegfried, Taki, Mitsurugi, Seong Mi-na and others. Soul Edge is also legendary because it was the very first game where Siegfried had became Nightmare after attempting to seal the Soul Edge away. The Soul Edge sword manifests itself into an actual being and is the final boss of the game similar to how the Soul Calibur sword was the main antagonist of Soul Calibur V from 2012. Despite, not being a massive commercial success Soul Edge felt like it was ahead of its time back in the mid 90’s. Soul Edge had many positives including voice over acting during the cinematic cutscenes which is something that the first two Tekken games lacked. One of the main drawbacks of the Soul Edge game was the lengthy loading times that the PS1 had. As the series progressed the graphics and gameplay improved especially during the Dreamcast/PS2 era of the late 90’s-early 00’s. While Soul Edge is not often seen as one of the top entries in its series its still an underrated legendary gem that is almost 30 years old now.

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