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Influenced by such 3D fighters as Tekken and Virtua Fighter, Soul Edge has equally enjoyable gameplay and better-detailed fighting environments. However, the animation is not as smooth as Tekken's. Players select from 8 different characters (each from a different era), including Cervantes and Greek fighter Sophitia. The fighting system is weapons-based (swords, axes and the like), and control is as follows: 8-way joystick for versatile movement and four buttons for horizontal slash, vertical slash, kick and guard maneuvers. Each character has a number of flashy special moves that are simple to pull off, but crucial to employ strategically. A typical health meter is in place, but the game also has a flaming sword meter, which shrinks when attacks are blocked. When this special meter disappears, the player loses his or her weapon. Solid fighting action, varied fighters and engaging gameplay make Soul Edge a winner. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide