Soulcalibur II

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Soulcalibur II
Soulcalibur II
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games, Nintendo Australia
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Series Soulcalibur
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) JP March 27, 2003
NA August 27, 2003
EU September 26, 2003
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (2)
Input methods GameCube Controller
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Soulcalibur II (ソウルキャリバーII, Sōrukyaribā Tsū) is a fighting game developed and published by Namco and the third installment in the Soul series. Soul Calibur is the name of the holy sword, created to battle the evil sword Soul Edge, which the games' story-lines revolve around. The home version of the game features Link from The Legend of Zelda and Necrid, a new character created by Todd McFarlane.


Crash with JIT

With the JIT recompiler CPU engine, the game will work for a time and then randomly throw up this error: "Fifo is overflown by gatherpipe! Cpu thread is too fast". Selecting Yes or NO in the prompt crashes Dolphin. Use JITIL to avoid it. Fixed by the FIFO-BP merger in 3.5-644. See issue 5569.


The PAL version of the game's BGM completely stops playing after a minute or two of gameplay. The NTSC version has properly working BGM. Fixed by the merger of new-ax-hle in 3.5-78.


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Soulcalibur II since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-11673 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
2.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-750 ATI Radeon HD 5870 Youtube3D : Soul Calibur 2 3D.HD720p (dolphin + iz3d driver) BlackSharkfr
r7228 Linux Kubuntu 11.10 x86 AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE nVidia GeForce GT 440 Perfect
r7283 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7 nVidia GeForce GTX 260 Perfect
r7486 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.8GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 460 Perfect constant 60 FPS in HD momosnake7
r7625 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3-530 AMD Radeon HD 6850 Major problems in r7625 and up (to at least r7671). Worked perfectly in r7623. Yoshimitsu
r7687 Windows Vista x64 Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T @ 2.26GHz nVidia GeForce 9400M Runs constantly with 60 FPS but has texture glitches in menu and in game particles Samake03
r7719 Windows 7 x86 Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 3GHz nVidia GeForce 8800 GT Many graphical issues with DX9 and DX11. OpenGL recommended Sanitarium026
3.0-201 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.7GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti Perfectly ~50 FPS with 3D9, 4X native, Anti-Aliasing 4X SSAA, anisotropic 16X , Use JIT-IL (experimental), EFB : Texture, and Force 16/9 without Widescreen Hack, set 16/9 in the game options Sanitarium026
3.0-735 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-2670QM @ 2.20GHz nVidia GeForce GTX 560M Perfect. NTSC-U is running great thus far with 9x SSAA, 1x Anisotropic and Per-Pixel lighting while fullscreen at 1920x1080 Resolution on JIT-IL (Experimental), EFB to RAM with Cache enabled. Only occasional slowdowns when stuff on screen gets too busy. Phazon Lord
3.0-873 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7 @ 2.8GHz AMD Radeon HD 6900 Game does not run. Fiddled with settings with no results. CaptainOblivious
3.5-290 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i3-2350 @ 2.3GHz nVidia GeForce 410M Game does not run with JIT recompiler (in mode 50Hz only) otherwise no problem with OpenGL anyway. Dratal
3.5-367 Windows 7 x64 Intel i5 3210m Geforce GT620m Runs perfect at a constant 60fps with 4x AA and 1.5x resolution. OpenGL seems to work best.

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