Year released: 1999
On release, SoulCalibur was possibly the best-looking and most fluid console game ever made, and it's occasionally cited as the greatest launch title of all time. There was a brief period following the Dreamcast's memorable launch date (9/9/99), and before the release of the PS2 in 2001, where it seemed Sega may have been staging a comeback. SoulCalibur led the way, making every fighting game before it look positively archaic.
Even after the PS2's release, SoulCalibur was being held up as a high point for 3D fighters following the fuzzy graphics of games such as Tekken Tag Tournament and obscure Square brawler The Bouncer.