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The soft cap is often referred to as the level you can get to easily, or throughout the natural progression of an rpg style game. You can usually beat the game by achieving the soft cap level. Final Fantasy, Fallout and Elder Scroll games are probably a good example of this.

The soft cap is achieved before the hard cap, which would be the absolute maximum level you can achieve, but usually has diminished returns and is not worth pursuing.
Casey: Do I need to farm a lot in Fallout.
Cooper: Nah man, just play the storyline and you will level up naturally. The soft cap is more than enough to beat the game.
by bostoncasey August 21, 2016
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