Excerpt: The name Soul Calibur brings up fond memories in the minds of many gamers. For most, it brings up memories of a next-generation console, with extreme potential for graphics, and virtually worthless launch titles... except one.
Excerpt: A little over two years ago Speed looked at Soul Calibur 2 on the PS2 and gave it a 95% score. Today it’s my job to see if the succesor does just as wel… not an easy task if you haven’t played the previous incarnations.
Conclusion: Time was when Soul games were deep and technical, while Tekken was goofy indulgence. Now it seems the roles are being reversed, and I for one hate to see it. The sheer amount of stuff that you can eventually obtain in SC3 is enough to tempt any fan of the series, but do not be like me.
Excerpt: Quarter-circle forward, B, quarter circle back, A. Down-back A+B... Ring Out! Yes, SoulCalibur has returned, and, reassuringly to fans of the series, it still lays down seven Samurai swords worth of stabbity action on all comers to the ultimate beat-em-up crown.
Excerpt: Soul Calibur III is, like nearly every fighting game sequel, a refinement of a working engine rather than a full-blown overhaul. Things players loved about past games in the series return and are joined by a few new modes that attempt to make the third game even more console (and replay) friendly...
Excerpt: Fights at school were always the most entertaining part of the educational day. You remember the homing-beaconesque call of ‘FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT’ and the crowds that flocked. Some kids would even drag you along if you weren’t already running – a psychotic grin stretched across their faces, their eyes...
Conclusion: As always, the Soul Calibur series’ audio continues to impress, largely thanks to Soul Calibur III again going with a sweeping orchestral score. On top of this, the sound effects have a whole lot of punch, especially for those with a decent surround sound system since this game supports THX.
Summary: Namco has consistently improved this
long-running franchise over the years and the additions this time around
are quite impressive. Giving players the ability to create and customize
their own characters is an excellent start, with a custom avatar on screen
allowing you to further immerse yourself...