Soul Calibur III
The unholy sword was sealed by the destined
one, but a mysterious individual revives the azure knight, Nightmare.
The legendary battle of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge moves to the next
phase. Which sword will ultimately prevail? What is the motivation of
the three new souls who join the fray? And how will you, the player,
become involved in the world of SOULCALIBUR?
The king of fighters is back and once again
Namco show the world why they are the number one in fighting games but
at what price did the developers make in converting this title from the
arcade to the PlayStation 2? Unlike other fighter games, Soul Calibur
III returns players to the traditional Soul Calibur universe where
players must use whatever it takes to win their battles, whether through
fists, kicks or weapons. Boasting a variety of gameplay options and
multiplayer fights, Soul Calibur III may sound like the next best thing
but unfortunately it seems a step back from the previous game.
Needless to say, Soul Calibur II was easily one of the most original and
unique fighting games available that really set the benchmark of this
genre. Unfortunately this current incarnation, although graphically
superior has limited the freedom of the arenas that also slightly
hampers the gameplay of this title, making it difficult in distancing
yourself from your enemy. It almost feels closterphobic.
The gameplay of Soul Calibur III is similar to the previous game where
players must fight their way through a variety of characters, until they
can finally hold the legendary Soul Calibur. You can also unlock a
variety of different items and also customise your characters through
editing the colour palette. The game also features a variety of
different gameplay modes with storymode being the most entertaining
aspect of the title that tells a tale of the character you are fighting
with a final boss battle at the end.
Graphically, Soul Calibur III although an impressive looking fighter is
starting to show the age of the PlayStation 2. The characters have all
been professionally designed that contain some extraordinary texture
detail with some impressive looking gaming environments but
unfortunately the machine suffers from various slowdown issues. Although
this doesn't hamper the gameplay too much, it does make you notice this
flaw but fortunately the special effects in the game almost make up for
this sin with motion blur, fog effects and realistic lighting.
The sound effects and musical score of Soul Calibur III has been
professionally implemented and really helps immerse you into the Soul
Calibur universe with its engaging music and realistic sound effects. I
must admit that the soundtrack brings back good memories of Soul Calibur
In conclusion, Soul Calibur III is an entertaining fighter game that
unfortunately comes with a little too many bugs from graphical glitches
to gameplay flaws that the average gamer will probably not notice.
However, if you're looking for a fighting game with a little more
intensity than you might want to check something else out. Worth a rent
before a buy!