of modes, unlockables and new characters and locations
are not enough to get Soulcalibur III off the ground.
The game fails to fly simply because it's overloaded
with superfluous features that needlessly obscure
the story and any cohesion that it may have wrought.
wish I could be happy about the fact that there's
so much to do in Soulcaliber III but the point is
that most of the stuff is pointless. You can create
your own character, and while that is all and good,
there's not much you can do with him or her except
to visit some lame single-player modes. The story
doesn't make much sense to begin with but when you
add some 25 different characters to the mix all with
different back histories, it's impossible to keep
track of what's going on. Not that you have to.
beauty of Soulcaliber III is that underneath it all
lie an excellent combat engine and gameplay that has
stood the test of time. It's difficult to find fault
with the combat system. At first it may seem too easy.
It's totally accessible for beginners that just want
to button mash, although they'll eventually find they
don't really know what they're doing. With more practice,
one is able to master the controls to perform a series
of hard-hitting combos and counter attacks that the
newbie wouldn't even know existed. There's lots of
ways to hone your skills in this game including the
Practice mode. Some of the other modes such as Museum,
Story and Creation can also make for some good practice
but they don't impress much on their own. They are
definitely a means to an end - and that's the two-player
mode. More on that later.
story tells the tale of a magical but incredibly deadly
sword called the Soulcaliber. The demonic Nightmare
has been revived and the fight is on. There are various
weapons, armors and upgrades to be collected, although
the characters don't gain experience or increase their
skills as in an RPG which kind of makes the game feel
a little stagnant unless you're really into developing
your combat skills with the control system which not
everyone is interested in doing. At least changing
characters will give you a different feel as they
use different weapons, armor and special moves.
the single-player mode, things do get very tough.
You must work your way up the ladder by defeating
numerous enemies, each one more difficult than the
next. You can even ramp up the difficulty and give
yourself a friggin' migraine if you want a real challenge.
is plenty to do and explore in the single-player modes
though you will hardly revisit the majority of them
because they are basically novelties. There are lots
of unlockables available that can be used to enhance
your character in the create-a-character mode. It's
fun to find them and experiment with them but since
you can't take this character to the best modes it
seems like a waste of time.
in the two-player mode is where the party is. There's
nothing like taking on a skilled adversary. The animations
are done so well and play out so smoothly it's easy
to become transfixed on them and forget to plan your
next move. If the character animations don't distract
you the locations surely will. Areas from all over
the world are presented in great detail with bright
colors and excellent dimensional depth. It's candy
for the eyes. (Editor - eye candy, perhaps?)
many respects I would have to refer to this game as
Soulcaliber Two-and-a-Half. It's not so different
from the last one if you just consider the core gameplay
to be the main attraction. The new features are just
like icing on the cake. If you can live with that
and know that going in, SC3 will provide with a healthy
The three new characters in the upcoming Soul Calibur
III have had some light shed on their "personalities".
But in a game like Soul Calibur, personality and story
really don't mean all that much. Do you really need
to delve into the motivation of your character like
some washed up dinner theater hack actor? Who cares
if so and so was abandoned as a child...let's kick
to be fair, some of you actually do care about things
like this and all we can say is a hearfelt "Just
stop it. It's embarrassing already. Put down the comic
books and action figures, log off the forum board
you haunt with your flashy anime avatar and the sarcastic
signature, and go and do something consructive like
visiting your grandparents, who used to love you until
you turned into a gawky nerd." Sometimes
tough love is the best love of all baby. Except when
it's aimed directly at you.
enough chit chat. Let's check out the new souls in
Soul Calibur 3.
the teal haired chick who uses the ring-shaped sword
is a bit of a wild card emotionally. She's up and
down. Just like your last girlfriend. She sulks when
she wins and then instantly perks up and begins to
laugh. Oh oh fellas. Better make sure you don't ask
her to give you a "ring" or she might take
your head off, then cry about it...and then laugh.
I'm sure I dated her once. Her moves are based in
gymnastics and we assume the ringsword will be reminiscent
of a ribbon....albeit one that will instantly cut
down on your Head & Shoulders purchases.
up is Setsuka, who is dressed like an Oiran, which
is the highest level of Geisha attainable. While her
look is Eastern, her dress is Western - and the theme
of hearts is very noticable. Although she might look
cute, we're pretty sure she doesn't date guys who
work at Blockbuster so put it back in your pants fellas.
Plus if you ever tried to tell her that she owed a
late fee for "Street Fighter the Movie"
I'm sure after ripping out your tongue and using it
as dental floss, she'd explain that Blockbuster no
longer has late fees, dumbass. You should know that
since you work there.
and certainly least, because we don't dig talking
about dudes because we're not gay, is Zasalamel. He's
a mystery dude with a freaky left eye which just so
happens to contain his soul. So THAT'S why he was
crying during the finale of Friends.... This guy can
reincarnate himself after he dies, presumably because
he loves paying income tax for ever and ever. Not
much else is known about him, except that he prefers
wearing all white outfits. Even after Labor day.
brings to an end our exhaustive character study (hey,
we used to work for Gamepro Magazine - anything over
2 sentences is taxing!). We hope that once you get
a chance to play as one of new three players in SC3,
that you'll look back fondly over the hours you spent
reading our little exclusive and perhaps think about
learning to read much, much faster, as this should
have only taken you about 30 seconds. Moron.
Preview: Leading video games publisher and developer
Namco Hometek Inc. announced today Soul Calibur III,
the latest installment in its celebrated weapons-based
fighting franchise, is scheduled for release exclusively
on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system
in 2005. Featuring three all-new characters, a groundbreaking
character customization system and original gameplay
modes, Soul Calibur III continues the storyline of
legendary fighters in pursuit of the all-powerful
Calibur III expands upon the landmark achievements
of the franchise, and is undoubtedly one of the must-have
games for PlayStation 2 owners in 2005, said
Yoshi Niki, Business Unit Director with Namco Hometek
Inc. With a robust character creation system,
jaw-dropping graphics and a large selection of fighters,
' Soul Calibur III' gives players the ultimate opportunity
to immerse themselves in one of the most beloved series
Calibur III offers players unprecedented variety in
gameplay modes and fighting styles. Gamers can guide
the fate of their favorite character in the narrative
Tales of Souls Mode, play head-to-head with a friend
in Vs. Mode, create their own custom fighters in Character
Creation Mode, battle as their custom fighter in a
real-time simulation in Chronicles of the Sword Mode,
engage in unique and original battles in Soul Arena
Mode and even recount the history of the franchise
in Museum Mode. Also, the addition of three new characters
to the existing family of classic warriors gives Soul
Calibur III a collection of more than 25 playable
characters, each with their own unique fighting style.
New characters Zasalamel, Tira and Setsuka will engage
in combat within all-new stages, further enhancing
the games unmatched epic scope and trademark
weapons-based fighting engine.
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 Soul Calibur?
as one of your favorite classic characters to follow
how their fate unfolds in the Tales of Souls mode.
Battle it out against your friends in the Vs. Standard
mode. Create your own original character to play in
the Character Creation mode. Rise in the ranks in
the World Competition mode
Play it any way you
want. Get ready for the latest installment of the
most dramatic weapon-based fighting franchise on the
Customizable characters: Create your own character
after you or the ideal warrior youve always
wanted to be. Choose the sex, occupation, look and
even a weapon for your own original character.
original character is the star: The Chronicles of
the Sword mode allows your original customized character
to play through a mode much like real-time simulation
you can see your own character in the battles
Brand new characters! Zasalamel, Tira and Setsuka
wield their specialty weapons to join the classic
cast for a total of over 25 characters.
* More stages than before: Battle it out in more
stages than ever, from a castle in Germany to a
shrine in Greece, or even at the top of a clock
and more! Get ready for the battles by training
in the Practice Mode; enjoy unique battles in Soul
Arena Mode; view the history of the franchise and
everything youve unlocked in Museum Mode
the variety of modes will keep you playing!