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SoulCalibur III

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In ancient times, a powerful weapon known as the Soul Edge existed, and tales of it's power lured many. But Soul Edge was an evil weapon, and when Siegfried claimed it, he was turned into a creature named Nightmare. As time passed, Nightmare rampaged across Europe leaving a path of destruction, despite the efforts of other fighters. One day, a mysterious man carrying a scythe confronts Nightmare and splits Siegfried from his cursed form. He then resurrects the Azure Armor to carry on as the "Nightmare" creature. At the same time, a young girl Tira pledges herself to Soul Edge's dark power, and a woman named Setsuka swears to avenge her master. All the while new rumors of the Soul Edge spread across the world, causing many who had searched for it before to once more venture out...

Soulcalibur III is a 3D fighting game featuring a variety of characters, each carrying a distinctive weapon and unique fighting style. The basics of the combat is a derived, in different stances, from a combination of Horizontal Attacks, Vertical Attacks, Throws, Kicks and a Soul Charge. Characters engage one another in 1vs1 fights that end when the energy of one side is lost, removed from the ring or run out of time.

There are two major modes of gameplay. The first is Tales of Souls, which allows the player to select any one of 24 characters and travel through their individual story to search for the Soul Edge. Most of this mode is standard fighting, however there are choices to be made on the world map and actions to be performed during cutscenes.

The second is Chronicles of the Sword, where a custom character is created and brought to serve in a war between three nations. Strategy must be used to direct units and defend important strongholds. Certain positions of the battlefield include "effects" such as increasing gravity or speeding players up or fighting in the dark. Most battlefield missions end with the capture of the enemy stronghold or a key officer. Gold is obtained which can be used to purchase a variety of content, such as new weapons and clothing.

Finally there are minor modes of gameplay. One of which is Versus mode, which is a standard 1vs1 in which 2 players can participate. There are also Soul Arena and Survival modes to overcome specific challenges. On many of these settings, custom characters can be used, having been created from a vast selection of body parts and clothing. Bonus weapons, clothing, characters or content can be unlocked through meeting hidden objectives in either of the main gameplay modes or by collecting gold and spending it at the shop.

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The Press Says

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) PlayStation 2 Oct 26, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 25, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Nov 10, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Dec, 2005 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Nov 23, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Game Vortex PlayStation 2 2005 87 out of 100 87
Gamezine PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2005 17 out of 20 85
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Nov 14, 2005 B+ 83
GameCity PlayStation 2 Dec 03, 2005 80 out of 100 80
UOL Jogos PlayStation 2 Nov 01, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Savegame corruption

An issue that arose during the game's release was the file corruption problem. Players were finding their save files (usually the Chronicles of the Sword file) corrupted for seemingly no reason. This obviously led to severe frustration since most of the game's content is unlocked in the Chronicles mode.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #4 PS2 Game of the Year
    • 2005 – #2 Offline Multiplayer Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PS2 Fighting Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PS2 Multiplayer Game of the Year

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