Soul Calibur is an addictive fighting game by Namco. Its highlight is that each character has a unique weapon to make the battle more attractive and beautiful. After the success of the first Soul Calibur’s three versions, Namco has focused on developing the fourth version, and it is Soul Calibur III. This game was available to the PlayStation 2 platform, and like its previous, the manufacturer also developed a version for the Arcade platform. However, it is the last part of the Soul Calibur series that can play on Arcade, from Soul Calibur IV onwards, the version for the Arcade platform has been completely removed by the manufacturer. With the PS 2 platform, the game was launched in three regions in 2005. North America, on October 25, 2005. Europe, on November 18, 2005. Japan, on November 23, 2005. A year later, in 2006, a new version of Arcade was available by Namco. Besides, users and critics also rates this game to have a good image quality. The frame rate works smoothly (providing 60 frames per second) to bring vivid movement to each battle.
About the plot, Soul Calibur III’s content takes place after the events of Soul Calibur II. At this time, the evil Soul Edge was lucky to survive the encounter with the user Soulcalibur, Xianghua. After that, it regained part of the power and continued to control Siegfried Schtauffen’s body to turn him into Azure Knight Nightmare. Four years later, at the battle with a stranger, Siegfried was lucky to escape the control of Soul Edge. From there, he started searching for great powers to seal Soul Edge forever.
Besides the new plot, this version also adds three new characters, Setsuka, Tira, and Zasalamel. In addition, they have also designed with combat techniques, weapons, and more interesting than the old characters. Thus, there are nearly 30 characters to use and experience in many different game modes. In which, Tales of Souls is a new mode which is added in this version. In the new mode, players can choose a character and weapon to use. A special feature is that each character will have a unique story to bring different adventures and matches to explore. The next game mode is Chronicles of the Sword. Instead of conventional fighting challenges, this game mode is built with immersive challenges. At the beginning of this mode, players will start by designing their character with many customizations, armor, weapons, appearance, costumes, … Completing characters, players will participate in fights in many different areas and defeat opponents to upgrade the character’s power. Besides, the manufacturer also prepares two other simple modes, Soul Arena and World Competition. In the World Competition, players will compete in different rounds with the CPU to find the champion. For Soul Arena, it requires the player to choose a character to use, and it has eight random matches with the other characters.