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Soul Calibur 3 is the 4th game in Namco's popular 3D weapon-based fighting franchise, Soul Calibur. The first game, Soul Edge (a.k.a. Soul Blade) debuted in 1995. Since then, Namco has refined the series for next generation consoles with the 1999 Dreamcast blockbuster Soul Calibur. Currently, the only home version of SC3 is on the PS2, which was first released in October of 2005.
Soul Calibur 3's new features include a Create-A-Fighter mode, a real-time strategy game (Chronicles of the Sword), story mode with interactive cutscenes (Tales of Souls), a Soul Arena (with mini-games), three new characters (Zasalamel, Tira and Setsuka), a World Competition mode and much more.
Due to demand from fans, Namco has finally decided to develop an Arcade Edition of SC3 despite the game being already released on the PS2. The Arcade Edition, which is currently available in Japanese arcades, solves several issues regarding glitches and character balance.
Also, 3 characters are now unlocked and playable from the beginning: Hwang, Li Long and Amy.
All the Soul Calibur games use an 8-Way Run system. Here is the universal notation (used by players) for each direction. The number system was derived from the numeric keypad on any standard computer keyboard.
7 8 9
4 N 6
1 2 3
1 = Down/Back
2 = Down
3 = Down/Forward
4 = Back
N = Nuetral
6 = Forward
7 = Up/Back
8 = Up
9 = Up Forward
G = Guard
A = Horizontal Slash
B = Vertical Slash
K = Kick
A+B+K = Soul Charge
A+G = Basic Throw #1
B+G = Basic Throw #2
note: The Soul Charge gives fighters a temporary boost in power and only lasts for a few seconds. It can be cancelled by pressing G at any time during the Charge.
S Tier: Sophitia, Xianghua
A Tier: Taki, Cassandra, Mitsurugi, Ivy, Astaroth
B Tier: Setsuka, Cervantes, Hwang, Kilik, Yoshimitsu
C Tier: Lizardman, Zasalamel, Voldo, Maxi, Seong Mina, Nightmare, Yun Seong
D Tier: Raphael, Siegfried, Tira, Talim
E Tier: Rock