"About twelve or so years ago, Namco released a fighting game called Soul Edge. The series changed the name to Soul Calibur and ended up being as popular as other beat-'em-ups such as Tekken (incidentally, also created by Namco). The SC series rocketed to fame after a visually impressive edition of the game made it to the Sega Dreamcast in 1999.
Anyway, unlike Tekken, which had a relatively standard choice of weapon-free fighting styles on offer, Soul Calibur featured various characters engaged in combat with different cool-looking melee weapons - well, huge, bad-ass swords mostly. In the next chapter, Soul Calibur IV, gamers get a whole variety of new possibilities in terms of combat, as Namco claims. The game is being developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."