Soul Blade is one of the most popular arcade fighting games available and its heading to your home. Soul Blade is especially impressive because of its superior motion-captured texture-mapped graphics and it’s true light-sourcing. Coupled with challenging gameplay that emphasizes side-stepping counter-attacks and strategy Namco has made a fighting game worthy of the highest praises. A major element that elevates the quality of Soul Blade is its true 3D environment. This element not only proves useful in evading attacks but also for side stepping and attacking. Each player and opponent must constantly re-adjust to attack and defend from the new character positions. Even when a character is knocked to the ground it is an opportunity to recover and attack. While the attacks are powerful and cool to watch constant attacking will only take you so far in this game. Success lies in the ability to defend and counter-attack.