SoulCalibur III

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SoulCalibur III
Soul Calibur 3.jpg
NTSC-U Boxart
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: T (Suggestive Themes, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: M
GRB rating: 15
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
Progressive scan supported
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SCAJ-20159 & SCED-53674 & SCES-53312 & SLUS-21216 & SLUS-21216GH
Japanese: SLPS-25577
German: SCES-53312
French: SCES-53312
Spanish: SCES-53312
Italian: SCES-53312
Korean: SCKA-20059
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21216
SLUS-21216GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: October 25, 2005
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: FA835BA1, 027C604C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-53312
SCED-53674 (Demo)
SCES-53312/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
Release date: November 18, 2005
November 24, 2005 (Australia)
June 1, 2006 (Platinum, Australia)
October 13, 2006 (Platinum)
CRCs: 24090A12
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25577
SCKA-20059 (Korea)
SCAJ-20159
SLPM-61133 (Trial, Famitsu Playable Special Disk)
Release date: November 23, 2005 (Japan, Korea)
CRCs: 7C7B9E71
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Namco
Publisher(s): Namco
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.5/10, Metacritic86/100
Game description: Nightmare returns to wield the evil sword Soul Edge in Soul Calibur III. This new edition to a legendary franchise pits classic and new characters in lethal battles for the two legendary swords. Continue the timeless saga of these epic battles in the "Tales of Souls" mode. Delve deeper into the world of Soul Calibur by creating your own warrior in "Character Creation" mode and engaging in real0time strategy battles in "Chronicles of the Sword" mode.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core (3.6GHz)
  • Nvidia 9600GT 512MB
0.9.8 GSDX r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • Lilypad r4510
BIOS: USA v2.00, HACKS: Hacks: INTC, Wait Idle Loop, mVU Flag Hack, Allow 8-bit Textures (GSdx). Using EE/VU cycle speedhacks increase the speed but reduce the smoothness, not recommended. Reducing clamps cause more issues, not recommended. After GSdx r4600 the game is much slower, recommended to use GSdx r4600 max. FPS: 40-60/60. Can get 60/60FPS using the cycle rate speedhacks. Machina
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5726 GSdx 5726 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5695
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Still playable., Software mode is needed to avoid black lines (same problem as SC2) and dull colors in rendering (wrong filtering maybe?, but hacks don't seem to fix it).
PAL Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.1.svn5817 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), light game for any cpu/gpu.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.2.0 r5782 GSdx 5801m SSE41
  • SPU2-X 5801 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 5801 0.11.0
Runs a bit slow., Lines in display in hardware mode. Looks fine in software mode.
PAL Windows 10 Home
  • AMD Ryzen 3 2300U
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
PCSX2 1.6.0 (Stable) GSdx
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • Lilypad 0.12.1
BIOS: USA v2.30, on D3D11 Hardware with Native Resolution. 60 FPS on Menus. 40~60 FPS in game. El-Chamemo
NTSC-U Windows 10 Pro
  • Intel i7-8750H
  • Nvidia Geforce 1060 6gb Mobile
pcsx2 v1.7.2647 AVX2 Core. Core(Xaudio2). Looks and runs great. Vulkan HW, Preset 3(Balanced), 3x Internal Resolution, 60fps (Lensflares/lightshafts in game can cause small fps dips). Nado



Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Garuda Linux (Arch)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • EVGA GeForce 2060 KO Ultra
1.6.0 GSdx (GCC 10.1.0 SSE4.1/AVX) 1.2.0 [libGSdx-SSE4]
  • SPU-X 2.0.0
  • OnePAD 20200505220805 1.3.0 [libonepad-legacy]
The game runs fine without many issues on my end, even with the sprite alignment. I just have CRC set to Patial, Blending to default, NTSC BIOS v2.00, 8-Bit Textures enabled, and safe features disabled in my machine. I do, however get facial glitches, and sometimes even get a blue screen with hud in Training. Neigdoig
NTSC-U Garuda Linux (Arch)5.17.4 Zen Kernel
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
  • AMD Radeon 5700XT Open Source Drivers
Nightly 1.7.2651 GSdx OpenGL, and Software Renderer
  • Cubeb
  • Automatically Configured
Runs perfect with default settings,no hacks. Turning Hacks on causes issues with black lines running through the screen. There is no benefit. I have also upscaled to 2k, have FXAA, and 2x Ani Filtering enabled. Absolutely works out of the box in Nightly on Linux. I've played this prior with Ubuntu, and Fedora. Anything above PCSX2 version 1.6 should run this fantastic with OpenGL, and Software mode.

Vulkan will crash PCSX2

Slippingstones


Trivia

  • Original names: ソウルキャリバーIII (SLPS-25577), 소울칼리버 Ⅲ (SCKA-20059)
  • If you can't play the sound at normal speed you should consider using Async rather than Time-stretched in SPU2-X options (it doesn't break the game).
  • Access the Progressive Scan menu by holding the cross and triangle keys together when the game boots up.
  • The game sets to widescreen when it is prompted by the 16:9 ratio setting in the PS2 internal menu(BIOS).


Fixed issues

Ghosting

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: At higher than native resolutions in Hardware mode, ghosting occurs.
  • Workaround: Fixed in the latest 1.7 dev builds (tested v1.7.2647), for older versions go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and enable "Half Pixel Offset: Normal (Vertex)" hack.

Thin vertical lines

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Vertical black lines appear when running the game in any resolution that's higher than native. This issue also occurs in various other Namco titles.
  • Workaround: Fixed in the latest 1.7 dev builds (tested v1.7.2647), for older versions go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, click "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and enable "Align Sprite" hack.

SPS (Spikey Polygon Syndrome)

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Sometimes while playing parts of the character's body look like falling off or going across the screen.
  • Workaround: Fixed in the latest 1.7 dev builds, for older versions go to Config > Emulation Settings, VUs tab, and set Clamping Mode to "Extra".

Respawn Issues

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Sometimes after a character falls from the arena and respawns it's facing the wrong way or the camera is stuck someplace else.
  • Workaround: Fixed in the latest 1.7 dev builds, for older versions go to Config > Emulation Settings, VUs tab, and set Clamping Mode to "Extra".

Progressive mode bugged

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Using Progressive Mode in the game makes it run at half speed but with music playing at normal rate.
  • Workaround: This issue has been resolved as of the stable release PCSX2 v1.4.0. Use the latest dev builds.

Stages too dark

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Some stages are darker than normal in Hardware mode.
  • Workaround: Use the latest dev builds.

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