Soul Calibur II is a 2002 video game published by Namco and the third installment in the Soul series of weapon-based fighting games. It was originally released for the arcades. The game’s plot revolves around an assortment of characters, each with the goal of either destroying Soul Edge or obtaining it to achieve personal goals.
Compared to Soul Calibur, Soul Calibur II had improvements in graphics and the game system and introduced several new and guest characters. The game features an 8-way run system that allows a player character to run in and out of the screen to dodge and attack opponents. There is also a time-release system for both characters and extra weapons and arenas in which to fight.