Soul Caubur 2
Don't even try to make sense of the obtuse backstory--just accept that a zombie pirate, French aristocrat, impossibly busty ninja, and Nintendo's own elfin name-taking ass-kicker, Link, have started up a private little fight club. But unlike the last Soul Calibur, which was exclusive to Sega's now-defunct Dreamcast, this Calibur's for the people--it's available on all three consoles, and each version has a unique playable character. It's an intensely deep fighter that'll leave your thumbs (and sometimes your ego) black and blue. Ultimate moment: Tie: Playing a worthy competitor in an eight-fighter team battle that finally ends in a simultaneous double knockout; learning Ivy's Criminal Symphony throw, the game's most powerful move.
We've heard Soul Calibur III may not be out until 2005, and since arcades will be extinct by then, it'll head straight to consoles. Besides the expected new characters and gameplay tweaks, rumor has it SC3 will put a lot of emphasis on new modes (perhaps like IHrtua Fighter 4's deep character-building single-player game) and have online play. Hold me!