Let me put this out there real quick: if you have read the manga, seen the anime (either sub or dub) or have any familiarity with the characters and plots that the game has, you will like this game. If you have to ask what’s going on, ask why there are Spanish words in a Japanese anime, or just don’t have a clue what’s going on, this game might not be for you. Bleach: Soul Resurreccion is a game for the fans.
As for myself, I am somewhat familiar with the series Bleach. While I think it’s a good anime so far, though right now it’s dragging on with filler episodes. But that’s not what I’m reviewing today. Today I’m taking a look at the 5th game of the series and the first one on the PS3, Bleach: Soul Resurreccion.
Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and published by NIS America, Bleach: Soul Resurreccion takes place during seasons 7, 8 and 10. Confusing, I know, which is why I said earlier that this game was made for the fans in mind. Now I’ll try to keep the spoilers down to a minimum for those who are not that far into the series and for those who are in the middle of the story arc. So, does the game do a good job at replicating the action of the anime, or is it just another quick cash in?
Follows Major Points in the Story - Soul Resurreccion takes place at the start of season 7 when Ichigo and company invade Hueco Mundo in order to save Orihime Inoue. From there it goes through the important encounters and battles that Ichigo and friends go though.
Control Other Characters- Sony Japan made sure to include the most memorable and exciting battles that were in the anime. In certain points of the game, players will be able to take control of other important characters in the game, ranging from Rukia to the battle-crazed Kenpachi Zaraki.
Is This the Anime? - The graphics in Soul Resurreccion look great. Using cel shaded graphics, the game looks and feels like if the battles were pulled straight from the anime itself.
More Than Just Soul Reaping - While the main story tops out at about 8 hours, there is more to do afterwards with Mission mode and Soul Attack modes. Mission mode has player do various objectives, from defeating the boss, beating the clock, defeat a number of enemies and survival. Soul Attack mode is simply put who can score the most points in the fastest amount of time. All three modes also come with a letter score, the higher the letter the more Soul Points they can earn to level up their characters.
Leveling Up - Even though they are already powered up, there will be point in the game where Ichigo and his friends will need to be beefed up a bit more. That’s where the leveling up system comes into play. Players collect glowing green globes called Soul Points (SP). Collect enough SP and you can level up your character through the Level-Up grid. Here characters can get added HP, increase their defense and receive passive abilities such as dealing extra damage to certain enemies.
Too Simple of a Combo System- The combo system of Soul Resurreccion seems to be a bit too simple. I understand that this is a hack n’ slash game and that the combo system should be simple enough for anyone to jump in and play. But having only one slash attack, one projectile attack and one special attack kind of dumbs it down. It would have been good if it was a three button attack such as a low, medium and high. Then use a combination of those three attacks to pull off moves, almost like a lite version of a fighting game.
No Multiplayer - A majority of hack n’ slash games have some type of multiplayer within the game. In Soul Resurreccion there is no multiplayer. No Co-op, no head to head, not even a vs. fighting mode. Having this diverse cast of characters would have made for some great multiplayer.
Like I said in the beginning, Bleach: Soul Resurreccion was made for the fans. If you’re not familiar with either the anime or the manga, chances are that you will get confused and turn the game off. Now if you are a fan of the game, then you’re in for a good time. While not a perfect game, Soul Resurreccion was a fun blast to play, with great visuals, the ability to play as different characters and an extra mode to play in once the final showdown was over. On the downside, with a lack of multiplayer (which could have made the game even more fun) missing sections of important battles during the game and an oversimplified combo system does bring the score down a bit. That said, Bleach: Soul Resurreccion was a blast to play and is a must have for any fan’s collection. If you’re curious about the anime or love hack n’slash games, this is a good jumping-on point and I suggest renting it.
(Editor's note - changed info about publisher and developer - O.G.)