We’ve already done a review for Bleach Soul Resurreccion on PS3Center.net, and our reviewer gave the game a 6.5/10. For the general gaming audience, this score is probably right, but I thought I’d take a look at the game from the perspective of a fan of the anime. I actually quite like the Bleach anime, and like any anime fan, I prefer the Japanese voices, so it’s nice to see that developers are beginning to realize that a lot of us enjoy listening to the original voices rather than the horrible dubs.
Bleach Soul Resurreccion does include the Japanese audio, and there is voice acting recorded for tons of characters from the Bleach universe. The story begins at the second main arc of the anime, the Hueco Mundo arc. I won’t go into too much detail about this, because there may be people watching the English version of the anime who have no idea what happens in the game. Each mission is split into an episode, and each episode usually consists of killing a load of minions, followed by a main boss fight that appears in the anime.
The gameplay is quite fun, but it can get a little repetitive. The developers have tried to distract from this fact by making you play with a different character in each level, and occasionally going back to previous ones. So you’ll play as Ichigo first, and then you’ll move on to another character. Each character is really great to play with, because they all have moves that are unique to them. One thing that I will point out is that it is great to see an anime game that is not just a versus game, which there are so many of. I’ve always thought that Bleach would be great as a hack ‘n slash game, and it definitely works.
The controls are very familiar to hack n slash fans; the X button makes you jump, and square makes you do a basic slash combo, and L2 will take you to a slightly powered mode, and then tapping it again will make you perform your Bankai move (or if that character has not achieved Bankai, a powerful move from their Shikai). Triangle and circle moves are where each character differs. Triangle will usually allow you to do a long range attack, Ichigo for example can let out a stream of Getsuga Tenshous, or Rukia can shoot a few lightning balls. Circle usually allows each character to perform a closer range special attack, for example Rukia can create ice pillar, just like in the anime.
As a Bleach fan, I think this game will definitely appeal to all other Bleach fans. You will get to play as a lot of characters from Bleach, all of which look and play exactly as you think they would. Hueco Mundo’s environment is also surprisingly good looking, but there are virtual barriers stopping you from traversing the open expanse, which is a disappointment. One issue that I personally have with the game is that there is a lot of content that is cut out. At the beginning of each episode there is a short synopsis of what has happened so far, and it tends to skip out a lot of big battles. This game could have easily had 2 or 3 times as much content if all the big battles were included, seriously. Another thing which I was disappointed with was that this synopsis could easily have used clips from the anime, but I suspect that there were licensing issues that prevented this.
Our original review for Bleach Soul Resurreccion still stands, but the score I’m giving the game is from the viewpoint of a Bleach fan. There’s a lot of replay value, because you can unlock a lot of characters to play with, and there is a separate mission mode, which is separate from the story mode. You can level up your characters with soul points that you collect throughout both these modes, but it is a little annoying that each character must collect his or her own soul points. Even though there are a few problems, I’d still highly recommend this game to fans of the anime.