Excerpt: I’m sure some of you will scream at me for this, but this is my first venture into the world of Bleach. Don’t start, come on, I know my anime. It’s just one of these shows that has just never appealed to me, along with Naruto , Dragon Ball Z and Samurai X and other fighting heavy shows. It’s the incessantly thin excuses for slow-mo charges, super charged fireballs and over the top voice acting.
Excerpt: Last year, Bleach: The Blade of Fate brought a top-notch, 2D fighting game experience to the Nintendo DS. Bleach: Dark Souls, its sequel, sports the same great fighting engine, graphics, and combat features as the original, with the core improvements being little else than "more" of everything, as well as better balance. This doesn't take away from the fact that publisher Sega and developer Treasure have set the standard for fighting games on Nintendo's popular handheld.
Pros: Tight fighting engine with loads of abilities, Balanced spirit card system, Graphics and sound are faithful to show, 40-plus characters on roster
Cons: Core action is largely unchanged, Problematic lag in online matches
Summary: Everyone loves Bleach , and everyone loves a good DS brawler; so, of course, it is only natural to combine the two again, for Bleach: Dark Souls . Continuing with the rather successful record of accomplishment of the first few Bleach fighters, developer Treasure has been looking for ways to sweeten the deal, and they just might have succeeded.
Summary: Bleach: Dark Souls will feature a multitude of enhancements to last year’s Bleach: The Blade of Fate including multiplayer games with expanded personalization features, brand new special Bankai moves, 30 new Spirit Cards, power-enhancing crystals, as well as seven new gameplay modes.
Conclusion: Dark Souls should be an attractive package. The visuals are tight and colorful...and the large cast of characters, extensive modes, and online play make it sound solid. However, with its US release soon-approaching, COE will be on-hand to deliver the full review of this title in order to determine if it really deserves the admiration of both Bleach and fighting-game fans.
Excerpt: Bleach . You’ve heard of it, right? Not the stuff you use for the laundry, though. I’m talking about the show that’s taken the American anime scene by storm. The exploits of Ichigo Kurosaki and his pals have become common knowledge of all those manga fans and Adult Swim viewers. But for the rest of you DS owners that don’t care about anime (you’re missing out, by the way) here’s a simple explanation of series that this game is based upon: combat in the afterlife.