Conclusion: Though this game will certainly please longtime fans of the franchise with it's original story, the lackluster RPG format relegates this title to the "fans only" designation. If you only care about the story, than Bleach: The 3rd Phantom is an adequate title.
Summary: From a popular series focused on Sword and Magic Fights, Good vs. Evil, and Rescuing a Fair Maiden from the clutches of the bad guys, you expect the usual videogame tie-in, and depending on the developer in question, an enjoyable one.
Excerpt: Tite Kubo loves to create characters. Each new plot development in Bleach , his ongoing shonen masterwork, comes bundled with armies of new entities: soul reapers, hollows, arrancars, visoreds, espadas... the cast of hundreds will only grow as the series continues.
Summary: SEGA's Bleach: The 3rd Phantom, based on the animated series, marks the first time the series ventures into the Strategy RPG genre and features an enormous cast of Bleach characters with voices lent by the actors from VIZ Media’ series.
Excerpt: As far as shonen epics go, Bleach is one of the most successful franchises to rock Japan. Countless video game spinoffs have been crafted as a result, most of them falling into the doldrums of normalcy, subpar gameplay, and showing a blatant disregard for quality.
Excerpt: I love strategy RPGs, but I can honestly say I've never been much of a Bleach enthusiast. It's never been one of those animes or mangas that's grabbed my attention, and so my only real knowledge of the series comes in passing whether it is through anime conventions or friends.