Reviews and Problems with Bleach: Soul Resurreccion
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Bleach: Soul Resurrección
2 September 2013
Summary: My hands are tired. My right hand in particular is a numb, unresponsive mass of flesh and bone that refuses to do anything I tell it to. I blame Bleach: Soul Resurreccion , a new cut-'em-up that requires some serious button mashing. I have mashed those buttons for a couple of days now for this review. And now I have to type?
Excerpt: One of the most popular shōnen titles in the manga and anime industry right now is Bleach , a story about a boy who obtained soul reaper abilities to protect the ones he loves. You may have caught an episode or two on TV, or seen a volume of the manga in a bookstore, but let’s be honest; there isn’t a huge demand for anime-based video games in North America. We haven’t had much other than Naruto , Gundam , and a couple other smaller adaptations this generation.
Conclusion: Despite those drawbacks however, Bleach is at least partially rescued throughout by its visuals, as they sport a clean and precise cel-shaded style that echoes its source material fantastically well. In action it can be quite an impressive concoction, with animation that captures a sense of flair and a camera that dynamically alters for dramatic effect when certain crushing attacks are executed.
Summary: Bleach: Soul Resurreccion is a fun game. As someone who’s never seen the anime or read the manga I managed to have a lot of fun playing Bleach. The problem is that the combat system lacks depth and the level design never really changes. You’ll run through a linear level fighting hordes of enemies until you reach a boss battle.
Summary: A license is a powerful thing; it can beguile interested parties into being diehard fans or just as easily ignore the opportunity and turn people away. The Lord of the Rings brawlers from EA managed to engage both fans and non-fans alike with solid combat, excellent pacing, solid production, and a sense that you actually knew what you were fighting for.
Excerpt: Who is Ichigo Kurosaki? Why is Rukia Kuchiki doomed to die? Is Hueco Mundo a person, place, or thing? If you can answer these questions, then you have a good chance of following the action in Bleach: Soul Resurreccion. The disjointed Story mode in this licensed beat-'em-up makes no effort to welcome newcomers, and even dedicated fans might be surprised at the episodes this game picks and chooses from the popular manga and anime property.
Pros: Slick animation and colorful visuals, Solid cast of playable characters
Cons: Simplistic combat, Repetitive level structure, Bland environments, Relies too much on previous knowledge of Bleach
Excerpt: Visually, Soul Resurreccion is a delight. Cel shading is used to great effect here, and playing the game looks like controlling an episode from the anime. There’s a lot of replay value here for fans of the series. Everybody else will view it as tedious grinding, but Bleach: Soul Resurreccion isn’t exactly pointed at newcomers and non-fans anyhow.
Pros: diverse character roster, visual style matches the source material
Cons: repetitive gameplay, long grind through the same stages to level all characters