Summary: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is a fighting game based around Greek mythology and God-like characters that are able to perform magical acts. And yet somehow this translates into one of the least interesting fighting games on the market. This PlayStation 3-exclusive is long-winded, simplistic and not much fun to play! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is a fighting game based around Greek mythology and God-like characters that are able to perform magical acts. And yet somehow this translates into one of the least interesting fighting games on the market. This PlayStation 3-exclusive is long-winded, simplistic and not much fun to play!
Excerpt: As if the stars couldn't anticipate this return! Saint Seiya was, in my world, never one of the "big" anime franchise players. It never reached the heights of the Dragonball variations or earned the genuine affection of Sailor Moon , but all of the hallmarks of a great anime are there. Incomprehensible storyline? Check. Too many characters to keep track of? Check. People constantly dying (or seemingly dying) only to be magically resurrected to keep the story going?
Excerpt: Player(s): 1-2 Extra Features: Local multiplayer, Online multiplayer, Leaderboards Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is a fighter developed by Dimps and published by Namco Bandai. Saint Seiya (or Knights of the Zodiac) is a manga/anime series that involves five warriors that fight with sacred armor called "Cloths" that empowers them with Cosmo energy and allows them to use special powers. Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is the follow-up to Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle.
Conclusion: Saint Seiya : Brave Soldiers is a disappointing effort made even more unappealing when compared to the abundance of quality fighting games currently available for fans of the genre. Almost every element is incredibly simple, creating gameplay that can be wholly experienced in the span of minutes, lending itself to tedium with each minute further. The battles are shallow, and it tells a story that can only be appreciated by fans of the anime.
Pros: Decent fanservice
Cons: Simple gameplay, Little character variety, No plot introduction, Poor graphics
Conclusion: If you're looking for a good fighting game this holiday that's accessible, not overly technical, and doesn't require a commitment or previous experience to enjoy, give Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers a serious look. It's hard to beat for the cost.
Conclusion: This decision further cements the idea – given that the 1980s series has been localised in English in the past – that this is a very niche game, for an audience expected to have some attachment with the series, and that it is a very barebones package with all extraneous content cut for more characters and levels. As a result, it is difficult to recommend to audiences outside of fans of the series; nostalgia, or familiarity, will likely forgive many of the shortcomings.
Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PS3) Review – This Game is Meant for the Fans
2 December 2013
Excerpt: Saint Seiya, or more commonly known as Knights of the Zodiac in North America, is a classic anime and manga series from around the 1980s that has similar aspects to other anime such as Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. As most know, Dragon Ball Z and Naruto have video games that have already landed in North America, but Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is one of a couple of Saint Seiya games to hit North American shores.