|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Polygon Magic||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sega||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct.9, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: TEEN||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Sound is pretty okay for the voiceovers, but surprisingly enough gets really shaky during gameplay. The main problem here is that when you perform a move your character makes a standard battle noise. But when you have a game that lets you make 30+ combos (yes, it really does!) and each hit triggers a grunt, things start sounding interesting. Regardless to say, this little facet may not agitate some as much as it will others, but the fact that it is possible to trigger 30+ identical grunts in the space of a few seconds can't be a good thing for anyone.
The one area where this game really shines is in the area of control. The game makes very smart use of the Wii-mote to replicate some sword slashing action. However, arcade fighter traditionalists be warned: there will be no elaborate or tremendously involved moves here. Everything is fairly simplistic, and you don't have too much of a moves list to draw from. But in this game, less is more. Even though you won't be pulling out any fancy moves on-screen, you sure will feel great moving your Wii-mote and Nunchuk from side to side, up and down, and even thrusting forward. The controls are very easy to pick up and just make the game fun. However, another warning: you will get Wii Elbow. Because of the rapid rate of movement, not to mention the force you have to put into 30 hit combos, you'll be working out those arm muscles in brand-new ways, even if you already have the dreaded Wii-arm!
The character roster in this game is also pretty good, and features all the major characters from the Soul Society arc. In addition to series mainstays like Ichigo and Orihime, you can also play as Soul Reapers like Zaraki Kenpatchi and the ever-voluptuous Matsumoto. All the characters look really good, and there is even a spot in the game where you can look at the models and zoom in on their various features. You can also use this mode to look at different outfits on the characters, view their bankai, and even listen to audio clips of them from the game.
I suspect that the reason this game was so popular at this year's Otakon was its controls, and ease of play. You can pick it up and start slashing almost immediately. And even though there are many faults with this game, I can't say that I don't see myself picking it up every once and awhile to get my sword slash on with all my favorite characters from Bleach!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer
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