Bleach: The Blade of Fate

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Bleach: The Blade of Fate
Bleach The Blade of Fate cover.png
Box art
Developer(s) Treasure
Publisher(s) Sega
Viz Media
Shonen Jump
Composer(s) Norio Hanzawa
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • JP January 26, 2006
  • EU February 29, 2008
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Distribution 1 Gigabit flash card

Bleach: The Blade of Fate,[2] known in Japan as Bleach DS Sōten ni Kakeru Unmei (BLEACH DS 蒼天に駆ける運命?, lit. "Bleach DS: A Fate Running into the Blue Sky") is a 2D Fighting game that features the cast of characters from the popular Bleach anime and manga. The Japanese version also features Nintendo's WFC, allowing players to connect and play against players all over the world. The game modes include story mode, arcade mode, VS mode, training mode, challenge mode, and survival mode, time attack mode and Urahara shop. The game's theme song is "Ichirin no Hana" by High and Mighty Color.

Playable characters[edit]

Story Mode[edit]

Bleach: The Blade of Fate follows Ichigo Kurosaki on his quest to save a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki, who is scheduled for execution for giving Ichigo her Soul Reaper powers so he could save his family from a Hollow. The story modes for each character vary and an additional 22 episodes can be unlocked upon completing the new unlocked episodes after Rescue Rukia. A 23rd episode more accurately details the Soul Society arc beginning with Ichigo's fight against Ganju and ending with Aizen's betrayal.

Gameplay[edit]

Battles in Bleach are between two and four characters in any combination of teams and enemies. Ally/Enemy characters can either be AI controlled, or controlled by other players via Nintendo WFC(JPN version only) or DS Wireless Communications. Like Treasure's earlier anime fighting game, Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen, the game features two planes that players can jump between, accommodating up to four players. The fighting in Bleach is controlled through a combination of the D-pad, the A, X, B and Y buttons and the touch screen. The D-pad is used for moving the character, the A, X, Y and B buttons are used to attack using a light, medium or heavy attack or initiate a flash step and the touch screen is used to initiate special attacks, RF moves and use special status affecting cards.

The gameplay in The Blade of Fate remains mostly unchanged from the Japanese version apart from several fixed balance issues. The most notable addition is an "anti-air" system; attacks coming from the ground cannot be blocked in the air, which alters the gameplay significantly. It allows attack opportunities and traps not possible in the original game.

Reception[edit]

Bleach: The Blade of Fate received a rating of 8.5 in Nintendo Power No. 222 by George S. He comments in his review that Blade of Fate will appeal to any fan of well-executed feature heavy fighting games. However, the English version has also been criticized for certain unbalanced mechanics, such as card powerups and autoblock, which can give players unfair advantages over others. The game was also awarded Best Fighting Game of 2007 by IGN.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GameStop release date". Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Bleach brightening DS, Wii this Fall". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  3. ^ "IGN DS: Best Fighting Game 2007". IGN.com. 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 

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