Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers

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Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers
Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers.jpg
The cover of Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers
Developer(s)Dimps
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesSaint Seiya
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
Release
  • JP: October 17, 2013
  • AU: November 21, 2013
  • EU: November 22, 2013
  • NA: November 26, 2013
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (聖闘士星矢 ブレイブ・ソルジャーズ, Seinto Seiya Bureibu Sorujāzu) is a video game developed by Dimps and Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring the characters and story of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya manga. It was released for the PlayStation 3 on October 17, 2013 in Japan, November 21, 2013 in Australia, November 22, 2013 in Europe and November 26, 2013 in North America, and it is also the first Saint Seiya game to be released in North America.[1][2][3]

An updated version, Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul, was announced on April 12, 2015[4] and released on September 25 in Japan and Europe and worldwide on October 6.

Gameplay[edit]

Brave Soldiers is a fighting game featuring over 50 characters from the Saint Seiya manga. The super gauge in the game is referred to as the Cosmo Gauge (小宇宙ゲージ, Kosumo Gēji), which characters use to perform their finishing attacks, Burst Dash (バーストダッシュ, Bāsuto Dasshu), Burst Attack (バースト攻撃, Bāsuto Kōgeki), Seven Senses Awakening (セブンセンシズ覚醒, Sebun Senshizu Kakusei), and their special Big Bang Attacks (ビッグバンアタック, Bigu Ban Atakku). A character's strength can be increased through the use of an Orb (オーブ, Ōbu). The Saint Chronicle (セイントクロニクル, Seinto Kuronikuru) game mode has the player progress through battles based on the three main arcs of the original manga: the Sanctuary arc, the Poseidon arc, and the Hades arc. Also in the game is the Galaxian Wars (ギャラクシアンウォーズ, Gyarakushian Wōzu) mode, a tournament mode.

Playable characters[edit]

Many of the playable characters have multiple forms that are separate playable characters, each with unique move sets and Big Bang Attacks.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic55/100[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[6]
Famitsu30/40[7]
Game Revolution3/5 stars[8]
GameSpot6/10[9]
GameZone0.5/10[10]
IGN5.5/10[11]
OPM (UK)4/10[12]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[5] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two eights and two sevens for a total of 30 out of 40.[7]

Grant E. Gaines of Hardcore Gamer said that "while the single player offers a decent experience, the dumb AI and simple mechanics will limit your fun."[13] Adam Ma of Gaming Union praised the game for its emulation of the anime series. However, he also highlighted that this same quality was also its main weakness: "Brave Soldiers is not a game designed to be balanced, but rather a game designed to emulate the show with the greatest accuracy possible."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News: Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers Cosmic Orb Feature Detailed and Screens". GamersHell.com. 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  2. ^ Napolitano, Jayson (2013-07-20). "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is coming to North America". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  3. ^ Ishaan (2013-07-19). "Namco Releasing Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers In U.S. To Gauge The Fanbase". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pYodSRqzF4
  5. ^ a b "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Ruscher, Welsey (2013-12-04). "Review: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  7. ^ a b Romano, Sal (2013-10-09). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1297". Gematsu. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  8. ^ Schaller, Kevin (2013-12-17). "Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers Review". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  9. ^ Kemps, Heidi (2013-12-20). "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  10. ^ Wood, Austin (2013-12-04). "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers Review: Nothing short of cringe-worthy". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  11. ^ Huskey, Darry (2013-12-13). "Saint Seiya [Brave Soldiers] Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  12. ^ "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. Future plc. January 2014. p. 94.
  13. ^ Gaines, Grant E. (2013-11-26). "Review: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  14. ^ Ma, Adam (2013-12-17). "Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers Review". Gaming Union. Retrieved 2019-03-23.

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