Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary
|Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary|
Cover art of the European release of Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary by Bandai
Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary (聖闘士星矢 聖域十二宮編 Seinto Seiya: Sankuchuari Jūnikyū Hen), also known as Saint Seiya: Chapter Sanctuary, is a 3D action video game for the PlayStation 2 console based on the Saint Seiya manga series by Masami Kurumada. It was developed by Dimps Corporation and published by Bandai. It was originally released in Japan on April 7, 2005, and in Europe on June 30, 2005. The European release includes translations into English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
The game features the Bronze Saints of Athena as playable characters, although others can be unlocked as the player advances in the story mode of the game. This mode allows the player to follow the storyline of the first arc of the manga, the Sanctuary arc. An alternate battle mode allows players to freely choose two characters with which to duel, both in single-player and multiplayer mode.
The game features a story mode, which allows the player to reenact the events of the first arc of the Saint Seiya series, the Sanctuary chapter. The player can choose to fight either on the side of the protagonists or of the antagonists. It features many CG cinematics of important scenes from the original series. There is also a versus and a practice mode, which consist of duels that can be played either in single-player or multiplayer mode.
The original Japanese version of Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary, the first 3D game developed for the PlayStation 2 inspired by the Saint Seiya series, was developed by Dimps Corporation and published by Bandai. It was released on April 7, 2005. In Europe, it was released on June 30 of the same year. The game features five immediately playable characters, the Bronze Saint protagonists of the series, and twenty-four hidden characters that play a major part in the Sanctuary arc of Saint Seiya and which can be unlocked throughout the course of the game. The European version of the game includes voice-overs in French as the default audio setting and translations into English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. It also contains alternative music tracks that differ from the Japanese version due to copyright issues. As an added incentive to the purchase of the game before it first came out, Bandai gifted Japanese players who preordered the game via the official PlayStation website with a memory card holder in the shape of the game's "most powerful item in the universe", the golden box of the Sagittarius Cloth.
The game received "generally unfavorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one six, one five, and two sixes for a total of 23 out of 40.
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