Bleach: Dark Souls Review
Bleach: Dark Souls box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Treasure 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. 7, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The fighting mechanics remain virtually unchanged since last year and have held up quite well. You will be able to use the D-pad to move your character around and the buttons for simple attacks. The touch screen is used to trigger special “Spiritual Pressure” attacks. You can also use the touch screen for special “Sprit Cards” that will temporarily boost your character’s stats or lower the stats of your opponent. You can unlock more powerful spirit cards as you go through the game, and you can build custom decks using your favorite cards.

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The graphics are also improved slightly since Blade of Fate. The characters sport a little more detail, and some of the new environments look a bit more polished than those in Blade of Fate. Although, it should be noted that the sprite-based graphics do pale in comparison to some more modern DS titles, but that is primarily because the game was originally released over two years ago in Japan. But for it’s time, the graphics are quite good, and manage to stand up well, even by modern standards.

The sound in Bleach: Dark Souls is quite good. The background music is sampled directly from the anime, and the English voice cast does all the voiceover. My one complaint about the sound in this title is the repetitive in-battle voiceovers. Because each move is tied to one specific sound, if you are trying to chain together a few of the same move, the repetitive sound can get very annoying.

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Although Bleach: Dark Souls is not that big of a departure from last year’s Blade of Fate, there are enough new features to bring fans back for more Bleach. This title has the great control and excellent assortment of play modes that made the original title so impressive, and it adds more characters and a new story mode to make the whole experience feel new. Even if you aren’t into the manga or the anime series, Bleach: Dark Souls is an excellent 2D fighting title and is unrivaled on the DS in the US market. Bleach: Dark Souls is definitely worth your time, and unless you hate fighting games, you are pretty much guaranteed a good time with this.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
Graphics are fairly good, despite being somewhat dated.
4.3
Control
Controls are very tight and work well.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music and voiceover are taken directly from the anime, but some move-specific phrases get repetitive.
4.5

Play Value
If you aren’t drawn in by the long story mode, the deep online mode will definitely keep you coming back for more!

4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Based on the popular anime series currently in its second season on Adult Swim, Bleach: Dark Souls features an enhanced battle system that takes the video game series to a whole new level.
  • With new online multiplayer options and enhanced battle strategies, players can fight in dramatic high-action sword clashes via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection as one of 44 characters.
  • The branching storyline created exclusively for the Nintendo DS allows players to fight on the side of good or evil for the first time in the series


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