|Release: August 2, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence|
Though the single-player content is certainly compelling, I couldn't help feeling that this game was sorely missing a multiplayer versus component. Pretty much every anime-inspired game ever has had a two-player brawling mode, and it really baffles me why a game that is so focused on single-player button-mashing couldn't at least have tacked on a multiplayer mode. The battle system is there, and the game feels incomplete without a way to play against local friends.
Visually, Bleach: Soul Resurrección looks pretty good. Character models are very detailed, and animations are smooth. The only issue is that some of the environments look barren at times. Though the world of Hueco Mundo is supposed to be a barren wasteland, I would have like to see more than just the same old rock or statue dotting the landscape. Sound in the game is also something of a mixed bag. While the voices in Japanese and English sound great, the background tunes are very repetitive and are incredibly low-quality. This is another area where my experience with other anime games may color my judgment, as I've come to expect high-quality music in my games. But unfortunately, Bleach: Soul Resurrección does not deliver in this regard.
I don't know whether the instant nostalgia this game made me feel for the Naruto series (specifically the Sony-exclusive Ultimate Ninja series) serves this game for better or worse. On the one hand, there is plenty of crossover between Naruto and Bleach, and having a familiar-feeling battle system and format certainly helped me jump into the action quickly. But on the other hand, I would have really liked to have seen Bleach's first effort on the PS3 to have been something truly unique. Though Bleach: Soul Resurrección is undoubtedly a fun game, it does not live up to its potential, and could have been much better overall. Still, if you've been waiting years to play a Bleach game on something that's not a portable, you'll have plenty of fun with Soul Resurrección.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer