Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers
Knights of the Zodiac
I admit that Saint Seiya is one of those epic classic anime that was always in my peripheral, but I have never took the time to watch the anime, read the manga, or learn the premise of the series. So when Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers came in, I thought: here’s my chance.
Saint Seiya started as a manga series from 1986 to 1990, and was adapted into TV anime that ran from 1986 to 1989. It tells the story of five mystical warriors known as Saints, who wore sacred armor known as Cloths. Each Cloth’s design is based on a constellation and has the ability to empower its wearer with the energy called Cosmos.
The Three Arcs
Similar to popular Naruto and Dragon Ball fighting games, Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is jam-packed with fan service and the main game mode retells the three story arcs – Sanctuary, Poseidon, and Hades – that made up the manga and TV anime series.
The large cast of characters – over 50 – is impressive. Every character, even their alternate forms, is varied not only in design, but also in terms of unique moves and finishers. It is fun to not only unlock every character and their many alternative forms, but also to pull off each and every one of their fantastic finishers.
Not So Brave
The actual gameplay mechanics of Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is simplistic, relying on simple combos, two-button power moves, and one-button finishers. It is very welcoming to button-mashers, but serious fighting game fans may not find it compelling enough.
Fans of the anime will undoubtedly love this game, especially to see the huge cast of characters fighting in gorgeous 3D, but newcomers may find the bad storytelling and translation a tad confusing.
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