Bleach: Soul Resureccion Review

Protagonist of the Bleach franchise, Ichigo Kurosaki.

Bleach is a massive anime and manga franchise created from the mind of Tite Kubo. With vibrant, unique settings and a cast of interesting characters I was looking forward to finally playing a Bleach game that would do the series canon justice. It seemed like Bleach: Soul Resureccion would tick all these boxes but oh boy how wrong I was…

Ultimately, when playing a game that’s adapted from an anime, you’re going to compare it to the other titles within that certain niche, such as the fantastic Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and the Dynasty Warriors Gundam series. Both of these games have captivating, engaging gameplay and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 tells its story brilliantly through the use of its excellent graphics engine and cutscenes. As someone who has not kept up with the Bleach series I was looking forward to being taken up to speed by Bleach: Soul Resureccion.

Instead of being caught up with what was happening to Ichigo Kurosaki and his jolly cohort of Soul Reapers I was plopped into a drab looking environment with only a short narration to help me understand where in the story I was. As someone familiar with the franchise I could just about work around what exactly the game’s narration was hammering on about. It’s a shame really as Bleach’s fantastic canon seems to be wasted upon the game’s inadequate and extremely poor storytelling.

With regards to how the game is structured and played, it’s much like a Musou game. You go through missions and select different characters for different missions. This would be absolutely fine if the game had satisfying combat components. No one really does large scale, hack and slash games as good as Omega Force, where the combat feels satisfying and the character’s you are playing as feel immensely powerful. The same cannot be said for Bleach: Soul Resureccion.

The combat feels hollow and I find that some characters feel less fleshed out due to their shoddy movesets. By all means the combat mechanics are adequate, but by attempting to imitate a game that does something very well, if it does not get it up to that standard then everything else feels bad in comparison. As someone who has played a lot of Musou titles, Bleach: Soul Resureccion does not stand in the same league as Omega Force and Tecmo-Koei Canada’s offerings.

Guys, a desert is not exactly the most exciting thing ever.

The saving grace of Bleach: Soul Resureccion are its gorgeous cel shaded graphics. The characters look as if they were taken straight out of an anime and the cinematics are brilliantly directed. The level design starts out as incredibly bland and generally looks identical to the same halls I was fighting in ten hours earlier.

Overall Bleach: Soul Resureccion is an adequate game, but it’s not recommended for newcomers to the franchise who are looking to get into the Bleach canon. Nothing feels especially terrible aside from the storytelling. If you’re a diehard fan of the Bleach series then this game was pretty much made for you.
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