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Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary (PlayStation 2)

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www.playstation.com:
    Cosmic anime combat sheds an iridescent light on PlayStation 2.

    The classic anime series Saint Seiya becomes a cosmic beat 'em up, thanks to the pairing of Atari and Bandai. Faithfully following the Gold Saint Seiya storyline, in which an evil force threatens the entire world every 200 years, The Sanctuary puts you in the role of one of Athena's chosen Saints.

    Featuring over 20 playable characters, including Seiya the Pegasus Saint, Shiryu the Dragon Saint, Shun the Andromeda Saint, Hyoga the Cygnus Saint and Ikki the Phoenix Saint, you take on the task of protecting and helping the Goddess Athena destroy the 200-year Evil.

    Original Japanese voiceovers and over 80 minutes of 3D scenes recreated from the series, retell the epic tale as you battle in 12 arenas, each one aligned with a sign of the Zodiac. The 12 Knights of the Zodiac and their followers provide challenging opponents, requiring judicious use of your cosmic energies to defeat them.

    Cosmic energy is the key to unlocking amazing powers faithful to the series' characters; who also have a dazzling array of combos inspired by the anime. If dazzling combat was not enough, the game features stunning armour that dynamically reflects light during gameplay, creating a lustrous shimmer effect in keeping with the glam-like style of the 1970s series.

    • Old-school anime beat 'em up action


    • Faithful to the Gold Saint Seiya storyline


    • Over 20 characters, including fan favourites Bronze and Gold Saints


    • 12 destructible Zodiac arenas

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15073) on Sep 03, 2010.

www.de.atari.com:
    Saint Seiya sind die phantastischen Erzählungen vom Erfolgsautor Masami Kurumada, der seine abenteuerlichen Geschichten in 28 Manga-Comics und 114 TV-Episoden veröffentlichte. Ein Erfolg, der nur von z.B. den Dragon Ball-Geschichten übertroffen wurde. Im Spiel Saint Seiya geht es um fünf Helden: Diese Krieger - Saints genannt - haben die Aufgabe, das Böse zu bekämpfen und zugleich Athena, die Göttin des Friedens, zu beschützen. Der Sage nach kehren nämlich die Mächte der Finsternis alle 200 Jahre auf die Erde zurück. Hierfür werden Schreckenstruppen in sämtliche Winkel der Welt entsandt, um die globale Herrschaft mit aller Macht an sich zu reißen. Zur selben Zeit erwacht die Göttin Athena, um der Erde mit ihren Kräften zu helfen. Doch ob das Gute letztlich siegt oder das Böse die Oberhand gewinnt, entscheidest allein Du!

    • Es bleiben nur zwölf Stunden: Göttin Athena wurde von einem tödlichen Pfeil verwundet - nur Du allein kannst sie retten!
    • Spiele die TV-Helden: Selbstverständlich trittst Du als einer der Saint Seiya-Helden an, um die Serien-Bösewichte zur Strecke zu bringen.
    • Ein dutzend Gefahren: Durchquere die zwölf heimtückischen Zodiac-Kammern, die von goldenen Wächtern versperrt werden!
    • Kombiniere Deine Attacken: Verbinde einzelne Angriffe deiner Helden zu mächtigen Schlagfolgen!
    • Einfach unglaublich: Nutze deine Cosmo Power, um selbst die dramatischsten Gefahren abzuwenden!
    • Ein episches Abenteuer: Die einzigartige 3D-Grafik schafft einen neuen Standard unter den Anime-Spielen.
    • Wie die Manga-Vorlage: Stil, Optik und die dramatische Kameraperspektive sind natürlich in Tradition zu den populären Manga-DVDs gehalten.
    • Kurzum: Ein absolutes Muss für jeden Manga- und Anime-Fan!

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115626) on Aug 10, 2010.

Atari press release (March 22, 2005):

    Atari announces Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary for Playstation 2

    London, UK – March 22, 2005 – Atari announces the forthcoming release of Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary for PlayStation®2 from Bandai. The game, dubbed a Cosmo energy battle action game by its creators, is based on the legendary Japanese anime franchise, Saint Seiya, and is slated for release across Europe in 2005.

    The story of Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary is faithful to the Gold Saint Saga episodes of the original anime TV series where Seiya the Pegasus Saint, Shiryu the Dragon Saint, Shun the Andromeda Saint, Hyoga the Cygnus Saint and Ikki the Phoenix Saint take on the task of protecting and helping the Goddess Athena destroy the 200 year Evil. Fans will be able to play as any one of the 17 characters in the game, including the 12 Knights of the Zodiac from the series, and do battle with challenging opponents through the 12 destructible battle stages, each aligned with a sign of the zodiac. Key to winning one-on-one fights is judicious burning of Cosmo energy, an element which is central to the Saint Seiya universe.

    "That Bandai have created this new gaming incarnation of the Saint Seiya universe in direct response to the requests of Saint Seiya's legions of fans is testament to their understanding of this incredible franchise," said Jean Michel Perbet, President, Atari Europe. "Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary is an incredibly original console fighting experience and will seduce a whole new audience of gamers with the wonders of the Saint Seiya universe."

    Special attention has been paid to the gold cloth armour of the characters in the game which dynamically reflects light in the environments during gameplay creating a lustrous shimmer effect. The game includes over an hour of specially recreated 3D cut-scenes of key moments from the anime, and with more than 17 playable characters to be discovered in the game, and a host of other stunning features yet to be revealed there will be much to please fans and newcomers alike.

    A gargantuan leap on from the last Saint Seiya game, which was a smash hit in Japan for the Famicom console in 1987, Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary promises to enthral a new generation of Saint Seiya gamers as well as the many thousands of existing fans around the globe. With a new feature film and DVD box set recently released in Japan and soon to be confirmed for Europe, the Cosmo energy is burning white hot once more!

    Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac: The Sanctuary will be released for the PlayStation2 across Europe in 2005. For further information visit www.atari.com.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (115626) on Aug 10, 2010.