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Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii)

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Description

Bleach: Shattered Blade is a game based on Japanese anime characters that have appeared in both films and TV series. It is the second game in the Bleach series, the first being a Japan only release.

Background
Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager with the ability to see ghosts or spirits. His life was drastically changed when, during an encounter with an injured Soul Reaper, Rukia, he absorbed all her energy and became transformed into a Soul Reaper, Bleach, himself and had arm himself with a Zanpaku-to sword and fulfil the Soul Reapers role while she healed. This part of the back story is important as the story behind this game starts with Bleach and his friends in the soul world after rescuing Rukia. To return to his world Bleach must collect the fragments / shards of the ancient Sokyoku blade so that he can open a gate back that's been sealed shut.

The Game
The game features three distinct modes of play, Arcade Mode, Versus mode, and Episode mode in addition to a tutorial mode and an in-game shop where items can be bought, players earn kan or money as they complete sections in the Arcade and Episode modes.

  • Episode mode: The game has eight episodes, three of which are immediately available and five others which can be unlocked as the player progresses. Each episode tells the same story using a different character and begins by showing a sequence of still pictures to set the scene for teach character and explain why they must have the shards, then the player enters a series of one-round fights..

  • Arcade Mode: In which the player must battle through eight rounds against a random opponent in order to win.

  • Versus mode: The player chooses a character and plays against the computer or another player.

Combat
Combat is all about sword play with the Wii remote acting as the sword while the Nunchuk Control Stick is used to move the character around the battle area and to block opponents blows. In addition to the regular attacks, just hitting another character with a sword, each character has a special attack, a critical attack and a Bankai mode.
Special attacks are triggered by holding the B button on the Wii remote and making specific movements, Orihime heals herself and Hitsugaya must swing his sword upwards to release ice from the ground to trap his enemies.
Critical attacks are triggered by holding the A button on the Wii remote. They block incoming strikes and are as fast as a regular attack. The only defence against them is another critical attack or Bankai mode. Either of these takes the players into rochambeau, a kind of five rock-paper-scissors type of game to decide which player hits who.
As players land successful strikes and combos they gain spiritual energy and when enough energy has been accumulated Bankai mode, the ability to deliver much more powerful strikes, becomes available.


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The Press Says

Game Chronicles Oct 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Worth Playing Dec 26, 2007 7.2 out of 10 72
Cheat Code Central 2007 3.5 out of 5 70
Games Radar Oct 15, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Nintendo Life Mar 02, 2008 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
IGN Oct 23, 2007 6.3 out of 10 63
N-Europe Mar 19, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Thunderbolt Games Oct 26, 2007 6 out of 10 60
The Next Level Dec 19, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 20, 2009 4 out of 10 40

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piltdown_man (71722) added Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii) on Oct 25, 2010