Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Anime-based brawler only fun for its franchise fans.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is an anime fighting game, so no positive messages here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as one of a dozen fighters who takes on an enemy in a fight to the finish. Though a narrator makes an effort to give you some story, plot breakdown, little is known about the personality, character of the fighters you're assuming the roles of. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but PC gamers should invest in a wired gamepad controller instead of relying on the keyboard.

Violence

Though not bloody, gory, this game is built on combat. Players punch, kick, perform special attacks, combos to knock out opponents. Some cut scenes show characters impaled by a sword, shot in head with an arrow.

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Consumerism

Based on the Saint Seiya universe, which includes anime TV shows, manga books and graphic novels, video games, other related merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul is an anime-based fighting game. The graphics and gameplay aren't realistic, but parents should know that the goal is to knock out opponents with kicks, punches, and special attacks. There's no blood, but some cut scene sequences show someone stabbed or impaled with a sword and shot with an arrow in the head. The game is the latest product from the popular Saint Seiya franchise, which encompasses TV shows, graphic novels, video games, and more.

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What's it about?

SAINT SEIYA: SOLDIERS' SOUL is a new fighting game based on the nearly 30-year-old Japanese anime and manga series. This colorful brawler tells of a dozen cosmic warriors, or Saints, including for the first time Gold Saints and their God Cloths (from the newly released anime show Soul of Gold). Along with kicks and punches, each of the fighters enjoys unique powerful character moves and signature attacks to help defeat enemy fighters. The four-part story campaign has players battling numerous enemies and climaxes in an epic final confrontation with the lord of underworld, Hades. Along with access to every character from the anime series, fans of the series can expect additional challenges and surprises, along with familiar character art, animation, sound effects, and music.

Is it any good?

This fighting game is great if you're a fan of the anime, but otherwise it might not be the brawler you're looking for. On one hand, die-hard fans of the franchise will be thrilled that all the Gold Saints and their special abilities (each fighter has two special moves) have been included, but you can't choose your fighter in the main mode, only unlock new ones for subsequent missions. There's a lot of backstory to get to before each battle, which may please some, but the story is convoluted, to say the least (perhaps it's been lost in translation).

The actual fighting is fast and frantic as you move around a 3-D battlefield to knock your opponent into oblivion. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but seasoned fighting-game fans will soon master the normal and strong punches, combo strings, dashes, aerial moves, and burst attacks. Players will also charge up their "Seventh Sense Meter" over time, which unlocks special Big Bang attacks. It's pretty fun once you get the hang of it (including some serious button-mashing, which during review worked some but not all of the time). The game also offers an online multiplayer mode, but there aren't any players active in the multiplayer lobbies to challenge. The result is that, unless you're a huge Saint Seiya lover, there's little here for fighting fans looking for the next big thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul. Should this game receive a Teen rating because it's a fighting game, or is it mild enough -- and clearly fantastical and cartoon-like -- for kids and tweens to play?

  • Talk about consumerism in games. Do you think this game exists solely to promote the TV shows and other merchandise from the franchise, or are these made to exist as standalone games?

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