Initial release date 17 October 2013
Genre Fighting game
Series Saint Seiya
Platform PlayStation 3
|Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment|
Modes Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
Similar Bandai Namco Entertainment games, Fighting games
Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (聖闘士星矢 ブレイブ・ソルジャーズ, Seinto Seiya Bureibu Sorujāzu) is a video game developed by Dimps and Namco Bandai Games featuring the characters and story of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya manga. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in Japan on October 17, 2013, November 22, 2013 in Europe and November 26, 2013 in North America, and it is also the first Saint Seiya game to be released in North America.
An updated version, Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul, was announced on April 12, 2015 and released on September 25 in Japan and Europe and worldwide on October 6.
Brave Soldiers is a fighting game featuring over 50 characters from the Saint Seiya manga. The super gauge in the game is referred to as the Cosmo Gauge (小宇宙ゲージ, Kosumo Gēji), which characters use to perform their finishing attacks, Burst Dash (バーストダッシュ, Bāsuto Dasshu), Burst Attack (バースト攻撃, Bāsuto Kōgeki), Seven Senses Awakening (セブンセンシズ覚醒, Sebun Senshizu Kakusei), and their special Big Bang Attacks (ビッグバンアタック, Bigu Ban Atakku). A character's strength can be increased through the use of an Orb (オーブ, Ōbu). The Saint Chronicle (セイントクロニクル, Seinto Kuronikuru) game mode has the player progress through battles based on the three main arcs of the original manga: the Sanctuary arc, the Poseidon arc, and the Hades arc. Also in the game is the Galaxian Wars (ギャラクシアンウォーズ, Gyarakushian Wōzu) mode, a tournament mode.
Many of the playable characters have multiple forms that are separate playable characters, each with unique move sets and Big Bang Attacks.
Grant E. Gaines of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 2.5/5, stating that "while the single player offers a decent experience, the dumb AI and simple mechanics will limit your fun." Adam Ma of Gaming Union scored the game at 6/10 and praised the game for its emulation of the anime series. However, he also highlighted that this same quality was also its main weakness: "Brave Soldiers is not a game designed to be balanced, but rather a game designed to emulate the show with the greatest accuracy possible."