Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bleach Wii: Hakujin Kirameku Rondo

In the virtual Bleach universe, sword swinging shinigami move their arms with a lot of force and motion. In past Bleach games, gamers tugged a d-pad and pushed a button to make their heroes swing. No more. Thanks to the motion sensitive controllers of the Wii, players get to swing their arms and slash like their lives depended on it. We're talking energetic sword slashes here so move the glassware and vases to the next room because they'll be victimized if your swinging rocks a little too hard. Bleach Wii features a roster of 40 characters with most of the popular Soul Society captains represented.

Movement is controlled through the Nunchuk and sword slashes are triggered by Wiimote waving and motion. Every attack and hit is accompanied by the fighters yelling and groaning under the strain of the attacks. Before each battle, the fighters also talk trash before they get down to business. The voice actors earn their keep during these interludes since they sound sinister and convincingly hateful. Short cinemas and time-sensitive mini-interactions occur from time to time to break up the flow of the 3D battle.

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