Hands-On Bleach: Soul Carnival: Ichigo And Friends

By Spencer . October 15, 2008 . 8:19pm


Sony is going an entirely different direction with Bleach: Soul Carnival. The screenshots make Bleach: Soul Carnival look like a cutesy 2.5D fighting game, but it’s actually a Double Dragon style beat ’em up. Bleach: Soul Carnival starts with players picking an area and partner characters to join Ichigo. So, this is how Bleach: Soul Carnival crams 80 something characters into the game. I had Rukia, Orihime, and Uryu in my group. Pressing triangle made Rukia jump in with a static vertical wave of energy. Uryu teleports in and shoots a three arrow fork by pressing up+triangle and Orihime heals Ichigo by pressing down+triangle. Each partner character has a reload time so you can’t have Uryu hovering over you like a gunpod. However, the refresh times for Rukia and Uryu are fast enough that you can make combos with them.




Ichigo can start out with a sword slashing combo then when you’re real close call in Rukia for a multiple hit energy wave and when another enemy approaches bring Uryu into the mix. It’s possible to have four characters on the screen at the same time. I didn’t notice any slowdown when this happened either.


Pressing the L button makes Ichigo call out his hollow powers which slows down time. I never feel a need to use Ichigo’s powers during my time with the demo because the basic enemies didn’t put up much of a fight. Perhaps, the first stage was too easy. If you’re into games like Viewtiful Joe you might want to give Bleach: Soul Carnival regardless of the license.


Images courtesy of Sony.

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  • shion16

    I NEED IT!!!

  • Yeah this looks like a good Bleach title from Sony.

    I think this could be a start of good things to come for Bleach on sony consoles… there’ potential on their fighting versions for both psp and ps2 but this one definitely the most fun of the lot.

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