This might be because the Tokyo Game Show demo only allowed attendees to use the Classic Controller, but my overall feel from Bleach: Versus Crusade is it’s more of a “game” than Bleach: Shattered Blade. Treasure’s take on a Wii Bleach game could still have remote/sword shaking though. Bleach: Versus Crusade makes an interesting use of the right analog stick for basic slashes. Pressing the A/Y buttons does special moves like Ichigo’s Getsuga Tenshou energy waves. He can also pull of a bankai by pressing R+L at the same time. The L button alone is used to switch to your partner character and give the current character a break.
Aside from including a partner system Bleach: Versus Crusade is an anime arena fighting game with weapons. Since Bleach: Versus Crusade is being developed by Treasure there is likely a subtle layer of depth to the system like the recently released Bleach: The Dark Souls, but this is something to discover post TGS impressions. The other key feature is the Nintendo Wi-Fi play which I obviously couldn’t try out. Bleach: Versus Crusade is a fast game with Ichigo nearly teleporting around a small arena in bankai mode. Lag could ruin Ichigo’s hastiness.
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