Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Brave Soldiers is a solid game for both the anime and the fighting game lovers. The combat system is easy to grasp and can be mastered even by less technical players. The interesting multiplayer modes and the huge fan service turn this product into something you can look after.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    76
    If you're looking for a good fighting game this holiday that's accessible, not overly technical, and doesn't require a commitment or previous experience to enjoy, give Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers a serious look. It's hard to beat for the cost.
  3. 70
    Solid core gameplay let down by the lack of arena evolution and weak story mode.
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    70
    As a fighting game, it's a quite simple experience, but the franchise it is based on will make it a very interesting choice for its fans. However, its simplicity may end up boring us.
  5. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    A decent brawler, even if way too similar to Cyberconnect's Naruto series. Some interesting changes to the mechanics make this a fun fighting game, but it's definitely not a technical one nor amongst the most original.
  6. Dec 9, 2013
    65
    Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is easy to pick up for those who've played Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, but it's a game that only Saint Seiya fans will truly like.
  7. Nov 18, 2013
    65
    A fan-service 3D brawler one-vs-one based upon the Saint Seiya franchise. Fun but limited and not very original.
  8. 62
    In the end if you’ve always wondered about the Saint Seiya series and enjoy an easy and simplistic fighting game, you might want to give this game a shot.
  9. Dec 20, 2013
    60
    With its limited depth, Brave Soldiers can't hold its own against more technical fighters on the market, and the tedium and lackluster presentation of the story mode won't give anyone who's not already a fan of the series much of a reason to become one.
  10. Dec 17, 2013
    60
    Saint Seiya: Brave Warriors is fun enough for the occasional match, but there wasn't anything that held my attention for too long.
  11. Dec 8, 2013
    60
    A simple but ultimately enjoyable brawler, Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is a good attempt at turning an anime license into a solid video game. Fans should enjoy the title's retelling of the source material, while newcomers will find the combat system refreshingly accessible.
  12. Dec 5, 2013
    60
    The fighting is pretty looking, but very barebones; the music is catchy, but repetitive; and all the extra modes while solid, don’t do much to make this title truly stand out.
  13. Dec 4, 2013
    60
    Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is game made for the fans. With around fifty characters to play as, three full story modes to experience and a netcode worthy of the modern age, it’s a title I feel hardcore fans of the series can enjoy.
  14. Nov 26, 2013
    60
    A decent fan service, nothing more. The great visual representation of the Saints is a good reason for any fan to go for it, but we can't avoid thinking that as fighter or even as a fan service, it could be much more.
  15. Nov 19, 2013
    60
    Saint Seya Brave Soldiers is definitely not a step further in comparison with Sanctuary Battle. Gameplay is still plain and not much varied, and game modes aren't attractive at all. A game just for enthusiasts.
  16. Nov 18, 2013
    58
    Brave Soldiers might be somewhat a treat to any true fan of Athena and her Saints, however it's a pretty mediocre beat'em up with more flaws than virtues and some of the worst mechanics we have seen in the past few years.
  17. Our beloved anime series gains its wings with Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers, fans of the anime will like it, other players will stay away from it.
  18. Dec 14, 2013
    55
    A disappointing effort made even more unappealing when compared to the abundance of quality fighting games currently available for fans of the genre.
  19. Nov 27, 2013
    55
    Once upon a time, Dimps was known and respected for the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series, that introduced a revolution in fighting games. Since then, the studio has created bad games, up to the point where we wonder if the same team is still working in the studio. Saint Seiya : Brave Soldiers never reaches the seventh sense, stuck with a bad realisation and a gameplay that shows its limits after two hours. Bandaï Namco's Game gained in dynamism and is much more spectacular than the PS2 episodes, but still, as one of the last games of the PS3 we expected better. The fanboys will enjoy the 60 characters and the OST but that will be their only sweet spot.
  20. Feb 5, 2014
    50
    If you are truly desperate for a Saint Seiya title, then this may work, but you're better off waiting for a better, more polished game to come along.
  21. Dec 12, 2013
    50
    Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers has little to offer for those who do not like or even know the series written by Masami Kurumada. As "Fighting game" is to shallow to appeal to a broader public, but at the same time, it's like the piece that was missing from the experience fans had with Sanctuary Battle.
  22. Dec 10, 2013
    50
    Everything in Brave Soldiers is so dull and uninspiring that even fans of the series won't be able to fully enjoy the game.
  23. Dec 1, 2013
    50
    This decision further cements the idea – given that the 1980s series has been localised in English in the past – that this is a very niche game, for an audience expected to have some attachment with the series, and that it is a very barebones package with all extraneous content cut for more characters and levels. As a result, it is difficult to recommend to audiences outside of fans of the series; nostalgia, or familiarity, will likely forgive many of the shortcomings.
  24. Nov 26, 2013
    50
    Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers feels like a rushed game with a very small budget.
  25. Nov 22, 2013
    50
    Sorry Saint Seiya, but your old fashioned drawing style, super cliché dialogues and bad storytelling won't convince us. Neither will a few hours of 'entertainment', a simplistic combat system and repetitive nature. Too bad, because there's something about the simple Japanese storytelling that speaks to us, like Pokémon and Dragonball Z do.
  26. Dec 26, 2013
    49
    This PlayStation 3-exclusive is long-winded, simplistic and not much fun to play!
  27. Feb 3, 2014
    45
    Brave Soldiers is the example of how not to make a game. It’s too simple, the differences between the characters aren’t noticeable and the story is too complicated to understand. Even though it offers us a lot of content, it doesn’t impress us in any way.
  28. Feb 10, 2014
    40
    A weak attempt to suck some cash out of Saint Seiya fans. [02/2014, p.75]
  29. A good narrative could have saved Saint Seiya from bargain bin oblivion. [Feb 2014, p.94]
  30. Dec 2, 2013
    33
    It’s just a lackluster experience from head to toe, and while I’d like to champion the idea of more unlikely releases making their way to North America, it’s really hard to do so when faced with a subpar release like Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers.
  31. Dec 6, 2013
    30
    There are a lot of characters here, and the game covers quite a bit of narrative ground, but the presentation and combat engine are just so clumsy that it’s impossible to recommend Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers to anyone but the most desperate fans of the anime.
  32. Dec 4, 2013
    30
    Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers is probably one of the worst manga adaptations we have seen so far.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    8
    The game mechanics and structure works perfectly wether it be for 1 or 2 players. I would only recommend to fans of the series. Only disappointment are the missing Asgard characters and storyline. When you see DBZ games full of characters you think why didn't we get all Bronze Saints and all Silver Saints too. Its such a vast universe and it would be great to have access to them all. Other than that it works. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    9
    Too many things to do, 3 big story arcs, collection mode, you can get access to all those toys we love when we are kids. a lot of characters to play and many modes too. It quite simple to play but makes you learn fast how to do and avoid combos. Graphics look amazing and you can see a lot of the Naruto fight system there, that makes success. For you that enjoy Saint Seiya, is sure a buy! Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    8
    Unlike the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series which is more and more a mess of technical, balance and gameplay issues these days, Brave Soldiers delivers what is a nice, franchise-based fighting game, at first, i was expecting a simple fighting game with some button mashing, however, the game proved me wrong and i fell in love, the combo system, while easy, is a lot more deep than the one in the Naruto games, with all of the characters having two special attacks, two "burst attacks", a knock-away and a launcher respectively, a throw and an ultimate attack(called a "Big Bang Attack"), every character also has an universal dodge-action that sends them behind their enemies while spending one cosmo bar, making bar management that much precious and shielding you from a half-a-hour combo, unlike in the NUNS series, the fighting and the characters are nicely balanced, with every character being fun to play and viable at the same time, the game runs smoothly without frame-rate issues and the cell-shaded graphics, character models, arenas and effects alike are nice to the eye, battles are divided into rounds, with all the tiny nice stuff like character introductions and outros being intact(fun fact: the characters will even comment on their score after the battle), the game also features an awakening system, called the "Seventh Sense" awakening, unlike the NUNS awakening system which became severely unbalanced in the later game, every character simply gains a damage/defense boost, with the conditions being the same for all characters, eliminating situations when one character can use awakening at almost any point in the battle, or one awakening being drastically stronger than the other, the game has a story mode with three story arcs used to unlock characters, a collection mode, tournament modes, a survival mode, a series of special versus modes and online battle modes. all in all, Brave Soldiers is a decent fighting game, with a balanced cast of characters, a fast yet technical combat, lovely graphics, a lot of content to explore and all that 80's swag Full Review »