Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 2, 2012
    74
    Despite its lengthy intro, it isn't quite clear who the Saints are, what they can do and why there is fighting to be done. Only those who know the original stories will be able to fully grasp what is going on. Luckily you do get a decent tutorial. [April 2012, p.90]
  2. Games Master UK
    Apr 3, 2012
    71
    Manga fans will enjoy this, but it's too repetitive to keep most playing for long. [May 2012, p.89]
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    71
    A fun Japanese game, but it feels a bit dated, especially in the graphics department.
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    70
    The anime that this game is based upon may not be as popular as other Japanese animation, but Sanctuary Battle makes a decent effort to keep up with the true spirit of Kurumada's original vision. The fighting system is great, the art direction beautiful and the overall experience can be rewarding even for those who are not acquainted with the manga/ anime.
  5. Mar 19, 2012
    68
    Musou-style gameplay strikes again: the game could have been a much better adaptation of the beloved Japanese series, instead we are getting a bunch of long and repetitive skirmishes and excellent cutscenes. Fans will be pleased with the good amount of extra content, despite some technical nuisances.
  6. Mar 20, 2012
    65
    The game does not excel in its genre and gets repetitive soon, and will only be interesting for series followers.
  7. Mar 20, 2012
    65
    As every "musou" game, Sanctuary Battle is dull and iterative. Still, you can play with every single character seen in the anime (yes, even with missing Gold Saints): discoverying their moves and made them fight each other in the mission mode is something that fans should not miss for any reason.
  8. Hyper Magazine
    May 14, 2012
    60
    There are explosively brief thrills to be had, but makes it really hard for most peeps to give it a chance. [June 2012, p.72]
  9. Apr 18, 2012
    60
    Saint Seiya isn't exactly a great game. It's a game that suffers from repetition, an awkward camera, and button bashing to beat generic enemies (bosses save this situation).
  10. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle is the perfect example of a wasted opportunity. Just like most of the games based on popular anime licences, Saint Seiya is graphically awful, but with tons of nice touches aimed to the hardcore fans. If you like the original brand, you could like this game too.
  11. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    It may not reach the the ultimate cosmos energy state, but Saint Seiya is still unmissable for the fans of the anime or the manga. It works easily around the traps of a too strict adaptation that would hurt the gameplay fun, and offers a beat'em all that may feel very redundant, still, but still a very enjoyable one for the fans. It's pretty, the characters are nicely modelled, and one can play a large selection of the characters, with the attacks and the musics that go with it.
  12. Play UK
    Mar 28, 2012
    52
    Not really worth bothering with. [Issue#216, p.80]
  13. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 7, 2012
    50
    A dodgily produced cash-in of a chestnut anime. [May 2012, p81]
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 28, 2012
    50
    It quickly becomes repetitive nonsense. [Apr 2012, p.97]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. May 19, 2012
    7
    If you like the tv series, you can enjoy this game. The battles are a little repetitive and the graphics are not the best in this generation,If you like the tv series, you can enjoy this game. The battles are a little repetitive and the graphics are not the best in this generation, but you can revive the epic battles in the sanctuary!. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2012
    6
    First of all, such a game must be reviewed by fans of the Saint Seiya series (which is, by the way, the best anime of all time).

    Let's review
    First of all, such a game must be reviewed by fans of the Saint Seiya series (which is, by the way, the best anime of all time).

    Let's review each aspect of the game separately, shall we? Graphics: One of the weakest points of the game. The graphics are reminiscent of the PS2 era. And we know that the PS3 is capable of much better graphics than the ones implemented. The game should have graphics close to the ones implemented in Valkyria chronicles and Naruto. I know that the game was made on low budget...But still...The current graphics does no justice to an anime of this caliber.

    Story: The Sanctuary Arc story of Saint Seiya in the game is, simply put... Butchered. The story as told in the original anime or manga is epic and unique.
    But the game ruins it with cheesy lines and unexplained plot holes. The voice acting is awful too.And the European version should have been dubbed not subbed...But again, budget limitations.

    Gameplay: The combat system is somehow decent. Fast paced, responsive, and varied among characters. Unfortunately, the minions fights between bosses is boring and repetitive.

    Other: - The lack of local and online multiplayer is unforgivable.
    - Insulting overpriced locked content on disc.
    - Again, does no justice to the series.
    - The anime's beautiful music is completely absent in the game.

    Bottom line: the Saint Seiya theme and story provide the potential to be the greatest game on PS3. Unfortunately, the game is poorly executed. Still, I advise hardcore fans of the anime to buy the game full price as I did only to encourage other developers to hopefully realize its full potential in the future.

    Saint Seiya...We still Believe...And we still Hope.
    Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    7
    Not a very good game but not a bad game at all ! The gameplay is dynamic and (almost) respects the original story... Graphics are not bad butNot a very good game but not a bad game at all ! The gameplay is dynamic and (almost) respects the original story... Graphics are not bad but it could be better, PS3 is able to do a lot better. The game misses a versus mode, and the DLCs are too expensive. That's a game for fans only... Full Review »