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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Hack and Slash Saint Seiya Game!
Before the review starts I would just like to say that this game has Japanese Audio with English Subtitles, so may not be suited for all.

Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Battle is a game in the same kind of style to the Dynasty Warriors games, it is one person against many in a hack and slash action based map except when fighting a boss where the game is one on one...
Published on 23 April 2012 by Telik

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed...
Nice graphics but they could be still better. The story mode is kind of short and repetitive and not totally faithful to the original manga/anime like other videogames based in manga/anime series such as "Fist of the North Star". Not what I expected...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Hack and Slash Saint Seiya Game!, 23 April 2012
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Before the review starts I would just like to say that this game has Japanese Audio with English Subtitles, so may not be suited for all.

Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Battle is a game in the same kind of style to the Dynasty Warriors games, it is one person against many in a hack and slash action based map except when fighting a boss where the game is one on one. The game has many characters from the Saint Seiya series, though its focus is on the Sanctuary Saga as the title implies, so it has the 5 Bronze Saints and 11 of the Gold Saints as well as two female Silver Saints. The only Gold Saint not in the game is the Libra Gold Saint Dohko, but he can be downloaded via the PSN store to complete your Gold Saint line up. All characters in the game can get to level 99, and there are a lot of skills to purchase as well so you can really make each character your own.

As stated above, gameplay wise, the game shows signs of being like a Dynasty Warriors game. Your basic combos are made up of different combinations of the square and triangle buttons. However unlike the Dynasty Warriors series you have two or three special attacks to use, depending of the character used. These special attacks are used as such: circle uses special attack one, R1 uses special attack two, and pressing R1 and circle together will use special attack three if the character has one. Each special attack uses up some of the "cosmo gauge" which will gradually fill up while fighting and can also be used to go into a mode known as "7th Sense". In this mode time will slow down for a brief amount and allow you to catch enemies off guard with your attacks. The 7th Sense mode is also very handy in the boss battles as it can extend the moment of weakness the bosses have during their attacks allowing you to damage them much easier. In the boss battles you can also sometimes use a very powerful attack called a Big Bang Attack, to use this the icon to the left of your health and cosmo bar must be glowing and then you attack the boss with a special attack but also hold down R2 when inputting the attack. If the attack hits it will show a small cut scene of the character using a more powerful version of the attack used causing major damage to the boss.

The story of the game is done very well, with your main objective being to get to the temple of the Grand Pope in order to save the reborn Athena, Saori Kido, from dying. This involves going through each of the 12 Gold Saints temples, and of course having to battle them in order to progress. In between each temple battle there are pathways battles, which is where the game becomes like a Dynasty Warriors game as your objective here is to defeat all the enemy soldiers on your way towards the next temple. In the main story mode you will use the 5 Bronze Saints of the series (Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, Andromeda Shun and Phoenix Ikki) The one you use will be pre determined for the stage you are about to do. Also upon finishing the normal story mode you unlock either 4 or 5 smaller stories, which unlock a couple more characters for use. I should also add that, while the story has 4 difficulty options to pick from at the start it also has a further 4 to unlock as well making the game have a lot of replay value and challenge.

So other than the story mode there is also Mission mode which has three options available for you and also lets you use any character you have unlocked (unless stated otherwise on the mission). The first is a single player option that lets you pick one of several stage sets which will consist of various path and temple battles, and have varying difficulty as well. The second choice is Tag Matches where you and a friend (or AI) battle against a Gold Saint Boss as well as some general enemies. The last of the three is Survival mode, where as the name implies, your job is just to survive as long as possible. Each of these three can also been doing in an Online Ranking option where you can try to beat the times and scores of others around the world.

The game also has a large gallery selection that lets you view the in game character models of character, view cut scenes of the game, listen to the music of the game (unlocked after finishing story mode) and also a large gallery of Bandai's various figure collection of the Saint Seiya franchise. And on a last note I would like to add that the game has 4 DLC characters and a set of new costumes for the 5 Bronze Saints out at the time of writing this, with a further 2 characters still to come out.

I would very highly recommend this title to all Saint Seiya fans, as well as fans of the Dynasty Warriors series or even just someone who is looking for a fun game to pass time with some hack and slash fun! Hopefully this review has been helpful to you in deciding whether or not to purchase this game as it has been my first review posted here on Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans only, 16 Oct 2012
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I think this game is only for fans, in this genre there are better titles and it is a bit repetitive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Seiya, 26 May 2012
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Saint Seya Sanctuary Battle follows the Sanctuary Arc of the manga, if you're not familiar with the story you might want to check it out before playing the game.

The game is somewhat similar to Dinasty Warriors, you go through multiple stages fighting hordes of enemies and at the end of each level you'll fight a boss, one of the twelve gold saints. The main story can be completed in about 2-3 hours it doesn't take long, but there are other modes that make the experience last longer, like the mission mode.

Overall the game is fun, you can destroy multiple enemies at the same time by unleashing a wide variety of combos and they really did a good job in recreating the fights that we see in the anime and manga to the game. However I do feel that after a while the game becomes repetitive, specially in the main storyline where you have to keep doing the same thing over and over again.

The soundtrack is pretty good in fact they use some of the tracks of the anime, gives you a nostalgic feeling if you're a Saint Seiya fan like myself.

There's also a wide variety of characters that you can use, you'll unlock them as you complete the stages and the missions.

Positives:
- Great battles, similar to the anime/manga;
- Big roster of playable characters;
- Nostalgic soundtrack;

Negatives:
- Becomes repetitive after a while;
- Might be hard to get into if you don't know the story;
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed..., 23 Mar 2014
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Nice graphics but they could be still better. The story mode is kind of short and repetitive and not totally faithful to the original manga/anime like other videogames based in manga/anime series such as "Fist of the North Star". Not what I expected...
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4.0 out of 5 stars saint Seiya (aka kes chevaliers du Zodiaque) not for the UK audience, 15 Jan 2014
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Saint Seiya is an animé/Manga which is not well known in UK, therefore it will be hard for this audience to appreciate the video game and the story. People who live and grew up in European countries such as Spain, Italy , Belgium, France or Switzerland and watched the series when it was broadcast won't need much explanation about the story and forgive some aspect of the game.

It has to be say that if you have not see or read any other material don't buy it (seriously). It will be a disappointment and giving how ridiculously expensive the game (£20-£40) is it would be a waste. This matter can be explain by how the Japanese market their video game,as they always assume you read the manga, watch the animé and want to play the video which is true in Japan but not always true outside.

Having played/owned the PS2 version and played that game for 2 hours. i can tell there are the same games except that game have DLC which were included in the PS2 version. Obviously the graphics has been improved but the mechanic of the game is the same. I would go as far as to say the PS3 could be call: Saint Seiya Sanctuary Battle HD. If you have a PS2 version and you just want to have easy trophy achievement here a game for you.

If you have not noticed yet, I am a fan of the manga/animé and I can excuse the graphic (could have been better), some aspect of the story and the mechanic of the game. Saying that I do believe the game fail to take the story from the beginning of the series and ending it after you beat the great pop. This is why people (fans or not) will be greatly disappointed. Additionally that aspect of this game fails to appeal potential newcomers (who never heard (or just a bit) of the animé or manga) and provide more content for fans who are long fans of the series in the first place. If you take into account the disc is a Blu-Ray, the graphics are not WOW factor and the cast is not vast enough, I don't think it would be hard to add more story.

If you are:
- a Saint Seiya Fans (mean read the manga or watch the series)
- Did not buy the PS2 version
- not a fighting game fan
- you are not a graphic obsesses.

Then this game is simple and you will have fun playing it .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game, 12 Nov 2013
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Good game, it arrive to me in very good conditions, i would recommend it to every Saint Seiya fan out there, to remember the childhood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good fanbase material, 2 April 2013
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The game is ok if you're a super fan of the series. If you're not I guess you can find better options.

The game is Dynasty Warriors style, so a bunch of enemies to defeat while moving towards each of the 12 Zodiac Temples, plus a big boss fight with the Golden Saints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 10 Feb 2013
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I like very much this game, I play him every day, like the anime and play the game is awsome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Game, 29 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent game, specially for the fans of these comics.
I abolutely recommend it to all of you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comment, 22 Aug 2012
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Love this game, I didn t expect too much when I started playing but it is better than expected and lot of fun playing with different Saints. However it is for Fans. I hope they ll do Asgard, Poseidon and Hades sagas.
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