feels more like an update than a true sequel

User Rating: 8.9 | Bleach DS 2nd: Kokui Hirameku Requiem DS
Bleach DS 2nd: Kokui Hirameku Requiem is the second installment of the Bleach series on the DS. The series is a unique fighting game on the DS. This game maintains that image extremely well. That being said it also felt more like an update rather than a true sequel. Most of the new characters that have been added have a terrible move set and for the most part those who have played the original will stick with the original characters as well as those new to the series. The story mode is a very nice addition to the game but the story itself is disappointing. Some of the older modes from the old game have been changed for better or worse. Survival mode for example now allows you to continuously earn money rather than stopping after 20 fights and forcing you to win 100; however, the amount of money you earn is significantly less. Also Arcade, Time Attack, and Survival mode now have a feature to play either 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 which provides a new experience but will more often hinder than help you. Also the gallery mode which was a iconic feature of the first game due to its dual screen images is still here but has much fewer images and no dual screen images. Overall here's how it did in the following categories:

Graphics: the graphics are a significant improvement over the original. Many of the characters from the original that may have looked a little pixelated have been cleaned up. the attention to detail in this game is very nice. things such as byakuya's scarf blowing as he launches his special A and the bells on kenpachi's hair are all modeled very well and finally hitsugaya has his proper bankai which looks gorgeous.

Gameplay: the gameplay is a very street fighter-esque fighting style. three buttons control the attack buttons one button to block one to switch planes and one to perform a flash step. combos can also be performed with button combinations or by touching the appropriate button on the touch screen. the gameplay has remained mostly the same from the first game with few tweaks in some of the original characters which is a good or bad thing depending on who you are playing as. The time a character can remain in his bankai has decreased quite a bit from the original. The card system is still there and a new reiju system has been added which give the characters permanent stat boosts which is nice. Sound: the sound remains just as clear and crisp. All the new characters have their voices in perfectly and the voices of the original characters remain fabulous. the soundtrack in this game seems a bit less comforting than the first one but still gets the job done

Overall Bleach DS 2nd is a game that may appeal more to fans of the series but nonetheless is a great game that any fighting fan should check out.