Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. 84
    One heck of a good time. It feels like a lot of love and care was put into the game, in an attempt to make it appeal to both hardcore fighting game fans and anime fans, and it does! If you are looking for an awesome fighter with some unique systems, check this one out.
  2. May 2, 2014
    60
    Once the glitz and glamour fade and you dive a little deeper into this game, the cracks begin to show. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is packed with style, but simply lacks the substance to back it up.
  3. May 1, 2014
    80
    Pick it up if you’re looking for a fighting game that’s a little different and packed with personality.
  4. May 1, 2014
    70
    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle has some shortcomings with its story mode, overall content and that awful microtransactions malarkey, but there’s no doubting that there is a solid fighting game at its core that anyone can have fun with.
  5. May 1, 2014
    60
    All-Star Battle's incredible presentation far outclasses its slower one-on-one gameplay and adequate modes. Diehard JoJo fans will be in heaven, but the uninitiated will lose interest once the invigorating shock of the fabulous visuals wears off.
  6. Apr 29, 2014
    70
    The game stumbles when you add in the micro-transactions found in the online-only Campaign Mode and the $2 price tag for each of the 14 DLC characters. Hardcore JoJo fans also need to watch out for the dodgy name localizations of the music-themed cast.
  7. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    An incredible homage to one of the best manga ever created. A solid beat'em up, not technical as a Street Fighter but deep enough to please the fan of the genre.
  8. Apr 29, 2014
    60
    Suitably outrageous and undeniably fun, but even fans of the source material will be disappointed at a fighting game that values spectacle over substance.
  9. Apr 29, 2014
    70
    If you approach All-Star Battle as a fighting game first and foremost, you'll discover a satisfyingly complex combat system with a few lacklustre modes. Not a 10, then, but this Jo is far from average.
  10. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    A fun if slightly shallow fighting game for most, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure fans will absolutely adore All Star Battle. For that select few, this is a must have.
  11. Apr 27, 2014
    50
    Playing this with a friend, you might get a solid evening's enjoyment out of JoJo's ludicrous special moves. But that's about it. As a fighting game, this doesn't present any contest to any of the established competitors.
  12. Apr 26, 2014
    70
    JoJo's Bizarre Adventures: All Star Battle is a fun and visually stunning fighting game from CyberConnect2. The free-to-play elements are simply wrong for a full price game and its basic gameplay is not enough for fighting games veterans, but if you like the original manga this is a must buy. Hands down.
  13. Apr 25, 2014
    70
    The lack of a tutorial, a stunted story mode, and the inclusion of a poorly judged free-to-play component drains some of the colour from the experience, but as soon as you land that special heart attack, you'll quickly forget all about its shortcomings.
  14. Apr 25, 2014
    85
    Fans of Versus Fighting or 2D fighting games in general, do not miss the gem called Jojo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle, even if you don't know a thing about the series or the manga. Like Street Fighter 4, CyberConnect2's title will appeal to newbies and veterans alike thanks to its arcade stick and its smooth gameplay, but it's also filled with subtleties that require skill if you get into it. Top all this with brilliant direction (awesome graphics) and a base roster of 32 characters with many interesting game modes (besides the useless campaign mode which has a despicable business model) and you'll get an explosive mix. A very nice game to pick up while waiting for Ultra Street Fighter IV, set for this summer, and which is going to be another update of Capcom's fighting game.
  15. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    A visually ballistic and staggeringly polished fighter that offers great lip service for fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure while also delivering a game with enough flair to appeal to both determined and casual fans of the fighting genre. And if there’s one thing people will remember about All Star Battle, it’s that it’s stylish. Mission accomplished, Cyber Connect 2.
  16. Apr 25, 2014
    80
    A really good fighting game based upon the characters created by Hirohiko Araki. Full of fighters to choose from, game modes and nice humourous touches.
  17. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    JoJo's Bizarre Adventures: All-Star Battle is not a perfect fighting game by any means and shows how inexperienced CyberConnect2 still is in that department. However, it's fun and bizarre as much as the series itself and it delivers tons of fan service by totally understanding its source material.
  18. Apr 24, 2014
    82
    Cyberconnect2 offers us the first game of the franchise that arrives to the West. Many playable modes, astonishing visuals and a vast array of characters to play. Without a doubt, the best JoJo's Bizarre Adventure game.
  19. Apr 24, 2014
    90
    Simply put, this is the fighting game every JoJo fan dreamed to play and it's a great example of how to take inspiration from the best games out there and add something of yours.
  20. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Obviously there are better options if you're looking for a fighting game, but this game is a must-have for fans of the franchise.
  21. Apr 24, 2014
    80
    Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is a great fighting game, featuring an amazing roster, well-implemented mechanics and the same charm of the fascinating manga by Araki. Its only weaknesses lie in the field of content, which is particularly noticeable in the simplistic story mode.
  22. Apr 24, 2014
    82
    A great fighting game that will appeal to fans of the manga and veteran players of fighting games.
  23. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    A nice fighting game. It is rather interesting on the gameplay side, but fans of the manga will be especially pleased to see that this adaptation is visually stunning! The game's DLC policy is abusive, though.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 3, 2014
    10
    Excellent game for Jojo fans. Full of fabulous poses.
    Pros:
    + Music + Graphics + Gameplay + Fabulous poses + Characters + Japanese
    Excellent game for Jojo fans. Full of fabulous poses.
    Pros:
    + Music
    + Graphics
    + Gameplay
    + Fabulous poses
    + Characters
    + Japanese voices
    Cons:
    - 30fps
    - Stages (quantity)
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  2. May 2, 2014
    10
    Excellent game for jojo fans. This game is a dream come true for fans of the manga. I haven't had this much fun playing a fighting game in aExcellent game for jojo fans. This game is a dream come true for fans of the manga. I haven't had this much fun playing a fighting game in a while. Most of the critics nitpicks are because they don't realize that this is a love letter for jojo fans first and foremost. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2014
    10
    A lot of the critical reviews for this game appear to be from people who have probably never read the JoJo manga before and are simply judgingA lot of the critical reviews for this game appear to be from people who have probably never read the JoJo manga before and are simply judging it on the basis of being a complete outsider to the series. To me this seems unfair to what this game was meant to be; first and foremost, this game was designed to be fanservice for fans of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. So far only Parts 1-3 have been animated, and the other 5 story arcs most likely won't be animated for a few years. However, this game brings the entire manga to life. If there's one thing you can truly say about this game, it's that it is incredibly loyal to the manga that it's based on. While there is a heavier focus on characters from Parts 2-5, no story arc in the manga has been left in the dust. You can play as several of your favourite characters in the series, and if you can't fight as them, at the very least you're likely to find them appear in the background of a stage, as a stage hazard, as one of the many characters guiding your around the game's menus, as one of the characters giving you support items and battery charge in the campaign or appearing in some other way. In Japan at least, the game's release was such an affair that the game itself had it's own training with JoJo characters all over it running for a few weeks.

    The game itself has great graphics, some have complained in the past about the Japanese version being only 30fps, but the game itself looks so fluid now that I think the fps has become better. only during certain animations or stages does the fps seem to drop slightly. The game at it's core is a pretty solid fighter. It's not about to redefine the genre or give Street Fighter and Guilty Gear a run for their money, but overall I could imagine people playing this game at tournaments. With that said, at the very top levels of play, certain characters do have an edge over others (Jolyne and Johnny come to mind) and some characters just aren't going to fare that well against others (Valentine). However, most players don't play at this level, and the game is designed so that even newer players stand a chance against experience players who use combos and understand the mechanics of the game well. As for mechanics specific to this game, there are stylish moves which are similar to parrying in 3rd Strike (block at the exact time someone attacks you), Stand Rush (using a stand attack, and then being able to rush down the other player with your character as your stand attacks; can be used for certain combos), puttstun cancelling (similar to roman cancel in guilty gear) and also taunt cancelling to do certain combos.

    One thing about this game is that it stays incredibly loyal to the manga in terms of poses the characters make, outfits that can be unlocked, dialogue the characters have among one another. Also the abilities themselves, even the ones that seem broken at first, are in the game and made to be somewhat balanced overall. For example, you can become Ultimate Kars, Use C-Moon and Made In Heaven as Enrico, you can get Gold Experience Requiem as Giorno, you can stop time and reenact the final battle of Jotaro vs DIO in Jotaro vs DIO matches, you can upgrade Tusk up to Act 4 and use him essentially exactly as Johnny does (complete with "Chummiiii!" sounds), you can use all of Mista's Sex Pistols to have bullets flying all around the screen, you can make Joseph taunt by telling people what they're going to say next. As I've said previously, this game is at its core, a work of fanservice for fans of the JoJo manga. In this sense, it's a great work. Some have complained about renamings in the localizations, but at the end of the day these renames are mostly in subtitles only. You will always hear Avdol call Polnareff "Polnareff" even if the subtitles say "Eiffel". You can always turn subs off, but honestly if you've read the manga and know all the characters, you are always going to hear Jolyne crying out "Stone Free!" or Giorno saying "Gold Experience Requiem!" among others.

    Overall, I would say if you are a fan of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, you're just depriving yourself if you don't buy this game. If you're a fan of the fighting genre, try the game out as a demo or at a friend's house and see if you think it would be fun for you. I would almost give this game a perfect 10, but the lack of character balance at top tiers, the sloppy launch by Bandai-Namco USA and the occasionally laggy netcode all detract from the experience. If the netcode and character balance was improved by patching from Namco/CC2, I'd give this game a perfect 10 as being one of the best new fighters and one of the best products ever produced in the JoJo franchise.
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