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. Jun 7, 2014
    60
    Brilliant presentation, flawed execution. Add [10 or 20 points] if you like Jojo's. [Issue#249, p.68]
  2. May 5, 2014
    74
    JoJo’s exhibits a flagrant disregard for rules - both visual and mechanical - and for that, I truly love it.
  3. 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.
  4. May 19, 2014
    70
    CyberConnect2 created the ultimate game for fans of the show, with JoJo's Bizarre Adventures: All-Star Battle. With the forty characters and five different fighting styles the game is as extravagant as you might expect. Unfortunately it's also very unbalanced and the story mode disappoints when it comes to appearance. The micro transactions in the campaign are also quite repulsive.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. May 6, 2014
    67
    Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is an enjoyable fighting title if you are looking for a casual experience. However, from a competitive standpoint, it lacks a solid combat system and almost all the bizarre fighters are unbalanced. It's a shame because this is a good looking adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's manga.
  8. Apr 24, 2014
    82
    A great fighting game that will appeal to fans of the manga and veteran players of fighting games.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Jun 12, 2014
    78
    A cartoony fighting game based on the world of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure? That sounds really promising for people who are already fans of the manga but everyone else are going to be confused because they don't know the source material and the game doesn't explain it well enough. The end result is a decent fighting game that has a big roster of goofy characters and a nice looking cell-shaded style but a weak story mode and laggy online experience. [June 2014]
  12. 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.
  13. All-star Battle is strictly for fans, unless you want Japanese culture to slap you in the face. [July 2014, p80]
  14. Does little to open the door for anyone other than JoJo vets. [July 2014, p.80]
  15. 60
    A unique fighting game with an avant-grade character design due to it staying true to the manga source material. It is a fun game for fans of the manga, and also for fighting game enthusiasts looking for something new. Non-fighting fans won't get much out of it other than learning about the world of Jojo and his bizarre adventures.
  16. 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.
  17. May 22, 2014
    70
    An oddball mixture of zany visuals and anomalous personas that pays respect to both hardcore fans and Hirohiko Araki's singular vision.
  18. 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.
  19. May 29, 2014
    60
    The latest take at JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a fair and accessible fighting game that offers something different from the crowd.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. May 26, 2014
    75
    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle is a nice game full of action and great battles. The colorful and cartoonish design adds to the game play experience. Sadly enough, the story is quite difficult to follow if you are new to the franchise.
  23. May 13, 2014
    70
    While JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star absolutely looks the part, it falls short of its potential with its poor implementation of the story mode and online multiplayer.
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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