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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle - Gameplay 2
May 19, 2014CyberConnect2 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.
Playstation Official Magazine AustraliaJun 16, 2014All-star Battle is strictly for fans, unless you want Japanese culture to slap you in the face. [July 2014, p80]
May 2, 2014A 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.… Expand
May 2, 2014Excellent 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.… Expand
May 3, 2014Excellent game for Jojo fans. Full of fabulous poses.
+ Music + Graphics + Gameplay + Fabulous poses + Characters + JapaneseExcellent game for Jojo fans. Full of fabulous poses.
+ Fabulous poses
+ Japanese voices
- Stages (quantity)… Expand
Nov 20, 2016El juego es todo lo que esperarías de un juego de JOJO asi de simple, si no eres fan ni lo compres, no veras algún tipo de historia que teEl juego es todo lo que esperarías de un juego de JOJO asi de simple, si no eres fan ni lo compres, no veras algún tipo de historia que te ayude a entender, ya que antes de cada batalla solo se sueltan algunas lineas para ponerte en contexto pero que no son ni el 10% de la trama real.… Expand
Apr 30, 2014I'm not very good with fighting games and usually don't like them, so take that as you will. As for the game, it is a lot of fun, there are aI'm not very good with fighting games and usually don't like them, so take that as you will. As for the game, it is a lot of fun, there are a lot of cool things in it for fans of the series; the random stage dangers are all pretty iconic things despite being very annoying. The only problems I've had with the game is the story being somewhat bare and is really not for someone new to the series. In between fights are some different pages of text explaining very briefly what happens. Also some characters have had name changes, AC/DC was changed to EsiDesi and Polnareff was changed to Eiffel. The only big problem is that if you buy the digital version of the game the game won't recognize the Campaign Pack (without this you can't do the Campaign mode which unlocks most of the things in the game excluding characters, and online Versus is also blocked without the pack) and as of 4/30 it has not been patched. These problems aside it is still a must buy for fans of the series.… Expand
Jul 24, 2018This game is only for fans more than anything
-The design -The animations -Everything in this game makes references to the JojoThis game is only for fans more than anything
-Everything in this game makes references to the Jojo franchise, even small details make sense in the canon.
-Very little content in general, you can achieve the platinum in less than 6 hours… Expand