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Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 64
  2. Negative: 9 out of 64
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  1. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    Jump Force still has problems in the current version. The balancing could still use fine tuning, the lobby is awkward, and the constant load times are annoying. Nevertheless, I enjoy the game, especially after I came to understand the combat system. Of course, it's not as complicated and diverse as a classic 2D examiner, but it's still a pleasure to try all your abilities.
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    75
    An uncomplicated concession for fans of several generations to come together in a game that is more fun than competitive. The confluence of so many universes in which at the moment is the definitive crossover of the Shonen.
  3. Feb 13, 2019
    75
    There is plenty to wish for in this anime mash-up, but thankfully a lot of good things that Jump Force delivers will keep you occupied and prevent the much needed nitpicking. So after all the initial hype diminishes, let us all join and shout - the next "jump" game needs to be much better!
  4. Feb 13, 2019
    73
    Jump Force’s gameplay is spectacular and amazing, but too many technical issues get in the way, ruining part of the fun.
  5. Feb 15, 2019
    71
    Joining so many manga stars is with no doubt the great feature of a fighting game that feels just OK. Sometimes it's flashy, but also out of balance.
  6. Feb 15, 2019
    70
    Jump Force works great both as a combat title with easy and fun gameplay mechanics and a crossover plagued with tons of fan service derived from the manga and series it gathers. Sadly, its presentation leaves a lot to be desired, its story is completely absurd and you have some technical issues that restrain it from becoming that dream game many fans wanted.
  7. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Jump Force is a good title for manga and anime fans. However, the game does not manage to meet our expectations due to several technical problems as well as the lack of an interesting story.
  8. Feb 13, 2019
    70
    What this game is really about is fan service and I must admit that it succeeds in offering folks up a hefty chunk in that department. Jump Force knows that it’s really for the Shonen Jump fans and if you are a fan there’s plenty to like here. One would probably be better off focusing on the core fighting game aspects though.
  9. Feb 13, 2019
    70
    Jump Force is a worthy celebration of the legacy of Shonen Jump manga, but it honors its source material a little too well with how filler-heavy the middle of its story arc is.
  10. Feb 13, 2019
    69
    Jump Force features a massive cast of characters but its gameplay is definitely flashier than deep which makes it eventually become incredibly monotonous and tough to enjoy. Hopefully, Arc System Works will make Bandai Namco's next crossover fighter.
  11. Feb 14, 2019
    66
    Jump Force is a game full of good intentions; their execution, however, is heavily flawed.
  12. Mar 1, 2019
    65
    Jump Force is not a bad fighting game. In fact, anime and manga fans will have a good time here even if they are a casual player of fighting games. The issue is that it is wrapped around a boring a tedious hub world for pretty much everything you do. The story is decent, but the actual cut scenes can be questionable and make the entire package look low budget, but in the end, it’s a fun flashy fighting game. You’re just going to have to wade through some mediocre stuff to get to it.
  13. Feb 28, 2019
    65
    Although I found a little happiness while playing this game, it is still not a good choice for Jump fans.
  14. Feb 16, 2019
    65
    Jump Force is the kind of game that would usually just come and go due to how unimpressive and flawed of an effort it is, and it’s more than likely that that’s exactly what it is going to do. And yet, buried beneath all of the bad is some honest amount of good. It’s almost a shame that Jump Force wasn’t more of a mess in everything other than its 3-vs-3 fights, because the game would be a whole lot more enjoyable if we were able to laugh at its terribleness more often.
  15. Feb 15, 2019
    65
    Quotation forthcoming.
  16. Feb 14, 2019
    65
    Jump Force is an ambitious fighting game that stumbles several times over itself, in an attempt to overcome its predecessors and to chase other famous exponents of the genre.
  17. Jump Force unites big Shonen Jump series for fighting. However story and character is terrible. But if you are big anime or manga fan, you should play this game.
  18. Feb 13, 2019
    63
    If you’ve got like-minded anime fans who are down to smash some buttons and watch the sparks fly, Jump Force’s fighting system allows for at least a few hours of shallow fun before it gets stale and repetitive. The bland story feels half-baked and never does anything interesting with its impressive roster of beloved characters who’ve rarely or never had the chance to meet before, making this celebration of 50 years of Weekly Shonen Jump a disappointment overall.
  19. Feb 18, 2019
    61
    Jump Force is a very disappointing game and not only because of the choice to set the narrative on our planet. The low-deep combat system and the clumsy technical department outline a raw game, though full of interesting material to draw on. Paradoxically, the singular artistic direction is only the last of the problems of the game, which sees in its encyclopedic nature the only truly good element.
  20. Mar 5, 2019
    60
    Jump Force isn't bad, it is instead mediocre. Instead of a huge celebration of Shonen Jump it instead feels like the kind of party nobody turned up to. It can be fun for a short while, but the lack of depth and strange cutscenes will quickly run that out.
  21. Feb 27, 2019
    60
    Jump Force is a stunning explosion of iconic manga characters across decades of publication, all wrapped up in a single package of over the top brawling that is decadent on the outside and ultimately hollow inside when cracked open.
  22. 60
    Jump Force fulfils its central purpose - anime fighting - splendidly. Instead of focusing on that brilliance, the developers piled disconnected features from other games on top. With better utilisation of fanservice and context for the characters present, this could have gone down as Bandai Namco's best outing in the category, but the love still shines through.
  23. Feb 22, 2019
    60
    Jump Force is a disappointment fighting game with a simple combat system and a poor story mode. Son Goku, Naruto and Luffy deserved a better video game.
  24. Feb 21, 2019
    60
    While it can be enjoyable, Jump Force’s power level is nowhere near 9000. This is unfortunate, as the concept for Jump Force is a good idea at its basic level and it’s clear the developers are passionate about the source material but the title ultimately does not live up to the idea’s potential. The story fails to really explain what’s going on and who all these characters are, but also is able to do so in a way where you don’t really care that you’re missing out on what should be pertinent information. The gameplay itself is enjoyable though not groundbreaking, and while there’s a fair amount of fun to be had here, there are more worthwhile options out there.
  25. Feb 19, 2019
    60
    Jump Force is an interesting showcase for anime crossover fights. The story is very shallow and repetitive, but the combat is still enjoyable. Characters suffer from odd design choices, but the Japanese voice acting is great.
  26. Feb 18, 2019
    60
    Although it was presented to the world as a fighting game, Jump Force ended up eclipsing and sabotaging its proposal by hiding it behind a series of bad implementations, design problems and little or no attention in key areas. Yes, underneath all this is that funny proposal that manages to shine at important moments, but even there are weight problems that end up leaving a more sour than sweet flavor.
  27. Feb 18, 2019
    60
    Jump Force feels more like a game you’d watch rather than own. For Shōnen Jump’s 50th anniversary celebration, it’s lacking in crucial areas.
  28. Feb 18, 2019
    60
    Jump Force, ultimately, is a title that doesn't do much to sway non-anime fans and will leave its faithful needing more, with its slow story pacing, uninspired combat and plenty of technical issues meaning its true potential may never be realised.
  29. Feb 15, 2019
    60
    Jump Force is shallow through and through. We feel only some fans will find it fun for a few hours but they will eventually drop it too.
  30. Feb 15, 2019
    60
    Everything outside of that core combat feels so wishy-washy and uninteresting, that I can’t recommend Jump Force to anyone that doesn’t have an immediate interest in anime. If these characters have been a huge part of your life, or you’re familiar with a few of the series, you’ll definitely enjoy it, but go in with some lowered expectations.
  31. Feb 15, 2019
    60
    An ambitious brawler that suffers from something of an identity crisis, Jump Force will nevertheless delight anime fans – especially those of a vintage who knows the more obscure characters included here.
  32. Feb 13, 2019
    60
    Like the Dissidia series, Jump Force is something I'm going to be coming back to for random bits of fun throughout the years.
  33. Feb 13, 2019
    60
    Jump Force is a beautiful mess of a fighting game, its huge roster and delightful gameplay surrounded by unnecessary structure and single player.
  34. Feb 13, 2019
    60
    Jump Force has major problems, but it can actually be really fun. It feels tedious when playing missions, and repetitive at times in combat. But using your favourite characters' abilities in battle remains fun throughout. It's going to be an acquired taste, but anime fans will actually find a lot to enjoy here. Just stick to the online play, where you can remain blissfully ignorant of the awful cutscenes and animation.
  35. Feb 22, 2019
    57
    Jump Force looks amazing, but in the end it is just one huge, shallow, one-dimensional smörgåsbord of Japanese franchises that deserve much better. Hopefully, for the next Jump-game, the developer doesn't spend all it's money on graphics.
  36. Feb 25, 2019
    56
    Jump Force is an exercise in wasted potential, which is a real shame considering the strong roster of characters and engaging worlds they all hail from. The combat is lackluster and repetitive, despite being punctuated by flashy iconic special moves. Heavy grind and boring mission structure turn saving the world into a chore.
  37. Feb 27, 2019
    55
    Jump Force wanted to be something for every anime fan, but while there’s plenty of fan service there just isn’t enough substance to proceedings.
  38. Feb 27, 2019
    55
    An ambitious and interesting game that disappoints in practice due to a lack of depth. Audiovisually the quality is hit and miss and the roster mostly focuses on three anime series which is a real missed opportunity. Load times are also horrible. A lot of potential here that has gone to waste.
  39. Feb 19, 2019
    55
    Jump Force could have been another great fighter but is held back by dreadful animation, a tiresome main hub, questionable mechanics and a lackluster story. Fans looking for the next great thing in Anime Fighters will likely be left unimpressed and wanting.
  40. 55
    Jump Force tries once again to bring characters from the most popular Shonan Jump franchises together, but once again fails to find balance with its characters and its mechanics. There is fun to be had, but when you dig deep into Jump Force it starts to show just how unpolished it truly is.
  41. Feb 15, 2019
    55
    Jump Force is disappointing. A very shallow fighting game that doesn’t live up to the expectations of all the characters and franchises it is based on.
  42. Feb 14, 2019
    55
    40 playable characters and a huge fan service isn't enough for a fighting game. The game is technically disappointing with confusing camera management and a screen that often overdoses with visual effects.
  43. Feb 13, 2019
    55
    Jump Force fails to hit the mark with a total lack of care in terms of everything outside of its decent fighting mechanics.
  44. Feb 13, 2019
    55
    It is clear that Jump Force did not get enough development time resulting in a limited experience and may not appeal to Anime fans.
  45. Apr 5, 2019
    50
    It’s really pretty to look at, but at its core, Jump Force is an unimaginative, derivative, distinctly average fighting game. It could potentially interest hardcore manga and anime fans thanks to its myriad characters, but that’s about it.
  46. Feb 26, 2019
    50
    The fighting system is okay but shallow Jump Force mainly just feels like a rough version of what the game could have been. The online hub does not add anything to the game and following story missions is unnecessarily complicated.
  47. Feb 25, 2019
    50
    Jump Force is the perfect example of good intentions with poor execution. I personally feel sorry for diehard fans who were really looking forward to a game that had so much potential. Unfortunately, all anyone got was a box of disappointment and relentless loading times. As a whole, Jump Force comes off half baked and unfulfilling. I honestly wish I had more good things to say about this game but even now I’m hard pressed. The most positive thing I can say about this game is that it could be a starting point for a brand new series of games. Even though this game is in dire need of fixing, I have hopes that redemption can be made with a solid sequel if done right.
  48. Feb 22, 2019
    50
    A major disappointment from Spike Chunsoft. What is salvageable from Jump Force is just the online mode, the beautiful character models and the chance to see so many beloved anime/ manga characters together in a game. A wasted opportunity.
  49. Feb 18, 2019
    50
    Jump Force has all the ingredients of an epic manga crossover, but fails to execute them in a memorable way.
  50. Feb 17, 2019
    50
    Jump Force is a great game - if you only play it for 2 hours max. The graphic design decisions make your beloved anime characters look like cheap action figures, the story missions are bland, boring and repetitive, and the combat system is mostly flashy animations rather an actual challenge - it's just too easy to win once you get to know the controls. Seems like the developers were targeting a younger audience, since Jump Force just isn't worth your time while there are games like Tekken 7, Naturo Ninja Storm & Dragon Ball Xenoverse out there, which offer an actual challenge compared to it. Jump Force offers a big anime crossover... but nothing else.
  51. Feb 15, 2019
    50
    Jump Force is a tremendous disappointment that almost completely wastes the potential of its vast cast of characters.
  52. Feb 15, 2019
    50
    The vast majority of any joy I experienced playing this game came from reveling in the cheesy dialogue and Garry’s Mod-level animations your character is condemned to in the hub world. If you’re looking for a solid fighting game, or if you’re looking to celebrate 50 years of culture-defining art and beloved characters, this ain’t it chief – you’re better off putting your Crunchyroll subscription to good use.
  53. Feb 15, 2019
    50
    Jump Force can be fun with friends when you're just looking for a quick and easy scrap, but as a celebration of all things Jump, it's a borderline embarrassment. Thanks to a truly egregious art style and comically bad story presentation, this is an accessible and often fun crossover brawler let down by its disappointingly shoddy packaging. Ultimately, it's difficult not to feel as though all of these classic manga and anime properties deserve much better than Jump Force.
  54. Feb 15, 2019
    50
    There's no easy way to put it: Jump Force is a massive disappointment. The game should be an epic celebration of 50 years of legendary characters and stories. What we're left with is a dated game that looks like a cheap cash grab. Goku, Naruto, Luffy and friends deserve so much better.
  55. Feb 14, 2019
    50
    As a celebration of Shonen Jump’s illustrious history, we expected more from Jump Force than just pure spectacle. But with its off-putting photorealistic aesthetic, underneath the hi-res razzle-dazzle is ultimately a hollow package and a shallow gaming experience.
  56. Feb 24, 2019
    45
    Since we played Jump Force at E3 2018, we knew it would be a bad game, but we couldn't have guessed it would be so messed up. The game is technically obsolete, the art direction is awful and the gameplay is limited. As for the single player campaign, it will disgust you for good.
  57. Feb 20, 2019
    45
    Jump Force is fine as a sandbox fighting game. However, when you consider that this was released to celebrate 50 years of manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump, a character roster that only pays homage to a few major franchises feels unfair. Add to that a terrible storyline and clunky UI, and you have a game that’s very difficult to recommend.
  58. Mar 13, 2019
    43
    Jump Force has plenty of potential and source material to work from, but falls flat. It is a little disappointing to see such a beloved franchise celebrate its 50th anniversary with Jump Force. The only thing that the game has going for it is the graphics. The story is dull. The combat is disorienting. Unfortunately, Jump Force does not live up to the hype.
  59. 40
    Jump Force doesn't even come close to the standard of quality that Shonen Jump fans would expect. Its many missteps, from the creepy visuals to basic design shortcomings tarnishes the experience at every turn. This one should be avoided at all costs.
  60. Feb 15, 2019
    40
    A crossover between the world’s most famous manga characters results in a peculiarly underdeveloped fighter, with an especially disappointing story mode.
  61. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 14, 2019
    30
    A fighting game that won’t appeal to anyone. Newcomers won’t be endeared to the Shonen Jump series, and longtime fans will know there’s better out there. [Issue#160, p.96]
  62. 30
    Once the game was in my hands, reality struck me like a Detroit Smash and what I had before me was a mess. Jump Force is ugly, janky, confusing, and far too simple. It does what other games have already done before, but with far less confidence or success. It tries to hide its misgivings behind cool special moves and motion blur, but fails at that too. It’s a total swing and miss.
  63. Feb 14, 2019
    30
    The fighting is repetitive and dull, the infrastructure is more annoying than entertaining, and it’s a gigantic disappointment from start to finish. Not only do the franchises represented deserve better than this, but it’s an awful way to celebrate the manga giant’s 50th anniversary.
  64. Feb 13, 2019
    30
    Crossover games are nothing new to Bandai Namco or Shonen Jump, so it surprises and disappoints me to see that none of the good aspects or successful mechanics of these previous games made their way into Jump Force at all. Jump Force is a visual mess, It lacks the fun and charm that a wild crossover like this should embrace, and It's just a technical mess from top to bottom. Jump Force is a huge celebration of some of the most iconic manga in history, but it fails to do any of them justice.
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  1. Feb 14, 2019
    The Shonen Jump universe is full of color, life, and creativity. Jump Force brings its iconic characters to our universe, but it leaves everything else behind.
User Score
4.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 219
  1. Feb 13, 2019
    2
    it looks great, it has massive and (visually) intense but terribly mediocre and boring Combat.

    you create your character and use single
    it looks great, it has massive and (visually) intense but terribly mediocre and boring Combat.

    you create your character and use single click attacks until you're done within 45-60 seconds.

    can not recommend this game at all..
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  2. Feb 12, 2019
    0
    Doesn't let you use half of the supers/ultimates of the characters in the game on Avatar. Doesn't let you use anyone else's base punchingDoesn't let you use half of the supers/ultimates of the characters in the game on Avatar. Doesn't let you use anyone else's base punching movesets on CAC. Combat itself isn't good either. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2019
    3
    CAC sucks only 3 styles and no weapon... you can't even equip every special or final move (wtf just copy xenoverse!!! so easy)... very lowCAC sucks only 3 styles and no weapon... you can't even equip every special or final move (wtf just copy xenoverse!!! so easy)... very low quantity/quality of the base roster... many other games have 60-100 characters... this celebrates the 50th anniversary and offer only 40... gladly I canceled the pre-order but i am still sad and angry because i had high expectations for this game Full Review »