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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
29 May 2014
Excerpt: The universe of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure allows an excellent opportunity for videogame adaptation. It’s in the franchise’s nature. Throughout the long-running manga and anime translation, there are scores of tremendously flamboyant characters and an undercurrent of super exaggerated personality that suits the form of videogames in a wonderful way. It follows that the first entry was a high point of eccentric expression within the fighting genre.
Review: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (Sony PlayStation 3)
18 May 2014
Summary: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a solid fighting game that manages to stand out thanks to amount of content and faithfulness to the source material. It might stumble a bit with a less than ideal frame rate, recycled audio tracks, and occasionally spotty multiplayer. However, it makes up for that in style and a wacky, diverse roster. It’s worth a look, especially for fans. If this is the direction CyberConnect2 is going, I’d say the future looks bright ahead.
Summary: How do you like your fighting games? Personally, I like mine with a sizable dose of pop culture references and eye-melting color palettes infused with a healthy dose of humor that's hilariously self-aware. That's what you get with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle , the most gleefully insane anime-inspired fighter the genre has seen in some time.
Excerpt: Oh, the '80s humanity! It seems like Bandai Namco is on a quest to breathe life into classic franchises, because this isn’t the first “classic” anime brought back for a modern gaming audience. Either that, or as with Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers released before this, the publisher is trying to bring back some seriously feathered '80s hair and the over-geled helmets and the mullets… oh, I pray to everything holy, The Mullets … and just a touch of old-school stripper.
Excerpt: Player(s): 1-2 Extra Features: Local Multiplayer (1-2), Online Multiplayer (1-2 players), , Download Content, Leaderboards JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is the latest game in the long-running JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series that is quite popular in Japan. This fighting game is published by Namco Bandai Games and developed by CyberConnect2, the makers of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series.
Excerpt: It’s amazing how much of a long-term benefit having your license properly handled can have. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was an unknown anime license before the Dreamcast game hit, but after that came out, it was well-known. Whatever it cost to have Capcom work on the game was well worth it because the brand got instant recognition and credibility because they were at one of their heights in 2D fighting games when it came out – and the desire for the game was so high it was...
Conclusion: JoJo’s exhibits a flagrant disregard for rules - both visual and mechanical - and for that, I truly love it. It can, at times, seem completely alien and imbalanced, but even then, it manages such consummate showmanship, it’s difficult to fault it too harshly. It is by no means a comprehensive, or polished fighting game, but it is a uniquely enjoyable one; exhibiting rare style and creativity in battle, even as it struggles to meet the standards set by other modern...
Pros: Audacious style, Great fan-service, Creative mechanics
Excerpt: JoJo’s All Star Battle is based on a manga that follows the supernaturally gifted descendants the family Joestar through generations and through parallel universes. In this game powerful fighters with insane, eclectic style face off against each other in the firmly-established tradition of Street Fighter or Tekken. So basically it’s about two people beating the crap out of each other until one of them is no longer able to get up, but it’s really not that simple.
Excerpt: The key word to keep in mind while playing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is, indeed, "bizarre." The source material, Hirohiko Araki's long-running manga series of the same name (minus the subtitle), operates on an entirely different level of weirdness that's simultaneously unsavory and surprisingly endearing.