Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a true pop culture phenomenon in Japan, considered by many to be one of the best manga ever. With a collection of 131 volumes, Hirohiko Araki’s work remained confined to his home country long before it reached the western lands. Epic with an eccentric and often uninhibited tone, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has not escaped calling for video game mods and this All-Star Battle R is a booster shot that should delight all fans.
Divided into eight text arcs, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has the particularity of focusing on a different character each time, but bears (almost exclusively) the same initials: Jo. If the saga was already hugely popular, it had an even more visible success with the series appearing on Netflix. Over the years and generations, the cast of this incredible story has grown exponentially, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, which is nothing more than a reworking of a title released in 2014 on PlayStation 3, is the promise to embody all the iconic characters in the franchise – And even further – in addition to the introduction of many improvements.
According to the original, the developers of CyberConnect2 did not seek to modify the formula. On the contrary, they choose instead to improve what can be improved by emphasizing liking existing From the game (which incorporates heroes that were introduced as DLC before). In order to fully immerse himself in the crazy world of the series, the player can choose from 51 characters, including 10 completely new characters compared to 2014. In this way, fans of the license can match different generations (heroes and villains, minor characters …), Even if fans will regret the meager eighth arc. In fact, for the last part of the manga, there is only Josuke Higashikata. The most discerning would not fail to point out that if paid extensions were introduced in the past, it’s a safe bet that the same will be true for this new generation release. As we look at the acting process in particular, we quickly realize that the first scenario arcs are the most recognizable.
If you don’t know Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and its weird being, unfortunately this isn’t the title that will help you connect each character. Even if it’s quite fast, the PS3 version’s story mode has disappeared in favor of a type of big tournament called All-Star Battle R which consists of a selection of battles – some of which are basic manga battles – sent in small manga-like squares. In addition to the level of difficulty that evolves from one confrontation to the next, the game offers a system of challenges and each victory gives gold coins that can be spent to unlock improvements, cosmetic items, victory subtracts, fatal phrases, etc. With a hundred rewards to get rid of, you might also say that it would take a long time to get them all back! This mode, well thought out, makes it possible to appreciate the most vivid dynamism of this transformer. But in the absence of a real script mode, it will be especially lovers and connoisseurs of the work who will be most pleased to unlock all the bonuses. Aside from the main mode, players can immerse themselves in Versus, rub shoulders with the Arcade mode or improve their mastery of gameplay by training in a custom mode.
Real improvements or timid ones?
Just compare the original with this installment to appreciate all the gameplay tweaks. Faster battles, rebalancing of attacks, visual effect additions…the magic works instantly for anyone addicted to the world of JoJo. The design is so distinctive that it won’t appeal to everyone, but All-Star Battle R can’t be ruled out with fan service and countless winks all around. In terms of combat, CyberConnect2 is very effective with really different characters (in styles with evocative names like Stand, Vampirism, Fashion, On Horseback, etc.) who can now count on lifesaving support. In fact, we can now choose two characters, the second interfering in the middle of a battle to provide assistance. It doesn’t seem to be said much like that, but compared to the original, it does add dozens of extra combinations (in addition to being visually classy). It is also necessary to emphasize the presence of traps that act as obstacles that are triggered in the middle of the match and cause damage. This can range from a dinosaur running out of nowhere to a giant chandelier to vehicles (trains and cars) being launched at full speed. If the aid can be adapted to one’s level of experience, we must realize that Jojo’s Bizarre All-Star Battle R is sometimes torn between the desire to be a purist’s requirement and the need to open up to more. In its mechanics, the game is quite technical and requires some training, but we enjoy discovering all the cues hidden in the stands, these “ghost waves” directly inspired by the great rock bands and music stars of the 80s and 90s.
Without being graphically stunning, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R has Sleek shading Really compelling and detailed. The process, which consists of enlarging the font of the characters and embellishments to give them a caricature, works great in this title! It gives a lot of scope and style to different environments and we feel CyberConnect2 did its best to ramp up the most amazing effects at the time. Then, of course, you have to love Hirohiko Araki’s mangaka design, but the whole thing is super clean and efficient! The ambiance is also of high quality thanks to the highly successful Japanese sounds and harmonious music. Who is there to break for sure? Everything will depend on your affinity with this chain. If you haven’t seen/read the first script parentheses (at least the first three), you risk getting completely lost in this universe. At this point, even if the gameplay was explained, it lacks a scenario mode that would have opened up the game to more people. Another destructive strong point is the lack of a Undo network icon This allows for increased stability in online games. Thus, despite the interesting abyss in this aspect (online quests, friendly match, standings, etc.), many of our battles suffered from latency. Let’s see if things improve in the coming days…
- A crew of over fifty characters
- Styles (special powers) and standing (ghost waves)
- Optically intact and true to the original artwork
- Musical atmosphere and Japanese sounds
- Very dynamic game
- “Support” characters from this version
- The 104 challenges in All-Star Battle R . mode
- Online game without netcode to undo
- Power imbalance between characters
- Too few explanations for beginners
- The gameplay is torn between openness and elitism
- A straightforward game for the fans, and only them
With fan service and multiple references, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R is dedicated above all else to the community keen on Hirohiko Araki’s work. A spoiled version of the title of the same name from the PlayStation 3 game library, it offers a great cast and gameplay that is as artistic as it is dynamic. If the balance of power isn’t optimal (some characters are much stronger than others), CyberConnect2 has enough assets to impress fighting fans. Provided you know the manga or the anime. Otherwise, Battle R might be too tight for beginners and non-manga experts.
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