|a game by||Spike Chunsoft|
|Platforms:||XBox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||7.8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 26 votes|
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|See also:||Fighting Games|
Fighting games and anime go hand to hand, but there has never been one quite as huge as Jump Force. Even though back in 2015 we got J-Stars Victory VS which had a similar concept, it doesn't compare with Jump Force. As you may know, Shonen Jump is one of the bigger manga publishers in Japan, and it's popular for most of the popular action anime around. To celebrate their 50th anniversary they released Jump Force, but is the game good enough to endure such pressure? Well, let's check that out.
Bringing them all together
The game launched with 40 characters from the most popular franchises Shonen Jump has to offer. This includes characters such as Naruto, Goku, Ichigo, Luffy, Seiya, and many more. The characters are all fully voiced by their original actors. Not only is it the most varied roaster in anime games ever, but it's one of the biggest too. And it has been expanded after the release through DLC, and a special ultimate release with all the new characters included.
A lot like J-Stars Victory VS Plus and many other anime fighting games, Jump Force uses a 3D, tag battle system. In this game, you also form a team of three members, but most of the time there are only two characters on screen at the same time. All three members of the team share the same HP bar, so basically, you get a team life bar. You can swap between the characters in your team and even perform crazy tag combos with different team members.
One of the things that separate this game from most other anime games is the excellent visuals. Unlike some other anime titles, Jump Force doesn't really try to emulate an anime with its visuals. It delivers some excellent 3D models complete with textures and great lighting too. It's an interesting take to the genre, and it also feels a lot like you're playing with some really high-quality action figures. The levels are stunning, and so are the special effects that appear in the battles. Even though they don't emulate anime visuals, the particles and lights are excellent.
As usual, it features some interesting game modes so that there's more than just fights. There's a story mode, and you can walk around a city and enter stores, go to different missions, and all the things you'd expect to see. To do this you'll have to create and customize it so you can get through the story with your avatar.
Jump Force is the most ambitious anime fighting game at the moment. With a huge roast from over a dozen different series, there's a big chance one of your favorites is here. However, partly because of how high expectations were for this game, it can be a bit disappointing. The gameplay is too simple sometimes and the story is really bland.
Even though the visuals are beautiful, the facial animations are just horrible. There are basically no animations for expressions, so characters don't change expressions all that much. That's annoying both to narrative and for visuals outside of just screenshots. Still, the many characters available are amazing, and the special effects and stunning visuals really help the game and make it more enjoyable.
- Tons of characters
- Fan service
- Great visuals
- Fun gameplay
- Bland Story
- Unbalanced roaster
- Plenty of room for improvement