Jump Force review
What would you feel if somebody told you that there is a game with all your favorite anime characters fighting with or against each other? When Japanese magazine Shonen Jump decided to celebrate its 50 years anniversary, they thought of their fans and mixed all our favorite heroes in one deadly combo. Meet Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z, Saint Seiya, One Piece, City Hunter and more juicy characters on one arena.
It was meant to be great. In total, there are 40 legendary characters from 16 anime series. But it did not work as developers wanted. What has gone wrong? At first, it has a weak storyline. Let’s check it out.
You start your adventure on Times Square, in the middle of the fight between heroes of Jump and villains controlled by mysterious forces. And you are the victim here, a random character who was unlucky to stand near Frieza and Goku fierce fight. You receive extra powers after your revival. Now you are recruited into Jump Force. An interesting start, right?
Well, after that you rush into a boring daily routine of the crew’s life. You go to see the base of heroes, meet with Naruto, Goku, and Luffy. You are offered to join one of their teams. If you are a fast player with a day free of work, any daily tasks and so on, it can take over 12 hours. And don’t forget about side information you will receive, but you don’t actually need it.
You can have fun with creating your avatar, choosing the style of fight, slapping, and abilities that you may borrow from other characters of Jump team. You have a limited set of options here. You may find lots of similarities with characters from the same anime which were left behind the game.
Now, when you pass through all preparations you can finally begin your battle. There is a 3v3 mode available, which is actually really cool. However, you will share the same life bar with two other characters. Once you are out, it takes a lot of time to get back.
While there are all your favorite characters, the graphics are still poor. How did it happen? Developers of the game decided to go with the realistic style. It has to be as real as possible but with anime looking characters. And it appears that our world does not match with cartoonish colorful characters. The background itself is beautiful and well… realistic. And the characters themselves are all great. But apparently, they don’t match. In the real world, anime-like bodies without any signs of emotions on their faces look really creepy.
Despite all the problems with graphics and plot, the controls are amazingly smooth and well-thought. Characters in the combat look more natural and act really fast. All you need to do is learn the flow and rhythm of all your enemies. It is easy to see by watching their first moves. After you learn this, all the moves will be more repetitive.