For the first time ever, the most famous Manga heroes are thrown into a whole new battleground: our world. Uniting to fight the most dangerous threat. You are a member of “Jump Force” (an alliance of the most powerful Manga heroes from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and much more).
Jump Force is also making the most of latest technologies (Xbox One X/ PS4 Pro) to bring characters to life in a never-seen-before realistic design. The game is being developed by the gang over at Bandai Namco. Who brought us such titles like Dark Souls, Ni No Kuni 2, Divinity; Original Sin, Dragon Ball Fighterz, and Little Nightmares just to name a few.
Now down to the subject at hand, the beta. As an anime fan I have been geeking out over this game. Whether it’s been from the visuals, character announcements, or the reveal of the character creation. Jump Force has had me hooked, so you can say I was stoked to play the beta over the weekend.
The beta starts out by you choosing a preset avatar to give you a feel for that experience. This aspect I can’t wait to experience in the live game. Being able to create a custom avatar is a huge aspect of the game-play. That will have to wait till the release. I couldn’t wait to play with the anime characters that as a fan I have come to know and love learning about. We got a taste a anime mainstays like Goku, Vegeta, Naruto, Sasuke, Ichigo Kurosaski, Kenshiro, and Saint Seiya from their prospective series.
The game-play for me felt fluid and natural while staying true to how essence of the characters themselves.The realistic graphics enhanced by the power of the newest technologies left me speechless. Now the game-play did remind me of other anime fighters like Ultimate Ninja Storm and Xenoverse fighting game series. In no way am I say that’s a bad thing. It was actually nice to have a familiar feel while still feeling fresh. At times it almost felt like the characters where going to come out of the screen. That’s just how crazy the visuals are and how much went into the development of Jump Force.
The art style is just flashy enough to do the anime style justice, but there’s also a certain hint of realism that not many anime games normally do. For example the characters look worn out and you see the damage on their bodies with their clothes almost completely destroyed. Even the environment looks breathtaking. The developers didn’t skip a beat. You will notice how realistic the wind moves while touching blades of grass as you jump around the battleground.
Forgive me I got side tracked by the visuals and need to speak to more of the game-play and what i took from the beta. My issues where the delay in the first night of game-play. With the different time zones, I didn’t end up getting to play until the late hours of the night. When the time came though, one could say I was more than ready. Like earlier stated, the game-play was mesmerizing. There was a time when I tried to jump into an online match, but to no avail.
The switching of the characters mid-battle is seamless and, if executed at the right time, can serve as a perfect counter or even as a combo attack. This gave a feel of the Marvel Vs Capcom tag system. It’s all about correct planning and execution. The controls are simple and straightforward. You get your basic light and heavy attacks. To perform a special move one must hold the R2 trigger and choose the corresponding button from the pup up menu in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
This is all pretty standard with the way controls normally work in anime games. It’s a good thing to keep it simple. This makes it easy to connect combos and perform ultimate attacks which look downright amazing.
To summarize my impressions of the game. Should you buy this game? Heck to the yes! The fighting feels fluid and authentic; the visuals are gorgeous and the game feels surprisingly smooth, and remember – this was just the beta. Having all of the most popular heroes and villains from our the Shonen Jump world are a recipe for success. When the full game launches I for one can’t wait to see what else it has to offer.
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