The new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Fighter is a perfect homage to manga and anime

onathan, Joseph, Jotaro, Josuke, Giorno, Jolyne, Johnny and Josuke pose together in key art for All Star Battle R.

Warning: JoJo References abound in this review.
screenshot: Bandai Namco Entertainment America / Kotaku

It’s rare that a fighting game extends an olive branch that allows both casual and hardcore gamers to have their fun, but JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R does a remarkable job while displaying the undeniable charisma of the hugely popular anime series.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, developed by CyberConnect2, is a remake of the 2013 PlayStation 3 2D Fighter for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The game’s roster of modeling hunks has grown from 32 characters to 50, and its beefy arcade mode is authentic JoJo Feel has the potential to turn even dirty casual gamers into more seasoned fighting game fans.

Go back to your aquarium, old man.
gif: Bandai Namco/Kotaku

In terms of a life cycle, fighting games usually have one bell curve:

  • Casual and hardcore players will get used to the feel of the game and construct strategies and meta for characters to achieve a quick win.
  • Metas and strategies are well established with occasional patches from developers to balance the game.

However, fighter seeks to intercept that last point in the pass by giving casual players an incentive to improve through the game’s simplified mechanics, a glut of customization options, and the incorporation of an authentic gameplay JoJo Feel into every aspect of the game.

Continue reading: Why you should see JoJo’s bizarre adventure

When you love JoJo but you’re not a fighting game fan fighter equally moves your hips further with its simplified move list and attention to detail JoJo standards. For example if you would play as Jolyne Cujoh against part 2 Joseph JostarYou would be at a bit of a disadvantage because Jolyne’s stand– a kind of guardian spirit that most characters can summon to help them in battle – is a melee fighter. Although Joseph does not have a stand in this form, his use of Hamon, projectiles, and his rattleballs make him a challenge to approach unless you can catch him in Jolyne’s spidery threads. While this breakdown may read like fighting game lingo, it’s actually rudimentary knowledge that any reader or viewer should have JoJo would be able to pick up and use in combat. In a bizarre (pun intended) turn of events, mental chess confrontations ensue JoJo Manga and anime somehow naturally translate into fighting game conventions like zoning, punishment, and kicking, which form the barrier to entry for beginners fighter less daunting.

Joseph Joestar berates Jotaro Kujo for his sub-par playing skills.

Dramatic rendition of me playing myself in the back seat.
screenshot: David Productions/Netflix/Kotaku

Another way fighter extends its olive branch to novice fighting game players through its simplified move list. similar to Dragonball FighterZ, a majority of All-Star Fight R‘s moves have simple inputs, with the fanciest moves requiring nothing more than a traditional “Fireball” or “Dragon Strike” movement. As long as you can consistently throw in quarter-circle rotations followed by either a light, heavy, or strong attack, you’re spot on.

A reissue too fighter is his “Support Attack” combat system. If you want to give a combo opponent some breathing room, or want to expand a combo of your own, you can tag your opponent with a secondary character that you’ve selected on the character select screen with the press of a button. Support attackers have a cooldown, so strategize accordingly.

fighterIts strength lies in its dogmatic authenticity and unmistakable feel JoJo’s bizarre adventure. Even if you’re not using combos or button presses to win your way, the game’s menus are peppered with the authentic feel of the world of JoJo. Also non-playable characters like D’Arby, department storeand Ringo Road again play a role by serving as the game’s companion customization, shop and versus menu characters – all very befitting of Canon. While it’s not entirely unique for a fighting game to use characters for its menus, being greeted by popular characters in the series not only familiarized me as a lapsed fighting game player, but also encouraged me as a newcomer to the game to try out and frequent modes I’d have Perhaps feeling discouraged from engaging with I don’t know, hearing Ringo’s hard-hitting voice in particular really lit a fire for me to dive into the online game. Welcome to a real man’s world.

Gyro Zeppeli shows his golden grill.

What do you know about the ripple?
screenshot: Bandai Namco/Kotaku

Another ingenious detail fighter is his stage gimmicks. While you can set battles to have no stage hazards, you’d be cheating yourself out of all the extra strategy and fun that makes one JoJo Battle. As in Mortal Kombat and injustice Playing you can deal extra damage to your opponents by knocking them into an oncoming horse-drawn carriage, the splatzone of raining poison frogs, and the like.

For example, if you get too close to the mantelpiece Kira Yoshikage‘s house will bring to life the floating image of his dead father and run amok in the field by swinging a knife at you. This gimmick doesn’t just relate to what’s happening inside Diamond is unbreakable, it adds another dimension of strategy to battles where trapping your opponent can be crucial to your victory. But similar to Bart Simpson’s saying: “whoever gets hit has only themselves to blame“Gimmicks can backfire and hit you instead.

It’s all fun and games until Funny Valentine does his patriotic duty on your ass.
gif: Bandai Namco/Kotaku

While figuring out metas and map hazards initially got me hooked, collecting the game’s massive array of customizable skins, poses, and voice lines – which you can insert into your taunts and victory screens – kept me playing daily. Heck, you can even choose what onomatopoeic signs accompany your character and how much size they take up on your screen. kind.

Although I’m prone to enjoying fighting games for a honeymoon period before dropping them in a few months, fighterThe streamlined combat mechanics of , its wealth of customization options, and attention to franchise detail effectively create an air of familiarity for me as a hardcore gamer JoJo Fan. In fact, I feel more compelled to break free from the fighting game’s bell curve and become more legit. If that’s not the hallmark of a good fighting game, then I don’t know what is. The new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Fighter is a perfect homage to manga and anime

Curtis Crabtree

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