J-Stars Vs Review

J-Stars

We’ve had to wait well over a year to finally have a Western Release of Jei Sutāzu Bikutorī Bāsasu, but was the wait worth it? Hell’s Yes!!!For the readers that aren’t familiar, allow me to enlighten you on a world filled with Japanese Shonen Jump Manga Anime.

J-Stars Victory VS, as it is known in the Western world, is a fighting video game extravaganza featuring 52 characters from 32 different Jump Series.  Well known characters, such as Naruto Uzumaki & Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto series, Son Goku, Vegeta and Frieza from the Dragon Ball series, Kenshiro, Fist of the North Star, Jonathan & Joseph Joestar, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece etc… you get the idea.

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The game’s story mode, J-Adventure, takes place in Jump World which is a conglomerate of all of the different universes that these characters hail from. Our heroes are in preparation for the J Battle Festival, a tournament held every 45 years and used to determine just who is the strongest in the land. The player has four choices before them to make, each focusing on a different main character and once chosen, it’s up to the player to explore the vast seas and different lands, encountering many battles and gathering friends to accompany and support you on your journey to be the best.

If the above doesn’t sound appealing or you’d prefer to jump straight into the action, you can gather up to four friends and slug it out in the ultimate battle with some of your favorite characters! Combat allows your chosen protagonist to move freely in a 3D battlefield. It is also advisable to listen to the tutorial provided and listen closely, if you don’t, be prepared to mash buttons and move the joy pad randomly in order to hit other players.

As with any Manga, the game features insane over the top fighting moves, in order to win and win handsomely, your team, need to ensure you move the power gauge at the middle-top of the screen completely to your side. Once this is achieved, pushing R3 can then access special moves, some characters will even transform, such as Naruto’s Kyuubi to finish off your opponent.

If you are familiar with the Shonen anime series, you won’t be surprised by the vast array of buildings, mountains and structures, which are ready to be demolished during an epic fight. Visually, J-Stars VS is a bit of a mixed bag. Whilst the character representations are faithful, the background rendering and frame rate leave much to be desired. During some of the games more intensive moments, the game was prone to slow down during what was otherwise a fast paced fight. This unfortunately happens from time to time, and you may feel a little disoriented after playing but what else would you expect from a 3D fighter?

The soundtrack in J-Stars VS is insanely good. The game is loaded with many tracks from each series, some you will instantly recognize and some you will listen to in wonderment. The PS4 version comes complete with a J Stars theme, so I instantly made it my theme and now every time I turn on my PS4 I am greeted with full blown, over the top Japanese Anime goodness. (This is a must do, if you love this type of music)

 

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About: Matthew Cawley

I always had a passion for games even in my younger years, when I first received the Atari 2600, Pele Soccer was the flavor of the year, I played that game so much I actually started seeing top down soccer players in real life. My first real advanced gaming experience was when I received the Commodore Amiga 500, this is where adventure games took over my life, Sierra classics such as Police Quest, Space Quest, Kings Quest and the entire Leisure Suit Larry series dominated huge portions of my childhood.

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