While Street Fighter 6 dominated the Summer Game Fest Play Days show floor, I was also impressed by another fighting game there. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R was that game’s name; it was a fighting game based on the well-known and frequently parodied anime and manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. In 2013, the original JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle was initially published in Japan. Famitsu, a well-known Japanese publication, gave it a rare perfect score. Although the quality of anime fighting games varies greatly, this one was praised for its well-thought-out gameplay.
As an improved remaster that does more than just cosmetically update the game and restart servers, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R carries on that game’s heritage. With the addition of new characters, voice acting, and gameplay changes, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R nearly seems like a whole new game. Both JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and the fighting game subgenre gained enormous popularity in the years after the release of the 2013 game on which this one is based. Fortunately, my demo demonstrated that an excellent fighting game has only improved over time.
Fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure should still appreciate many of the aesthetic changes and how beautiful this game is even if JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R didn’t receive a remake-level visual upgrade. One of the best-looking games during Summer Game Fest Play Days was JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R, despite the fact that I was using a PS4. The anime is nearly perfectly adapted to a fighting game because it already has a very distinctive graphic style and a cast of overly muscular characters. It’s incredibly rewarding to execute special moves you’ve seen in the manga and anime or to declare your own stance, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R will display them in all of their exquisite detail.
To match the voice acting and aesthetics that fans would recognize from the anime, even the voiceovers and character models have been updated. Since there aren’t many video games based on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it’s good to see that this one went above and beyond to respect the original work and enhance it. But in a combat game, visuals can only take you so far. A fighting game’s success or failure is largely determined by its gameplay mechanics.
The Strange Adventure of JoJo Players will undoubtedly notice a few new gameplay elements in All-Star Battle R, such as hit stops, leap dashes, and flash cancels, which allow players to rapidly end their current combination if they don’t want to alter their strategy or the moves they are employing.
All-Star Battle from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is meta. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R should have little trouble drawing new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fans to this fighting game thanks to auto combos for beginning players and reinvigorated online play. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R should be on your radar whether you liked the first release or want to see what a decent JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure game looks like.
On September 2, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R will be made available on the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. There is a demo available on PS4 and PS5 till June 21 if you want to test it out sooner.
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