Do you remember that episode of Dragon Ball Z where Goku teamed up with Monkey D. Luffy to defeat the evil Naruto Uzumaki and his counterpart Ichigo Kurosaki? No? What do you mean it never happened? Then it’s time to make it happen!
Chock to the brim full of Shonen Jump’s history, J-Stars Victory VS+ brings together some of the biggest names you know, and mixes them with a heap more you’ve probably never heard of! With a decent roster and some impressive graphics, this all-out battle is sure to keep even the simplest Jump fan entertained.
Characters from all across the many worlds of Shonen Jump have been brought together in ‘Jump World’ to take part in the J-Battle Festival, to determine the strongest Jump character of them all. Summoned by the mystical (and at times quite comical) narrator, the story splits into four character narratives, each focusing on a particular member of the Jump universe and their journey to win the festival and be crowned the strongest Jump warrior of them all.While relatively simple (as expected from a fighting game spanning multiple manga adaptations), the plot does well at attempting to tie together the expanded universe and give them a reason to battle each other, while throwing in various challenges along the way to introduce other characters. J-Stars brings each character to life in a vibrant and vivid way; character models are not only proportioned and recreated in 3D to stunning effect, but on the PS4 the textures are smooth and rounded – really adding that sense of manga brought to life. These faithful recreations of each character don’t just stop at appearance either; the signature special moves for each fighter are also drawn from their respective manga and anime iterations, and as such will have fans jumping for joy when selecting their favourites. The environments don’t quite get the same treatment as the characters though, but when being played at such high speeds details like this can be forgiven; with the majority of obstacles and buildings entirely destructible.