- System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3
- Developer: Bandai Namco, CyberConnect2
- Release Date: June 28, 2016
- Genre: Teen, Fighting/Arena Brawl
- Official Website: Japanese With English Subtitles https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/JoJo%e2%80%99s-bizarre-adventure-eyes-of-heaven-demo/cid=UP0700-CUSA05063_00-JoJoEOHTRIAL0001
Who it caters to
What to expect
All Star Battle is a PlayStation 3 game and feels quite similar to other fighting games under the Shonen Jump umbrella considered many were made by developer CyberConnect2, the same creator of the hit Naruto Ninja Storm series. The game received decent reviews and was a lot of fun to play and now CyberConnect2 is back with another JoJo title to add to its impressive lineup.
Story *Spoilers Ahead for the Show/Manga*
The events occur right after the Stardust Crusaders arc, Dio has just been defeated at the hands of Jotaro, but the gang doesn’t have time to celebrate before they are attacked by a series of characters from their past, formerly thought to have been dead. The group reluctantly fights their old friends, as well as their previously defeated enemies when they are found by Speedwagon, who explains that only the Saint's Corpse, which he conveniently has a piece of, may defeat the enemy behind all of these strange events occurring. This allows the party to travel across different timelines to pursue the evil presence lurking at every corner of their timeline.
The story is fun and way over the top, but that’s par for the course in an anime that is nonstop action, man drama, and poses. With Araki on board, it’s no wonder why the story feels like a long lost arc of the original work, and maybe it secretly can be?
While there is technically an explanation for the harder combos in the form of walls of text before the first few battles, leaving the player to continually pull up the menu in order to remember what exactly was said at the beginning is not exactly fun. This can be especially frustrating for players who don’t usually engage in fighting games and are thrust into their first match without time to properly figure out the actual controls. Because of this, button mashing or spamming the normal attack button "O" and performing a combo that way becomes the norm and actually works most of the time. In fact, spamming the normal attack button can even be more effective than the specials using "L1".
In addition to the Battle Style system, new moves, as well as bonuses, may be unlocked in the ability tree using Ability Points earned during battles. The better the ability, the more points it costs to purchase. Many of the characters moves are unlocked this way, so players must choose wisely on how they wish to progress their characters.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
As far as mode options go, the game has a really solid Story Mode, a Free Battle Mode, and an online Network Mode. The meat of the game lies in the Story Mode because the game is so narrative driven. The cut scenes are long, which isn’t really surprising considering it’s a JoJo game and in between battles there is something resembling an overworld, though, the scenes change depending on where in time the party is. In these overworlds, players have the option to replay older missions or battles or take on harder ones. Items can also be found along with clicking on other characters to initiate dialogue. There aren’t very many options, but it’s something to break up the battles, giving the players time to recoup.
Free Battle mode is a standard amongst fighting games and allows players to play the matchups however they choose, but there is one significant option missing, which is a two player mode. It’s almost unheard of and shocking that the game doesn’t offer a two player mode outside of online and is a major setback for those wishing to play locally with friends. The only way to play with others is the Network Mode which isn't the greatest at all. Never mind the fact that the other person must also have their own system and PlayStation Plus. Overall, the lack of a local multiplayer feature is a huge deal.
- Amazing Artwork
- Almost Infinite Customization Options
- Story by Araki
- Lack of a Thorough Tutorial
- No Two Player Local
- Online Not the Greatest
Honey's Final Verdict(Thoughts):
If you aren’t a fan, though, a word of caution, you may not understand most of what is going on. The game also may prove to be a bit frustrating as well, but that’s ok because this game wasn’t made for you. This game was made for the love of the fans and it truly shows. The artwork is gorgeous (Just look at the menus!) and single player mode is amazing, but don’t expect to be able to play this game with friends. That would be the only downside to an otherwise amazing tribute to a long standing franchise that is truly something special.
By Nikki Flores