J-Stars Victory Vs+ (PS4 Review)

J-Stars Vs+ (Medium)

J-Stars Victory Vs+ is a brawler-type game featuring a compilation of Shonen Jump characters from the past and present. As a fan of manga and anime, I knew I had to try this game out, since it featured characters from many popular manga and anime. (This game sounds like an otaku’s dream.)

The game has many modes to choose from. “J-Adventure” is a single-player story mode divided between four campaigns in which players explore a world map, battle various opponents, and collect items to take part in a worldwide tournament. “Victory Road” is a single-player battle mode in which players must complete certain predetermined objectives during battles. Then there’s the free-battle mode which supports up to two players in local offline play and up to four players via online multiplayer. An additional single-player Arcade Mode is exclusive to J-Stars Victory Vs+.

J-Stars Vs+1 (Medium)

The opening video gave me false hope. In “J-Adventure” Mode the cutscenes were disappointing. I was hoping to see something similar to the opening, but unfortunately it was not to be. What we were shown instead were fixed images of 2D characters showing emotions. I was hoping for animated cutscenes, especially those with long dialogues, but I guess that was too much to ask for. The chatter while sailing around was very weird, in which they just said one word statements and were monotonous. It became very repetitive and boring, but it was fun to see the interactions of certain characters.

The gameplay itself is very simple; each character has a button for special attack, heavy attack, light attack, block, and a dash. They also have their own personal moves to coincide with the buttons. So to pull off Ichigo’s Getsuga Tenshou is the same as Luffy’s Gattling Gun attack. I guess it’s to make it simpler for everyone to use, but to me it just made it too bland and easy to spam. So skill is not required to play this; if you can remember 3-4 button combos then you are all set.

The d-pad helps control your partner so he/she knows what to do. They “attack either enemy” with UP D-pad, “attack the same enemy” with Right D-pad, “attack a different enemy” DOWN D-pad, or “don’t attack” with LEFT D-pad. I have accidentally hit the “don’t attack” option which caused me some headaches. Once you know a couple of combos, you can dispatch the enemies yourself and win it.

J-Stars Vs+2 (Medium)

Final Reaction

This is a game that delivers the goods for anime/manga lovers but fails to bring it as a fighting game. The mechanics were very simple and very little variation to combos. This would be a game to wait for until it bargain bins. While it was fun to play as your favorite anime/manga character, it wasn’t enough to really be enjoyable. I was hoping for spectacular visuals with my favorite characters interacting with each other, but instead I got 2D pictures talking to each other, sometimes with overdrawn dialogues. It was just a big let down.

Rating: 3 Atoms

NR 3 Atoms - C

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