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J-Stars Victory Vs + Review

For a long time, pitting well known fighting game characters was more about what ifs, like who would win out of Raiden and Blanka or Chun Li and Sonya Blade and then Capcom, overflowing with characters gave us Marvel Vs Capcom. Since then some of the genres biggest hitters have broken the confines of their own games, giving the players Mortal Kombat Vs DC, Street Fighter Vs Tekken, even Ryu vs Mario has just happened and now, from the pages of a long running magazine we have J-Stars Victory Vs + , a who’s who battle royale of the well-known Shonen JUMP and V JUMP characters.

Rather than straight forward 2D fighter, J-Stars Victory Vs + takes a slightly different approach, pitting fighters in huge destructible arenas, two teams fighting for supremacy in a combo heavy brawler more similar to games like Powerstone. With quite a few modes to pick from just deciding where to start is its own challenge, with the J-Adventure mode allowing you to play through our different quests, an arcade mode, Victory Road, free battle and some frantic four player online modes. 

The main J-Adventure mode intersperses the action with a little smattering of quests and static cut scenes, navigating your ship across the harsh seas of JUMP World, an amalgamation of the many Shonen JUMP and V JUMP worlds, recruiting new members for your team whilst making your way to each tournament, the grand prize offered by a mysterious "godlike" voice from the heavens. Here you can choose from four separate stories, (though they do not really make much difference apart from playable characters) each one letting you play as characters from the like of One Piece Pirate, Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball, Bleach, Saint Seiya and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo to name a few.

No matter what mode you play, the action is fast and furious, a combo heavy button bashing 2 vs 2 battle full of screaming characters and over the top special moves, utilizing two attacks and then combining block and other buttons to pull off a series of more powerful moves. With each fight taking place in a reasonably large 3D arena, the addition of a target lock makes it a lot easier to control the camera, allowing you to focus on dishing out the pain and jump around the arena rather than working out where to look with a quick tap of a shoulder button locking on to focus your attacks, summon back up and even command your CPU partners style from focus, hold back and attack, changing tactics on the fly with d-pad.

With so many characters to play as there has been a trade-in on move sets, with each character having the same controls as one another, on one hand this is good as it levels the playing field, allowing any level of player to pick their favourite character but on the other, it does make the game rather simple. That said, there has been a lot of effort to at least make each one different and enjoyable to play as.

Being a PS4 game you can expect some top quality visuals and for the majority of the game, most characters look great in their full 3D appearances, with just a couple where the transition from 2D comics to 3D does not quite work, this is however very infrequent. The worlds you battle in are also impressive, with their initial basic looks hiding a few surprises as they are pretty much totally destructible, buildings crashing around you or giant vegetables getting sliced to pieces, there is so much action on the screen at times it can be hard to track just what is going on.

J-Stars Victory Vs + for the PS4 is definitely one for the fans, offering a huge roster of characters not often seen in computer games and letting players get the chance to battle out in some noisy fights.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS4)


+ Huge roster of classic Shonen JUMP and V JUMP characters
+ Four player online


- Quite basic fighting mechanics

Edited On 01 Jul, 2015

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Fear Sinséir1612 1 year ago
Already got it as a Birthday gift :) :)! It's FAB :) :)!! It's ALL my wet Anime Dreams come true :) :)! Bandai Namco have really gone up in my estimation with this release!! Just hope they port a Gundam fighting game to Wii U after this!
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Fear Sinséir1612 1 year ago
One more thing to all you doubters out there, this game is worth picking up just for Boa Hancock's voice actress' pre-match quotes ^0^; her character's voice actress seems like one sexy, Upperclass bird ^0^; just looked her up online, 'Kotono Mitsuishi', she REALLY is a Japanese MILF/Cougar ^0^ ^0^!!

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