GAMES - Review
11:00 - 20th July 2014, by Matt Kamen

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

Whether or not you're familiar with the strange genius of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Hirohiko Araki's lengthy manga following a generations-long blood feud - this impressive 3D beat 'em up adaptation shouldn't be overlooked.

Although JoJo's has enjoyed a chain of faithful anime adaptations recently, All Star Battle is based on the original manga. The result is unusual yet beautiful visuals, with beefy characters almost etched into the screen. It replicates Araki's style with perfect shading and detailing, plus glorious colour. In short, it looks quite unlike any other fighting game.

The roster of fighters is varied, but perhaps not enough for fans. It broadly offers the main hero and villain of each story arc, plus select allies and enemies. That still amounts to over 30 playable characters, but omits some favourites along the way. Still, the variety of moves and skills, both early 'Hamon' powers and later 'Stand' summons, create versatile combat styles to master.

Playing solo is as rewarding as versus mode, with objectives in the story mode unlocking plentiful bonus material. ASB can frustrate with a trickily executed block and overly simple combos that may alienate hardcore fighting fans, but practise rewards greater depth. Solid online play rounds out a great brawler.

That rarest of all breeds - a tie-in fighting game that's genuinely fun to play, even for those unfamiliar with the source material.
SCORE: 4/5
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