Jump Force

Jump Force (Japanese: ジャンプフォース, Hepburn: Janpu Fōsu) is a crossover fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring characters from various manga series featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine's 50th anniversary. The game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the successor to J-Stars Victory VS. When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. But a suspicious figure is using both the Jump Force and the Venoms as an attempt to gain a mysterious artifact and merge all worlds into one.

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Jump Force
Box art featuring (from left to right) Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy, and Goku.
Developer(s)Spike Chunsoft
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesShōnen Jump
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release
  • JP: 14 February 2019 (PS4)
  • WW: 15 February 2019[1]
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Jump Force (Japanese: ジャンプフォース, Hepburn: Janpu Fōsu) is a crossover fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring characters from various manga series featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine's 50th anniversary.[2] The game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It is the successor to J-Stars Victory VS.

Premise

When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. But a suspicious figure is using both the Jump Force and the Venoms as an attempt to gain a mysterious artifact and merge all worlds into one.[3]

Plot

Frieza attacks New York City with an army of Venoms, being confronted by Goku; however, a stray laser blast from Frieza fatally wounds a civilian caught in the war zone. Trunks revives the civilian with an advanced cybernetic device called an umbras cube, giving them potential to be a hero like them. Frieza withdraws, allowing Goku and Trunks to take the civilian back to their HQ, where they are greeted by Director Glover. Glover explains that the manga worlds from "Jump" have somehow begun merging together with the real world and using their own umbras cubes to turn evil-hearted humans into Venoms, forcing him to create Jump Force to quell the threat; the organization consists of heroes from the "Jump" worlds, along with other people saved through the cubes. The group is divided into Alpha, Beta and Gamma teams; Goku leads Alpha (along with Piccolo, Zoro and Gaara) to fight off invading Venoms, Luffy leads Beta (along with Boa Hancock, Sanji and Boruto) to reclaim territory from Venoms, while Naruto leads Gamma (along with Kakashi, Sasuke, Trunks and Sabo) for stealthy reconnaissance. The new hero, who serves as the game's player character, is asked to join one of the divisions to help repel the invasion. Additionally, Light Yagami, whose Death Note has lost its power, joins the Jump Force with the secret intention of regaining it. During their missions, the heroes encounter others being mind-controlled by dark umbras cubes, cubes that have been charged with evil energy. To counter this, Jump Force, also known as the "J-Force", begins retrieving the cubes and freeing other heroes from their control, recruiting them to their ranks.

Although the being known as Kane is initially presented as the game's main antagonist, Director Glover reveals himself to be the true mastermind of the game's events. Glover, whose real name is Prometheus, was originally a neutral observer who facilitated the interaction between the real world and the "Jump" worlds. However Prometheus eventually grew tired of humanity's vices and attempts to merge the real and Jump worlds together in order to guide humanity in the right direction. It takes the combined efforts of the J-Force, the player character and even Light and Kane to destroy Prometheus. His defeat, however, does not revert the real world back to its original state. At Trunks' suggestion, the player character becomes the new Jump Force director and continues to protect humanity. Meanwhile, Light finds an umbra cube left behind by Prometheus and voices his intent to use it to "make the world a better place".

Gameplay

Jump Force is a 1-v-1 fighting game that lets you pick 3 characters. You only play as one at a time and the others are used as support, but they can be swapped out in a rotation like manner. This game features characters from various manga series featured in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.[2] Jump force provides players the ability to join three special teams: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.[4]

Characters

The game's launch roster features 42 playable characters (40 characters from 16 series and two original characters). Nine additional characters are planned to be added via downloadable content for a total of 51 characters.[5] In addition, players can create their own unique playable character, customizing them with outfits and accessories earned through gameplay.[6]

Playable characters

Non-playable characters

Original Jump Force characters
  • Navigator[29]
  • Prometheus/"Director Glover"[29]

Development and release

Jump Force was developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco.[30] The game runs on Unreal Engine 4,[30] and was created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump.[30] Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama designed the original characters created for the game.[26][31][27] Jump Force was announced at E3 2018 during Microsoft's press conference[2] and the game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.[30]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PS4) 58/100[32]
(PC) 61/100[33]
(XONE) 58/100[34]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[35]
Game Informer6/10[36]
GameSpot7/10[37]
IGN6.3/10[38]

The game received mixed reviews from sites like Metacritic, criticising the roster for not having more characters, and for having only the Story Mode available, which was something similar to the case of Marvel vs Capcom Infinite.[34] Twinfinite.net criticized boss battles as often repetitive, but noted that the overall combat system is fun and enjoyable.[39]

See also

References

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  18. 1 2 "'Jump Force' Adds Two More 'Hunter x Hunter' Characters to the Roster". ComicBook. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
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  23. 1 2 Hodgkins, Crystalyn (18 November 2018). "Jump Force Game Adds Rurouni Kenshin's Kenshin Himura, Makoto Shishio as Playable Characters". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  24. 1 2 "Jump Force Game's Trailer Reveals Saint Seiya's Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryū". Anime News Network. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  25. "Jump Force Game Adds Yu-Gi-Oh's Yūgi Mutō". Anime News Network. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  26. 1 2 3 "Jump Force Game Videos Reveal 2 Yu Yu Hakusho Characters, Original Characters by Akira Toriyama, February Debut". Anime News Network. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
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  36. Hilliard, Kyle (February 15, 2019). "Jump Force Review – Super Smash Blunders - Game Informer". Game Informer. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  37. Ramée, Jordan (February 15, 2019). "Jump Force Review - Shonen Through And Through". GameSpot. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  38. Saltzman, Mitchell (February 13, 2019). "Jump Force Review". IGN. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  39. Madsen, Haynes. "Jump Force Review". Twinfinite.net. Twinfinite. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
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