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Author : HERZOG
-- Playing video games since the 80's ! --
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I haven't had much free time to play games lately, yet I've managed to spend some time with the new JOJO fighting game 「JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : ALL STAR BATTLE」 for the PS3.
After clearing more than half of the story scenarios, my impressions are a bit mixed.
I mean, gameplay-wise the game is great for my tastes. I know some people - particularly hardcore fighting game fans - might find the gameplay here to be more flash than substance. But for someone like me who's more of a casual player when it comes to fighting games, the slow-paced and highly stylized combat really does it.
My real gripes have more to do with the game's deceiving production values and its flat-out disappointing story mode.
Fans of the original JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE arcade game from CAPCOM are bound to be disappointed by the lousy story mode in this game.
Basically the story scenarios here are just a small collection of fighting missions against the characters related to your selected story arc.
There's no cutscenes of any kind (i.e. no character intros or endings), and no real sense of progression whatsoever neither. All there is to it is a bunch of text over a generic background wallpaper.
You'd think at the very least the programmers could've included some scans from the comics. But no. They were cheapskates even for that.
Moreover, each storyline has only 1 stage, so you'll be doing all missions on the same single stage.
I don't think it needs saying that this can get boring rather quick.
The game's presentation really looks top-notch at fist glance. Yet somehow I get the impression that the game only has all of these flashy menus to hide the fact that it has very little actual content in reality.
Overall, JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : ALL STAR BATTLE feels bizarrely incomplete. While the actual fighting gameplay is great, specially for fans of the source material. The available game modes are some of the most lackluster I've seen in a modern fighting game.