The release of Jump Force is just around the corner, but how's the critical reception? This anime brawler brings together a wide range of manga heroes to do battle in climactic clashes, and the reviews have started coming in. While there are a few positive write-ups, the reception is decidedly luke warm, with plenty of middling to low scores.
We'll be bringing you our own verdict on Jump Force soon, but until then, check out some of the reviews from other publications below:
GameSpot - 7/10
Jump Force provides strategic tag-team arena-based combat that's filled with fun references to Shonen Jump manga, but the game's story leaves much to be desired.
Shack News - 7/10
What this game is really about is fan service and I must admit that it succeeds in offering folks up a hefty chunk in that department. Jump Force knows that it’s really for the Shonen Jump fans and if you are a fan there’s plenty to like here. One would probably be better off focusing on the core fighting game aspects though.
Destructoid - 6/10
Like the Dissidia series, Jump Force is something I'm going to be coming back to for random bits of fun throughout the years. The core is good, it's just let down by some odd design choices and an average campaign. This is an older brawler in an HD skin: if you want something more than that, look elsewhere.
The Sixth Axis - 3/10
Crossover games are nothing new to Bandai Namco or Shonen Jump, so it surprises and disappoints me to see that none of the good aspects or successful mechanics of these previous games made their way into Jump Force at all. Jump Force is a visual mess, It lacks the fun and charm that a wild crossover like this should embrace, and It's just a technical mess from top to bottom. Jump Force is a huge celebration of some of the most iconic manga in history, but it fails to do any of them justice.
What do you think of the scores for Jump Force? Are you looking forward to jumping into the fray? Show your weeb side in the comments below.
i don't care about review scores, i'm playing the game and i absolutely love it but then again i'm a huge Jump fan and i love a lot of the series represented here
in fact no one should care about a score on any game, play a game and make your own mind up on if you like it or not, people have missed out on absolute classic games because some reviewer gave it a low score
Pahaha! A 3/10 ouch!
The game looks terrible to me from the start sadly!
@FullbringIchigo Spot on my man, its quite a sad state of gaming nowdays, people will make their decisions based on random outlets review scores rather than their own views.
For me, this was always "That Game Starring Naruto Alongside a Bunch of Folks I've Never Seen Before" so I can't say that this news has much of a personal impact, but I'm certain those who are fans of all the characters get plenty of enjoyment out of it.
@Gamer4Lyfe it's not "nowadays", people would do the same with gaming mags in the 80s and 90s too. If anything it's better now because rather than people basing it on whatever one magazine they got each month, they have hundreds of websites and YouTube channels to get a much better idea. Back in the 90s, we had nothing to go on apart from magazine reviews, not even a trailer - apart from in extremely rare instances when a game got a TV ad, like OoT (and that was an awful ad 😂)
Also, it does normally give you a pretty good idea if you look at a wide variety of reviews. It's extremely unlikely a game is good if it gets 1/10 from every website you read. And there's a reason there's text to a review, not just a number; you can gain context and adjust the score accordingly. If they hate shounen and fighting games, then obviously ignore it. Personally, I love fighting games and WSJ series, especially One Piece, and this looks pretty mediocre at best. Visually, it's ugly as hell, which considering it's not exactly going to be a deep, tournament fighter, is a big blow since most of the appeal is the visual charm of your favourite characters fighting.
@RogerRoger You've never seen any DBZ characters before in your life? I can understand maybe not seeing One Piece characters, because despite being best selling manga of all time, even more than DBZ, a lot of that success is concentrated in Japan. But not having seen Goku or Vegeta is kind of like not recognising Elvis or Santa Claus. 😄
To be fair, 7/10 isn't that bad for a game like Jump Force; I mean, sure, a 7/10 doesn't tend to be as valuable as it would be for another medium, but it's still not bad for a game that's more a celebration of manga IPs than a serious attempt at creating a 10/10 GOTY title.
This is one of those games that I would like to be developed by Arc System Works (a lá Dragon Ball FighterZ). It would be awsome.
@Matroska Okay, my bad, of course I've seen them before, but I only barely know some of the names (and couldn't tell you which is which, unless @Fullbringlchigo has tagged them in a forum screenshot before!).
When I tell people that I like Naruto, they automatically assume it means I know all about manga and anime, but I literally only like Naruto, and even then it's kinda just in passing.
@RogerRoger basically out of the main 3 the Guy in Orange with big spiky black hair is Goku from DBZ, the guy with the Straw Hat is Luffy from One Piece
@RogerRoger if your wondering who anyone else is just let me know
@FullbringIchigo I'm tempted to say "Elvis?" given my comment above, but I'll leave it for now, ta. If I ever see this going cheap, I might bite and then I'll definitely need some help, for sure!
The best part is that it's neck and neck with Crackdown 3. I'll probably pick this up on sale just to play as my boy Luffy.
@FullbringIchigo Personally, while not every reviews are bound to be trusted, you can say with most user reviews as well, cause just like critics, they're usually either too positive or too negative. I've played games like Hidden Dragon Legend and Natural Doctrine that were praised immensely by users, while for me, they were mediore at best, with (serious) flaws that were overshadowed. I know most will defend these flaws because they're mostly annoyances, but if these becomes too common or aggrevating, that's where it becomes a real issue. Especially when it comes to licensed games, where they call the game fantastic because they're fans of the franchise(s) it's used.
I mean, I'm a huge fan of Jojo and Little Witch Academi, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't get some mild enjoyment from Eyes of Heaven and Chamber of Time. Does that mean that they're good games overall? No. For fans? Sure. But as gamew as a whole? They're filled with many design flaws that prevents it from being a game recommendable for anyone other than the fans. And then there's Knights of Britannia, based on one of my favorite animes, which ended up being a disappointment for me, meaning that not every fans will love it.
And look, if you like Jump Force, that's awesome. I'm glad you're enjoying it, but honestly, excusing a game like this by saying that "it's based on one of their favorite IPs", would be like defending a mediocre online only game by saying that "it's fun with friends. Like I said, I agree with what you said about reviews, but honestly, just as long it is in-depth and isn't overly positive nor overly negative, I'm fine with someone giving his/her opinion on a game that I liked or don't like. Besides, they do give some useful insights. Maybe some of those points were right, maybe some of them were false, and perhaps you'll find a few things that not every reviewer (including the user reviewers) have pointed out on. But hey, that's just what I think personally.
Saw one of the cutscenes the other day and good lord the animations, I thought the characters were meant to move, not dart off the left. It's like how Poochie went back to his home planet.
@Gamer4Lyfe I mean, not every reviews are terrible. Some of those reviewers actually go full in depth on the game's pros and cons, instead of just calling those points good, bad, annoying, etc. And honestly, this also goes the same with gamers as well. Some of them were way too positive with the game, to the point that they'll be calling the game a masterpiece (someone actually did this with Quiet Man), or they'll just say that the game crap and call it a day, with some additional overloaded nitpicking. I think it's okay with you giving your own opinion. Just don't go soft with the game and actually acknowledge the flaws of the game and the audience it's targeted towards without being overly positive, nor overly negative.
the only thing good about this game is the amount of characters...
Beyond this, is a mess
I’m still gonna get it because I’m a big Jump fan(my username). I knew from the start that a game like this wasn’t going to get big scores. I did like what I played from the beta so that’s enough from me.
I don’t like the art style so I think I’ll skip.
I plan to Gamefly rent it. Not a big fighting game fan but i like Shonen Jump and want to play the single player.
I had fun with the beta. It seems that reviewers like a certain type of fighting games and everything else doesn't seem to be up to par to them. I keep reading how the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games aren't as deep as Street Fighter, but I enjoy the NUNS games 100 times more than Street Fighter. Not every fighting game needs to be "deep".
Not saying that fans should give certain games a free pass. I like Bleach on ps3, but if I were to give it an honest score, it'd be a 6/10.
Eh, I'm not too bothered by the scores (though I'm pretty sure there are far worse games than Jump Force, The Sixth Axis) since the Custom Character portion sold me on the product already, plus I've had a fair amount of history with some of the series represented here. This is going to be my first Jump video game, so whether or not it ends up being bad, I can't imagine Jump Force being worse than SNK Heroines or Touhou Kabuto V, even. THOSE fighting games were bad, no question.
@Matroska Not once when I was a kid looking through magazines like we all did if you grew up back then, buy a game based on what the review score was or their opinion.
If i saw a game that I liked, I purchased it, I never needed a score or someone elses opinion to decide what games I buy and it will always be that way.
Sometimes games will disappoint, it happens but even if you listen to reviews it can backfire just the same so in the end its better to just go with your own thoughts.
Just my opinion of course but I hate seeing people as soon as they see a review not above a certain number call it trash and say they will not play it, its quite unbelievable.
@Gamer4Lyfe Keep in mind that back then we had far fewer options. So we gave some ok looking games a chance. Now it's excellent game after excellent game, so the mediocre ones get left behind.
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