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J-Stars Victory Vs
J Stars Victory VS
Developer(s) Spike ChunSoft
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco
Release date(s) March 19, 2014
Genre(s) Gaming crossovers
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Media Blu-Ray Disc
PlayStation Vita card
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J-Stars Victory Vs (ジェイスターズ ビクトリーバーサ) is a team battle action video game released by Bandai Namco for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on March 19, 2014. The game combines the universes of several Shonen Jump series.

Overview

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Gameplay

The game was first announced in December 2012 under the title of Project Versus J, in the second 2013 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. It was made to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Jump, and is presented as the "ultimate Jump game." J-Stars Victory Vs features total of 52 characters from 32 different manga series: it features main characters from One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Toriko, Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Bleach, KochiKame, Gintama, YuYu Hakusho, Hunter × Hunter, Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar, Chinyuki: Taro to Yukaina Nakama Tachi, Medaka Box, Nisekoi: False Love, To Love-ru, Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, Beelzebub, Kuroko's Basketball, Sket Dance, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hell Teacher Nūbē, Assassination Classroom, Neuro: Supernatural Detective, Saint Seiya, D.Gray-man, Fist of the North Star, Dr. Slump, Tottemo! Luckyman, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Haikyuu!!, Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Yu-Gi-Oh! All playable characters are available in the game from the start. The first three characters used to promote the game, Goku, Luffy, and Toriko, are also featured in a Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special which aired on Fuji TV on April 7, 2013. Hironobu Kageyama, Akira Kushida, and Hiroshi Kitadani are singing the game's theme song "Fighting Stars." The game is available in standard and "Ansion Sound" editions; the Anison Sound Edition includes 21 tracks from the anime each character appears in. Also, pre-order include the "J-Stars Victory Book", a volume bound like a Jump Comics book and filled with information and visuals of Jump heroes over the years. A free augmented-reality (AR) app lets the user see the Jump heroes in the surroundings on the PS Vita.

Gameplay

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Toriko, Naruto, Goku, Luffy

J-Stars Victory Vs lets up to four players battle it out against one another in a gameplay and graphical style similar to those of Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. A team of two characters has the possibility to have a third support character in the battle.[1] In the PlayStation 3 version of the game, up to four players can fight two vs. two online in vs. mode.[2] Fighters can move and fight in all directions of a 3D battle field, which is partially destructible.[3] Characters have their own play styles too; for example: Goku and Ichigo are mobile fighters that specialize in battling in the air, Luffy and Toriko prefer to rush into combat and unleash barrages of attacks against their enemies, and Kenshin and Naruto specialize in fighting two opponents at the same time. Players should learn the lay of the land and formulate a battle plan with a character suited to it.[4] A defeated character comes back after a set amount of time passes. To win the battle, all three sections of the WIN gauge at the top of the screen have to be filled; the gauge fills one section each time an opponent is defeated.[4] The meter on the top left is Player 1 team's Win gauge and the meter on the top right is the opponent team's Win gauge, the bottom left shows the controlled character's life and stamina meters, and he bottom right has a map of the stage.

Fighters can use regular attacks, power attacks, area-based attacks, and finishing moves:

  • Normal Attacks: fast attacks that do not consume stamina. They are the main part of the battle, and all combos begin with them.[4]
  • Power Attacks: slow, but powerful strikes that can break an opponent's guard. They use stamina and leave the user open, but they have a big impact if they connect and their power can be increased by charging them up.[4]
  • Ranged Attacks: long range attacks that deal a lot of damage. They use stamina, but allow to hit opponents over a wide area.[4] Enemies can sidestep these attacks however.
  • Special Moves: super special techniques activated when the Voltage Gauge fills up. It expands when team members deliver (or get hit with) attacks, and it packs enough wallop to decide the match if it can be pulled off.[3] An example of a signature character move is Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshou.

By using different techniques, the player can lead his team to victory. Learning each character's different power, range, and effects is the first step towards being unbeatable.[4]

Modes

J Adventure Mode

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Map of the Jump World

The game features a 4-arc story mode in which "many Jump heroes gather together in the dream Jump World to participate in the special J-Battle Festival". The four arcs are Dynamic Arc, Hope Arc, Investigation Arce, and Pursuit Arc in J-Battle Coliseum. Characters travel through a 45th Shonen Jump anniversary ship, the Memorial Jump, between different lands, such as Alabasta from One Piece and Konoha from Naruto. Various items and cards can be collected, or purchased using J Points accumulated during battles. Items collected are used to customize the Memorial Jump ship (such as adding a Cannon for example), and strengthen characters thanks to various combination of J Stars Cards. The boss is an entity called Dark Phantom, who takes on the same form as the J-Stars hero; he becomes a shadow version of the playable hero character, and can use this character's powers and abilities.

Victory Road

The player's team faces various opponent teams one after another.

Free Battle

The player creates a team and faces a team controlled by either the CPU or other players in up to 2 vs. 2 battles.

Online Mode

Play with or against people across the web. It allows 2 vs. 2 battles.

Gallery Mode

Enjoy all of the Character Data and Figures.

Characters

The main cast of the game is comprised of 39 playable characters and 13 support characters.

Playable characters

Fighters
Support

Other characters

Battle Stages

Reception

The Japanese magazine Famitsu gave the game 32/40, with all four reviewers giving the game 8/10.

Trivia

  • Data for characters Jotaro Kujo and Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Dai from Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken, and Yoh Asakura from Shaman King has been found through the files on the J-Stars Victory Vs ISO.

Gallery

References

  1. Weekly Shōnen Jump, issue #40, 2013
  2. Weekly Shōnen Jump, issue #6, 7, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 V-Jump, issue #10, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 V-Jump, issue #8, 2013

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