Game Nostalgia: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

In spirit with the new now airing anime Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the next game that I’m going to talk about is a fighting game with the same name.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, is a fighting game developed by Capcom based on Hirohiko Araki‘s manga of the same title. It was originally released in Japan 1998 as an arcade fighting game. It was then ported to the Playstation and Dreamcast a year later. In August 2012, it then received a HD remake for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

 

Story

Despite the name, this game actually takes only one part from the long running manga. It took the 3rd part, which is called Stardust Crusaders.

In this 3rd part, it tells a story about Jotaro Kujo. After developing a mysterious powers that are called Stands, he was then visited by his grandfather Joseph Joestar and is told about his ancestors and the curse that their bloodline has face through decades. After Jotaro’s mother fell ill due to her body not able to control her newly developed Stand, it’s then revealed that the eternal enemy of the Joestar family, Dio Brando is still alive by taking control of Jonathan Joestar’s body, ancestor of both Jotaro and Joesph. The only way to safe his mother is by killing Dio and ending the curse for good.  On their adventure they also meet other Stand users, some are friends that share the same goal, and some are strong foes that are loyal servants to Dio, the vampire.

Gameplay

This game is basically like any other fighting game, characters fought on a 1-on-1 with other characters. There are super attacks on so on. But what makes this game unique the Stand Mode

Stand is basically a spirit or a guardian who will protect it’s master from any harm. The name stand is derived from “stand by me”. each and every person has their own unique stands that has their own unique power, Jotaro’s stand Star Platinum has superhuman strength and superhuman accuracy. While Joseph’s stand, Hermit Purple can see other places/people by destroying a camera with his stand. Stands are the reflections of their owners so any damage taken by the stand will directly reflect to the owners body.

Overall Summary

This will be probably a game that either you like so much or dislike based on the style. Araki is famous for over the top, chessy, 80’s designs. which can be quite a hit or miss. And being the 3rd part of the whole story might be a bit heavy on those who wants to understand the story. But besides that this is a solid game, with many contents other contents beside fighting unlike other current gen fighting games. So, if you swallow the story and enjoy the art style, then please do try playing it.

On a side note, Namco Bandai has announced a new Jojo fighting game called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle, which will star all the main characters from 7 parts of the long running series. It’s now being developed exclusively for the Ps3. Here’s the 2012 TGS trailer.

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