JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R
  

 

PREVIEW
During Sony's State of Play presentation in March 2022, Bandai Namco announced JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R a remaster of the 2013 fighting game for PS3. The upgraded port released on PlayStation 5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in September 2022. The upgraded version of 2010's anime fighting game, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, features improved visuals, gameplay enhancements, and new characters including a Season Pass DLC adding several new characters to the game.


With the exception of the inferior Nintendo Switch port, all versions of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R run at 60 frames per second, a vast improvement over the 2013 PS3 version's 30fps. The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Steam version are also capable of 4K resolution and 60fps or higher. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R features over 50 playable characters including 9 new characters joining the original game's roster of 41 fighters. All-Star Battle R also boasts new voiceovers for some characters by talent from the new anime series.

    

updated roster and improved visuals!

  
The game design of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R has been overhauled from the original battle system with adjustments to the fighting tempo and the addition of hit stops and jump dashes. Producer Kentaro Matano confirmed new gameplay actions, such as Assist Attacks, Dash Jumps, and Stylish Guard aim to refresh the gameplay and competitive experience. The developers also adjusted the "hit stop" and behavior of various techniques to refresh the pace of the game. New modes include: All-Star Battle mode, Team Battle Mode, and Tournament.
   

50 playable characters!

   
Bandai Namco announced a Standard Edition as well as a digital-only Deluxe Edition containing the following content: Animation Special Event Color Set, Season Pass, Season Pass Bonus featuring 2 exclusive costumes / character early access, and the digital version of the game. A Jolyne Kujo costume is also included as a pre-order bonus for the Deluxe Edition. See the image below for a closer look at the Deluxe Edition and its included content. Also announced was a Bandai Namco Store exclusive Collector's Bundle featuring a 10" Jolyne Kujo statue. The Collector's Bundle also includes all of the Deluxe Edition content. All editions of the game became available on September 2nd, 2022.
   


 
 

Collector's Edition loot for the die-hard JoJo fans.

  
 

Hopefully the revamped gameplay engine holds up!

Page Updated: November 27th, 2022
Developer(s): CyberConnect2
Publisher(s): Bandai Namco
Designer(s): Kentaro Matano      Producer
Hiroshi Maruyama
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date(s): Sept. 1st, 2022      Steam
Sept. 2nd, 2022
      Console
Characters Jotaro Kujo, Dio Brando, Jonathan Joestar, Dio (Phantom Blood), Young Joseph, Joseph Joestar, Kakyoin, Avdol, Polnareff, Hol Horse, Wham, Josuke Higashikata, Okuyasu Nijimura, Giorno Giovanna, Guido Mista, Jolyne Kujo, Ermes Costello, Johnny Joestar, Gyro Zeppeli, Will Zeppeli, Yoshikage Kira, Caesar, Esidisi, Koichi Hirose, Akira Otoishi, Kars, Rohan Kishibe, Diavolo, Bruno Buccellati, Narancia, Enrico Pucci, Kosaku-Kira, Funny Valentine, Jojolion, Shigekiyo Yangu, Iced, Fugo, Lisa Lisa, Anasui, Baoh, Iggy, Pet Shop, Mariah, Diego Brando, Speedwagon, Jotaro Kujo (Part 4), Foo Fighters, Yukako Yamagishi, Trish Una, Ghiaccio, Prosciutto & Pesci, Risoto Nero, Weather Forecast, Father Enrico Puuchi (Final)

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First Impression:

I was intrigued by 2013's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle and even imported the Japanese version to my North American PS3, back in the day. To summarize what to expect, it's an interesting and visually stimulating 3D fighting game in more ways than one. Gameplay-wise, it's not as deep or technical as other 2D or 3D fighters known to keep players' attention for years straight, but it's a unique anime fighting game worth checking out for several reasons. It's practically a history lesson of the entire JoJo series... and a fighting game. Will All-Star Battle R's upgraded gameplay tweaks make the game more competitively enjoyable? We'll find out.
 
Either way, it's a JoJo game... and you know what that means. Hundreds of references and throwbacks to the original manga, equating to tons of fan service for diehard JoJo fans who are privy to all the references. Seeing new characters appear in ASB's snazzy 3D graphics / gameplay engine is enticing enough. Not to mention the epic return of Mariah and Pet Shop from their earlier appearance in Capcom's classic JoJo fighting game.

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