The guys at JeuxVideo France recently had the opportunity to try out J-Stars Victory VS at the Tokyo Game Show. According to them, the game is only 50% complete. Below is a video with their impressions. Since it’s in French, an English translation is provided under the video.
The current trend at Namco Bandai is making Team Battle games, as I’ve been able to try DBZ Battle of Z but also J-Stars Victory Versus. You can control some of the most successful characters from the Jump magazines. You can choose Son Goku, Naruto, Kenshin, Ichigo, etc… A lot of well-known characters in France. Some others are less known in France, but still very popular in Japan, which means this game may never be released here.
Anyway, the point is to have Team Battles. We can play against a friend, while having 2 allied: the first is controlled by the computer, the second is an “assist” character that we can call by pressing R2. We can play with another configuration, which is 2 VS 2. Everyone plays one of the 2 characters of the team, against 2 other players. This is almost entirely en fan-service game. Technically, it’s not very pretty, the stages are kinda big but poor, the interactions with the stages are not numerous, this is not what Namco Bandai have been working on the most.
We call it fan-service because each famous character has his own famous techniques. Each character has 3 basic techniques that he can throw whenever he wants, without using a gauge. There is also 1 special attack for each character, you can throw it as soon as 3 thunderbolts are filled. You fill it by punching your opponents. A special mode starts, all the characters enter in a kind of trance, and it gives you the possibility to throw your ultra-technique. Here you can see Luffy’s special attack on your screen.
For the basic attacks, it’s very classical: weak attack and strong attack. Several combos for each character, that will finish by different well known attacks.
The goal of this game is of course to kick your opponent’s butt. There is a problem in Battle of Z that you can also find in this game: When you put your opponent down to the floor, it takes a certain time before he stands up and comes back to the fight. It breaks the rhythm of the game, it’s too bad. We would have preferred a faster rhythm. The game is only 50% finished, although the chances that this detail is corrected are weak. It’s not punchy enough, even if the fan-service is here and the techniques are very well made. There is a big feeling of power when you kick Naruto’s butt with Son Gokû or Toriko with Luffy. To be honest, this fan-service game is not very worth it, but it could please the Shonen lovers.
Thanks Nostal for the translations
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J-Stars Victory VS is a four player team action fighter by Namco Bandai Games that showcases various characters from the world of Shonen Jump. Thus far Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden), Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z), Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach), Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece), Yusuke Urameshi (YuYu Hakusho), Gon Freeccss (Hunter X Hunter), Gintoki Sakata (Gintama), Kankichi Ryotsu (KochiKame), Toriko (Toriko), Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin),and Taro Yamada (Chinyūki Taro to Yukaina Nakama-tach) have been confirmed, with more likely to be announced in the future. The game was tentative titled Project Versus J before the name was officially changed to J-Stars Victory VS. Currently, only a Japanese release of the game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita has been announced, however, no release date has been mentioned as of this time. No word on a North American or European release either.