Jump for Joy
Batman vs. Iron Man. Doomsday vs. Hulk. Darkseid vs. Thanos. Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel. The Flash vs. Quicksilver. Superman vs. Sentry. Pop culture loves crossovers, both real and imagined. You've likely heard or read the question, “Who would win in a fight?” Then, you'd hear or read about pairings like the ones I just listed. The listings I mentioned above are not from video games, but rather, from comics, whose publishers are DC and Marvel respectively. Anime has its own comics (manga), and Weekly Shonen Jump is the weekly Shonen manga anthology whose most renowned IPs will be coming together for the new crossover game, Jump Force, sometime in 2019.
One of the first things which caught my eye when I watched the Jump Force trailer presented at 2018’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was that its graphics looked... life – like, with some vibrant colors to match. This photorealism, as it turns out, is entirely intentional; in explaining Jump Force’s art imitating life in a remarkable way, producer Koji Nakajima had this to say: “This idea of taking something that is 2D and making it into something that’s a very realistic illustration is something that we’ve never done before… this was a huge challenge that we were going to take on as part of celebrating the 50th anniversary.” (Shonen Jump is turning 50 this year, not next year, when Jump Force will be released.)
Naruto, in all his photorealistic glory… using… whatever form this is (I’ve never watch Naruto, sue me.)
(Source: Game Spot.)
Jump Force will be special because it presents two crossovers in one: a crossover where Shonen Jump’s strongest warriors traverse universes to duke it out, and from the Shonen Jump world to Earth. The second type of crossover forms part of the game’s plot; Shonen Jump’s more infamous villains have crossed over as well and are threatening to bring destruction to the existence of both worlds. In the trailer, we see Frieza, one of Dragon Ball Z’s more recognizable villains, laying waste to what is meant to resemble Times Square in New York City. Speaking of Frieza, as Jump Force is a crossover event, it will be known and judged by the characters which forms part of what is hopefully is diverse roster.
Right now, we have representations from DBZ, Naruto and One Piece. Light Yagami and Ryuk, of Death Note fame, will be making an appearance... though regrettably, not as playable characters. This trailer also revealed Roronoa Zoro (One Piece) and Sasuke (Naruto) as being playable. Notable aspects of the gameplay include the fact that it's a 3D fighter (I don't really care for those, but...), 3 vs. 3, and all three characters share one life and meter bar. Also, switching out a character won’t replenish what’s known as ‘blue’ or ‘red’ health (a departure from almost every other 3 vs. 3 fighting game). Personally, I’m hoping thus far for Ichigo (Bleach) and Vegeta (DBZ) as playable characters.
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