Jump Force

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Jump Force (ジャンプフォース Janpu Fōsu) is a Fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring characters from various manga series featured in the Weekly Shonen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine's 50th anniversary.[1] The game released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game's ultimate edition provided players with three days of early access and became available on February 12, 2019. A Nintendo Switch version named Jump Force: Deluxe Edition was released in August 28, 2020, including the first season of DLC.

Summary

When the real world collides with many of the Shonen Jump worlds, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. However, a suspicious figure is attempting to gain the Onyx Book and conquer all worlds.

Gameplay

Jump Force is a 3-on-3 tag team arena fighting game. Players control one character at a time while the others are used as support, with players able to switch between them during battle while sharing a single health bar. Similar to J-Stars Victory Vs, these fighters can move and fight in all directions within a 3D arena. Characters have three special skills and an awakening skill which functions as an ultimate attack. Awakening skills can be performed when the player's awakening gauge is at 50% or more, and the gauge only builds up when the player takes damage. Each stage can also transition to a different location during battle if a character has 50% or more awakening gauge and heavy smashes the other player twice. The match ends when one team depletes the other's health bar.

Characters

The game's launch roster features 40 playable characters who come from 16 different series. Eleven additional characters were added in the first season of downloadable content. Three original characters designed by Akira Toriyama called Kane, Galena, and Prometheus are antagonists of story mode. In July 2019, Kane and Galena were released as playable characters. In September, the final boss, Prometheus was made playable as well. Five more characters are planned for season two, for a total of 58 characters including the player's custom Avatar.

Light Yagami with Ryuk from Death Note also appear in the story mode as non-playable characters. Players can create their own character, customizing them with different hairstyles, costumes, and accessories earned through gameplay.[2]

1980s
Son Goku
Son Goku
Majin Buu
DLC
Majin Buu
Ryo Saeba
Ryo Saeba
Pegasus Seiya
Pegasus Seiya
Dragon Shiryu
Dragon Shiryu
1990s
Yusuke Urameshi
Yusuke Urameshi
Younger Toguro
Younger Toguro
Kenshin Himura
Kenshin Himura
Makoto Shishio
Makoto Shishio
Yugi Muto
Yugi Muto
Seto Kaiba
DLC
Seto Kaiba
Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy
Roronoa Zoro
Roronoa Zoro
Vinsmoke Sanji
Vinsmoke Sanji
Blackbeard
Blackbeard
Trafalgar D. Water Law
DLC
Trafalgar D. Water Law
Boa Hancock
Boa Hancock
Gon Freecss
Gon Freecss
Hisoka Morow
Hisoka Morow
Killua Zoldyck
Killua Zoldyck
Biscuit Krueger
DLC
Biscuit Krueger
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi Hatake
Sasuke Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha
Gaara
Gaara
Madara Uchiha
DLC
Madara Uchiha
Kaguya Otsutsuki
Kaguya Otsutsuki
2000s
Ichigo Kurosaki
Ichigo Kurosaki
Rukia Kuchiki
Rukia Kuchiki
Renji Abarai
Renji Abarai
Yoruichi Shihoin
DLC
Yoruichi Shihoin
Toshiro Hitsugaya
DLC
Toshiro Hitsugaya
Sosuke Aizen
Sosuke Aizen
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
DLC
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
2010s
Izuku "Deku" Midoriya
Izuku "Deku" Midoriya
All Might
DLC
All Might
Katsuki Bakugo
DLC
Katsuki Bakugo
Shoto Todoroki
DLC
Shoto Todoroki
Boruto Uzumaki
Boruto Uzumaki
Jump Force Exclusive
Avatar
Customizable
Avatar
Kane
DLC
Kane
Galena
DLC
Galena
Prometheus
DLC
Prometheus
Non-Playable
Light Yagami
Light Yagami
Director Glover
Director Glover
Jump Force
Navigator
Navigator
Jump Force

Trivia

  • DIO can only be playable on nighttime stages. The game automatically forbids daytime stages if he's selected by any player.
  • Both Jotaro and DIO were planned to be playable characters alongside Dai from Dragon Quest in J-Stars Victory Vs. Yoh Asakura from Shaman King was also planned to be an assist character. Aside from Yoh, the other three characters were made playable in Jump Force.
  • Unlike other JoJo games, Giorno has Gold Experience Requiem as a permanent stand in Jump Force, while retaining some of GE's life abilities such as Damage Reflection (tree) and Body Part creation (for healing).
    • Additionally, the game refers to the Stand in all regions as "Gold Experience Requiem", instead of using "Golden Wind Requiem" outside of Japan, another first for a JoJo game.

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