JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Last Survivor (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ラストサバイバー JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Rasuto Sabaibā) is a multiplayer battle royale game based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise for arcades. It was first announced on December 18, 2018, and was initially set to release in summer 2019, though it actually launched on December 18, 2019, just a year after its announcement. A location test for a beta version was done in January 2019.
The arcade machines are equipped with two stick handles, one for each hand. The left handle has one stick to control the direction of the movement and two shoulder buttons, L1 and L2. The right handle has one stick to control the camera; four face buttons, A B X Y; and two shoulder buttons, R1 and R2. The controls are the following:
- A: Jump
- B: Crouch
- X: Investigate
- Y: Map
- L1: Ultimate Skill
- L2: Stand ON
- L3 (push left stick): Dash
- R1: Skill
- R2: Attack
- R3 (push right stick): Open Pose wheel
The players each control one character and roam a vast map, whose effective size reduces gradually as a dangerous zone progressively engulfs the environment. They are deployed randomly on the map in predetermined square zones. They then must fight each other, depleting the enemy's health bar until it is empty and the enemy is eliminated. Players will need to utilize their Stand powers to be the last person standing. Depending on the mode, players can also be split into distinct sides instead with allies fighting together and able to be revived.
The player can perform basic attacks, charged attacks, or use their Stand's special abilities. For instance, Star Platinum can stop time, immobilizing enemies for a short time frame. Characters with long-distance ranged Stands can send their Stands away from them, controlling them at the same time to attack other characters while they hide. Any action, from walking to attacking others, creates noise that is also visually indicated through Katakana onomatopoeia appearing on the screen, allowing other players to hear/see what is happening nearby. It is possible to sneak around by walking while crouching. To balance out having Stands in a multiplayer game, Last Survivor gives each ability a certain number of charges that it can consume. An example of this is that Jotaro’s primary attack allows him to punch up to 8 times consecutively with Star Platinum before needing to wait for charges to regenerate. DIO and Jotaro can collect tokens that add seconds to the length of their Time Stops.
Unique to Last Survivor is the ability to level up your character. Players level up by collecting poker chips from fallen enemies, similar in style to those produced by Daniel J. D'Arby's Stand Osiris. By leveling up, players will gain access to more of their Stand's abilities, notably their Ultimate Skill. An example of this is that Jotaro must be level 4 in order to use Star Platinum The World's Time Stop.
Exploration is also encouraged via the presence of items scattered throughout the map. Three types of card are present and dispersed inside buildings and can be picked up for an advantage. Red cards are HP recovery cards and heal some of one's life points when picked up. Blue cards are shields, giving the player a shield that absorbs damage to the HP bar. Green cards are trick cards, allowing the player to see through walls for a few seconds.
It is possible to customize your player character by changing the color scheme of their outfit.
The game had ten characters at launch, but more are gradually being added. There are currently 14 playable characters, with the 15th, Okuyasu Nijimura, having been announced on June 3rd 2021.
Last Survivor has currently two stages.
The first is downtown Morioh, the default stage of the game. It has six areas, the rural districts, the Trussardi area (landmark: Trattoria Trussardi), the Angelo Rock area (landmarks: Angelo's Rock, Sun Mart, Josuke's house, and Okuyasu's house), Owson Area (landmarks: Owson, Koichi's house, and Rohan's house), the Kameyu area (landmarks: Kameyu, Cafe Deux Magots, and Cinderella Beauty Salon), and the train station (landmarks: train station, Budogaoka Bank, and Cafe Rentagei).
The second is downtown Cairo, including DIO's Mansion. The map was announced on November 24, 2020 and became available on December 16 the same year. Unlike Morioh, the Cairo Map is significantly smaller and only has one possible area to play in, but it is richer in landmarks. Its landmarks are the transmission tower, the water tank, the clock tower, DIO's Mansion, the old town, and the Senator's car.
The stages themselves are quite vast, and each round selects a part of the map that will be used as the effective battlefield, ensuring some variety. The stages have specific areas that will be used as the battlefield, such as the "Kameyu Market" area in Morioh. Each area also has its landmarks.