With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking the ultimate anime mashup of all-time, Jump Force.
Title: Jump Force
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Release Date: February 15th, 2019
What is it?
Jump Force is the game that anime and manga fans have been dreaming of for years. Taking characters from iconic franchises like Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, and My Hero Academia, among others, Jump Force lets players live out their wildest “what if” scenarios. Featuring real-world and anime locations, it’s an attempt to add some reality to the over-the-top nature of the anime the game represents.
What could go right?
At best, we’ll get a stellar anime adaptation like Dragon Ball FighterZ. At worst, we’ll get something like the lackluster My Hero One’s Justice. With anime adaptations, they are usually hit or miss, but Jump Force promises something that most games don’t. The studio is giving us a game that answers questions fans have been asking for years. Who would win in a fight between Goku and Naruto? What about Frieza vs. Luffy? Having these iconic characters go up against each other is something that people have only dreamed about. The visuals look stunning, the combat looks fierce, and fans of the Naruto Shippuden games will find a lot to love with the similar combat structure. With other properties like Yu-Gi-Oh, Death Note and Hunter X Hunter being represented, there’s no shortage of awesome in Jump Force’s package.
What could go wrong?
I mentioned that anime adaptations are hit or miss, and Jump Force is no exception. Our resident Enthusiast, Andrew Gonzalez got to play a few minutes of the game at E3. As a massive anime fan, he was looking forward to going hands-on with the fighter. After two fights, he left feeling underwhelmed, but hopeful that the final product would be something to marvel over. Spike Chunsoft has never developed a fighting game before, so there is no way of knowing if the studio is capable of making a stellar fighting game. We’re concerned that Jump Force may be more of a novelty over a cohesive fighting game. Only time will tell, but there’s a chance that the game will crash and burn next month when it launches.
That’s what we think about Jump Force. Which of the properties represented in the game is your favorite? Which fighter will you use first? Are you excited for the game? Leave a comment below and be on the lookout for Jump Force next month.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89