Obvious shortcuts doom what could have been one of the best anime fighters yet.
Shonen Jump, one of the most iconic manga publications out there, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Bandai Namco was tasked with making the ultimate game to celebrate. That game is Jump Force, an anime mashup featuring characters from all your favorite Weekly Shonen Jump series.
It seems easy. Some of the most iconic manga of all time —Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu Yu Hakusho, and more — are all represented here. The source material is big and showy, so the game has to be big and showy. These are fighting characters, so the fighting gameplay is practically built in. With so many great characters and fanservice, all we needed was a decent game.
Jump Force is some of those things. Unfortunately, there’s a lot to take issue with when you really start to dig in and fans should be disappointed.
Bottom line: Everything about Jump Force screams shameless cash grab, and that’s a shame because it easily could have been a game changer.