Jojos bizarre adventure was a terriffic 2d fighter released by capcom in 1999 on the sega dreamcast, and now finds itself gloriously retouched and reintroduced to a whole new generation over a decade later. It also has a fairly hefty price tag ($20 at time of post) for an arcade title, but if you are a fan of 2d fighting in the slightest this is easily worth it.
This is based on the manga and anime series of the same name, but not very much of the story is offered through this game. It really does not matter, because the dialogue is amusing, the characters are vibrant and varied, and who really plays a fighter for the story anyway ?
Simply put, the controls couldn't be better for a 2d fighter. Similar to all the major titles in the genre, the overall gameplay could best be decribed as a hybrid of sf alpha/mvc2 meets darkstalkers. The air dashing, double jumps, counters, hyper attacks, mid air recovers flow perfectly, allowing for unlimited combos, air juggles, and all the staples of a great fighter. The control scheme is faily simple, with only 6 buttons, but with all the various techniques and the special "stand" summoning system, it is easy to play but offers an intricate and complex system to master.
Although very aged by now, this game is gorgeous. It has a very stylized look, beautiful backgrounds, an enormous ammount of character-derfoming animations, wonderful popup effects, combo tallying effects, and devastating, screen covering hyper combos. In short the hyper arcade addicts dream. Every hand drawn animation shines, and there are more than enough sprites to keep things fresh after days of gameplay. Even the character design makes this game feel exciting. This is one case where words simply will not do this games graphics justice, with so much on screen chaos and variety of animations. This game was great looking before, but now it can really shine on your hd television. For the older gamers like me, you can even revert back to the original graphics to get your nostalgia on.
The soundtrack to this game, like the rest of it, is an absolute masterpiece. Fans of capcom brawlers will instantly recognize the uplifting, arcade style soundtrack (i think it features the same composer as rival schools) so common to ninties arcade titles.The music style fits the graphics, and has an undeniably catchy feel. Every track fits, and helps make this simple game into an fully immersive experience. Playing this, you will forget its not the 90s, and your not japanese !
Fun Factor 8/10
Taking into consideration the average gamer, how much time has passed since its intial release, and how simple fighters are by definition, the rerelease of this game still recieves an 8. It really is a blast to pick up and play, and one of the finest examples of why street fighter is only one of capcoms long line of wonderful fighters. Air juggling, aerial combos, hypers have never been more carefree or trippy . The bonus of online gameplay means you will be playing this a long , long time if you want to prove your mastery of the system! If you truly love gameplay, and gaming for the sake of fun itself, you owe it to yourself to at least check out the demo. If you're a fighter fan already, buy this immediately and never look back. This is a shining example of how much care should go into a video game.