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Anime and manga fans rejoice! Jump Force is finally here!

The Weekly Shonen Jump magazine have been introducing readers to the world of manga and anime for quite some time, and in celebration of that, Bandai Namco has been working on a brand new fighting game that aims to give players a chance to play as a ton of the franchise favorites found within the pages of the magazine.

When players get their hands on Jump Force, the first thing they might notice is the art direction for the game. Going for a near hyper-realistic approach, Jump Force does away with the typical cartoonish look of other anime and manga-based games. Instead, the game presents itself as realistically as possible, with characters like Goku, Monkey D. Luffy, and Yugi Muto all looking as if they came from the same world.

The art style might not sit right with everyone, but it does seem like a solid choice to go with from a design standpoint. As Jump Force is based around the premise of all these characters appearing in the real world, it makes a ton of sense for them to all look stylistically similar. Thankfully, all the characters stay true to themselves in clothing and attitude, so the style change isn’t too noticeable once you begin playing.

With the purpose of Jump Force being to celebrate the iconic Weekly Shonen Jump, it’s only right that the game has a large cast. There are 42 total characters to choose from in the game, all of them hailing from iconic franchises such as Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Bleach, and many more. While there is a campaign to the game that focuses on stopping a real world collision of Shonen Jump characters, the real fun will begin once you’re able to begin assembling a team of fighters. 

Jump Force utilizes three-on-three battles, meaning you’ll be able to build a diverse team before jumping into a fight against your opponent. While many fighting games aim to have players string together unique combos, Jump Force also tacks on the ability to spend energy on various attacks, which has been a staple of fighting games for some time, but fits extremely well in the world of Jump Force. Throughout the course of the fight, players will build up energy they can spend certain special attacks. For example, Goku’s ability to turn into a Super Saiyan is one of these abilities, and will allow you to deal out a catastrophic amount of damage on your opponent. 

The addition of energy adds a new layer to the game, making players think about how they approach a fight instead of just rushing in and trying to be the first player to knock out the other. On top of that, Bandai has done a good job of making each character feel unique, thanks to the incorporation of attacks based around their respective franchises. While fighters like Goku and Frieza deal out massive energy attacks, a character like Yugi will summon monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game to do his bidding. It’s this level of care and attention to detail that will keep devoted fans coming back to play once the game launches this week.