Review JoJos Bizarre Adventure for the PS3 is missing something

first_imgI can’t begin to tell you how many hours I spent as a kid playing 2D fighters. My generation latched onto games like Street Fighter, Mortal Combat, and Capcom vs SNK and days of our lives were spent perfecting our technique. This game type had, and still has, a niche that took the obsession to the next level. For these players, titles like King of Fighters, Blaz Blue, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure took center stage and helped shape the genre as we know it today.Now, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is making a comeback onto the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles with a new HD version of the classic game. It’s an exciting development, but the port to the PS3 left me feeling somewhat unsatisfied.It felt good to reminisce with some of the characters from the JoJo’s universe that I had completely forgotten about since my Dreamcast days. In many ways, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure helped introduce a lot of the multi-form combat systems that are seen in the genre today. The game focuses on a series of unique individuals that are fighting back and forth in a text-based story mode. Many of them have a second form that comes out and helps with more powerful attacks, or attacks of a different nature. Other have unique magical or augmented humanity abilities that help them pull of the fantastic and strange power combo’s. The end result was a rich cast or characters that all require a different strategy to be effective. In a world plagues by button mashers, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was a haven for skilled players. After installing the game to the PS3, I was saddened to see that JoJo’s had only been resurrected as a port from the Sega Dreamcast. The controls had not been optimized to take advantage of the many new buttons that are available on the PS3 controller. In fact, the commands list for the individual characters still showed combo attacks and power moves as though you were holding a Sega Dreamcast controller. There was very little in the gameplay that made me feel like I was playing a game that had been re-imagined for this console. It doesn’t take long to figure out which button goes where, mind you, but out of the box frustration like that was unnecessary.For $19.99 in the Playstation Store, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure makes for a great trip down memory lane for fans of the game, but I can see casual players becoming frustrated with it quickly. Fortunately, there’s a free demo that allows you to decide for yourself if the game is worth dropping the cash on. If you are a fan of the 2D fighting genre and don’t mind the lac of updates JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is unlikely to disappoint.last_img

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