What I liked:
- I found the combat elements to be pretty enjoyable for the most part and most moves you can do when in combat definitely packed a punch.
- There’s a decent amount of modes and challenges you can sink your teeth into with enough variety to keep things fresh and interesting for longer.
- The roster of characters on offer is big and I enjoyed trying them out because each character has a uniqueness within them.
What I didn’t like:
- The terrible loading times and bugs that are dotted around harm the immersion levels quite a lot.
- I wasn’t much for the story mode because there was just too much to read and the writing failed to keep me interested throughout.
- Whilst I enjoyed the sound design in the game the same can’t be said about the visuals because they were ugly and I wasn’t much for the style they went with.
- There isn’t a great deal of customisation options available to you and the options it does have fail to excite in any way.
Does Jump Force do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all as a fan of the anime genre I have to say that I was really looking forward to Jump Force and I was also hoping that they did each franchise justice. Unfortunately though whilst there may be a few nice moments there’s just too many issues that hold it back and in the end I came away feeling a little disappointed. As soon as you start the game then you bump into a problem straight away and that is the loading times. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the game took that long to load that I started doing jobs around the house whilst waiting. This isn’t the only problem either because you have to contend with a few technichal issues as well and any immersion that’s built up gets lost because of this. When I finally got in the game then it was nice to see that the game had quite a decent roster for you to try out and there’s also a decent amount of modes for you try the roster out on as well. I would however recommend that you play the online offerings though because the story mode fails to pack a punch and on the whole it’s pretty boring. Thankfully though the combat elements don’t fail to pack a punch and I did enjoy doing flashy moves with the different character’s. This however isn’t enough to save the game in my opinion and when it’s all said and done Jump Force just doesn’t do enough to get a recommendation from me especially when you factor in the price of the game and the shortcomings it has.
I rate Jump Force 5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Release Date (Xbox One): February 15, 2019