Jump Force

Jump Force (Japanese: ジャンプフォース, Hepburn: Janpu Fōsu) is a crossover fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring characters from various manga series featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine's 50th anniversary. The game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. But a suspicious figure is using both the Jump Force and the Venoms as an attempt to gain a mysterious artifact and merge all worlds into one.

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Jump Force
Box art featuring (from left to right) Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy, and Goku.
Developer(s)Spike Chunsoft
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesShōnen Jump
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release
  • JP: 14 February 2019 (PS4)
  • WW: 15 February 2019[1]
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Jump Force (Japanese: ジャンプフォース, Hepburn: Janpu Fōsu) is a crossover fighting game developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment featuring characters from various manga series featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology in celebration of the magazine's 50th anniversary.[2] The game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Premise

When the real world collides with many of the Shōnen Jump universes, humanity is invaded by the "Venoms", an army of mind-controlled villains lead by Kane and Galena. In order to fight back, many heroes are recruited to join the "Jump Force" under the leadership of Director Glover and his A.I. partner Navigator. But a suspicious figure is using both the Jump Force and the Venoms as an attempt to gain a mysterious artifact and merge all worlds into one.[3]

The player character seems to be at least unfamiliar with Death Note, as they never become suspicious of Light's intentions throughout the game.

Plot

Frieza attacks New York City with an army of Venoms, being confronted by Goku; however, a stray laser blast from Frieza fatally wounds a civilian caught in the war zone. Trunks revives the civilian with an advanced cybernetic device called an umbras cube, giving them potential to be a hero like them. Frieza withdraws, allowing Goku and Trunks to take the civilian back to their HQ, where they are greeted by Director Glover. Glover explains that the manga worlds from "Jump" have somehow begun merging together with the real world and using their own umbras cubes to turn evil-hearted humans into Venoms, forcing him to create Jump Force to quell the threat; the organization consists of heroes from the "Jump" worlds, along with other people saved through the cubes. The group is divided into Alpha, Beta and Gamma teams; Goku leads Alpha (along with Piccolo, Zoro and Gaara) to fight off invading Venoms, Luffy leads Beta (along with Boa Hancock, Sanji and Boruto) to reclaim territory from Venoms, while Naruto leads Gamma (along with Kakashi, Sasuke, Trunks and Sabo) for stealthy reconnaissance. The new hero, who serves as the game's player character, is asked to join one of the divisions to help repel the invasion.[4] Additionally, Light Yagami joins Jump Force, as the worlds merging has neutralized his Death Note; he secretly looks for a way to restore it. During their missions, the heroes encounter others being mind-controlled by dark umbras cubes, cubes that have been charged with evil energy. To counter this, Jump Force retrieves the cubes and freeing other heroes from their control, recruiting them to their ranks. Duplicates of Jump villains also appear, along with the real ones, adding onto the confusion.

The player and Sanji rescue an amnesiac girl named Angela, but things start becoming strange afterwards. Members of Jump Force suddenly become possessed by evil auras during missions. The only thing they had in common was that they spoke with Sanji before leaving. Jump Force traps Sanji and Angela, who is revealed to be a duplicate of Galena, a henchwoman working for the being known as Kane. All the umbras cubes collected are stolen to create now duplicates, with Light defecting to the Venoms. However, the player manages to defeat Kane. Unfortunately, Glover reveals himself to be the true mastermind behind the merging of the worlds; in truth he is Prometheus, a "keyman" who was charged with showing the real world the stories of "Jump". However Prometheus grew tired of humanity's vices and attempts to merge the real and Jump worlds together in order to guide humanity in the right direction.

Prometheus steals the player's cube for its good energy, planning to use it to balance the evil energy he collected from the villains to become a god. However, Kane gives his cube to the player and Goku empowers them further with energy from all of Jump Force. The destruction of Prometheus, however, does not revert the real world back to its original state. At Trunks' suggestion, the player character becomes the new Jump Force director and continues to protect humanity. Meanwhile, Light finds an umbra cube left behind by Prometheus and voices his intent to use it to "make the world a better place".

Gameplay

Jump Force is a 1-v-1 fighting game that lets you pick a team of three characters from a selection of various manga series featured in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.[2] Players control one character at a time while the others are used as support, with players able to switch between them during battle. Combat functions similarly to the previous Jump fighting game, J-Stars Victory VS, with players moving around a 3D space and utilizing various combos and special moves to attack their opponents. The match ends when one team depletes the other's health bar.

Characters

The game's launch roster features 42 playable characters (40 characters from 16 series and two original characters), while nine additional characters are planned to be added via downloadable content in the first Season Pass for a total of 51 characters. In addition, players must create their own unique playable character, customizing them with abilities, outfits and accessories earned through gameplay.[5] Jump force provides players the ability to join three special teams: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

Playable characters

Non-playable characters

Original Jump Force characters
  • Navigator (ナビゲーター, Nabigētā)[28]
  • Prometheus/"Director Glover" (プロメテウス/グラバー, Purometeusu/Gurabā)[28]

Development and release

Jump Force was developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco.[29] The game runs on Unreal Engine 4,[29] and was created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump.[29] Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama designed the original characters created for the game.[25][30][26] Jump Force was announced at E3 2018 during Microsoft's press conference[2] and the game was released on February 15, 2019 for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.[29]

Reception

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PS4) 58/100[31]
(PC) 61/100[32]
(XONE) 58/100[33]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid6/10[34]
Game Informer6/10[35]
GameSpot7/10[36]
IGN6.3/10[37]

The game received "mixed or average reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic.[31][32][33]

Sales

In Japan, approximately 76,894 physical units for PS4 were sold during its launch week becoming the top selling game that week.[38]

References

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