A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game lacks a strong narrative element, so no positive messages from the show are present here.
Positive Role Models
While there are positive role models in the source material, there's no room for them to be role models in the video game.
There are characters from multiple ethnicities, backgrounds, and genders present in the game, and these characters are given equal importance in the gameplay.
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Ease of Play
The basic actions of the gameplay are straightforward and easy to perform, and include proper tutorials. The ability to perform an auto combo by repeatedly pressing one button is also useful. The deeper mechanics of the game, and how to utilize them properly in matches, are left for the player to learn on their own. This is made worse by the huge number of characters, many of whom have unique mechanics.
Violence & Scariness
While combat's central to the gameplay, the violence is stylized and cartoonish. Black blood splatters are visible after certain attacks, but otherwise no blood or gore is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some outfits for the fighters, male and female, are somewhat revealing. Several characters make suggestive poses, and there's light sexual innuendo in some incidental dialogue.
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Profanity is all over the game, including menu screens. Several characters curse while performing their attacks, or on win screens after a match. Words used include "s--t," "bastard," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a long-running franchise with many games, comics, shows and merchandise available to buy. The game itself also offers a season pass for $20, which will provide new characters and content in the future.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One playable character, Hol Horse, is always shown smoking a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jojo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle R is a fighting game available for download on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is a new update to the 2013 game based on the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's manga and anime franchise. Players control one of the series' many characters to fight in 3D battle arenas. Combat and violence are central to the gameplay, but the violence itself is cartoonish. Some characters dress and act provocatively, and the game features a great deal of profanity, including "s--t," "bastard," and "hell."
Is It Any Good?
Clunky controls and bad online play hold back this beloved franchise's new fighting game. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is an amazing love letter to the series and its fans, but fumbles as a game. Players get access to a massive 50 character cast from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, which have many of their moves pulled directly from comic panels and shots of the anime. Each of these characters has access to a light, medium and heavy attack, along with a unique style button and a dodge. Repeatedly pressing the light attack will give players a basic auto-combo. The fighting takes place in a 3D environment like Tekken, but you can only move towards and away from the camera with the dodge button. Each of the stages in the game comes with an optional hazard, with unique activation conditions, that adds a new strategic element to consider while fighting.
With a cast of 50 characters, there are a ton of options to choose from. Unfortunately, a number of characters feel very limited, with stubby attacks, awkward combos, and unintuitive controls. Thankfully, having so many options means that you can probably still find someone you enjoy. This situation isn't helped by the limited tutorials, which don't fully explain how to use the unique mechanics of different characters. The online play is outdated, and finding a match with a playable connection is challenging at best. It's also worth noting that the game features a lot of swearing, including in basic confirmation menus. With all that said, the fighting itself can be kinetic and fun, and the auto-combo will give all players a basic effective option regardless of their experience with the genre. Affection for the source material shines through in every frame, and the game's stuffed with easter eggs and references that will definitely excite fans of the show. In the end, superfans of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure will find a lot to love here, but other players would be better served with any other modern fighting game.
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