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Jump Force

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Fandom-focused fighter has lots of hits and anime hype.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game features the usual “good vs. evil” concepts found in most action games. There’s also a strong focus on teamwork and friendship, and on coming together to become a force greater than the sum of its parts. There’s also an interesting theme of learning from others, as the player’s avatar picks up special abilities by spending time on certain goals and with certain characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In the story mode, the main characters are presented as genuine heroes, much like they are in their respective manga and anime series. They exhibit traits like courage, caring, and self-sacrifice in battle, as well as the ability to accept and even form close friendships with others, regardless of their backgrounds.

Ease of Play

The basic controls are surprisingly simple and straightforward, meant to encourage newcomers. But there are lots of extra nuances, particularly when it comes to timing of moves. There's also plenty of challenge, both from the game’s adjustable difficulty and from playing against live opponents in local or online play.

Violence

Fighting is the main focus of the game, with characters battling in 3-on-3 matchups using a variety of martial arts and unique special abilities. Characters can get visibly damaged during fights, showing ripped clothing, cuts, and bruises. Despite the over-the-top power of many attacks, characters generally bounce right back in contrast to the amount of damage done to the environment.

Sex

Some characters, particularly the female characters, are shown in revealing outfits, which can become even more revealing after taking damage. Players can also design their own male and female avatars, with more sexually explicit content. There are also some lines in the dialogue that contain light sexual references.

Language

Although there’s no profanity in the game, players could still be exposed to offensive language due to the online nature of the game, whether by online party chat or the naming of other players’ avatars.

Consumerism

The game features characters that span Jump’s massive library of manga properties. Many of these properties have built up individual fan followings with anime series, movies, games, toys, and other collectibles. The game also features support for paid downloadable content, which includes everything from cosmetic items for players’ avatars to additional characters to use in the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jump Force is an anime/manga-based fighting game available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The game features characters from Japan’s long-running Jump manga magazine series, including characters from popular series such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, and more. Teams of three fight against each other in 3D arenas, battling with a variety of melee and martial arts attacks, weapons, and superhuman/magic abilities. Violence is a focus of the game, with characters taking noticeable damage, including some blood, visible bruises, and rips in clothing. Voiceovers are presented in their original Japanese language with English subtitles. While there's no profanity in the game’s dialogue, the online component could still expose players to offensive language in party chat or player names. There are some revealing outfits, especially for female characters, and some light sexual references in dialogue.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFarhan1997 February 24, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byMoaptop February 24, 2019

What's it about?

Worlds collide in JUMP FORCE as the stars of Japan’s hit Jump manga anthology series leap off the comic page and strike out in the real world. A mysterious and malevolent villain has set its sights on conquering our world, causing the walls between dimensions begin to weaken and wear away. As our world and those of the Jump mangaverse bleed into each other, it creates a warped mix of fantasy and reality. The stakes have never been higher as the fate of humanity and of the multiverse lie with the courage and the power of the Jump Force, the greatest collection of heroes gathered from the entirety of the Jump manga anthology. It’s an epic team-up of massive proportions, as Dragon Ball Z’s Goku and Vegeta fights side by side with Naruto Uzumaki, and My Hero Academia’s Izuku Midoriya joins forces with Yu-Gi-Oh! Card master, Yugi Mutuo. Players can create their own custom fighter and take their dream team into large scale 3v3 combat in both local and online matches, proving to the world they’ve got what it takes to join the Jump Force and save the world.

Is it any good?

Big crossovers and surprising team-ups are common in the world of comic books, so when a game like this one comes along, it can be a dream come true if it’s done right. Thankfully, while it may not be perfect, Jump Force manages to hit all the main marks sure to satisfy the fandom. It’s got an insanely diverse roster of characters, from instantly recognizable series like Naruto and DragonBallZ to lesser known series like City Hunter or Saint Seiya. The customization option also lets players create their own fighter with moves from their favorite series. It makes the player feel like a part of the world the game has created and gives things a much more personal feel. Admittedly, the various cutscenes in the story can be extremely cheesy, but that’s almost part of the game’s unique charm.

Strip away that fandom and you’re still left with a fairly solid fighting game. The controls are simple enough to learn, but still maintain a degree of complexity thanks to its focus on timing. All of the characters’ moves feel relatively balanced, but still convey a superhuman sense of power. The large arenas can feel a little too spacious at times, with an ocean of empty space separating the fighters. The game also suffers from long loading times. Almost every option the player chooses brings up another loading screen. There’s also, oddly, no way to easily switch between online or offline play, forcing players to exit a game and reload to switch between modes. These are constant frustrations make it difficult to get any sort of flow going, but once the action kicks in, it’s hard to not have some good old-fashioned arcade beat ‘em up fun in Jump Force.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and teamwork. What are some ways to develop strong and lasting friendships? How can a diversity of skills and talents help when teaming up and what are some of the ways that people of different walks of life can find common ground to work from?

  • Is the impact of the violence in Jump Force affected by super-powered, over the top violence from the comic books and manga that the game characters come from? How does that impact carry over to video games based on those books? Does it make a difference to see the action taking place in motion?

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