'Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver.'
Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 2.0 stars
Fighting games were all the rage during the days of the Sega Dreamcast, and Capcom has just released an updated version of one of the strangest fighting games ever made. "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver." brings the wild and hyper-fast combat from the old-school game into modern times, but sadly, it doesn't offer nearly enough upgrades to justify the high price.
This game follows a small section of the popular Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga where characters have super-powered guardians called Stands that fight at their side. Players can choose to fight as Jojo or one of several unusual characters with supernatural powers that he meets on his journey. Perhaps the most bizarre thing about "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver." is the focus on fighting and lack of an adventure aspect.
Fans of Capcom fighting games will quickly get used to the light, medium, and heavy attack button setup, and the Stand button mixes things up to the extreme! However, casual gamers will find it difficult to figure out the complexities of fighting alongside their Stand. In addition, learning each Stand's in-depth moves can take a long time, especially since there isn't much of a tutorial. But once a character is mastered, it becomes super-intense and extremely exhilarating to fill the screen with their earth-shattering moves!
It seems odd that the HD visuals don't really improve the game much, but they hardly seem like true HD visuals. In fact, I actually prefer the original visuals, so I'm glad I can play on either setting. The only other noteworthy addition is a minimal online fighting mode that offers the least amount of features possible. Sure it's free of lag, but it's also not hindered by depth or complexity.
Because of the high price and high learning curve, "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver." appeals to a very limited audience.