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JiZames' JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Game Review

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure game Review

Story & Playability

Jojo no Kimyouna Bouken: Ougon no Kaze (or Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: The Golden Whirlwind) is Capcom's second installment in the Jojo series to be played on a console, in this case, the Playstation 2. Unlike the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure that was released for arcades, Dreamcast and the PS1, this one was solely released on console and was pretty much a whole new game in itself. If you've read the manga, then no explanation is necessary. It's basically the 5th installment of the Jojo series (almost 20 years after the events involving Jotaro and Co.), this time taking place in Italy and starring the son of the infamous DIO Brando, Giorno Giovanna and his stand Gold Experience. However, although he's Dio's son, he actually has Joestar blood since Dio's head was attached to Jonathon Joestar's body (Jotaro's great grandfather). The story is all about Giorno's trials and tribulations of his goal to become the ultimate crime boss of his town. He ends up running around with a boy band-ish group of stand-using hooligans, fighting off evil stand-users in their path. The game does a pretty mean job at recreating the story (in which you wouldn't have to read the manga to understand what's going on if you're playing the game) although you STILL need japanese knowledge to even know what they're talking about, obviously. And personally, it's a damn good story...just difficult to explain in a short amount of time.

Rating: 9

Graphics

Graphics in this game are jaw droppin!!! This time around, the game is in full 3D and uses cel-shading, which I normally wasn't a big fan of, but this just takes the cake. The motion in the character's faces when they talk, the surroundings, the stands, even the japanese manga onomatopoeia used...absolutely everything has amazing detail. It really surprises me how this game came out in 2001 and there aren't many games that I've played that visually appealed to me quite like this one did. It's nowhere near the detail of games like Metal Gear Solid 3 or God of War, but it definitely has it's own unique style that'll turn heads.

Rating: 8

Sound

The speech is pretty damn accurate to what you'd think the character would sound like, much like the previous Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. I especially love when the characters call out their stands, since they tend to yell it with this great reverb effect and great ENGRISH voices. Just the thought of hearing "GOLD EXPERIENCE!," "STICKY FINGERS!" or "SEX PISTOLS!" being yelled in Japanese is classic!! ---SEX PISTOLS = SEKUSU PISTORS-EH!--- I'm serious, that's what it sounds like. The music fits perfectly with the style of the game, the majority being very theatrical sounding music so that it feels somewhat like a movie.

Rating: 8

Fun

And now we come to the downside. First, the game doesn't have much going for it besides the Story Mode. Hell, that's really the only mode that is playable until you beat the game. The story mode is essentially that. The story is told to you in speech and text, with pretty pictures to accompany them and you control the fighting aspect of the story. After winning the fight, you watch as the story progresses and do the next fight. Although this may sound TOO repetetive, it really isn't, since every fight is individually different in itself. For example, one fight requires you to break pillars as a stand that can travel through shadows chases you so that you can expose sunlight onto it and attack it. It's pretty cool, because he can even come out of your own shadow, so you have to keep running. Some fights however, can be extremely tedious and downright near impossible. I found myself pretty frustrated at times. After clearing the game, you can replay stages that you scored highly on, but with any character as opposed to the one assigned in story mode. If you didn't score highly on them, then you CAN'T replay the stage until you do it again in story mode with the assigned character. You can also unlock lots of goodies, the majority being all sorts of artwork and also the inclusion of stories from the manga that weren't used in the game itself, but it explains them to you anyway. All in all, it is a fun and unique game to play, but don't expect to do much with it after the ride's over. It's really meant for Jojo fans.

Rating: 6

Final Verdict

7.67 (good)

Reviewed by JiZames, Oct 25, 2005

Comments

  1. renki Nov 15, 2005

    I like this animation.

  2. 15464645646545465461 Mar 12, 2008

    This is truly a work of art that no other mangaka has ever done before.
    I mean like why do people watch Naruto and bleach imstead of this.
    This manga should be have an anime adaption for a T.V series.

  3. UberDog Mar 23, 2015

    Good review. This anime sure did get it's name right that's for sure.

    merged: 03-23-2015 ~ 03:37am
    And the game is just as weird.

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