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"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver." Review | Crunchyroll

Nate Ming writes: "In 1998--hot off the heels of Street Fighter III--Capcom released a fighting game based off of Hirohiko Araki's legendary manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Featuring a varied cast of characters from Part 3 of the manga, it was a fast and brutal fighting game that required strong space control and use of one-frame link combos. The game was also unexpectedly faithful to the series--a fight in the game worked out like a fight in the series, with each character's unique "Stand" ability being reflected in their playstyle. When home versions of the game were put out, the Dreamcast got a near arcade-perfect port, while the PS1 got a graphically-gimped version that more than made up for it with a bevy of added content.

Probably riding the wave of excitement for the upcoming anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Capcom has put out an HD re-release of the 1998 fighter, available for download on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. The HD-upgraded graphics use a cool pencil-shading look when they're smoothed, but look better with chunky, beautifully-animated pixels. It's funny how this game has better, cleaner animation than Persona 4 Arena or BlazBlue, and it came out 14 years ago. While it does a few things right, this re-release honestly left me feeling very disappointed--it's hardly the definitive version of the game."

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