JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. Review

Ryu and Ken are Capcom's flagship fighters, no question, but the Osaka-based developer has more than just tiger knees and sonic booms to its name. It's responsible for the open arenas of Power Stone, the warring academics of Rival Schools, the 3D ring-outs of Star Gladiator and the levelling-up system of Red Earth. This last one is particularly poignant, as while Red Earth was the first game for the CPS-3 (a short-lived arcade board that focused on pixel rendering in a time when polygons were taking over), Jojo's Bizarre Adventure was the sixth and final CPS-3 game before Capcom switched to the Taito Type X.

Dragon Ball Z and Naruto have a larger following in the West, but Bizarre Adventure ranks as one of longest-running manga series in Japan, having started in 1987 and still going strong today. Its story focuses on the mysterious bloodline of the Joestar family and their ability to summon spiritual guardians known as "Stands". Each chapter is set in a different period of time and, with the addition of bloodsucking vampires, JoJo's lives up to its offbeat name. It's also the perfect premise for a barmy fighting game.

Although Bizarre Adventure was ported to the Dreamcast, its anime styling and less conventional combat system didn't have the same tightness and nostalgic allure of Street Fighter 3. But while it can't compete with the upper echelon of fighting games, that doesn't detract from its status as one of Capcom's more polished experiments. The four buttons are divided between light, medium and heavy attack in addition to the aforementioned Stand ability. Each fight lasts for two rounds with a spacious super gauge that can hold up to 10 stocks, and an obligatory life bar that offers some insight into how well the fight is going.

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD announced

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD announced

UPDATE: First images of updated PSone/Dreamcast fighting game.

UPDATE: The first screenshots of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD have now been posted by Capcom. Find them below:

ORIGINAL STORY: Capcom has announced JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD.

It's due out on Xbox Live Arcade (1600 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation Network (€19.99/15.99/$19.99) on 22nd August.

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