Jump Force Is a Promising All-Star Anime Crossover with a Lame E3 Showing

Jump Force is not the first time the worlds of Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto have crossed over in video game form. Seeing as its announcement comes on the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump — the weekly shonen manga anthology that houses each of those series — Jump Force feels like it was designed to be a little extra special, even if its poorly tuned E3 demo seemed like it was designed to hold it back.

Mechanically, Jump Force will feel very familiar to those who have played the Tenkaichi games. In the 3-on-3 tag fighting game, the camera is always set behind your character and locked on to your opponent — it never breaks away. You’re able to use high speed dashes to get in close very fast, perform quick side-to-side dodges to avoid incoming attacks and reposition, and block right before an attack to teleport behind your opponent.

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