Jump Force unites some of the manga and anime world’s most iconic characters to battle it out in real-world locations. At Microsoft’s X018 event, developer and publisher Bandai Namco showcased two of most popular characters on the roster: Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta (also known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) and Golden Frieza.
Both of these characters made their debuts in Dragon Ball Super, which is the most recent series. As such, these are the most powerful incarnations of the characters, which is evident from the gameplay seen at the event. The footage showed off the Awakening Transformations for both characters. This ability effectively powers up a character in Jump Force and gives them access to some of their signature moves.
In the video we saw Goku transform into his God stage and then dart around the arena in Paris, delivering crushing blows to Frieza before unleashing his Kamehameha. Vegeta put down a similarly ruthless beat down, ending with his Galick Gun. Finally, Golden Freiza finished off with his incredibly over-the-top, one finger energy ball.
Other characters that will be on the Jump Force roster include Goku, Naruto, and Luffy, representing publisher Shonen Jump’s most successful franchises. Then there are also characters from older but still popular properties such as Fist of the North Star, Saint Seiya, Yu Yu Hakusho, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter. In addition to playable fighters, there are some characters that are used just to drive the story, such as Ryuk and Light from Death Note.
Bandai Namco has confirmed Jump Force’s release date as February 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. If you need a more immediate fix of anime/manga fighting, Dragon Ball FighterZ is an excellent alternative. In GameSpot’s review, Peter Brown described it as much more than just the nostalgia trip these games tend to be.
“Where past games attempted to get there through huge character rosters and deliberately predictable trips down memory lane, FighterZ has bottled the essence of what makes the series’ characters, animation, and sense of humor so beloved and reconfigured it into something new: a Dragon Ball fighting game that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre,” he said.