Whether it’s the power of friendship, guts, or determination, Shōnen Jump, for the last 50 years, has provided its fans with endless hours of entertainment. The spectacular stories that have come out of this weekly manga serialisation are legendary. Several iconic popular culture personalities, like martial artist Goku, pirate captain Luffy, and leaf village ninja Naruto all owe their humble beginnings to this one amazing serialisation. Having recently reached its 50th year anniversary (2018), the Japanese publication, alongside Bandai Namco, announced plans for a game that would celebrate its rich history. Jump Force is the culmination of Shōnen Jump’s legacy, into a game, for the fans that have loyally supported the publication all these years, with myself proudly included.
The story of Jump Force isn’t exactly hard to follow; a nefarious duo of Villains, Kane and Galena, have begun to invade our world, but in doing so have also opened it up to several different realities – all of them from Shōnen Jump series. Players are thrown right into the thick of battle after creating their very own character; I’m not ashamed to say I spent a good hour exploring all cosmetic options. After engaging in a few tutorial battles I was introduced to the Jump Force team and was charged to fight in one of three allied factions, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, each with their own specific specialty.