J-Stars Victory Versus (+, as this release adds) is a successor of sorts to Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, the latter of which is my favorite game ever on the Nintendo DS. Like them, it’s a huge crossover of many of Shonen Jump’s series for a big free-roaming battle, except this time it’s a 3D brawler instead of a 2D platform fighter.
|I'd have taken Crocodile over Akainu.|
|It lets him rapid-fire his Zangestu attack.|
|Good! Now hold that for two episodes!|
|See all that stuff in the background? It's just for show.|
|An image from before the game came out. As guessed at the bottom, there are are a few more locations.|
At least in Bleach: Dark Soul’s story, there was a plausible reason as to why the primary threat took the form of the other fighters and it played into the plot, but here it’s only so there are more enemies to fight and pad out the story. The game is good enough at using its massive character selection to mix things up enough and keep it interesting up until the end, but you're likely only going to play through it once.
|"We're going into filler again, aren't we."|
|That face hides something fearsome.|