Title: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Eyes of Heaven
Platform: PS3 (Japan Only), PS4
Reviewed on: PS4
Players: Single Player, Online Versus
Written by Bad Demoman 6th August 2016
So I believe I may have mentioned previously that I'm a pretty big fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. People involved in Skype calls with me probably get pretty tired of my constant gushing over it every time there's a new season, or even a new episode. And so, I was really excited to try out Eyes of Heaven, the new tag team fighting game by CyberConnect2. I figured it'd be pretty good, CyberConnect made the very fun and true to the anime (If a little lacking in anything new in recent years) Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series. So Can CyberConnect2 accurately adapt another series?
If you are watching the JoJo's Anime, or even just catching up on the Manga, then Eyes of Heaven is not for you, and neither is this review unfortunately.
It might be worth noting that CyberConnect2 have dealt with JoJo's before. They made the fighting game from a few years back, All Star Battle, which received reviews ranging from excellent to damning. Many western customers saw it as nowhere near good enough of a fighting game, but as a game for fans of JoJo's, it was excellent, with hundreds of well-
Fair warning, the plot of this game is very difficult to talk about without dipping into spoiler territory. The only spoiler included in this review is for the end of Part 3, where the game picks up, but if you do choose to play Eyes of Heaven be prepared for spoilers for every single part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Taking place in an alternate universe of sorts, Eyes of Heaven has the characters travelling across time and space to unite all the JoJos and their friends to fight against a revived Dio. Dio is able to corrupt characters both living and dead, causing them to take up arms against their friends/foes, the JoJos. If I'm honest, I kinda think this is an incredibly lazy plot. One of the awesome things about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is that Dio never came back after Part 3, and yet his influence was still felt. Bringing Dio back almost belittles why he was such a great villain. At least his revival makes some sense. It's something that could've logically happened in the Manga, it just didn't. Eyes of Heaven also has a habit of making Jotaro the main character, while storing all the other characters in a plot-
Similar to Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, Eyes of Heaven is a fighting game where the camera is positioned behind your characters back, and stages are expansive and wide. Emphasis is on constant and flowing movement. The difference being that matches are usually 2vs2 – A format that readers of my Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution review may remember me not exactly approving of. With two enemies to concentrate on, and some very shaky controls for switching focus, things can get far too hectic and frustrating, very quickly. Especially if you're up against a long range stand like N'Doul or Avdol (who both seem to show up a little too much early on in side missions). Much like almost every other aspect of the game, even Naruto did 2v2 better! Apart from the standard Vs. mode (which is online only, mind), there's only one gameplay mode available -
Eyes of Heaven plays like a watered down Ultimate Ninja Storm. While I'm not the biggest fan of Ninja Storm, it’s simple and good fun -
Eyes of Heaven has a couple of cool moments for a JoJo's fan, but it's so watered down that you can barely get a taste of them. All Star Battle had enough to entertain a hardcore fan with it's special quirks, such as Joseph having a prediction for every single character's next line, whereas Eyes of Heaven has nowhere near that amount of charm and personality. Eyes of Heaven can't even be recommended to the most convicted of JoJo fanatics. If you can't get enough of JoJo's and really want an interactive experience, get some friends together and play All Star Battle. Or better yet, play the criminally under-
A couple of cool moments for the hardcore JoJo's fans,
An incredibly large roster of characters.
Watered down combat,
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Eyes of Heaven gets a disappointing 5/10.