|System: Xbox 360, PS3*|
|Release: August 21, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||ESRB|
Also to the game's detriment is the fact that there is no way to ban blatantly overpowered characters. Pet Shop is well-known as one of the most broken fighting game characters in existence, and he is selectable like any other. There aren't any balance changes or patches that have been applied to the underlying gameplay system, so you'll find lots of people abusing the heck out of Pet Shop online. Heck, even Third Strike Online let you ban Gill from matches, which makes the lack of a ban function seem like a total oversight.
Graphically, on the other hand, JoJo HD does hold up. Jojo's was one of the prettiest fighting games of its generation, combining manga style drawing with over-the-top animations and effects. Even today, landing Za Warudo into the steamroller crush is enjoyable to look at. You can tweak the options in order to make the game look exactly how you like, and the filters do a good job of smoothing the sprites on HD sets. The added borders that show off character art from the game are also a nice touch. In fact, the only things that aren't nice to look at are the menus. They are spartan, little more than white text on a background. Surely, these could have been jazzed up somehow.
Now, all of this would probably be a value for ten or so dollars. JoJo's was a phenomenal fighting game, and simply getting a chance to play it again is more than worth that money. However, the game is priced at $20, which is about as much as you can expect to pay for a fully stocked HD remake. Is JoJo's worth the money? Honestly, I'd have to say no. It's really not giving you a lot that the originally version didn't already give you. Longtime Jojo's fans will still have their original copy lying around, while newcomers will be unable to get into the game due to the complete lack of tutorials. Not to mention, there's the elephant in the room of online GGPO, which allows any JoJo fan to play the original over the next with better netcode on their computer. For free.
In the end, there's not much that makes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD worth the money other than the core gameplay. If getting a chance to play JoJo's Bizarre Adventure again is worth $20 for you, then go for it. Otherwise, this isn't the game for you.
Date: August 28, 2012