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J-STARS Victory VS+ has launched across Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia by Aisha Anime

Celebrate 45 Years of Shonen Jump and 20 Years of V-Jump Magazine with an All-Star Blowout of Famous Manga and Anime Characters. For the first time the game has been ported outside Japan. After many anime and manga fans investing in Japanese consoles to play the legendary fighting game from Bandai Namco, the latest installment was brought over.

J-STARS Victory VS+  is now available across Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment systems. The game features an eclectic mix of manga and anime characters from over 30 different Shonen Jump (action) franchises including ONE PIECE, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, BLEACH, DRAGON BALL Z, Fist of the North Star, Assassination Classroom, Saint Seiya and more... 

Spike Chunsoft, J-STARS Victory VS+ delivers an incredibly robust roster of characters to stage epic battles through a variety of manga and anime worlds. Players can choose to begin their J-STARS Victory VS+ adventure from a multitude of game modes including; J-Adventure Story mode where players battle in different manga and anime environments to determine who is the strongest character by sailing the seas and fighting competitors.

2-vs-2 Team Battle mode that allows up to four players to form teams to battle for bragging rights, and an exclusive Arcade mode for Western audiences that will deliver quick classic arcade style one-on-one matches with your favourite characters.  

“In the realm of anime and manga based videogames, J-STARS Victory VS+ is one of the most unique and ambitious undertakings ever. The fantasy of pitting so many anime characters from different worlds in one arena of battle has finally come true: the fates of the J-STARS Victory VS+ characters are now in the hands of Western anime and manga fans.” said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe.

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J-Stars Victory VS coming to PS4 by Aisha Anime

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A BATTLE ROYALE LIKE NO OTHER COMES TO THE WEST WITH BANDAI NAMCO GAMES’ -The Ultimate Fighting Game Featuring Original Manga/ Anime Characters from The Famous Shonen Jump Magazine is coming to the PlayStation®4-
 
YATTA! J-STARS Victory VS + is coming to Western audiences for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The game will feature Manga/ Anime characters from over tons of different Shonen Jump franchises including ONE PIECE, NARUTO, BLEACH, DRAGON BALL Z and much more. J-STARS Victory VS + is one of the most awaited and ambitious manga/anime focused fighting-game ever to hit Western videogame fans!
 
Developed by Japanese videogame studio Spike Chunsoft, J-STARS Victory VS + delivers an incredibly robust roster to stage epic battles through a variety of original manga/ anime worlds. Players can choose to begin their J-STARS Victory VS + adventure from a multitude of game modes including; J-Adventure Story mode where players battle through the different manga/anime worlds to determine who is the strongest character, 2 vs. 2 Team Battle mode that allows up to four players to form teams to battle for bragging rights, and an exclusive Arcade Mode. On top of those amazing modes, PlayStation®4 owners will benefit from enhanced graphics! 
 
“As the Number 1 and most famous publisher when it comes down to Anime/Manga video-games, it was our duty at BANDAI NAMCO Games to bring J-Stars Victory VS + for Western fans!  Not only we are bringing this epic medley of licenses to Europe, Middle-East and Australasia, but we are also delivering it with a massive added value: a PlayStation®4 version with new content!” Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.


J-Stars Victory VS + for PlayStation®4, Playstation®3 and PlayStation® Vita will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia’s stores in Summer 2015! ~AIsha Anime~

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Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc by Aisha Anime

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Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Localisation: Nis

Platform: Playstation Vita

Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Visual Novel

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder mystery visual novel developed and published by Spike Chunsoft and the first game in the Danganronpa series following the successful anime series. The game was originally released in Japan for the PSP in 2010 then iOS and Android devices.

 

Monokuma telling it how it is.

Monokuma telling it how it is.

Danganronpa follows the anime story-line, set in an elite high school called Hope's Peak Academy which accepts talented "Ultimate" students or a few students at random. Makoto Naegi, is one of those ‘randoms’ an average student. However upon arriving he loses consciousness and wakes up locked inside the school, suddenly this doesn’t seem like a ‘ultimate luskuy raffle’ as described.  After wondering around the premises he meets the Ultimate students who are in pretty much the same situation as him. It is there the signature Japanese torture device is introduced a sadistic remote-controlled bear named Monokuma is calling the shots and frankly he isn’t a very cuddly bear. He explains the only way to escape the academy...alive is to graduate, sounds easy enough. Well actually in order to graduate you need to murder another student and get caught!

fellow students 

fellow students 

When a murder occurs, a "class trial" is initiate where you must determine who the killer is. In a place where anyone could be a victim or the killer, who do you trust? It’s up to our protagonist Makoto to survive these class trials and solve the true mysteries of this messed up Academy. During the investigations, Makoto receives assistance from Kyoko Kirigiri, a mysterious girl with no amnesia, but possessing keen observational and deductive skills. This game reminded me so much of Phoenix Wright but more dark.  

Monokuma instigates further strife by direct manipulation, threatening students' families, threatening to reveal embarrassing secrets. As much as he’s the villain he is the star of the show and I feel a comparison to Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last reward – I totally prefer Monokuma to Zero the physco rabbit.

Gameplay is similar in style to the Ace Attorney series, revolving around investigation and finding contradictions, but with faster gameplay and great animations. Each chapter features two styles of gameplay; School Life, in which the player explores the academy and progresses through the story, and the Class Trials, where the player must deduce the culprit of a crime. If you hate reading alot of text then best to walk away from this game. Pheonic Wright was frustrating but I enjoyed the mixed aspect in Professor Layton x Pheonix Wright which is a very similar game in mechanics just no puzzles !

During School Life, the player can explore the school grounds in first-person perspective, with more areas of the academy becoming available as the game progresses, had a bit of dungeon crawler feel, at least we didn’t have to map everything out like in Ertian Odessey.  When you’re in a room you can move the crosshair  on a character to initiate a conversations , once the cross hair is on them they jump which never failed to amuse me.  Examining certain objects can get you Monokuma Medals, to use in the gatchapon machine in the school shop, yes I loved this feature!

Hover the crosshair over people to talk to them, don't be shy, they won't kill you...yet

Hover the crosshair over people to talk to them, don't be shy, they won't kill you...yet

School Life is actually consists of sections; "Daily Life" and "Deadly Life". In the Daily Life section – you can do the usual exploring, conversing with characters and trigger the next part of plot.You can hang out with specific characters and bribe them with presents, to gain more information about them and unlocks various Skills. This changes to Deadly Life whe  a crime scene is discovered, the player now must search for. Evidence and testimonies gathered are stored in the player's e-Handbook, where players can also save their game. This is all important for the Class Trial.

Quick someone slap him !

Quick someone slap him !

The bulk of the game revolves around Class where students must discuss who they believe the culprit is. Class Trials consist of four main styles of gameplay: Nonstop Debate, Hangman's Gambit, Bullet Time Battle and Closing Argument. Closing Argument is usually a puzzle where you piece together a comic strip depicting the crime in motion. Yes there is some Professor Layton love in it, but not enough to make me hurl my Vita against the wall.

On the Vita we are also given an exclusive 'School Life' mode which unlocked after clearing the game once. Monokuma  reigns in this ‘What if’ mode burdening  the students with the task of building several backup units of himself. Each day, the player assigns students to scavenge rooms for necessary materials needed to build each concept.  During Free Time, players can either hang out with the other students to unlock skills, like in the main game, or use Trip Tickets earned from completed concepts to take them on trips. I Wonder if we can go to the beach? Everyone loves the beach!

Lovely character art: meet Clestia Wdenberg, not very Japanese?

Lovely character art: meet Clestia Wdenberg, not very Japanese?

The Vita was the perfect platform for this game utelising the sharp graphics and features high resolution graphics and even optional touchscreen controls – the game is a work of art. It is polished and you get the overall dark sinister feel of the game. At the same time the voice acting is superb. This is  not for someone who wants actions alone, this is very text based with lots of beautiful animation. 

I rate it a well deserved 9/10

Monokuma knows how to get our attention

Monokuma knows how to get our attention