Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:35

REVIEW: My Hero One's Justice (Playstation 4)

Written by Anarchyxrisen
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Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. is a Japanese video game development company and publisher. The company also releases videos, music, and other entertainment products related to its intellectual properties. The company is headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
I’ve never heard of My Hero Academia or knew what it was until I got a copy of My Hero One's Justice and was asked to review it. Coming from Bandai Namco, my interest was piqued as they are the company behind Dragonball Xenoverse 1&2 plus many, many others.

If you're like me and have never heard of My Hero Academia don't worry, you don't require any knowledge to play as there's a quick rundown on the backstory when you begin. About 80% of earth's population have a power referred to as “quirk’s”. These grant the person a certain superpower such as guns for hands, earlobes as earphone jack’s, characteristics of a frog and my personal favourite, look like a bird with a bird shadow doing attacks.

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STORY MODE
Here is where you begin with the backstory which is presented in what I can only describe as a comic book come to life. It works through each panel bit by bit, which I loved almost to the point where I’d get disappointed when the cut scene would end.

Reading the subtitles didn’t bother me, and yes, subtitles are throughout the whole game. Audio of the game is in Japanese with no option to change to English.

In story mode, each match is treated like a comic... You play as Izuku Midoriya the hero of the series, as well as his friends. As you progress through each episode, this is where I had a few issues where some characters you play as are just downright useless in battle.

All buttons are the same for each character with the only difference being the moves they do. Head into training to have a quickplay with each character. I realised it’s almost like there is long/short range and close quarters fight sets, which at times can be really infuriating especially when there is no lock on button. Just point in the general direction and attack however, once you find your groove, you’ll be kicking ass.

Progressing through the game unlocks sidekicks to have with you during battle. A lot of the time they are as useful as a rice strainer to bail water. I gave up using them but rather saving them until I filled up my power meter. I then call them in and unleashed whatever character it was super move as they could join in for a EX Plus Ultra with flashing colours, lights and screaming.

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LOCAL MATCH
I loved this mode. You face the CPU with difficulty on 5 for the adventurous or kick the absolute snot out of your 12yo trash talking kid again and again with a different character, without the hassle of child services.

TRAINING
You start here first to get to know how each characters moves work. This is good since some fights in the story mode feel like the character controlled by the CPU is crazily overpowered. There were times I cowered in the corner of the screen spamming attack buttons of characters who weren't right for the enemy I was facing.

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ONLINE MODE
Well surprise surprise guess who constantly got a mudhole stomped in him and walked dry?... This guy, that's who. I’m always amazed by the skill and talent of the online community. Finding a match takes about 10-15 secs and can be a little laggy at the start, but once the animations and intros are out the way, it settles down. You can play unranked/ranked matches or create a room and invite some friends and whale on them if you win. Just be sure to take screenshots for proof.

CUSTOMIZE CHARACTER/PROFILE
Make your nameplate all pretty for online play, have a look at all the crazy items you've unlocked from such as mufflers, hands for your shoulders, those little wooden Russian doll things, glasses, tails, masks and weapons. You can’t use all for decoration, but it wasn’t too bad, I quite enjoyed it even more online. My god some of the characters look like they belong in a Japanese cartoon.

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GRAPHICS/CONTROLS/GAMEPLAY
Graphics are great, but you almost expect that now from a Bandai Namco game. They always impress me. If you like how Dragonball Xenoverse or the Naruto series looks, then you'll love the look of this. Controls for each character are the same there's no need to have to pause to look at the move list which felt refreshing, if not a touch repetitive. Gameplay is fluid, fast and responsive however, the camera angle changing at the wrong time does break the immersion of battle.

CONCLUSION
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this little treasure. Did I mention it's also only about 6-8gig download to install? This is small compared to some of the other anime games I’ve had. Now that this review is all said and done, I’ll be sure to add My Hero Academia onto my growing list of shows to watch. If it draws me in as much as the story in the game did I’ll be stoked! My only grievance is the camera angle changing at the wrong time and the no lock on button. But you learn quickly to play around it. Potato out

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.0 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Age Rating: T
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Games
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
  • Genre: Fighting, Action