My Hero One’s Justice 2, published by Bandai, follows Season 4 of the anime series My Hero Academia. I love the anime but never got around to playing the first game, so I have nothing to compare this to. First impressions, however, are good.
The story is set in the modern-day. There are people with special powers called “Quirks” who have become commonplace throughout the world. In a world of chaos and confusion, Pro Heroes have now risen as the new profession – think policemen or soldier – to fight off powerful super villains. Both heroes and villains have quirks.
The main character is Izuku Midoriya. Born without a Quirk, he catches the attention of the strongest hero, All Might. All Might has the ability to pass on his Quirk called “One for All” and decides to give it to Izuku Midoriya.
Upon launching the game you are immediately dropped into a tutorial fight which gives you a nice overview of the basic controls. Fights consist of a standard 1v1 battle with two characters you can summon as sidekicks. Combos are simple to pull off and fun to chain. Charging up the Plus Ultra bar, which has three levels, allows you to unleash a special Plus Ultra move for your main character. You can also use it to fire your special move with your sidekick. If you get the bar to stage 3 you can unleash it for all three of you.
The gameplay is fun but it doesn’t try to be anything too involved. There’s basically just one attack button and everything else is a special move making it, by far, a mash-fest. I did find myself constantly using a Plus Ultra charge by accident, which is annoying. As is standard with this genre of games, you will find some characters are way overpowered and you just spam the same move over and over to get through the match.
You earn a currency called hero coins from every battle. There are tonnes of customization options you can purchase with the coins or earn through the story mode to make change your favourite character’s look or you can spend your coins on other game modes.
Story Mode lets you relive half of Season 3 and most of Season 4. It is a series of battles linked by storyboards with subtitles and Japanese voiceovers (no real anime cut scenes here). There are three optional goals for each battle, which if passed unlock unique customisations for the characters. Within Story Mode, some chapters will be divided into Main and Sub, with the main progressing the story whilst the sub showing the chapter from a different point-of-view or character. After beating the main story, you unlock the villains’ story. This enables you to play through Season 4 again from the villain’s standpoint, which brings a really fun twist.
The main negative for me is that there is NO ENGLISH DUB! The subtitles means there is a lot of reading, which is especially annoying during battles as you have to try read the subtitles whilst trying to take down your opponent. It becomes very frustrating and it’s a huge shame it was overlooked, especially as the dub already exists in the form of the anime – even a few clips cut from there would’ve made things that bit better.
All characters are unlocked from the start, so you can enjoy all your favourites straight away. Every character has a completely unique move set that ties into their quirk and personality. They all work in very different ways making for a lot of play styles, from range to close combat.
In Mission Mode you are tasked with creating your own hero agency. You have to move along a grid through a series of missions, trying to reach the end without dying. It one more the enjoyable modes, but all in all, it’s just a repeat of fighting against the AI. I would recommend doing the story mode first to collect hero coins as they can be used to purchase extra characters to go on missions with.
There is also a single-player Arcade Mode, where you have to fight five different characters in a row and that just it, nothing really added to that mode.
You have the ability to take your fight online which is an added bonus if you enjoy online multiplayer. There is either ranked or unranked matches. Of course, you also have Free Battle if you want to do to some fighting with a friend locally. It feels they are adding modes to try and increase more things you can do with the game, but honestly the Arcade mode is not needed with having online play, story and the mission mode and free battle.
The graphics are crisp and because it is an anime, all the characters look great. The time and effort put in by Bandai has paid off, as it’s visually a great game. It’s just a shame that there’s the huge bugbear in no English dub. It feels like such a huge oversight I have to repeat saying it.
My Hero One’s Justice 2 is well put together and offers a variety of slick game modes. For a fan of the anime it’s sure to be a hit, but if you’re not you may not follow the story or find much to get excited about. The combat is fun, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly when you find yourself spamming the same moves.
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