J-Stars Victory Vs+ Will Have Japanese Voiceovers

By Spencer . December 23, 2014 . 12:49am

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Bandai Namco is bringing J-Stars Victory Vs., a crossover fighting game with characters from over 30 Shonen Jump series, to the West as J-Stars Victory Vs.+. The English localized version will have Japanese voiceovers with English subtitles.

 

J-Stars Victory Vs.+ puts players in two vs. two battles where you can team Goku up with Naruto or pair Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo with Luffy from One Piece. The J-Adventure story mode has four different scenarios that bring players to Planet Namek from the Dragon Ball universe, Hidden Leaf Village from Naruto, and Alabasta” from One Piece. An arcade mode made for the Western release adds one on one matches.

 

J-Stars Victory Vs.+ is scheduled to come out in summer 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4.

 

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  • Too bad I don’t necessarily care that dub ins’t going to be in the game. Sure the masses that play this game are going to get annoyed by Goku’s jp voice but they’ll over it. Majority of the people actually excited for this game watch their anime in english sub anyway.

    • Kaihedgie

      There are also just as many people who prefer the English dub of their anime

    • Renegade[G]

      “Beggars can’t be choosers” I’m just glad this game even release outside japan, considering its a licensing hell.

    • samsneeze

      “Majority of the people actually excited for this game watch their anime in english sub anyway.”

      I kind of doubt that. I know I don’t and generalizations are bad anyway.

    • DivinePhoenix69

      Yea way to generalize…

  • There won’t be problems with the licensing, isn’t it? Sure, Bleach, DBZ and Naruto aired in the US as dubs, but, I am thinking if there’s other characters, be it playable or support whose respective series never aired in the US might get omitted in the game, similar in the case of that Genie guy back in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom.

    • AkuLord3

      I heard something about that but idk if that’s true or whoever isn’t in it. If a certain few i want (like Medaka, Gintoki and Tsuna) aren’t in it, i’ll just import.

  • kirito1998

    I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I would like an English VA for Goku. I don’t know y, but when I try to watch Dragon ball sub, I can’t just can’t. It’s probably im just used on watching Goku in English :(

    • what

      you offend me with your bad taste.

    • Land of Green Pasture

      well, even for me japanese Goku sounds…. err… unique?

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I like Nozawa Masako

        She really fits Guilmon and Dukemon

        but for Goku, hmm, maybe they’re kinda right

    • Cephrien

      The seiyuu has been voicing Goku from the very beginning. So even though hes a grown man now its basically– DBZ culture for her to be his one and only voice.

      Replacing her would be like–
      Ash Williams being played by anyone other than Bruce Campbell.
      Just not right

      • kirito1998

        lol yea, it would feel different if they sub Goku with a different VA. I’m not going to use him anyway because I will use Tsuna with his burn X BURNER!!! (iirc was the name of his move :P)

    • I totally agree. For me, his Jap voice is just too high pitched for my liking. Funny enough, I’m the complete opposite of Naruto, though. His English VA does the most annoying English voice I’ve ever heard. So either way, I’d have to put up with one or the other, so I’m not as bothered.

      • kirito1998

        well I guess I just have to suck it up. Just glad we’re getting it

  • Lemski07

    its like jump ult. stars from ds?

    • kirito1998

      yes, it is somewhat similar to jump ult. instead here it uses 3d fighting instead of 2d. Also this game is not going to be release in any nintedo hardware like the 2 previous game. One more thing, some characters from the previous games r not going to be here

    • aizen310

      No. Seriously. That game for the DS is miles better. This is just a slow paced Gundam VS clone, and a failure as a fanservice game.

      • I liked Vs a lot more than Stars to be honest.
        Stars just felt too small on the DS.

        -This is just a slow paced Gundam VS clone

        So basically, every 3rd person action arcade game ever?

        • aizen310

          “So basically, every 3rd person action arcade game ever?”

          Come on, you know, I didn’t mean like that. It is based on the “VS engine”, like some other arcade or handheld titles. (Sengoku Basara PSP games, Gundam VS Gundam, DBZ Zenkai Battle Royale, even Bleach: Versus Crusade for the Wii, because its gameplay is strikingly similar) And while those games maintain 60 fps, Victory VS sometimes struggles to keep the 30 fps. And it’s a shame, fighters and brawlers, and especially Victory VS needs 60 fps to give that sense of speed you can see in your shounen animes.

          “Stars just felt too small on the DS.”
          Same here. Victory VS felt lackluster for a PS3 title that ought to use that console’s every bit of power.

  • what

    What retard watches anime with a dub.
    All dubs plebs, gtfo.

    • Ahtma

      I’m not saying every dub is instantly better than the sub, but there are many cases where certain things can only be best conveyed in your language.

      Personal experience: with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, it never occurred to me that Bills was trying to directly train a Super Saiyan God Goku while fighting him, until I think it was Piccolo remarked that it seemed like he was. But when I saw the dubbed version in theaters, the way Bills spoke and his tone and word usage – I was able to tell that was the intent of the scene much better than with the sub.

      Plus, there are some fantastic dubs out there too, and I appreciate the work that voice actors put forth to make them real. FMA and Brotherhood’s dubs are flawless.

      • Leafia133

        Tbh i cant stand Gokus JPN voice i think hes english Voice is much better i think the whole dub of DBZ is better

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      What type of moron assumes that it being in any given language makes it better? Oh wait, the ones who cant speak both languages.

      • Noor

        Actually, it being spoken by A-rank and B-rank Japanese voice-actors is much better than D-rank and E-rank English voice-actors.

        • Herok♞

          I don’t understand what makes these actors so good just because they are “A and B rank” I can’t even tell the difference between a master and some random guy since I don’t speak the language

          • Noor

            So you’ve never had a voice actor in an anime draw you into it? Do not like anime? Or do you not even watch it?

          • Herok♞

            Nope, never had a Japanese VA draw me in. I love how you employ sweeping generalizations because I don’t get the same enjoyment from the Japanese voice actors, I enjoy anime for the stories and characters. I watch plenty of anime, just try me ask me any 5 anime questions you want.

    • KazukiNanbu

      so i’m a retard because i watch dub anime because i grow up watching dub anime and i love anime because of that?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      This comment gives me an headache

  • Jadfish

    SAY WHAAA (BOBOBO)

  • oaktree123

    Well I’m not getting this I’ll just wait for xenoverse and storm 4.

  • Rafael Martines

    Thank GodNamco :D

  • ivanchu77

    A anime with english voices is like a spaghetti western with japanese voices

    Unfitting

  • Meh. I don’t care if it’s an English dub or a Japanese dub. I still can’t believe the game’s coming our way!

  • CrimsonShadow89

    Normally I wouldn’t mind, but honestly Goku NEEDS his English voice, I can’t stand nor take seriously his Japanese voice… ._. .

    • Renaldi Saputra

      but Nozawa Masako is cool, but, well, maybe for goku didn’t fit

      However I like her as Guilmon and Dukemon in digimon series

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I loved her as Dukemon. She’s fine as Goku too.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          Dukemon is badass with her voice

  • fyi1191

    Good! I just can’t imagine what Gintoki’s voice in English would be like.

    • AkuLord3

      U can with the Benizakura movie and its…not great.

  • AkuLord3

    Another article about voices (though really not surprised, especially with the series that aren’t a thing here or character’s not showing up yet in Dub), Another Dub war. Its ok, if you can’t be nice then you know where you are.

  • Gosuke

    Wish Yakuza 0 will be like this too :(

    • British_Otaku

      Too early mate. Yakuza 5 (and Restoration maybe) come first. Fortunately, it is a PS4 game already so it has a lot of time for SEGA to get around to it.

      This was a case where I thought it wasn’t going to happen because of rights and the PS3 getting less and less releases with time.

  • aizen310

    So, instead of adding more characters, they just add an Arcade Mode where we can play 1v1 matches, so in a sense, they take things out.
    This game will never redeem itself. Never!

    • Ahtma

      It’s just a game, Jesus Christ. Be thankful it’s coming to the US at all.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        true, very true!!

      • DivinePhoenix69

        I honestly wish people would stop using the thankful excuse whenever trying to defend half-assed/outright lazy localizations, developers, games etc. People have absolutely no obligation to be thankful for anything. Bamco aren’t our friends, they aren’t bringing this game over out the sheer kindness of their hearts, they are localizing it because they see some type of profit off of it. Therefore if gamers feel that the product is heavily flawed or not up to par, then they have every right to complain no matter how silly it may sound to others.

        • James Reilly

          Um…considering no one considered this localization to ever happen I think Bamco is warranted some leeway on how they make it happen even if it turns out no dub/digital only.

          • DivinePhoenix69

            No they are not. While it is true that the game may have never been localized otherwise, it still isn’t an excuse for Bamco to half ass any localization like how they did with SAO and a couple other titles as of late. I guarantee you that if it was Square Enix or Capcom trying to pull something like that people would almost immediately flame them for it, so Bamco are in no way the exception either.

        • Ahtma

          lol buddy I’ve only ever said that once, and that case was J-Stars. They pretty much know that it’s not going to turn that much of a buck just because of the sheer amount of under-known characters. Anime’s still a niche market in the U.S., anime games also fluctuate on how well they can sell. There may be a lot of fans getting J-Stars+, but that probably won’t be too much money. It may be them testing the waters, but it’s nothing short of a small risk they’re taking trying to localize it. I appreciate that they’re willing to take that risk, and to show my appreciation, I’m going to buy a copy.

      • aizen310

        Seriously I couldn’t care less about the US release. This game is barebones as barebone a fanservice game can get. It’s not even good at what it wants to be. But if you want to buy Disappointment-Stars Failure VS, I’m not gonna stop you. I’m mad because it was one of my most-most-MOST anticipated game of this year and it failed so hard on sooo many levels. Not just that, but insult to injury added when subpar and unbalanced fighting mechanics paired with serious disrespect to some of the other franchises that wasn’t named One Piece or Naruto. (Yes, I’m talking about Bleach. Ichigo is slow as a snail, and Aizen has a ridiculous moveset.) Punch me in the face for wanting a fanservice game to service me, a fan of its represented series right.

        I was too hyped, failed to live up to said hype and bad gameplay experience. I wanted this to be successful so much, but now… I hate it with a burning passion :(

        • Ahtma

          Just goes to show, no one likes Bleach.

          • aizen310

            Oh… I see. I thought you have common sense, but I see now… you’re just as much of a Bleach hater as the next guy. Seriously people, what the f*** is wrong with you?! As soon as Bleach is mentioned in a discussion, you flip your douchebag switch and begin talking cr*p about the show. Sorry? I apologize for liking something you’re not? I apologize for NOT liking something you like?

            Just for your information, it’s not just about Bleach. Hokuto no Ken, Medaka Box, Beelzebub, Assassination Classroom, Saint Seiya… almost every represented series got the inferior treatment. DBZ, Naruto and Yu Yu Hakusho got a full representation with “main, rival, villain”, and One Piece got a royal treatment for having 4 characters. Other series just tossed aside, or have that feeling of being just an afterthought. But please, don’t listen to me. It’s Bleach Bleach Bleach, always just Bleach. Let the hate, this mainstream, trendy behavior fog your mind and don’t see anythng else I’m saying.

            And again, I’m sorry for not being anything like you. :/

          • Ahtma

            It’s more or less popularity and what they should have in the game, working with Bamco’s time constraints more or less. Bleach is seriously on its way out in more ways than one. YYH got full representation because it is literally a fantastic classic anime that everyone deserves to have seen. DBZ, One Piece, and Naruto are the big three, ofc they’re going to get full representation, and especially the powerhouse, One Piece, is going to get four characters. In Bleach, does Ichigo really have a rival? No, he pretty much doesn’t, because he’s a ginger Mary Sue who loses his powers in every major fight to do one huge attack on the enemy, only to just get them back next arc.

          • aizen310

            You fail to see that it’s not just about Bleach.

            Hokuto no Ken, Medaka Box, Beelzebub, Assassination Classroom, Saint Seiya; just to name a few. Hokuto no Ken and Saint Seiya just as classic as Yu Yu Hakusho. I certainly don’t see why Bamco decided to make an inferior Jump game rather then a Battle Stadium DON 2, if all they wanted to do is make a tribute to the high and mighty DBZ, Naruto and One Piece series.

          • Ahtma

            I didn’t say it was just about Bleach. You didn’t read my comment. Bamco forces its devs to work under a specific amount of time, and they probably had to go “okay, so we want to put in this and this and this, but can’t put in this because of time restraints.” They probably had to weigh out the popularity of everything they wanted to include and then narrow down what they feasibly could and couldn’t include in the time they had to develop it.

          • aizen310

            When you ask money for it, it’s barely an excuse for a half-a**ed job.

          • Ahtma

            Hey, don’t blame the devs, blame the publishers. That’s how most anime games are.

          • aizen310

            Gameplay mechanics are not dictated by publishers, I think.

          • Ahtma

            No, but the amount of time a developer has to design, implement, and polish them is.

          • aizen310

            That is a valid point.

            But we are talking about VS+ now. Spike Chunsoft had a whole year to implement new characters, or implement more stages, or just rebalance the given roster, or make the game run on 60fps (it’s much needed in a brawler/fighter).

          • Ahtma

            60fps for the PS3 version might not happen, I’d see that being more feasible on PS4 though. As for new characters/stages, we’ll have to wait and see. I know they already said that they’re doing some balancing.

          • aizen310

            “I know they already said that they’re doing some balancing.”

            Now that’s good news. It’s time for some Vegeta nerfing.

    • Gosuke

      When I see that Vs+ word, I thought it means that they will add some new characters in the game but nope, they just added that Arcade Mode thingy instead. Its ok I guess.

  • DudeJericho

    If only it didn’t suck. Some may like it anyway…

    • Ahtma

      I’ll probably get it so I can show everyone the guts of Otokojuku and smack around their favorite characters with Momotaro.

      • DudeJericho

        Sure

    • Hexodious

      I’m only getting the game for Tsuna. No loss for me as the KHR games never left Japan anyways.

      • British_Otaku

        It may be worth looking to a way to play them regardless. I haven’t played any of them, but there are apparently 21 games according to Wikipedia. DS/PSP ones are region free. Wii ones can be played with a SD card hack (Bannerbomb and Gecko cost nothing).

        With any luck, there are some gems out there with all of your favourite characters. Much better games than this.

        I’m not an educated importer of those games, but Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Dream Hyper Battle looks cool enough.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    i miss time when video game doesn’t need voice acting to be good and accepted by everyone

    • Ahtma

      A game still doesn’t need voice acting to be good. J-Stars is pretty mediocre, the “wow” factor wears off after a while.

    • British_Otaku

      It wasn’t going to catch on without voice work at the very least, I’ll have to look REALLY hard to find any anime licensed or anime tied game without voice work (even if it isn’t full) and even Pokemon has Pikachu with a voice (I think it actually hurts the game).

      I’d like a game which explores expression without too much of that voice work as this video details: http://youtu.be/PWElVmXXC6U?t=4m4s

      Jump Superstars really shined because of how it embraced the manga style and it would be easier to localise as well with no licensed voices or tracks, but great music and sound design regardless. We won’t have another one of those as people always need their soundtracks and voice work for a licensed game to even count… for some reason.

  • Sachiko Shinozaki

    I will only buy the game again if they put in the scrapped characters that was going to be DLC. I want my Dio and Jotaro.

  • Namuro

    My kind of localization!

  • Dark Lord Ash

    Makes sense about the voice overs, I mean how man of the characters outside of the basic fan favorites even saw a western release?

    • Leafia133

      and how many characters most likely have the same english VA

      • Zazon Zenzy

        And what will the chance for this game to the west with dubbed voices?

        And when dubbed, you guys will complaint how bad is the dub will.

        • Leafia133

          no it sjust Laura bailey most likely voiced a few of these character and same with Yuri so if it was dubbed there would be alot of voices that our the same it would be weird

      • Dark Lord Ash

        Good question, depends on whether they felt being lazy about it. But hypothetically if they were to have (and they weren’t feeling lazy) then one person per character. Since most of the titles are under Funimation, with a couple of exceptions, they could cover it easily. But as Zazon mentioned it wouldn’t matter since people would still find some reason or another to cry foul. The game coming out all natural is the best outcome for this situation, the fact that it’s coming out at all is a blessing in of itself more so for the character exposure than anything else.

  • MrJechgo

    No surprise there… What actually grinds my gears is the missing playable characters from Ultimate Stars, in addition of missing main characters as potential PCs:
    – Allen Walker (D.Gray-Man; relegated to support)
    – Neuro Nougami (Neuro: Supernatural Detective; relegated to support)
    – Jaguar Junichi (Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar; relegated to support)
    – Train Heartnet (Black Cat; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)
    – Taikoubou (Hoshin Engi; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)
    – Kinnikuman (Kinnikuman/Ultimate Muscle; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)
    – Fuusuke (Ninku; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)
    – Yoh Asakura (Shaman King; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)
    – Yugi Mutou (Yu-Gi-Oh!; missing PC from Ultimate Stars)

    Kinda sucks really…

    • Ahtma

      Would’ve loved to see Taikoubou in HD graphics. Maybe they’ll do a sequel?

      • MrJechgo

        Or DLC ¬_¬;

    • [S]unjay

      Hilda or Kunieda from Beelzebub. My waifus :(

    • GH56734

      Jump Ultimate Stars was Nintendo, not Namco Bandai. And it was based on the manga appearances (one licensor, Jump), this one is based on the anime’s (Jump, multiple anime companies, VAs).
      And between Jump Super and Ultimate, they couldn’t re-license two or three series.
      I’d say Namdai did pretty well actually in trying to reunite the JUS cast WITH voice actors.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    oh c’mon guys, why questioning things like voice acting? It’s been very fortunate that this kind of game can get a miracle thus getting localized. What’s wrong with Japanese voice? To be detailed, what’s wrong with Goku’s voice? I knew the Seiyuu is Nozawa Masako which is an old granny, but is that really a problem? If you got annoyed, then, man, it’s just 1 character and really small problem, making the minor problem bigger will just become a madness.

    Know that Bamco are sensitive, futile complaints like this will just make them won’t localize their games anymore in the west. So, please, know yourselves.

    • Drev

      I love japanese dub of dragon ball :)
      Also, I always try to avoid english dub when possible, for a japanese release (but of course I love english original version of movies and tv shows from america/england, but not for anime/japanese games).

      • Renaldi Saputra

        honestly I like Nozawa Masako as Guilmon and Dukemon, it really fits, unlike the eng dub which didn’t fit bcos Guilmon is innocent cutie.

        When becoming Dukemon, the voice is getting heavier, and become mighty.

        I actually didn’t believe that it’s voiced by an around 70 years old granny

  • Zazon Zenzy

    uh oh, if this voice rant continue like this and there’s a word about “No dub, no money”, good grief. Lesser bamco games coming.

    My theory of “Sucks to be you, west!” Will be closer to truth if Bamco experienced trauma of this last effort decision… Tales of and Digimon games will indefinitely get affected (again)! NOOOOOO!!!

  • Vorsun

    Just as long as they don’t use whoever was in charge of the subtitles for ASB, I’m fine with it.

    • [S]unjay

      And Sword Art Online, lol

      • Hexodious

        Lol, was about to type that. But ya. Sword Art Online is atm the worst translation Bandai put out as of yet. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like that.

  • Mind0105A

    Question: why missing character like “names”?
    Answer: Nanomachines, son.
    – end –

  • SerChief

    “The English localized version will have Japanese voiceovers with English subtitles.” I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you Bamco!!!

  • PowerSerg

    I was hoping dub was an option or selective dub since I really don’t like Goku’s japanese voice. Still I get it they don’t have voice actors set for like half the cast, it would be a bit pricey with how many characters are in it and I’m sure they are taking this as a “risky” venture.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Original Goku… nope. That extremely high pitched nasally voice just doesn’t fit and is just hard to bare most of the time. IMO DBZ is one of the few animes that is actually pretty hard to bare in Japanese. Obviously not everyone’s bad, but most of the main characters just have such un-fitting voices and are ALWAYS there so it’s… *shivers*

    Of course I’ve said something that will warrant some sort of response by a sub only elitist so I should probably prop the flame shield up.

    • Luke Blackwood

      Actually half of the cast is dubbed by female voice actress because for some reason Japan likes females voices for main male characters????

      At least we get Gintoki’s voice in all of its glory lol

      • ZEROthefirst

        I know, I just don’t get why they did it. The only thing I can think of whenever the dub for DBZ comes to mind is maybe it was a budget and that was the best they could do at the time and it’s just stuck with it since (the thing that I love about Japanese voice overs since they almost always get the original cast for games or remakes, kind of like how Marth’s VA in the SSB games is his VA from the anime OVA almost 10 years before Melee).

    • Masako Nozawa (Goku’s 70 plus years old female seiyuu.) is perhaps considered a Legend, but, I do at times consider that Goku’s english voice actor’s vocal portrayal fits more with the character’s looks.

    • Lloyd Christmas

      Goku does indeed sound more heroic in English, but I think his Japanese voice is fitting too in it’s own weird way. I’ll confess though it took me a long time to get used to his voice.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        bcos Toriyama chose Nozawa Masako himself IIRC

  • KR-Joker

    Good, this should be a surprise to no one, a dub would cost money and I’m not sure how much of a story mode there is but I doubt there is a lot to translate. That’s why people saying this coming over gives hope for Robot Wars are deluding themselves, not counting the licensing, the amount of text in a Robot Wars game is staggering.

    • OG games are license free outside of the JAM Project songs, which considering how BanNam USA tore out Rocks as well as a lot of other songs in PxZ out, I don’t doubt they’d replace it with generic BGM. People know how big a licensing nightmare the crossover titles are, which is why people want the OG games.

      Hell, 2nd OG is perfect to give the franchise it’s well deserved chance in other markets BECAUSE it includes the glossary of OG1, OG2 and Gaiden. Atlus screwed up majorly because not only did they release the GBA titles at the end of the GBA’s lifespan, they also didn’t promote them at all. I only found out about the franchise after my friend lent me his copy of Gaiden (SNES) and W.

      • British_Otaku

        Actually, Bandai Namco also have a good record of ripping out songs for generic BGM. The best examples are the Budokai Tenkaichi + Raging Blast games (also Budokai HD and Ultimate Tenkaichi when the composer got in trouble for stealing tracks for Kai as well). which had songs from the anime.

        Specifically this game? It was released with a Sound Edition which had anime songs which you could get for like… another $20-30 added on, otherwise the soundtrack is bland as hell. They have done the sound edition concept for Gundam vs Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost and also the most recent Kamen Raider game (think it released earlier this year).

        • GH56734

          The Budokai Tenkaichi had more to do with how the composer was a plagiarist, I think?

          • British_Otaku

            That’s not Budokai Tenkaichi, the games were released between 2005 to 2007 and used the original 80s and 90s anime’s ost. It does have some original sounds but it was never released or remade after the DBKai/Budokai composer being discovered to be a plagiarist.

            The later HD games which used tracks from him were hit along with the Budokai HD collection.

            It was generic audio as they didn’t want to pay the anime licensing fee. Some games were released without vocals in some openings or a unique song (sometimes for one region – not even a “blanket – this is not Japan, so you get less music” thing) like Gigant Battle or Budokai 2 and 3 in America. I would think it’s a bit different as it is an original track but it seems to be pricey.

      • GH56734

        SRW games are a lost cause. They’re visual novel-level text heavy. Also, Namco isn’t even considering bringing actiony Gundam games because “it doesn’t have much potential in the West”.

  • Spirit Macardi

    And yet you’re no doubt going to sell it for full price -_-

    If you’re going to do a budget localization, then give it a budget localization price tag.

    • James Reilly

      How does making it English instead of Japanese warrant it to be more expensive? Unless they start cutting characters or something the price should not be reduced just because it’s in a language you don’t understand. Having no dub is obviously one of the ways they can save costs and considering how much of a nightmare this probably was to localize I would say small price to pay.

      • Spirit Macardi

        It’s not worth full price because it’s not an equivalent experience. The Japanese got this game with their own native language in both text and audio. We’re getting it just in text. In other words, we get less content in English than they got in Japanese.

        I’m not saying to get rid of the Japanese voices, far from it. But if you’re not going to give me the opportunity to fully experience the game in the language I understand, then I don’t see why I should have to pay as much for this as another one that does offer that option.

    • MasterScrub

      I don’t think you’re factoring in the fact that this game is a localization nightmare.

    • British_Otaku

      Do you really weigh whether any release is a “budget” localisation by a “Dub or no dub” scale? This game is more trouble or expensive to bring about than most dual audio games you can probably think of.

      On the lower price tag… If they don’t improve the game, it would kill all of their potential profits. >_>

      • Spirit Macardi

        When most games localized from Japanese to English do have English voice tracks… Yeah, I consider one without to be a budget localization.

        Granted, this only applies if the game has dialogue spoken in Japanese originally, since what I want is an equivalent experience. If the game has no spoken dialogue in Japanese, then I don’t expect them to add any when it’s localized. Same applies for if the game features dialogue in a made-up language, since it makes just as much sense no matter who listens to it.

        And as for lowering profits, a smaller price tag could very well improve sales by getting the attention of those who are on the fence about it. $60 is a lot to spend for a niche title that you might not like, but if it’s less then it makes the risk a lot less of a factor. Need proof of that? Steam sales.

        • British_Otaku

          In which case, you are ignoring the circumstances which make the game not gain another voice track. On a grander scale, most games only have English and/or Japanese while ignoring the rest of the Multi-5 library or other spoken languages and I can name games which have other foreign languages like the Jak series or Arkham Asylum.

          Other people don’t subtract the value so much of the game based on a single voice track being missing, though obviously a game not being a language you can understand for a VN is obviously a complete loss. Here we have a case where it definitely wasn’t practical to arrange, I usually side with you on single license games or otherwise things more simple than this but I can’t agree on calling this a budget localisation if it doesn’t have a dub.

          I can see the gist of the “it isn’t in my language” thing based on how Japan experienced it, but the subtitles make up for most of the dialogue in the game. Special attacks? They are going to mostly screamed nonsense and reference you would need to know the original series to understand anyway.

          I’m a victim of Steam myself, but releasing games at a budget price as they did for Digimon and SEGA did for Anarchy Reigns didn’t double or notable punch up their sales or profits. Anarchy Reigns was unfortunate and also an online multiplayer mostly game, Digimon on the PS3? That is a bad game as I understand it, not even vaguely resembling titles that people wanted. Steam works because when popular opinion of a game is strong and the community is connected, loud and good at getting the word out.

          Would this game benefit from a price cut? In the short term, but when people make most of the responses “Doesn’t this game suck and lack this character” and perhaps even shots at the voice cast despite the budget price (which doesn’t make sense for a game which has more restrictions on localisation anyway)… That is the best I can see coming from it.

          I like cheaper games, but Bandai Namco don’t have much to gain from cheaper games when people can be won over by making for a near full price release.

        • Gold_Ultima

          I think you’re missing the part where this was probably a nightmare to license for North America as well as prohibitively expensive. That expense would be even more insanely high if they were to have to pay to get the rights for certain actors to even be allowed to voice the characters, let alone the actual cost of getting them into the studio for recording. In North America, the distribution rights for these franchises are owned by a multitude of different companies and they have to pay each and every one just to bring this over before even considering the additional costs they’d have to pay if they wanted to use their official voice actors.

          • Spirit Macardi

            Oh yeah, tons of different companies… A whole three: Viz, Funimation, and Aniplex.

            I’m not even kidding, that’s all.

            It used to be more, but then Viz bought up the rights to a lot of older series so they could show them on Neon Alley.

            Hell, some of these series were never licensed here, so it makes things even easier.

          • Gold_Ultima

            It’s not just the anime rights. They also have to pay the people with the video game distribution rights and those are different companies…

          • Spirit Macardi

            Umm… Namco Bandai owns all the video game distribution rights. Every single one.

            Everyone is speaking as if they’re some three-man indie localization company, but they’re not. Namco Bandai is one of the biggest toy and gaming companies on the planet. They could afford this.

    • GH56734

      Well then, that rules out most of Nintendo’s catalogue as “budget localizations”. Zelda’s VAs in English versions were the Japanese ones in all of the games, save for ONE LINE in Wind Waker.
      Also, Nintendo is used to cut voice acting on a regular basis.

      If you demand all games with only the original voice acting are sold at a 20~30$ price tag, you have got one hell of a high standard. Much higher than that of most Europeans, Koreans, or even Japanese (many rereleases cut voice acting).

      • Spirit Macardi

        Since you obviously didn’t read my later posts, there’s an exception for if voice work was never there to begin with or if the voice work can be equally understood regardless of language.

        The “voice work” in the Zelda series is nothing but Link going “Hup! Hyeh! Hyaa!” They’re just grunts and yells, something that needs no translation. Same goes for the gibberish languages of Fi and Midna, since no one can understand them and that’s how it’s meant to be. But meanwhile, Hyrule Warriors DID feature English voice work for the in-between narration. They didn’t simply leave it in Japanese, because then only the text would have made sense to the English-speaking players.

        What I want is an equivalent experience. The Japanese audience got the voices they were familiar wish for their version of this game, so I expect to get the ones I’m familiar with. And if they aren’t going to do that, then it’s not worth full price to me.

        • GH56734

          If you want equivalent experience, you’ll have to learn Japanese and get the version with JP text/audio.

          A dub will never live up to the original somehow. Around 30 different English dubs to be disappointed about how it doesn’t sound like the old dub. Or how it isn’t on-par with the Japanese acting.
          I assume understanding the text doesn’t even factor here (the dialogues are subbed).

          Assuming this localization is the holy grail of localizations with Namco paying money for 35 separate VA English dub polls with separate contracts for the various American distributors, a translation STILL isn’t the same as the original, especially from Japanese. Of course this considering it’s Namco, who had to cut audio entirely from some anime game (a DS Keroro game) over licensing issues when they reprinted it two years later, for Asia.

          And throw in French, German, Italian, and Spanish voiced audio since they too have to get the “equivalent” experience, as the game is bound for Europe too.

          • Spirit Macardi

            First off, dub quality is opinion, not fact. I watched Toriko subtitled before Funimation began dubbing it, and I still thought Ian Sinclair and Josh Grelle made a better Toriko and Komatsu. Does that make it fact? Nope, purely my own opinion.

            In fact, this whole thing has been nothing but my own opinion, and I’ve never hinted or stated otherwise. I’m not buying this at full price because I don’t think they’ve done enough work in the localization to justify it. If you think they did, then more power to you. That’s your decision, and this is mine.

            And yeah, why not give other languages their own voice track as well? Again, Bandai Namco is a huge company. It’s probably even easier for them, since they likely don’t have their voice casts spread over as wide an area.

            In the end though, I just think Namco’s doing this to cut corners and be cheap. No different than when they refused to dub the One Piece: Pirate Warriors games or Tales of Hearts.

  • [S]unjay

    The Japanese voice actors are great.

  • Ricewarrior

    Must have been a nightmare trying to get this game green lit for the western market.

  • NightzeroAX

    So basically digital for PS3. Phys for PS4 (I hope).

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Lame..at lest dub Goku

    ECH.

  • Herok♞

    Personally I would have loved to see this game dubbed, as it is MY preferred way to watch anime. But seeing as only some of the cast has Eng voice actors I see why they left it in Japanese.

  • dunia01

    Chitoge playable now

  • Yan Zhao

    As it should.

    It’s already a miracle this game is coming overseas, knowing how much licensing must’ve cost for all these characters. You guys want them to spend even more on the english voice actors? Get real.

  • TheManWithPants

    Not surprised, a lot of licensing and funding would be needed to get the dub cast for those various characters to reprise their roles, on top of casting for the characters that don’t have English VAs prior. I’m personally okay with this, since I was expecting this to be the case, and it’s a miracle this game is getting localized anyway.

  • Rawindra

    knew it. & what about the character who were planned as DLC? Jotaro, DIO & Hyo for example? they should be default on non-JP while JP should be free of charge patch for their late arrival since MvC3 as UMvC3

  • Steven Hunt

    If Kenshiro were in I would have demanded a dub. The fact that they released Ken’s Rage 2 WITHOUT Kaiji Tang’s superlative vocals is a sad affair in its own right.

    • Romero Santos

      Kenshiro is in, though.

      • Steven Hunt

        You’re right! How did I forget?

    • MasterScrub

      …He is in. Raoh too.

    • Spirit Macardi

      YES!!! FINALLY SOMEONE WHO FEELS THE SAME WAY!!!

      Kaiji was amazing as Kenshiro; he fully captured the essence of the character, sounding almost exactly like the original seiyuu from the original 80s anime.

      • Ahtma

        Kaiji Tang sounded like crap in Ken’s Rage. Lex Lang from the 90s Manga Entertainment dub suited Ken better, actually sounded like a person instead of Tang’s tryhard scratchy voice. “YYYYOU ARE ALREADYYYYY DEADDDD.” Was the only dub voice in Ken’s Rage I didn’t like.

        • Spirit Macardi

          Again, Kaiji just felt spot-on to me. I didn’t notice his voice seeming forced at all, even though that was most certainly not his normal speaking tone. He sounded like what I’d always pictured Kenshiro sounding like.

          When I heard Lex’s take, I didn’t think it was bad, but I didn’t think it entirely fit either. Granted, it was better than the voice Streamline gave him, but that’s a whole other story. Whenever he did the “ATATATATATA!” it sounded like he kept running out of breath; it didn’t seem to be a sustained yell like the 80s seiyuu or Kaiji.

          The one thing I think Manga did right though was Steve Blum as Shin! HOT DAMN!

          • Ahtma

            The guy who voiced Timmy’s dad from Fairly Oddparents was Rei in Manga’s dub too. But yeah, Blum as Shin = pretty much completely perfect.

            My issues with Tang is that he can’t get the gentle nature of Ken down. Yeah, Ken’s a badass killing machine, but he’s also got a really good heart and is a great person. Tang puts too much into his performance to emulate any emotion other than trying to be a supreme badass, while Lang’s voice was much more natural comparatively.

          • Spirit Macardi

            I honestly felt like Kaij’s Kenshiro had a hint of world-weary sadness to his voice. And yeah, he didn’t have any moments of gentleness, but then I think that’s more to do with the way Ken’s Rage told its story (giving the in-betweens in narration and just skipping to the battles). Based on what I’ve heard from him in other roles though, I think it’s something he could pull off if given the opportunity.

  • Rentekabond

    My buddy already has a copy of this game that we don’t play, so no dub means I have no reason to be interested. GG Bamco.

  • Mika Moreno

    I don’t see what the issue is. No dub isn’t a big deal, i think people are overreacting. Besides, these voices are the ones the characters had originally, so it fits them best.

    • Sol badass

      most people seem to hate dub anyway

    • Rentekabond

      That last statement is already intrinsically false because of Goku. Sean Schimmel is a much, much, MUCH better Goku.

      • Mika Moreno

        That’s your opinion. I prefer the Japanese Goku voice. To each their own, i suppose.

        • Mugiwara

          I always wondered if I was the only one. Well, thanks to you I’m not. :D

          • Mika Moreno

            Haha, i thought the same. Good to know we’re not alone :)

      • KidKojack

        Akira Toriyama chose Masako Nozawa to voice Goku, and insisted that she remain his voice throughout the series.
        I’m pretty sure the CREATOR of Dragon Ball knows more about what’s best for his characters than you.

        • DivinePhoenix69

          Still doesn’t change the fact that Goku still sounds godawful in Japanese.

        • Rentekabond

          It’s fine if that’s the voice he wants to represent Goku. Doesn’t make it any good.

    • Ronldbx6

      omg I never thought I’d see the day to light when people are actually complaining that there is no English dub! It’s always the other way around, “I want my Japanese dub with English subtitles, PLEASE! The English dub is crap.”

      • Mika Moreno

        That does usually seem to be the case. I guess people want what they can’t have. That’s why i believe games should have dual audio. However for this game it would’ve cost a fortune to get all the voice actors, and get new ones for characters that don’t have English VA’s. People should just be grateful that we get the game at all.

  • Andrew Bland

    Does this mean I won’t get my English Yusuke Urameshi? :(

  • Sol badass

    Well since I never got around to importing this for ps3, Ill pick it up for ps4 They did mention graphical improvements so I hope iuts noticeable

  • Göran Isacson

    Wow. I woke up this morning and didn’t even know this game was coming West, so I don’t really care that much that the game isn’t coming with a dub. Kinda sad, but if that’s the costs they gotta cut to release it here then… welp, them’s the breaks I guess.

  • But will it have Train

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Wait…Train…as in Train Heartnet from Black Cat?

    • British_Otaku

      Nope. If you mean the Black Cat one, not even as a support. The same artist did do To Love Ru which has Lala as a support character through.

  • Ronldbx6

    There is everyone f*cking happy now!?

    • Firekitty

      Extremely. Thank you for asking.

    • Ahtma

      It’s the anime games fandom. No one is ever happy.

  • DarkDragonMasta

    Do realize it makes sense that it is Japanese voices some of this characters never had an english dubbed anime so why make like half of them in english makes more sense for all of them to be in japanese I am looking forward to playing some of these characters thou like tsuna from “Hitman REBORN!” it was the first anime I watched in japanese the whole thing it was so worth it.

  • Safros9

    Eh, this made me lose a lot of interest. I can’t stand Goku’s Japanese voice and he’s one of the few characters I wanted to use.

    • DarkDragonMasta

      I feel you there for goku, freiza to, but some I prefer in japanese

    • subsamuel01

      The fact that this game is even leaving Japan is a miracle. I can’t stand Goku’s Japanese voice as I grew up with the dub but I can live with that just to play this game.

    • Satori Satya

      Yep, Goku’s voice is garbage in Japanese.

      I get it why they’re still using it in DBZ and beyond. But still… its not a good fit.

      • Mika Moreno

        The voice is meant to be childish, as Goku always has been. Toriyama himself chose the VA and he believed her voice Goku. The dub isn’t bad, but neither is the sub.

    • Shadow Rebirth

      i take Ichigo, Naruto and Oga’s jap VA than Goku’s eng VA any day.

  • Veloze

    I’d love for this game to be dubbed but I understand they’re probably working on this with a very tight budget.

    • GH56734

      Well, for starters, some of these series were never dubbed to begin with. And they wouldn’t get the original English VA poll –

      • Veloze

        That’s one of the reasons why I want it to be dubbed.

  • James Reilly

    Don’t care about them not dubbing this. Localizing this was more then enough.

  • MasterScrub

    I prefer most of the characters in Japanese. Goku though…. I can deal. I’m just glad we’re even GETTING it

  • AceEsper

    Well, that’s not bad, even taking Goku into consideration. I wasn’t going to play as him anyway.

    • Satori Satya

      You will play AGAINST him, though. ;)

      Dat annoying voice…. sheesh!

      • AceEsper

        Eh, I’d rather fight Goku in this game than some other characters.

  • Souffrir

    Wait, Bamco is bringing this over? Seriously? The people who refuse to export anything anybody might accidentally think was niche outside of Asia?

    I… wow. I’m gonna need a moment to rethink the way the universe works.

    • JMaster3000

      They really need to release Cyber Sleuth here :|

    • Altritter

      Nothing new, Namco’s been way better about localizing niche games for the past two or three years. Project X Zone, several Tales games, all those One Piece games, SAO, etc.

      • Hexodious

        I’d say that Tales Of series motivated Bandai to try to localize more niche games.

    • British_Otaku

      They thought for a moment and saw dollar signs, while also seeing whether it can be localised in a respectable enough state to sell (having enough of our favourites basically) based on rights.

      It isn’t too unusual though it is a first for them with the Jump Crossover games. If they did it for Jump Superstars, it would have been even better partially as that game was good and more of those names were in printed manga.

      • GH56734

        You can’t expect them to do Jump Superstars… that was Nintendo’s :P. Nintendo also does licensed games (Snoopy, Retsu and Go, Hamtaro, plus one obscure GBC game…) though they tend not to localize them, save for some Hamtaro ones and one One Piece game by Namco they helped localize in Europe.
        Jump Super/Ultimate Stars would be easier because they went out of their way to stick only to manga assets.

        Plus Namdai isn’t used to localize games by different companies (if them publicly announcing declining the Chunsoft offer for them to handle the recent Attack on Titan 3DS game is to be believed). And around 2005 anyways, even though their relation with Nintendo was exceptionally good (good support for GC, them handing the Chibi-Robo prototype to Nintendo to finish, a merger considered before anti-trust laws shut down the deal…) they were the sort of company that would cancel a finished localization of an anime game from their own library (Cowboy Bepop PS2) at the very last minute.

        BUT they did pass over the PS2/GC D.O.N Dragon Ball/One Piece/Naruto fighter crossover in 2006, despite them being localization-happy for these three series in particular even then.

        • British_Otaku

          Things can go both ways? :P Nintendo helped out Bamco with Unlimited Cruise SP, so Bamco could have supported them on Jump Superstars. That said, Nintendo could have localised the game alone too.

          Bamco localised Ni no Kuni for Level 5. I can’t name a lot of examples, but that’s a big one. I like ShonenGameZ and their team a lot but I’m not convinced that their interview counts for a series of reasons which would derail this thread (it seemed like the interviewer was guessing and proposing that quality was a barrier is the main one).

          I suppose they were more sketchy back then and I didn’t know about how they dropped Cowboy Bebop PS2. D.O.N was a rights monster back then in comparison to Jump Superstars which seems to go through Shueisha directly, but yes.

    • Harry Potter

      ur in a parrallel universe were vita has so many game released

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Probably the ONE TIME I’d say its better off this way. Especially cause there isn’t any english VA for Gintoki yet (i’m ignoring the horrendous movie cast). Only real downside is Goku’s voice.

    • Satori Satya

      Yep. Goku’s voice in Japanese is incredibly irritating. I understand why they kept the female voice actress to do the voice. But still, it’s a lousy fit.

      When I was younger I remember playing imported Dragon Ball Z games on the SNES and wondering why Goku sounded so awful. Like a kid or a girl.

      Made it hard to see him as a badass when he would have that girly voice.

      • penguintruth

        Goku’s Japanese voice is how he’s supposed to sound. Like a big manchild.

        • Satori Satya

          Well he sounds like a cat with rabies.

          But c’mon… no need for revisionist excuses. Such as that Goku has no genitalia (he’s a father dammit) or that he’s doing the whole Michael Jackson routine by making his voice sound girlish.

          We know why they kept the voice. Fans were enamored of Goku’s child voice. So they kept it.

          And trying to please those fans was a mistake.

          • penguintruth

            No, it wasn’t. Nozawa brings eccentric charm that nobody else in the role has ever gotten. The only people who don’t like Goku’s Japanese voice are Americans and a few Canadians and Brits. Otherwise, she’s beloved the world over.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Yeah, she’s an unique one

            A muscular man doesn’t always need male seiyuu

          • Satori Satya

            No it wasn’t?

            You just proved what I said with your last post, bud. You didn’t notice?

            I repeat: They kept Goku’s voice the same because of obsessive fans who refused to accept any other voice actor/actress doing the character. It wasn’t because it was a good fit for the character. Or because Goku is a ‘manchild’ (wut?). No. It was because the fans were going rabid about it. They didn’t want Goku’s voice to change at all.

            Like I said before (and like your previous post confirmed what I had said), they were enamored of the voice. And that’s the real reason why that irritating voice stayed.

            And it sucks!

          • Saddio

            Did it occur to you that the fans are obsessive because it is a good fit, perhaps the “only” fit? But of course, it’s a lousy fit because you say so. Carry on

          • Satori Satya

            Did it occur to you to read my posts where I mentioned that the Japanese fanbase thought it was a good fit merely because they were enamored of the voice actress’ voice and for no other good damn reason?

          • Saddio

            Here are your quotes sir~ “Yep. Goku’s voice in Japanese is incredibly irritating. I understand why they kept the female voice actress to do the voice. But still, it’s a lousy fit.” and ” they were enamored of the voice. And that’s the real reason why that irritating voice stayed.” Nowhere did you say it was a good “fit”. simply being enamored doesn’t necessarily imply a good fit for anything, that would be an assumption. It is also sad that I had to point this out. I have nothing further to add, good day to you.

          • penguintruth

            The problem with this argument is that Nozawa’s Goku voice DID change over time. Her “child Goku” and “adult Goku” are clearly the same VA, but the approach is slightly different, just like her different versions of Goku’s kids. It just shows how talented Nozawa is.

  • spyro20

    they could have at least add extra characters or make some support characters playable.

    • Cev256

      the game was just announced for a western release. Give them some time to announce stuff for it.

  • Well, duh. Most SJ anime that have been dubbed into English were done by different companies in different places at different times – sometimes more than once. And of course some series have never been dubbed at all. Choosing and assembling all the voice actrs that have been used by different companies would be a logistical nightmare, and recasting them would just piss off anyone who cared in the first place (which, for a niche title like this selling almost exclusively to dedicated weebs, is probably not too many people).

  • Ben Sylvia

    I’m nowhere near as into anime as I was in middle and high school, but holy crap I am so getting this. And thank god this is for Vita as well, something else to play on it.

    Do I have to memorize insane long button inputs for attacks to be good at this? XD

  • Bob Slim

    I would like this to have a english dub but I new it wasnt gonna happen.

    I still want this game even with out it.
    With this game it dont matter anyway

  • Mugiwara

    Wait, why is there so many people surprised that it didn’t have english voiceovers? I mean, this is the kind of game that screams “If this is ever released it will be english subtitles only”. :O

  • Revolver Jesus Super Pimp

    Well for those who don’t mind some characters subbed but might possibly get annoyed with the rest can you mute the voices?

  • peacehunter94

    wait people are complaining because there will be no English dub! im scared am i in the twilight zone

  • PapaBearPrime

    Why not have it like Tekken few speak English for those who have a good English dub and the rest speak Japanese.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    Goku is childish selfish jerk that is strangely likeable, not a superman. The jap voice potray that persona much better in a weird way

    • British_Otaku

      The English voice overs initially missed that (more so through the script and show edits than performance, though performances needed work) but Sean Schemmel has became quite respectable since even if he isn’t going to be picked over Nozawa by me. The writing as well is better, probably best shown by Kai.

  • seiya19

    Having read the comments, I would just like to state here that I for one love Masako Nozawa’s work on Dragon Ball, and this is despite growing up with the Mexican dub (the one used for all of Latin America, that also employed a man for Goku’s voice).

    In my opinion, her voice perfectly complements Goku’s personality. A character whose unique traits include his child-like naiveté and kindness of heart, a big part of what makes him special among the sea of “badass” warriors around. And the way she uses her voice range to go from that cheerful and naive state to the strong determination and desperate, angry screams in the middle of battle is amazing to me. Listening to her Kame-hame-ha still makes my blood boil with excitement to this day… I’m really glad Toriyama got to pick her.

    I’ll also take the opportunity to remind people here that the West is not just comprised of native English speakers, and that, more often than not, the decisions that these publishers take apply to all of us. That while some ask for every Japanese game to include an English dub, often as even a priority over the original voice work, the rest doesn’t even get to have a text translation in their native tongue. Just something to think about…

    • Mugiwara

      That last part is soooo true. Here in Brazil we only started getting official subbed games on the last gen. :D

    • Saddio

      It’s sad that you had to point that out. Really, the gall of some people – “English dub or no buy”. Makes me sick.

      • Spirit Macardi

        Yeah, not like people ever complain about something only having English voices. Nope. Totally not tons of examples of that.

        • Saddio

          They exist. But a complaint of something not being in its original language is a legitimate one. So what’s your point really?

          • Spirit Macardi

            How is it somehow more legitimate? Your point seems to be that it shouldn’t matter as long as you get the game, and that’s something that can go both ways.

      • dizzyb230 .

        should it really matter? people have their preferences

        • Saddio

          Nothing wrong with preferences. What I find disgusting is the attitude of entitlement or often times, the self importance.

  • Harry Potter

    what the wooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  • Harry Potter

    please be dual audio

    • Ahtma

      It won’t be.

  • Hero

    Can I talk to you guys for a second? I know you probably heard this before but the game isn’t WHAT YOU THINK. 95% of most of you who are competitive are already declaring your mains and what not, trust me….PLEASE TRUST ME when I say that most of you WILL give in.

    My main is Naruto (since he’s my character of like…..anything), on the Japanese leader boards, I’m not anymore, but I was the #1 ranked Naruto for the first few months.

    Me being very familiar with fighting games I was able to deduce the fact that this game is WAYYYYYY unbalanced. Naruto is bottom tier no doubt. Things like Yusuke’s spirit gun, Vegeta’s Big bang attack, and Kankichi’s rocket launcher are too viable. They take too much stamina on block and the damage is ridiculous. While Naruto’s rasenshuriken takes an extremely long time to charge, takes virtually no stamina on block, and the damage is not worth. That’s just one example of the many unbalanced things in this game.

    Sasuke throws kunai from the air that are virtually unblockable. Even if you clearly BLOCK them from the front, the kunai pass through you and hit your back, so it “crosses you up” , Sasuke is free to keep doing this safely, it’s low risk high reward. I’m sure people like British Otaku would agree with me.
    There are so many other things I could say but hopefully, HOPEFULLY! + is a updated J-Stars.

    • British_Otaku

      Apparently, they plan to rebalance some things which have began with the invincibility time on the floor: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=144352633&postcount=260

      However, I think your point as well as others like myself warning people about the game’s quality (or lack of) aren’t present enough. I’ve seen attempts to “polish a turd” and the usual result is that the game still doesn’t approach good design as the poor choices and original development team leave a ripple through the whole concept.

      • Hero

        Yeah, I’ve seen you around here telling people of the what and what not. They don’t seem to listen well enough. It is not my intention to dismay others about this game.
        I just feel like they should know, and I’m glad there’s someone out there like you who agrees with me. I do, very much in fact, agree with you that the original design may just may be too deeply rooted.

        Jesus, if I see nothing but Jaguar Junichi throwing ramen everywhere as support again I’ll be really upset at the lack of diversity….once again.

        About the possibilities of rebalancing/updates, I hope it’s true. Would be awesome if they added a training mode. Speaking of which, wasn’t there a discovery of dlc characters from a data miner? Or was that a hoax?

        • British_Otaku

          Personally I’m not expecting any supports to become playable but Misogi Kumagawa would be first one I want to make the jump.

          I didn’t play it long enough to think about the training mode missing, but crazy how any fighting game releases without one (even a feature less one with just infinite health/lives)… I remember Storm doing it with 3 games or so.

          Those DLC characters discovered by a data miner? I remember Jotaro and Dio were two of em, but I don’t whether it was confirmed to be a hoax. They should have released them in the first few weeks and months when interest was high, but perhaps it was just unfinished data just like Mewtwo was unfinished for Brawl along with others and/or they planned to hold off for the Plus version and feedback.

        • Slayven19

          Many people know the gameplay balance is garbage, but I look at it as its a so bad its good approach. Personally I hated ichigos more than anything.

  • Kornelious

    Well that makes sense, It’s a miracle that we’re getting this game at all. Just imagine how much more work it would take to get all the English voice-actors back….I’m just happy that its being subbed (Though seeing Namco Bandai’s latest localizations, the chance of a dub was low anyways -_-)

  • Riverstyx9

    Thank god.

  • Retro64

    Why isn’t there a Yu-Gi-Oh character in the game!? :( Do these games usually get DLC?

    • British_Otaku

      The original Japanese game had some characters that dataminers found but the developers never released any DLC (though they planned DLC to be free I hear).

      “These games”? Crossover anime/manga games aren’t common and this is probably the first one on hardware which I could expect to see DLC. I do expect DLC with games in general though.

  • AlteisenX

    Figured it wouldn’t have English, and I’m okay for that for the most part. I don’t like Dragon Ball Z Japanese voices, but most of the other animes I’m okay with in Japanese, and prefer it.

  • Ah dammit. I much prefer the English VAs for DBZ characters. Sean Schemmel is the true Goku to me.

  • Pandakids09 .

    Glad to hear this is making it to the west but also to disappointed that im not going to have the option to hear English dub

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