JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven (Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 アイズオブヘブン Hepburn: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Aizu Obu Hebun) is an action video game for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Based on the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series by Hirohiko Araki, Eyes of Heaven is the second game in the franchise to be developed by CyberConnect2, following 2013's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. The game was released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 17, 2015 and was released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 in Western territories on June 28, 2016. There is also a novel transposition of the game.
|JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:|
Eyes of Heaven
Japanese cover, depicting the manga's protagonists
|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Series||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure|
The narrative, over-seen by Hirohiko Araki, takes place immediately following the events of Stardust Crusaders. Jotaro Kujo and his allies, who had just defeated the evil vampire DIO, are suddenly attacked by friends and enemies who have either disappeared or died along the way. It is then they are approached by a young Robert E. O. Speedwagon, who possesses a piece of the Saint's Corpse that allows him to travel through time and space as well as vanquish the evil influence possessing the others. He leads Jotaro and his allies on a journey through time, space, and alternate universes, in order to stop another iteration of DIO and his disciple Father Enrico Pucci from obtaining the other pieces of the Saint's Corpse in DIO's quest to finally be free of the Joestar family and achieve his own personal heaven. Fighters from all 8 parts of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure appear as Jotaro travels through time to meet his ancestor Jonathan Joestar, his grandfather Joseph Joestar while still in his youth, his illegitimate relative Josuke Higashikata, DIO's son but a Joestar nonetheless Giorno Giovanna, and his own daughter Jolyne Kujo, while Jonathan and Josuke meet their alternate universe counterparts, the jockey Johnny Joestar and the John Doe only known as "Josuke Higashikata."
Once all JoJos finish their tasks, they gather the Corpse Parts they have, but notice one is missing. Suddenly, the Joestars are all transported before a DIO with a powered-up The World stand dubbed The World Over Heaven who easily repels their attacks and uses his Corpse's part to draw all the others to him. Before DIO can eliminate them, however, they manage to escape, as DIO realizes Jotaro managed to keep a Corpse's part to himself. After they were transported, Funny Valentine appears to the group and reveals that DIO couldn't take Jotaro's Corpse Part because their Stands are still the same type, even after the former's evolution. Elaborating further, he explains that when Johnny had captured him with his Infinite Rotation technique, he used D4C to escape to a parallel Earth of the original universe in which DIO was able to defeat Jotaro, evolve his Stand and rule the world. After Valentine's unsuccessful attempt to bring DIO over to his reality to destroy Johnny, DIO decided to invade the main world so he could conquer it. After Valentine reveals DIO's plan to the group, they split up in order to reclaim the Saint Corpse Parts from DIO's underlings once more, retrieve the remaining allies still being manipulated, and find out the secret of DIO's evolved stand.
After accomplishing the first two goals but unable to figure out the secret behind DIO's stand, the JoJos and Speedwagon return to Egypt to confront DIO, who is defeated, but reveals that his real goal was to mark the turtle with The World Over Heaven, thus obtaining it and all of those inside it. Absorbing most of the Joestars and their allies souls, as well as the Saint Corpse Parts, DIO rewrites the universe to his own liking, but Jotaro and Jolyne manage to face him, only for DIO to overpower them both and take Jolyne's soul in the process, leaving Jotaro on his own. However, remembering Valentine's warning of two iterations of the same person destroying each other upon contact, he uses prime DIO's armlets, which fuses with his parallel counterpart and badly damages his hands, the source of The World Over Heaven, gaining the upper hand and destroying him in a manner much like in the main universe. After DIO's defeat, all realities are restored and Jotaro returns to meeting Joseph and a fully healed Polnareff. However, it's revealed a new timeline was formed in which his allies were able to prevent their deaths and/or disappearances in the previous timeline and, during the credits, a photo montage shows this extends to the entire JoJo universe as a result of the new timeline.
In an after-credits scene, eleven years after the events of the game, Koichi Hirose encounters an older Jotaro arriving in Morioh along with a young Jolyne whom he decided to bring along, who asks him about the whereabouts of Josuke Higashikata.
Eyes of Heaven is designed to be a 3D action brawler with tag-team elements set in large arenas based on locations in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. Players may pick a single character to control in a large environment, as well as a second character that may be controlled by either a CPU or second human player to fight the enemy team for a 2v2 battle. Certain match-ups contain special animations and dialogue between two characters, mostly between allies in the form of unique combination attacks such as the Dual Combos (デュアルコンボ Dyuaru Konbo) and Dual Heat Attacks (デュアルヒートアタック Dyuaru Hīto Attaku), though provide no discernible bonuses or advantages in battle. The playstyle is similar to that of other known CyberConnect2's Shonen Jump game series, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, such as the combo mechanisms and the air to air combos. The game allows for online play through the PlayStation Network system.
Like in All Star Battle characters are categorized by Battle Styles which change how each character plays in the game, as well as their different strengths and weaknesses. For example, Vampires and the Mode-using Pillar Men heal from damage over time, except from Ripple-enhanced attacks; They can also be immobilized by ultraviolet lamps as part of Rudol von Stroheim's "The Prime Example of Superior German Science" style. The Battle Styles "Ripple User", "Vampire", "Mode", "Stand User", and "Mounted" return from All Star Battle (with slightly different names), while Eyes of Heaven adds "Ogre Street" (食屍鬼街（オウガーストリート） Ōgā Sutorīto) and "The Prime Example of Superior German Science" (ゲルマン民族の最高知能の結晶 Geruman Minzoku no Saikō Chinō no Kesshō, literally "The Greatest Crystallized Intelligence of the German People") to the game. Also new in Eyes of Heaven is that characters that were previously classified in All Star Battle as having one Battle Style but displayed abilities of another are now classified as having two Battle Styles. For example, Old Joseph Joestar is now classed as both a Ripple User and a Stand User, while in the previous game he was only classified as a Stand User who happened to have Ripple attacks as well.
The following characters are playable in the game.
- Original non-playable character
- DIO, Gone to Heaven (天国に到達したDIO Tengoku ni Tōtatsu-shita DIO, voice: Takehito Koyasu), Vampire and Stand User; Stand Name: The World Over Heaven (ザ・ワールド・オーバーヘブン Za Wārudo Ōbā Hebun)[a][d]
- New playable character since All Star Battle
- Formerly downloadable content in All Star Battle
- Available as DLC with a serial code included in first print copies of Eyes of Heaven.
- Only appears in the game's Story Mode.
The game was first announced in the January 15, 2015 issue of Famitsu and featured characters returning from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, such as Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, Noriaki Kakyoin, Caesar Zeppeli, and Josuke Higashikata (from Diamond Is Unbreakable), but also revealed the introduction of new characters Rudol von Stroheim and Diego Brando. Voice actors from All Star Battle as well as the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders anime adaptation reprise their roles in Eyes of Heaven. The game's genre is described as "Stylish Tag JoJo Action" (スタイリッシュタッグジョジョアクション Sutairisshu Taggu JoJo Akushon), referring to its tag team style fighting. A demo of the game was revealed at the 2015 Jump Festa on December 20, 2014, and was made public on the Japanese PlayStation Store on January 29, 2015. On June 20, 2015, a second trailer for Eyes of Heaven was publicly revealed in downtown Shinjuku at the Studio Alta building. The trailer showcased all playable characters revealed so far from Phantom Blood to Diamond Is Unbreakable, as well as adventure and arena stages based on the locations featured in the manga.
The developer's official Twitter revealed on July 18, 2015, that the story mode for Eyes of Heaven would be personally handled by series creator Hirohiko Araki. In addition, it was also promised that the game would receive no paid downloadable content (DLC) or microtransactions beyond release, though they noted the possibility of preorder DLC. On August 21, 2015, a new key visual unveiled for the game revealed the remaining Parts, Stone Ocean and JoJolion alongside the playability of main protagonists Jolyne Kujo, Johnny Joestar and Josuke Higashikata. On September 11, an issue of Jump magazine revealed the inclusion of the remaining Diamond is Unbreakable characters previously appearing in All-Star Battle, being Rohan Kishibe, Okuyasu Nijimura and Kosaku Kawajiri, as well as the game's upcoming playable appearance at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show. In addition, it was also announced that players who buy the first printing of the game would receive a limited-available code that allows them to play as Jotaro Kujo in his Part 4 incarnation (unavailable for use in either the game's Story Mode or in a Tag Team match paired with his Part 3 counterpart). Lastly, the game's release date of December 17, 2015 was revealed.
The third trailer of Eyes of Heaven was revealed on September 20, 2015, during a special JoJo conference, along with several gameplay demonstrations streamed live. The trailer is once again narrated by Rohan who meets with Tonio Trussardi at the "Cafe Deux Magots", and is later confronted by a shadowy figure once he discovers a fallen "Book of Heaven".
The game received a 34/40 by Famitsu magazine.
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