Blog - February 7, 2024

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash Review: For Jujutsu Kaisen Fans and No One Else

Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime that reaches heights that some franchises can only dream of in 2023, and it only makes sense for Clash is cursed to continue that momentum into 2024, but sadly, that won’t happen. Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash is the worst way you can experience the manga’s incredible story, and the sad part is that it could have been great.

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Anime fighting games have historically been hit or miss with absolute highs and lows, so you’ll be happy to hear that Clash is cursed lands somewhere in the middle. It has some interesting ideas, a solid combat foundation, and full accessibility Jujutsu Kaisen universe, but lacks the effort to be something great and you’ll notice that right from the jump.

A story to forget

Gojo poses ready to perform his skillsBest to ignore. Image via Bandai Namco

The Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash The story takes you through the adventures of part one before recapping Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the movie has a final chapter, but it won’t convince any newcomers to watch the anime. On one hand, I can count all the animated cutscenes this game has, the rest are reduced to text along with a still from the anime, which shows laziness.

In one of the few animated scenes modeled after the anime, there is a moment where the character is sitting in the back of a vehicle, but instead of animating the vehicle, Clash is cursed, clever cinematography is used to avoid showing the car until finally, the character falls from an invisible object. Yes, it looks bad and can be solved by adding to the car. If that doesn’t show how little interest this project seems to have, just look at the menu screen.

In free combat mode, you’re forced to navigate a basic text-based menu to select your character instead of the favorite tile-based character selection screen of other fighters. While this style of character selection appears in online battles, it doesn’t appear here for whatever reason. Luckily, once you’re out of the game’s attempt to tell Jujutsu Kaisen story, things got much better, but they weren’t perfect.

Fight with your friends

Yuji and Nanami fight Mahito in Cursed ClashPlaying online is the best way to play. Screenshot of Dot Esports

Clash is cursed is built on a 2v2 combat system where players can team up to perform combos and deal massive damage to enemies. This system works extremely well when playing with a friend and makes multiplayer surprisingly fun. However, when you team up with a CPU-controlled ally, this cooperative combat style won’t reach the same heights.

There are many different types of gameplay for you to enjoy Jujutsu Kaisen pick here, and the balancing is done quite well, with a few exceptions—we’re looking at you, Nobara. Each of these characters has their own finishing moves, but each takes a lot of effort. Some, like Gojo’s and Mahito’s, the domain expansions are great and pay homage to the character’s origins, while others, like Maki’s, may have taken a lot of effort. .

With an emphasis on 2v2, you’d think your partner’s attack animations would be a big factor, but no, there are very few movies that use both characters. Instead, you’ll likely see a solo animation of the character who initiated the partner’s attack. Simply adding unique animations for each couple could make this mechanic feel much more rewarding and provide additional incentive to try new moves beyond button mashing, but this hasn’t been done yet.

This is Clash is cursedIts biggest problem: it does the bare minimum and stops there. While other fighters use flashy visuals and incredible animations to spice up the gameplay, this game simply features your favorite characters on screen.

Missed the opportunity

Sakuna looked down at the cameraIt can only get better from here. Image via Bandai Namco

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash be made Jujutsu Kaisen fans, and if you’re one of those people, there’s a lot to like here, but this game won’t attract any new fans.

I wanted to love Clash is cursed am a big fan of the franchise, but it felt rushed, like something to take advantage of Jujutsu Kaisen more hype than launching the game the franchise deserves and something that can stand the test of time. It’s not a bad game, but it could be useful.

Unless you’re a tough guy Jujutsu Kaisen fans, you won’t be satisfied paying full price for Clash is cursedso for many, this may be a product worth revisiting when it goes on sale later.

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash Advantage

  • Play with friend
  • The combat system is usable

Defect

  • Basic story mode
  • Missing animated cutscenes
  • Feature not yet complete

Our review copy of Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash was provided by Bandai Namco. Reviewed on PlayStation 5.