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The Best Naruto Fighter of Them All
on October 20, 2010
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is the continuation of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series on the PS3. This game continues in the likeness of the first game bringing CyberConnect2's outstanding graphical engine for the series to the Shippuden storyline. Apart from the visuals, the game prides itself on going through the Naruto storyline up to and through the Pain Arc (that is through episodes 1-175 or through Naruto manga chapters 245-450 of the manga). This is a wise stopping point as the next game would be able to introduce the myriad of new ninjas that were shown at the next arc. I will not spoil the exact details of the storymode fights for that is to be discovered and enjoyed by the player spoilerfree.
The games story mode follows in similar fashion to the first game in which there are a mix of selected fights from the manga/anime that are on transforming battlefields with large scale attacks as well as a mixture of regular fights. Although not every scene from the manga and anime is covered in terms of fighting, those that are pretty good. The game does a good job of splitting it up between not just fighting fights with Naruto and what not. The village in the game has been completely redone from the first and looks gorgeous. You can also travel on foot through locations other than the Hidden Leaf Village. It actually looks like a recreation of how it appears in the anime.
The game has a cast of over 40 characters with the main team ninjas available in the beginning, along with Sasuke, and the ninjas from the Village Hidden in the Sand. You can unlock characters through the story or the use of satisfying conditions and gaining storm points (in game credit earned from everything, can be used to unlock titles and more). Characters can also have their attacks (ninjutsus) customized. The game has an online mode that is available right from the start. It is a great inclusion for one can show off their skills to friends through private matches or playing through public matches (ranked and unranked) with anyone.
The game has titles that can be unlocked (which seems to be over 150) as well as cards to deck out the players online profile, there are trophies included, voice chat is allowed online as well. Finally the game has Japanese Voice Acting as well as English Voice Acting so one can change it. The English voice acting is pretty interesting for several of the characters have yet to be dubbed so players will have a surprise (if they didnt look in advance) to hear their select characters talking. The music in the game is very fitting just like the first and I found carries emotion in like regard to the anime. Lastly there are close to 20 battlefields that can be unlocked and selected for online play. There is also offline multiplayer for two players.
All in all this is the Ultimate Naruto game that fans have been waiting for, and for people who may or may not have an interest in Naruto there is a demo available on the Playstation Network to download the game, and the game does the story mode well enough that people who had never seen or read Naruto before could get interested in it. This is one Naruto game that one would not want to miss.