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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is a simple, fun and easy to play fighting game for those who are already fans of Naruto but new gamers should find it a fun to play game too.

This is the latest in the Ultimate Ninja chain and takes place in the Naruto Shippuden era of the show, beginning with Naruto's return to the village and ending a little after Pain destroys the village. The story may not appear to familiar to someone who has only seen the American version of the show because it is farther ahead of the show's timeline.

The story mode has you a lot more involved as character then the last game. You travel and speak to characters and agree to take missions instead of last game's method of simply accessing the menu and picking a mission. This makes the story mode of the game more interesting and more interactive but it also means that you end up having to run back and forth. The map is bigger compared to the last game and you can travel to other lands beyond the Hidden Leaf Village. Unfortunately if you were looking forward to jumping on rooftops and smash open lamps for money, it's not a viable strategy in this game. This game expects that you have to stay on the ground. Another improvement over the previous edition is that you can customize your battle items before you fight in story mode. And, of course, the graphics are also a lot better.

The fighting style and controls are generally similar to the first game. This game comes with a lot more characters than the other game. You unlock characters by getting storm points instead of through the story. You get storm points by winning battles and completing missions. When you get a certain amount of points, you unlock a new character. The Ultimate Jutsu doesn't have the mini game any more but it is more difficult to connect. In awaking mode you are powerful but you can't use Ultimate Jutsu or supports.

Online is a new feature where you can challenge real people with skill and experience, instead of the easy-to-beat computer. You also have an online ranking that is based of the fights you win. Something that is a con to me, but you might like it, is that your power is based on skill. You can't get more powerful as you rank up, just more experienced.

To summarize, the one major improvement over the previous version is, of course the online mode. This should keep the game interesting for a lot longer than than Ninja Storm 1. Other improvements include: more characters, larger map, more complex story and better graphics.

My rating is 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
I am a big Naruto fan and had a lot of expectations on this game. If anything this game exceeded my expectations. The controls are so easy - and characters are fun to play with. The online part is excellent as well. Beware of Spammers though (cough cough Diedara, Itachi players). This game has a lot of replay value. Trying out different characters and learning their jutus - is just perfect. I read that this game does not have DLC as I would really like to play as Danzo, Raikage, Mizukage, etc. There is a little loading time issue but that does not impact your experience.

Must buy for hardcore fans. But if you are just looking for fighting game with variety of combos, this may not suit you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
This is probably the best Naruto game so far.
Not perfect, but very polish.

9/10 so that would be 4.5/10.

The reason why I don't give it a perfect score was because it miss some elements that could have made a great Naruto game.

-No extra costume for the characters.
-Took wall fighting from the first NUNS out, which is not really a good move.
-Characters wasn't really balance.
-No more ninjutsu clash like the first game, sad, it was so fun in the first game, why remove it?

Overall, this game is really awesome, but only a few of those thing I list missing from the game.
Storymode is a lot better than the first game.
Also, the graphic is also a lot better as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
I had lots of fun playing this game. It never gets boring and the graphics are amazing, in the anime-ish sense of the word. Overall, a good product and worth buying. ^^
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
Pros:
Decent length to complete.
Tons of characters to use.
Battle system is fairly deep.
I had fun playing through and using each of the characters.
Boss battles are beautifully done.

Cons:
Repetitive gameplay for quests. You have to run back and forth until you complete the game and then they give you "warp scrolls" which make traveling a LOT easier.
You can't jump everywhere like in the first one (I loved just running around in the first one!)
They still left out quite a few characters from the previous game and sagas (Zabuza!!!!!)
Although there is variety to the battle system and characters I found that online battles mostly consist of blocking/teleporting behind your opponent and then unleashing your ultimate. Or, waiting until your "support meter" is full and then going all out with your support to overwhelm defenses. Hardly any back and forth with the actual battling.
I liked the customization of the first one better where you had several jutsu to choose from for each character.

Other notes:
Online system is decent. Sometimes it's a little frustrating to connect to a game and the lag you encounter can make it a pain. Repetitive stuff, you'll run into lots of Itachi's, Fourth Hokage's and that old puppet lady (three puppet master team is unbelievable).

All in all I recommend this, especially if you want to battle with some friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
I was hesitant to buy this game as I had little knowledge of the story of Naruto, but I fell in love with this game instantly. The storyline is easy to follow if you don't know anything about the first game. It also is exciting and it leaves you wanting to play until you know the whole story.
The controls are nice and easy to do. The graphics are pretty good considereing it came out a couple years ago. The worst points of this game where the online battles as there are not many people available to play with.
I was thoroughly surprised by this game and I plan to buy the third in my next purchase. I recommend this game to anyone who wants to get involved in a good story with awesome fighting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2013
Iam new in PS3 world and a Naruto fan. If you are a fan, it is a must be. Everithing in this game is almost perfect. Close your eyes and buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
I'm reviewing this now because the third game's out and there might be some people who want to try this one first. I'll give the concepts and the pros first and then give the cons.

Story:
This is a nice telling of events all the way from the beginning of Shippuden to the end of the Pain Arc. I didn't watch the series for this part (I started to watch at season 10), and I got a ton out of the storytelling in this game. They do a great job of making you feel for the characters and you never feel like the story's rushed. In fact, I've gone back to watch a couple of these older episodes and the game does a much better job.

Combat:
Some people will love the combat, and others will hate it. I'm part of the former group. Combat is very simplistic in theory: Circle is attack, Square is to throw kunais, X is to jump, Triangle is to charge chakra and perform special moves. If you're used to fighting games with large lists of combos, you'll have to acquire a taste for this type of game. Things are shaken up a lot when the game throws support characters and chakra moves at you. Support characters are called upon with L1/RI during combat and perform a move before leaving the screen momentarily to recharge. They each have different combat roles you assign them to perform automatic actions later on in your match. By tapping Triangle, you can perform special moves like ninjutsus, dashes, and more powerful kunai throws. You'll have to use your best judgment during matches to decide when to unleash support and when to expend chakra for special moves. Thus the game is simple in theory and complex in motion.

Gameplay:
For the single player, you'll go around in a large game world and go to your destination to initiate fights. Most fights are standard, but a good handful are big boss battles with quicktime events. Don't roll your eyes until you've read this: the quicktime events are EPIC!!! When you succeed, your character will do the most insane things you've ever seen. The quicktime events really do justice for the series. When you're not fighting, there are a couple other things to do: doll hunting, building relationships with the other ninjas, collecting materials to unlock new items in stores for use in combat, and fighting side-quest matches. I thought it was plenty to keep me occupied.

Graphics/Environments:
Graphics are gorgeous and environments are breathtaking at times. You'll really feel like you're in the Naruto universe.

Multiplayer:
If anyone's still playing multiplayer, you'll quite enjoy it. Online matches are hectic. You'll have to know how your opponent fights so you can counter them appropriately. When you win, you'll gain points to advance in rank. Your rank, ninja picture, and title appear on your player card. It gives plenty of incentive to keep playing online. I was lost in this for about 2 months because it was so addictive.

Gripes:
When you're not fighting, moving throughout the game world is a hassle since there's no fast travel. If you want to hear the English voice-acting-which is superb and features the most appropriate voice actors for the characters I could have imagined-you'll have to deal with zero effort for lip-syncing. Multiplayer might be frustrating when you deal with spammers, which for this game, almost can't be helped. This means your physical attacks are rendered useless and matches are guaranteed to be kunai-and-jutsu fests.

There you go; if you're looking for an incredible anime single-player experience, look no further. If you want an addictive but occasionally frustrating multiplayer experience, this is also the game for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
Excellent game. It has almost all the interesting characters in history. The 3D fighting mode and I love the adventure mode is great. I recommend it.
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