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Was excited, slightly dissappointed.
on March 11, 2013
This review will be based heavily from Ninja Storm 2.
I have just about finished the game. I just finished the final battle excluding the fragment chapter.
As others have said, the game starts out very exciting and takes you all the way back to the 9 tails attack on konoha with an exciting battle between with minato and sarutobi. Again, as others have stated its mostly downhill from there. Some of the key battles are short and just not very prominent in the game as they were in the series. For example, the sasuke, danzo fight. Even the Sasuke Naruto fight. Outside of that I was slightly dissappointed at how much of the game is made up of cut scenes. It makes sense being that there is a lot of story to cover in such a short game but there is a LOT of cutscenes. I'm up to date on the naruto anime, and this is like rewatching every episode in a shortened form. I bought the game so that I could play the series not watch it again. Be prepared for 6 back to back scenes. Back to the high note. The playable character list is awesome, almost everybody will find their favorite character added to the roster. Yes there were a few big ones left out but I dont find that to be that bothersome. Personally I've been waiting for Haku to come into a game. Along with Zabuza and its just awesome. Really excited to get into free battles and online battles just to play as them. But back to the low notes, Ninja storm 2 was a fairly awesome game and the achievement/Trophy system really helped because it gave you a lot of extra things to do in the game that would otherwise be pushed aside. In Ninja Storm 3 the achievement/trophy system seems partially ignored. In the second game it required you to gain all titles, make and buy all ninja tools, win X amount of online battles, and have every food option available. In this game that has all been forgotten and just about every achievement is handed to you except S ranking the boss battles. Granted, I do not need achievements to convince me to 100% the game but its a plus. One other aspect from Ninja Storm 2 that helps the game is that they seperated the block and substitute function. Now you have a seperate substitute gauge that goes on cooldown. This means that you can only substitute so many times in a given time period. This means that you will no longer find online battles with people spamming block to substitute every attack. As far as camera angles, its a small annoyance and is very similar if not the same as the second game. Also, there is a new combat style within the storyline which is more of an open movement combat like kingdom hearts where you take on multiple enemies at once. Though frustrating, was a nice change of pace.Also there is a ring out style added. I have not gotten a ring out on any opponents maybe because I just didn't or did not play a gametype where you can get ringouts. I have no comments towards them just yet.
Pros: Roster, dedicated substitution button, interesting/up to date storyline(anime), open roam fighting.
Cons: Lack of real achievements, key battles weren't so exciting, too many cutscenes, exact same basic combo system.
Neutral: Camera angles
Overall I was hoping for a game just like the second with a larger roster and its not what I got. This is still a great game and worth a purchase but maybe after a price drop. If I could compare the 2 games in one sentence Id say you get more story and less game.
P.S play in japanese with english subtitles for a much better experience. Its just like watching the anime. English voice actors are very annoying in the Naruto series.
After completing the game(excluding fragments, I see that there is much more to do. You will still need to complete the "ninja world timeline" Which allows you to play through battles even before the shippuden series. (I just finished Haku and Zabuza's battle and it was awesome, but it was only a regular battle.
Also one thing I forgot to add is that if one of your support characters gets hit by an enemy ultimate jutsu, he gets knocked out of the fight completely.
New thoughts: Worth the money I shelled out.
***Will continue to edit as I near completion***