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- Ninja Battle Action - Amazing fights and original animation heighten the incredible action and interactive experience of the Storm series like never before.
- Improved Gameplay - New Gameplay mechanics with the powerful Combo Ultimate Jutsu and combined attacks.
- Never-before-seen Roster - 100 playable characters, including new characters and transformations appearing for the first time!
- Exclusive Character - A brand new character (Mecha-Naruto) designed by series creator Masashi Kishimoto exclusively for the game.
- Ninja World Tournament - A brand new mode where 4 different Ninjas battle and the last one standing wins!
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A storm of secrets & surprises! The latest installment of the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm series will offer players a new experience in the deep & rich Naruto environment. Tons of new techniques, enhanced mechanics, more than 100 characters and a brand new exclusive character (Mecha-Naruto) designed by series creator Masashi Kishimoto.
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First the graphics: What can i say about the graphics?.. the cell shaded visuals are just as amazing as any of the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games and the anime cut scenes look really great as well. If you've played Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 full burst, then you know what to expect graphically since it really can't( and doesn't need to) get any better then it is now.
The Characters: This game ( much like the other entries in the series) is a primarily a arena style 3D fighting game. You fight opponents in 3 dimensions as you run, dash and jump around large fighting arena areas. The normal fighting seen in the other Ninja Storm games is the same here.. just with a few new additions to the combat.. First is the ability to counter your enemy's attack.. in on of two ways.. either by using a guard-break item from your items you can use with the D-pad or by hitting the shoulder button you use for blocking at the same time you hit the attack button.. the second method is different in the sense that it will take a bit of your chakra, block that part of your chakra gauge from recovering all the way temporarily and is only effective when you time it right with your opponent attacks you. Either way, it freezes up your opponent and allows you to counter attack against them and is a welcome addition.
Beside the guard breaking technique you can also now perform a true team ultimate Jutsu with certain characters and team mates. When selecting characters to use to fight, you can select temamates and some pairs will allow for alternate Ultimate Jutsu attacks that have them combining their powers together. if you played the demo of the game then you already knoe about this,if you don't a few examples of the team ultimate jutsu pairs include Tailed Beast mode Naruto with Sasuke and Sakura, Kakashi with Might Guy and Tailed Beast mode Naruto with Hinata.. The team ultimate Jutsu attacks are rally fun to do and really fun to see in action... I wish there were more, but maybe they'll add more as DLC or something..
Oh and now you separately select if you wanna use ultimate jutsu, 2 forms of awakening mode or the new Drive mode after you select your character(s). the first two are pretty much self-explanatory...as for the 3rd, the new Drive mode lets your teammates support you faster and in new ways and alas lets you use a sealing barrier jutsu that temporarily seals away your opponent's chakra, substitution ability, support from teammates are generally give you the opportunity to really kick your opponent's butt big time.
Other then that, the fighting is unchanged from previous installments .. except you can dash around even when blocking, but since you can't block attacks while doing this it isn't always worth it. Oh and of course I should mention that their are around 118 playable characters.. a lot you've seen before, but also a quite a few you may have always wanted to play as but couldn't till now... Most of the new characters are fun .. though there is one character that i've been deeply disappointed with.. Kushina Uzumaki.. aka Naruto's mother.. I always wanted to play as the bad ass Kunoichi with the nick name of the red hot Habanero .. a character that was supposedly know for her fierce strength, unique and power jutsus, advanced knowledge of sealing jutsus and creating barriers. so what did we get for her in the game? a women dressed in a green dress that uses kitchen cooking equipment to fight.. like spatulas, frying pans, soup ladles and spoons.... a character with a grab move that has her flirt with the opponent before suplexing them into the ground and a ultimate jutsu that consists of getting PMS and pounding your enemy into the ground... wow.. talk about sexist.... anyways... besides this flawed character their are a lot of great characters to have fun with..
The story:.. or should i say stories? much like generations, this game has more the one story.. 1 decent length one and 2 other short ones for the Ninja Escapades mode, the Mech-naruto story in the Tournament mode and the world Ninja tournament mode that seems to be the main mode of the game. The Ninja World Tournament mode is where you'll spend hours and hours on and is a lot of fun as you run around a large island, gain ally's to help you fight, do one on one battles, collect items to customize you character's appearance and engage in the new battle orb battles. the battles orb battles are where you fight against 3 computer controlled characters that supposedly fight against you and the other characters but almost always gain up on you instead. Unlike a normal battle, you don't fight till you run out of health but you and the other characters each start the round with 1000 orbs and every time you damage the other characters you take their orbs and add it toy your total with your opponents trying to do the same. For the world tournament battles which have D,C,B,A,S and SS ranked levels it's the same principle except you fight 3 rounds in a row, fighting each round with one of the several other characters you choose at the beginning of the tournament and your orb score is added to the 1000 orbs for the next character that's battling i tnhe next round.. the goal is to have the most orbs each round and the most by the end of the final round.. the battles themselves are more like the mob battles from Ultimate ninja storm 3
then anything else.. all 4 characters fighting against each to her for orbs.. it's chaotic but fun.
There's also challenge missions, jobs and collectibles on the island and survival modes, standard one ion one fights mode against another person or the computer and more in the Free Battle mode on the game..
Overall is is a great game but if there are any complaints ( beyond not letting Kushina Uzumaki live up to her potential as a character) it has to be the length.. the Ninja Escapades only last around 2 hours at most, and while the Ninja World Tournament and mecha-Naruto stories are fun it lacks the boss battles ,the long cohesive stories and side missions of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and 3.. it is better then Generations, but only just...
The Good: the Graphics, the abundance of characters, the new team ultimate Jutsus, the counter breaker, the new drive mode option, the anime cut scenes for the Ninja Escapades mode.... it has a lot going for it...
The Bad: Kushina's move set, no boss battles, short overall length, no single cohesive story and doesn't advance the main plot of the previous game at all.
If you liked the previous games and want something fun to play until the next entry this is probably for you.. i had fun with it( way more then generations) and you probably will too.
- Controls are available for reference where it's needed and relatively easy to catch up on
- Large character roster to play with
- Lots to do in Ninja World Tournament; plenty to keep you busy
- Large amount of things to collect for those that enjoy 100% completion
- Plenty of elements added in Ninja World Tournament matches make it more challenging; having to strategize in order to win potential plus
- Visuals are nice as it's always been in the series; mixes the anime visuals into 3D form fairly well
- Customization options in forms of accessories, substitution objects, and profiles for when in online play
- Many characters in the roster same characters but with different jutsu or just minor differences in appearance
- Characters that should be playable aren't and either aren't in game at all, or are support only
- Free-roam area isn't really free roam and can feel rather lackluster. Much of the map is narrow paths and caves.
- Good portion of collectible accessories are character exclusive and can feel like a waste to obtain. Some seem rather silly and certain ones that seem obvious aren't even there
- Character select screen is almost atrocious to look at
This is my first game in the Storm series. I was well aware of what I purchased when I ordered it so I'm not surprised by what I experienced in the game. On it's own without prior experience it's a good game and can keep you busy for a long while, especially if you aren't picky. If you've played previous entries in the series or know what's missing from them then it can be a bit of a letdown or potentially boring. Knowing what I was getting into I'm not disappointed nor surprised, but if I had the choice I would have gotten a previous entry in the series.
The roster is fairly huge so there's plenty to play with and experiment with, but a lot of them are the same character with different movesets or jutsu. Characters that should have been playable by now still aren't for some reason, and the selection screen isn't anything to overly praise (it's rather gross looking in my opinion). It's still enough to keep you busy, though. Lots of team matchups to play with and movesets to learn to find just what character fits your battle plan the most. Plenty good for those who enjoy strategizing.
Customization on the characters is limited, which was one of the few surprises I faced. A number are character exclusive. If you main as one of the characters that can wear the bulk of them (like Naruto) then you're good, but if you aren't playing one of those you can easily be left wanting more. There aren't a lot of 'worth it' accessories, or in a sense 'practical' accessories that someone like a ninja would wear (there aren't flak jackets or simple weapons pouches you could attach to the character's belt like you'd see commonly in the anime, for example). Amongst the bulk that I have the only ones I bother using are the ANBU masks, backpacks, and the water canteen. The rest don't fall into my interests unless I decide to play a specific character or just feel like messing around. It's a potential that feels rather wasted.
The free roam island in Ninja World Tournament however was an honest letdown. I knew it wasn't going to be amazing or overly WOW me, but I was expecting a little bit more than what I got out of it. Only open spaces are near rank registrations and it feels restrictive and repetitive after a while. I haven't seen all of it but I'm at A-Rank and so far it's mostly long, winding paths. Lots of dirt cliffs, lots of narrow cave, not much green. You're also stuck between a pitifully slow walk animation and a run that looks like the character's trying not to trip on their own feet, no in-between. Teleportation ninja fix the distance you have to travel for things but that doesn't fully remedy the issue since you'll be tramping around doing errands that might require you to stay on foot. A transition of walk -> jog -> run, or at least some sort of dash button, would have been a godsend. I knew it wasn't going to be great, so this is just my personal nitpick here.
There are a lot of things to do in Ninja World Tournament, but it can get repetitive after a while, but pacing and switching around with other game modes can help with a cooldown if it becomes potentially annoying. It's a literal climb the ranks campaign and while it has a few things you might feel are missing (or a lot depending on the person) it's still something that'll potentially keep you fairly busy.
There's not really a story mode with this game, so if you're aiming for a nice campaign, this game might not be the best. There's the mecha-Naruto plot in NWT and the Ninja Escapades, but the latter are short and a lot of it is mostly cutscene and not much action (the last one is just a sit back and enjoy; no input required from the player at al beyond starting it).
All in all if you like a (relatively) big roster and want in on a mostly fighting game with lots of collectability (if not for use, then for 100% completion challenges), this could be your game. If not, it might be best to try a different entry of the series. This one's mostly got the feel of a tide over until another main-ish installment.