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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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- 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.
Fights seem to be faster, which is a downside in my opinion.
Ninja World Tournament is a great feature, many people flack it for all of the side quests you have to do to unlock certain characters, but it honestly is a fun feature. a 4 people free for all is what that is. You can pick any character to fight in the tournament that you want (As long as it's not a PTS). This also has A LOT of replay value.
Ninja Escapades is a nice little feature, many people already hate this game because it's not a Canon story like the numbered games. However it does tell a nice little story and it is quite entertaining.
I haven't played the Mecha-Naruto part of the story, however I heard that it is really different than the Mecha-Naruto Filler episodes, so that is a plus.
However, what I do find as a disappointment is the DLC that came with the Day 1 Edition from Amazon. Amazon advertised that Day 1 would get the Samurai outfits along with Apron Itachi (that came with all Day 1s though), however I and many other people have received the Rival's DLC, while others recieved the Samurai Outfits, and a very small minority got all Day 1 DLC (Samurai, Summer, Rivals, & Apron). This isn't the game's fault. I honestly don't know who's fault it is, I'd say that it's Bandai's fault since they're the one the distributes the games to the sellers, but I'm not too sure. Hopefully they'll get this fixed because this didn't happen with Storm 3, everything was in order for Storm 3.
All in all, for what is basically Generations 2.0, this game is extremely good. Better than Storm 3? Thats debatable, however it blows Generations & Storm 1 & 2 out of the water.
You will however get lots of spam, interference from items, and interference from teams.
And the main mode isn't available for multiplayer for some reason.
LAZY GAME DESIGN
they boast over 100 characters and 10 of them are naruto and sasuke. 20 of them are tag team people you can't use. 1 of them is a chump named Iruka who somehow qualifies to be included over others like Wi don't know seven swordsman of the mist.
50 of them are carbon copies of storm 3 with no changes or updates.
In reality you have maybe 10 original new characters and 10 updated ones.
If you are a die hard naruto fan that believes Mr orange friendship buddy himself can do no wrong...This is your game.
Everyone else it's a money waster.