After my last review I’ve decided to go for a new route on what to review about. Also… I kinda got the “what the hell were you thinking” look when I wrote a three page review last time. So I’ll keep it short.

This time I’ll review a 3D fighting game, called Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. This Game came out in 2010 so it is fairly new. The setting revolves the anime, Naruto Shippuden from beginning to the end of season 8. I’m not going to go to indepth with the story but let e break down the 2 main things about this game.

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Story Mode

I have no real problem with story mode, but there are a few flaws. One of my personal problems is that, while it follows the manga and anime well. It doesn’t due the whole story justice. There was a major key scene in the final battle that didn’t make scene when you saw it in the game, but if you read the manga, you would understand it.

There are impressive cut scenes with good visuals. I never had a problem understanding what was going on in the story and fighting through some of my favorite battles was enjoyable. This leads me to the main part of the game which is the battle system. With the story battle system a lot of the main fights were done with quick time events and cut scenes. If you fail one you have one chance to try and do it again. Some aspects of battles change throughout main battle but the formula stays the same for the most part.

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Free Battle

Free battle is your basic, Player vs. player, player vs. computer, and computer vs. computer if you’re really really bored.  There are a total of 42 characters to play as including the characters throughout story mode and 4 other secret characters such as, the Forth Hokage, Minato, The Eight Tails Host, Killer Bee, Taka Sasuke, and Lars Alexandersson from Tekken 6. I have to admit Lars as a character bothered me because there are so many better characters from the manga he could have chosen to be in the game.

The combat system is very simple to master. Scine I have and Xbox 360 I’ll tell you the controls through that system. The four main buttons are Jump (A), Throw Projectile (X), Charge Chakra (Y), and Attack (B). The Left and Right triggers are the block buttons and blocking at a specific time during attacks allows a Substitution Jutsu. You can’t move the camera but the left analog controls the character’s movements. Most battle can be done with these buttons alone until you get till harder levels which involve, Block Breaks, Ultimate Jutsu, Dashing, and charging your chakra. My roommate plays Team Fortress 2 and Call of Duty, Black Ops and I was surprised to see that he liked this game just as much as the others.

The Battles are quick when your not Projectile spamming someone and the basics are easy to get used to and you can almost jump right into the game. The online battleing I haven’t partaken to yet due to not having a Gold Account but I could bet it was like my first experience to Call of Duty Balck Ops when I first played online…. I died…. A lot.

That’s is the game in a nutshell. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 got a 7 out of 10 from GameSpot, but the people who bought the game gave it a 9. I would have to say as a game it’s a decent one and really simple. My only real flaws are that the story mode was a bit less detailed that what it would have been and they could have used some other characters. I would have to give it an 8.5 out of 10.

~ Kitsune Firefox