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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.1
Sound 8.1
Value 8.0
Distributor: Atari Australia
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
October 2007
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.0


Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2

The next instalment of the popular anime series Naruto kicks its way onto the PlayStation 2 that transform the gamer into Naruto, a ninja who must defend the world from a variety of strange beasts and demons. The original story of Naruto is about a ninja who became the living vessel of a captured demon with the latest story involving the ultimate fighting competition!


 

Features:

  • Be your favorite ninja: Fight as one of over 12 playable characters including Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, Rock Lee and many more.

  • The TV show comes to life: Switch between 12 interactive stages mid-combat to gain a tactical advantage while performing powerful ninjutsu moves as seen in the hit television series.

  • Lethal super attacks: Increase your chakra and unleash multi-level super attacks to ascend the ranks and become a full-fledged ninja.

  • Tons of combat variety: Battle in close combat, use weapons or call on support characters to assist with super attacks or drop off power-ups.

  • Lots of game modes: Play in Scenario mode to follow the storyline of your favorite ninja, Mission mode to increase your ninja rank or rumble in the 2P Free Battle mode to fight with friends!

  • Öand much more! Tons of replay value with unlockable features such as playable characters, movies, music, collectible cards, scrolls, etc.
     

In order to master Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2, the gamer will need to take full advantage of the players will want to take full advantage of the Secret Techniques that use Chakra. This is no easy feat since it asks for the players to tap the exact order of buttons that come up on the screen or to compete against their opponent to tap a particular button the fastest. If the player on the offensive loses, the attack does little damage. Donít assume this is a pick up and play game. If players invest time into learning the powerful attacks, the game will become significantly easier to play.

Another aspect of the game that creates a moderate level of difficulty is the computer A.I. They have the tendency to take to the route of blocking rather than actually putting on an offensive barrage of attacks. This ends up being a problem when the players are timed and the opponent is continually sticking to the method of blocking. I often found myself frustrated within the storyline mode and I couldnít land one attack because of the blocking.

For the returning players, the controls remain the same whereas the game modes havenít. The story mode now pits players in an assigned character from the developerís choosing to fight with. As players advance through the story mode, new characters will be assigned to the player to use. If this deters anyone away from playing the story mode, let it be known that the story mode is the only method of unlocking all 32 playable characters.

The story mode, titled Ultimate Road, is an interesting take on how to handle the default story mode found in almost all fighters. Instead of the simple ďtournamentĒ style found in Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter, thereís an actual storyline to play. Protecting Narutoís village is the most important goal of the story mode. Also, take into account that many of the matches ask for the players to just finish the match alive or with a particular amount of health left, Ultimate Road isnít the typical story mode.

If Ultimate Road, or any story mode for that matter, isnít what players are looking for, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 contains a few other gameplay options. There is a versus mode, titled ĎVs. Duelí, that allows players to fight without any set requirements to win the bout. Naruto comes packaged with a training mode for the players that feel they are inexperienced and want to learn more. There isnít a heap of gameplay options, but what is provided here is enough to grasp the playerís attention for 6-8 hours.

In conclusion, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is your standard fighting game that is still quite entertaining if you like the cartoon or anime genre and is probably great for the younger generation of gamers. Good gameplay and fun to play!






 
 



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