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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Review

Another year, another Naruto game, Capcom and its Street Fighter series have nothing on CyberConnect2, but in all fairness when the games have consistently been good you really can't blame them for releasing more and more of them, especially when it comes to Naruto; the long running anime that is rich in stories and fights for the picking to focus into yet another digital brawl.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is for all intents a fighting game, you select a character and work your way through numerous battles to get to the end and even take your fighters online to pitch your skills against friends and strangers. Where Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is different is the execution, wrapping the finely tuned battle mechanics in a fun to play interactive adventure game.

With invites sent all over the land, a tournament is about to take place to find out once and for all who is the greatest fighter. Held on its own Festival Island, hundreds of combatants follow the call; all looking to be the champion of the Ninja World Tournament. From an initially limited selection of characters you then take your fighter of choice to Festival Island to participate, starting at the bottom ranks, progressing and unlocking the latter tournaments to finally become the world’s greatest.

For a fighting game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution starts of more like an adventure game, with the Festival Island acting as the main hub the game has you wandering around collecting items and chatting to the many other characters also participating in the tournament. Of course the real reason for being here is the fighting itself and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution does not disappoint, fine tuning the many fighting styles that have appeared over the years into what is initially a very confusing selection of characters and styles though after a brief play on each it soon becomes clear what everything does. For the tournaments themselves rather than a battle to the finish you have four combatants in the arena in a four-way free for all (think Power Stone). For the basics you have simple one button jump and attack commands, juggling combos of buttons and directions to create a variety of moves and throwing in new move sets like guard breaks and counter attacks, using the left stick to move around and the right stick to lock your focus on one of the three rivals. Though beating down your opponents is key the actual goal is to collect Battle Orbs to rank the highest in each timed fight. Each fighter starts with 1000 Battle Orbs, with every hit you connect causing them to drop and for you to collect, the more impressive your moves, the more orbs you can receive. Having four fighters all going for the same goals makes for some intense fights, especially when you add in the over the top special moves that are associated with the Naruto games.

As you progress through the tournaments more sections of Festival Island unlock, allowing you to gather even more items like Ninja Tools and Bento for your battles and even befriend allies to join your battle teams, carrying out favours or taking part in quick battles to unlock these playable characters. These battle teams are essential to proceed through the tournaments, as even though the ultimate goal is to be the best, some of the fights have team rules. Here you still have four way fights but each team member will have their own round, again trying to get as many orbs with their totals rolling over to the next round, so even if you do really bad in one round you always have the chance to recover some with a well selected character in a later round.

Wandering around the island you will also come across Network Clones. These are mirrors of other online fighters that are sent out to collect items on the player’s behalf, offering a more traditional one on one fight to earn prizes and unlock even more characters. Though they are essentially one on one Naruto does this slightly differently by having a 3-person cell, which involves having one main fighter and two "wingmen" who you can call in to back you up. Thanks to the huge selection of fighters available creating the perfect team can be daunting but is essential to finding your preferred fighting style, utilizing fighting styles to create even more powerful moves like Jutsu types able to pull off Team Ultimate Jutsu Specials, awakening types pulling off True Awakenings and drive types jumping in to offer support with Team Attack and Defend Drives.

The main Ninja World Tournament will keep you going long enough, collecting more allies and playing as the many recognisable characters from the 100 strong roster, but even then there is still loads to so, with a side story event at the festival involving the newly created Mecha-Naruto plus the more classic quick battles and even mini episodes, which for fans of the show will relish with three newly animated episodes including the formation of the Akatsuki. Online modes push the game even further with classic versus modes, the ability to set up your own tournaments and also set up your own network clone to venture out and earn prizes and experience.

Though there have been a few iterations of Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is certainly the strongest release to date, adding more characters and stories that will keep fans and newcomers happy for days.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)


+ Hundreds of characters to unlock and play.
+ Anime quality graphics and full vocal tracks.
+ Multiple modes to enjoy.
+ New animated episodes.


- Online lag can get in the way of a good game (try and play local).

Edited On 16 Sep, 2014

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