Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Official Review
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
North American Release Date: 10/19/2010
European Release Date: 10/15/2010
Trophies: 42 3 4 1
This is the latest game in the already overcrowed Naruto videogame franchise, and unlike it's predecessor, it is multiplatform (meaning you can find it on the 360). The game follows Naruto's story after Sasuke leaves the Leaf village and gives him the finger, and follows his adventures trying to get stronger and bring him back.
The gameplay is very similar to the first Ninja Storm game and doesn't really stand out. Controls are easy to learn and you can build up combos and special attacks (ninjustu) rather easily, which gives you a big advantage most of the time. Problem comes when you are the one getting attacked and combo'd and you find yourself pressing the guard button rapidly hoping to perform a Substituting Jutsu and avoid any more damage, which sadly, doesn't happen often (unless you are playing against the AI, that does it rather easily).
You also have the ability to choose two support characters, who can assist you through out the battle by either attacking or protecting you from your opponent. To make thigns worse/better, you can actually spend the whole battle running away from your enemy, waiting for your support bar to just fill up while you spam your support constantly and try to hit your opponent with some ninjutsu. This allows for some very cheap tactics that you don't find often on other fighting games and that can make your life easier and/or harder.
All in all, the gameplay will not prove hard for veterans or newcomers and will be easily understood, but it still has it's flaws of having many overpowered and cheap characters, that include cheap tactis that will make you want to stop playing the game forever.
Sasuke prepares to beat the living crap out of Naruto.
It all begins with Naruto getting back to the village and meeting with old friends, and how he proves how strong he's become. But in a "surprise" twist, the Akatsuki starts moving and they take down the new Kazekage (who happens to be Gaara of the Sand). With that, Naruto begins this all-new "season" trying to rescue him and stop the Akatsuki from becoming all-powerfull, all while still trying to find Sasuke, who doesn't give a damn about him anymore and is still trying to get stronger in order to kill Itachi.
The singleplayer is as full of cheesy dialogues and big fights as you would expect it to be already, but it still introduces a lot of very interesting and badass characters (like most of the Akatsuki members, who are by far the most interesting 'new' characters) that actually improve the experience and make you want to keep on playing to know what the hell will happen next, unless you read/watch the anime/manga, in which case you'll just want to experience it all by yourself.
As you can see, some of the most important battles in the game are more than just kicking and punching your enemy and actually involve you interacting with the characters and the environment.
All in all, it is very faithful to both the anime and the manga, and still captures the whole experience. Lamely, it still misses some things, meaning it isn't completely accurate. So if you are searching for a game completely faithful to the story, you'll have to keep searching (probably until the end of your days).
The multiplayer is practically the same as fighting a computer, except you are now playing against someone else. When it comes to the online multiplayer, the game first tells you to customize your "Ninja Info Card". You unlock both cards and titles as you progress through the singleplayer and buy them or unlock them by completing special tasks.
After you get your Ninja Info Card, you can start fighting other people around the world. You can always search people who are as good/bad as you are, create a lobby so some random guy fights you, or you can search people with a good connection and try to beat them.
The game's leveling system is like that of FIFA games. You have a certain number of points, and depending on how you win and what that guy's "level" is, you get a certain number of points and might get a new rank. If you lose, you lose points and might lose a rank. This allows you to know when someone is as god/bad as you are, but obviously it isn't very relliable, for one could just lose every match and kick your ass when you least expect it.
Ninte Tails Naruto is one of the cheapest ways to beat an enemy online.
The graphics look very similar to those of the first Ninja Storm, so I am actually guessing that it being multiplataform didn't allow the developers to improve on that field. Luckily, the music is actually very good. It suits the ambient very well and allows you to feel connected to the most emotional parts of the plot.
The voice acting can be either Japanese, or English. While the former seems to be better, it looks like the character's mouths were developed thinking on the latter, because the lip sync on Japanese is way off, and in English it isn't such a big difference.
Some people have also reported to have problems with the game's servers. They either get lag, get disconnected, or can't even join/find a match online, which is problematic and a big nuisance, as everyone who has ever experienced it on a multiplayer game already knows.
Most of the trophies you'll get as you progress throughout the story or by simply playing with friends (either local or online, which can suck due to people choosing cheap characters), but the one that asks you to get all titles will have you playing a lot with every character, and trying to win a lot at online matches.
For a fighting game, this platinum is easy, but it will still take you some time to complete (40-60 hours I say, depending on skill).
Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is a better game than it's predecesor and tries to add more to the formula. While it still has its flaws, you will actually find yourself enjoying the battles and the characters (although not forever).
Not hard to master and easy to get familiarized with, but still flawed due to how easily you can beat (or can be beaten) by other players with some cheap tactics.
Faithfull, entertaining, but overall lacks that little something.
As rewarding as a fighting game can get.
Kind of disapointing, for there is little-to-no improvement.