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Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

June 7, 2016 / 3:28 PM

By: Hector Rivera

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 came out a few months ago. Quite simply put: it is amazing; from its updated mechanics to intense, straightforward storyline. Everything this game has to offer as a final entry in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is worth experiencing, especially if you’re a Naruto fan.

Story

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 continues right after the events of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, which was right in the middle of the fourth great ninja war. If you’ve followed the manga, then you know what happens. Without spoiling much, Naruto finds himself becoming more of a leader as the war progresses and everyone looks to him for bringing about the war’s end.

After the big reveal that Tobi was actually Obito Uchiha (acting as Madara Uchiha), the story is told as to how he’s still alive and what the big plan was all along. Some people come back from the dead as reanimated puppets, to help aid in the war. However, their roles lead to something much greater. Naruto and Sasuke find out something about their destiny that leads up to their final battle. That outcome determined the direction the ninja world would take next.

For the most part, this mode is satisfying to play through. The in-game cinematics are great to watch and the battles are solid. The only problem I have with this is if you’re looking to S-Rank everything, it will be a struggle on the harder missions and monster battles. S-Ranks are all about how much health you can retain plus the amount of stars you get when the quick time events come up. The bonus objectives don’t play into your rank and that’s a bit disappointing because you have to be near perfect running through some of the tougher boss fights. Losing more than 10% of your health can be the difference between an S-rank and A-rank (which is kind of unfair).

Gameplay

This entry brings back the mechanics from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, and updates them to be the most balanced game in the series. No one feels broken and every win is extremely satisfying. For anyone that doesn’t know, this is a 3D fighting game where you can do Single (1v1) or Team (3v3) matches. The team mechanic has been updated and you can now switch leaders in the middle of combat instead of only having one playable character and two supports. This can lead to some really long and flashy combos. Also kept in from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, are the team ultimate “jutsus”, where you have a team comprised of compatible characters who can perform an ultimate attack together as long as your storm gauge is full. There are a lot of combinations to choose from. They also added in rounds as a series first. Whoever wins the first round gets to keep their health which can give a player an advantage.

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There are a ton of modes in the game as well:

  • Story – Play the finale of the Shippuden series while experiencing some exciting and dramatic moments.
  • Adventure – A relaxing change of pace and explore the ninja world in events that take place after the great ninja war. There a ton of collectables in this mode and you can relive important battles from the entire Naruto series.
  • Free Battle – In this category you have a selection of different modes to choose from: Survival, Tournament, VS Battle, League, Practice and the option to customize character’s items and finish cut in images as well as set a couple of presets to select a team quicker.
  • Online Battle – Where you can fight online and earn items to buy collectables. You can play ranked matches, player matches, league, tournament and endless battles here.

Visuals

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 retains the cell shaded anime style the Naruto games are known for, and this game feels like you’re playing a better version of the anime. Every character is true to the series and look the part. In Adventure while you explore the ninja world, everything looks as it should in the anime. Various areas from the series were also made into stages and they look amazing (again, in keeping with the anime trend). The best looking things in the game are the team ultimate “jutsus”. They’re cinematic and really show off power. It makes you feel like you helped your characters pull off the move, and the damage is extremely satisfying.

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In my opinion, the Storm series are the best looking in terms of anime based games. I could’ve done without the static images used for some of the story mode. It really should’ve been animated. I understand that it might’ve been an artistic decision, but it would’ve been a lot more pleasing to the eye if it was animated instead of staring at a still image and listening to someone talk or hearing a fight happen with barely any visual.

Music

From the intro to the menu music, everything in this game is as it should be. If you’ve ever followed the series, you’d know what to expect to hear in the heat of battle or while you’re exploring the calm Hidden Leaf Village.

Final Thoughts

As the final game in the series, Cyberconnect2 (Development Studio, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4) made sure not to pull any punches and gave the fans what they wanted in a true finale to a beloved franchise. While the game could’ve done without the Adventure mode, it was a nice change of pace from the Story which is nothing but exciting. I enjoyed this game to the fullest, but wish that Boruto and Sarada weren’t only pre-order DLC…because I do own the season pass. From past experiences with Bandai Namco games, I don’t think they will release it later (which is a shame). Boruto also deserved a story of his own or at least a small adventure mode.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is now available for PC, PS4, and XBox One on Amazon and in other major retail stores. You can find the PS4 version on Amazon via the link below:

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Amazon)

 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

9.7

Final Thoughts

9.7/10

Pros

  • Authentic animations, similar to anime
  • Most balanced game in the series

Cons

  • Sparse pre-order DLC options

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