NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Review

If you have played any Naruto or Dragon Ball Z based video game then you know they are a very difficult thing to pull off. The fans are usually highly dedicated with an eye for detail and a mastery of the lore. Creating a fighting that game satisfies those fan’s high expectations is impossible. Which is why I am so pleased to tell you that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is easily the best fighting game based on popular anime that I have ever played. At its core the game is an arcade style fighting game, but Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 packs in so much more than simply going from fight to fight. If you are a Naruto fan then its safe to say that you will love this title, those of on the fence read on to find out why you should check out Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.


A common complaint with almost every single anime based fighting game is that the developers try to tell the story but ultimately they only highlight the key story points and everything else is cut out. Leaving casual fans a bit clueless as to what is really going on. This is not the case the Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. In fact most of the game resembles a 3rd person platformer more than it does a strict fighting game.

The Return of Naruto


The game strictly follows the Naruto Shippuden storyline and it starts out with Naruto returning to the Leaf Village for the first time in three years (Spoiler Alert: The game

The Fighting Engine


Even though a hefty section of the game does take place from a 3rd person perspective, all of the action takes place in a traditional 3D fighting game format. Naruto and company control fairly well during the fighting sections. A whole host of special techniques are available, along with blocks, saves, long range attacks, and ultimate moves. The fighting system is fairly easy to learn, but it does take a while to truly master it and it

Quick Time Events In a Fighting Game?


The one thing that may make or break this game for some people is the fact that the bigger battles rely heavily on quick time events. That

The sound is also spot on. All of the English voice actors are here and nearly every single line of dialogue in the game has been recorded. The music is also exactly what you would expect from the Naruto universe, with a mix of classical Japanese and modern upbeat rock.


Online Matches? Why Yes.


Perhaps the closest this game comes to being a standard fighting game is with its multiplayer. There is a free-play option which allows you to battle a friend in a standard winner takes all fighting match. But more importantly than that there is on online multiplayer mode as well. Finding a match is easy. You have your choice of playing in ranked or unranked matches, and the computer does it best to try and find you players of the same skill level based on your ranking. The online matches work pretty well and lag was never an issue for me. There are also several dozen fighters to choose from, each with their own unique powers.

Namco Bandai has managed to do one of the rarest feats in the video game landscape. They have created a really good game based on an anime series. At its heart Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is a fighting game. However, the seamless addition of a fully fleshed out world to explore, side quests, shops, and flashy quick time events turn this game into much more than Street Fighter with Naruto clothing.  Sure the actual fighting engine is not as technical or deep as other traditional fighting games, but it

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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