Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the latest installment of the Ninja Storm series and is probably the best looking anime game ever. Naruto is developed by Cyberconnect2 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. For the first time ever, players can experience Naruto in 60 FPS with the game only being on the new generation consoles. It brings back features from previous games like substitutions and counterattacks, it also brings in new features like wall-running and leader change and more which makes the game more enjoyable to play.
The story takes place in the middle of the Fourth Great Ninja War or where ultimate ninja storm 3 left off and finishes the whole story of Naruto. It starts off with a boss battle between Hashirama Senju (The First Hokage) and Madara Uchiha which involves your basic moves and skillsets, swordplay, quick-time events that keep you on your toes and are surprisingly enjoyable. They’ve taken out the adventure mode in the story itself and put it as another game mode which is smart since they didn’t do a whole lot of running around the villages in this point of time. The set-up for the story mode is picking a mission and playing it. The story itself takes up to about 10 hours if you watch all the cutscenes in it which feel like pictures cut out from the actual show and pasted into the game. They don’t add animations until halfway through the game but it’s still enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a very enjoyable story full of memorable fights, boss battles and iconic characters to play as.
Once you’re finished with Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4’s Story Mode, you can check out the Adventure Mode. Set after the events of the game, Adventure Mode sees Naruto take on a series of tasks helping out those in need with Hinata and Sakura. After the war is finished, Naruto goes about his usual ninja duties but Sakura tries to make Hinata and Naruto’s relationship stronger so they go on random quests and reminence on the past. It’s a very weird and sometimes boring concept because you’re just running around from village to village doing odd jobs for people and having flashbacks to iconic battles through the whole series of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. The side quests aren’t very fun and they get annoying very quick. To be honest I wasn’t really impressed with the Adventure mode but it is a good way to kill time and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment if you complete everything.
Online Battle is back and is enjoyable as ever as players all over the world compete against each other in combat to see who is better than the other. Other than the Story Mode, I find this one of the more enjoyable features in the game as you face against people who could either take you down without even trying, people who are just really bad and make it so you win easily, or someone who can go toe to toe with you and make the battle really exhilarating for the both of you. I found myself playing for hours against other people because it was that
much fun. You can even invite your friends to fight against you in a one-on-one fight or host a tournament which up can hold up to 4-8 players to see who’s the best. You’ll be on the edge of your seat either way in this well-balanced multiplayer challenge.
Naruto Shippuden UNS4’s gameplay is more fluent and fast-paced than the previous games and the character roster is bigger than ever. Naruto’s character roster has about 107 characters to pick from with each one having his or her own set of moves and skills. Even though all are different in their own way, I found most of them equally enjoyable to play as and of course I have my personal favorites of the bunch. I was impressed on how smooth and limitless the gameplay was compared to previous games. They have increased the flow of combat and choices of what you can do in battle with the new leader change system. This allows the player to change from their lead character that they picked from the selection menu to their supporting character whether it is just standing still or while you are in the middle of a combo. They’ve also thrown out the battle system from Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Storm Revolution which lets you pick from Ultimate Jutsu, Awakening or Drive. It has gone back to the old style where you didn’t have to pick them and they are all included with the character. Wall-running is exclusive to boss battles in the story mode. They have also introduced linked awakenings which is when everyone on your team goes into awakened mode once the Storm Gauge has filled up and they have also added new linked secret techniques that require certain characters to execute but once the right combination is found, it is worth it just to see.
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the most fluent, fast-paced, and absolutely amazing game of the series. Despite the absolute disappointment that is Adventure Mode, that can easily be overlooked whether it’s going through fighting in memorable battles from the manga in Story Mode, fighting against computers or friends who happen to be with you in Free Battle, or facing an opponent online whether it’s your friend or a stranger. The gameplay really brings out the potential of what a naruto game should be. Even if you are a die-hard fan of the series or just someone who likes to play a good fighting game, this is the game to pick up. For that I give this game a
8.5 out of 10.