Sunday, April 19, 2009
Ultimate Ninja Series.
Title:Ultimate Ninja Series
Platform:PlayStation 2 (there is also one for the ps3, but im just going to review the ps2 versions as that game is in a league of its own)
Naruto is one of the most popular anime shows to hit the U.S. And, whenever an anime hits the states a video game adaptation closely follows. Some of the most memorable Naruto video games were the ultimate ninja series.
There are four ultimate ninja games to date that have been released in the U.S. so far. One of which follows the story of Naruto Shippuden. The first three games basically break up the T.V. show's main story arcs with new and more characters being unveiled in each installment. It covers every major moment in the anime's history so long time fans of the show will be very happy gamers. One problem with the game (the first one) is the lack of characters. Since the game only covers a small portion of the show you only see about twelve characters. In the later games, this problem is fixed with over 20 characters in the other three.
The game play is great. It revolves around you and your opponent beating the crap out of each other using super moves, ninja tools, and many more objects. The developers really nailed jutsu usage. All you do is charge up your chakra (energy) and land a punch to start the cinematic. It then involves you and your opponent pressing a series of buttons trying to increase or decrease the damage. The game also features support characters who occasionally drop bye and leave you a power up or an item. The games visuals are just ok. But, it really gives you the feel that your are playing out an episode of the anime.
There is somewhat of a story mode in some of the games where you can free roam the "Village" interacting with the many people that dwell there. This mode isn't worth your time.
In short, the Ultimate Ninja series are good games that deserve more credit than given. The good gameplay mechanic and super moves add on to the anime like feel. But, in the end, this game is one that only a fan can enjoy. I give The Ultimate Ninja Series an overall 4/5.