Excerpt: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a fighting game, so it’s only natural to compare it to the likes of Tekken, Dead or Alive or Street Fighter. Comparing is something we all do too much of, and Ultimate Ninja 2 shouldn’t actually be compared to the earlier mentioned games, as it’s not exactly from the same dojo as the likes of Tekken, instead it’s more focussed on being approachable and attractive to the younger and more casual player.
Summary: Naruto has become fairly popular stateside, and with the anime’s success comes a wealth of ninja brawlers. I haven’t yet decided if this is purely to cater to fan interest, but many of the titles have been able to stand up on their own, without too much help from the Naruto name. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 , however, seems to be a little less concerned with making a good fighter, and instead chooses to capitalize on fanservice.
Summary: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is an action fighter features over 30 playable characters, as well as 16 unique stages and the intense head-to-head anime-style fighting fans of the series know and love. Gamers can play through pivotal storylines as well as unlock an original plot in this follow up to last year’s immensely popular Ultimate Ninja.
Excerpt: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a great example of what a sequel should be. Ultimate Ninja 2 keeps all of the interesting fighting mechanics that made the first one the same and gives it a graphical overhaul. The art style found throughout the game (in the menus, character select and in the hub world for the story) take on a more manga-comic look with hash-marked shading and very striking colors.
Excerpt: It must be hard to create a standout fighting game. With big-hitters such as Soul Calibur, Tekken, Virtua Fighter, Street Fighter and Dead or Alive so completely dominating the field, you’d wonder where else developers can take the genre, and what could they possibly deliver that hasn’t been before? Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is the latest PS2 game based on the popular animation from Namco Bandai, and hopes to tap into the legions of fans of the energetic series.
Conclusion: Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 is a solid representation of Kishimoto's popular series. The graphics fully embody the anime, the audio is authentic (though annoying at times), and the gameplay is frenetic yet simplistic. This is a fast-paced fighting game with a strong anime influence that actually works despite some nitpicky flaws. Does it transcend the anime themed barrier that plagues so many similar titles? Not necessarily.
Excerpt: Flipping out and taking names. In Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 , the eponymous eleventeen hero is a student at the Ninja Academy, of all things. Fans of the series will know that the “Ninja Academy” isn’t quite as much a terrorist camp as a Hogwarts-meets-Pokémon school for the pugnaciously-gifted. It’s a fine idea for a kid’s show, and, judging by the amount of Naruto merchandise on the market, it’s a successful one too.
Pros: Accessible combo scheme, RPG elements and challenges, Smooth graphics, Kid friendly, Shallow differences between fighters, Short campaign, Selective target audience
Excerpt: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is the latest in a series of Naruto-based games. Unlike the last Naruto game we reviewed, this one goes back to the 2D fighting genre. Utilizing characters from the Naruto universe, the anime’s story (it’s around the same spot as the current U.S. arc), nice graphics, and a new combo system, is this the best Naruto title to hit American shores yet? The game revolves around (surprise!
Excerpt: Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 is, at first glance, a simple fighter in the vein of the DBZ Budokai and Super Smash Bros. titles. It seems squarely aimed at the younger crowd but if you delve deeper into its secret ninja ways, you'll find a well-rounded and entertaining fighter that even hardcore gamers will enjoy.