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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2
26 February 2008
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.
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: 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: The quality of the Naruto games that Namco Bandai has been cranking out over the past few years hasn't come close to matching the quantity, though last year's Naruto: Ultimate Ninja was the rare exception. The core one-on-one ninja-fighting action favored speed and simplicity over depth, and some distinct graphical theatrics made it a fun, ridiculous game to watch.
Pros: combat is easy to pick up, stylish special attacks, graphical touches give the game a unique manga feel
Cons: too similar to the original Ultimate Ninja, special attacks slow down pace of the fight
Excerpt: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for the PS2 is the latest in a long list of Naruto games that has only just arrived recently on UK shores, despite the Japanese being on the fifth iteration of this series. Developed by CyberConnect2 (don’t worry, I haven’t heard of them either) the team behind Naruto: Ultimate Ninja we start where the previous game left off and continue to delve deeper into the Naruto universe meeting a wealth of new characters who are all ready to fight to the...
Excerpt: Quirky beat em up with an anime twist The second ps2 game based on the apparently popular manga and TV series naruto follows the same formula as the first, based around button bashing fights with a slight difference in the minigame-esque combos. Said combos involve tasks such as bashing a button more times than your opponent, swivelling the analogue stick more times than the opponent and getting button combinations in the right order.
Pros: Colourfull, fun minigame based combos, great game for kids
Cons: Terrible voice acting and scripting, storyline inpossible to follow if you are new to naruto, some of the minigames actually hurt to play!