Naruto shippuden: ultimate ninja storm 4 review

     

The past year has been a memorable one for fans of Narulớn, the long-running anime and manga series. The manga ended its lengthy run, và the anime series will soon follow suit--though the next generation of stories featuring Naruto’s son has already begun taking shape in comics và a feature-length film. As the original story comes to a conclusion, so does the fan-favorite Ultimate Nin-Ja Storm game series on the new generation of consoles. Thankfully, the developers at CyberConnect2 have made sure the series wraps up nicely, as well.

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Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 sticks to the core gameplay tenets of the series, offering a massive sầu roster of characters from across the sprawling Narukhổng lồ saga và pitting you in one-on-one battles in a free-roaming arena against another ninja. Actually, it’s more like three-on-three this time around: while you could have sầu partners lớn assist you in previous games in the series, now you can assemble a team of three characters và swap between them as you please in mid-battle. Unlượt thích most other team-based fighters, however, all characters giới thiệu the same lifebar.


As a free-roaming fighter, there’s a lot you can vì. Movement utilizes the left analog stiông xã & the jump button, allowing you lớn dance around the field with your speedy ninja moves và cđại bại in for the kill when necessary. You can even vị ninja wall-runs this time around in some arenas. To damage your foe, you can make use of throwing weapons for low-damage ranged attacks, basic ground và air combos, throws, và special ninja techniques that utilize your chakra gauge. Managing your chakra is very important, since many of your special abilities depover on it: you can charge it manually--which leaves you vulnerable--build it through exchanging blows, or piông chồng up some chakra balls that drop when your foe is down.

If you find yourself on the receiving end of a beatdown, you can use a substitution jutsu to teleport out of the way và attempt a counterattack, or summon your partners with the shoulder buttons to aid you with their special skills. If the going gets really tough, you can even dig into lớn your ninja nhà cửa stash & use tools for recovery, power boosts, và other nifty effects like causing massive sầu explosions. nd once combat’s dragged on past a certain point and your health is nearing critical levels, you can charge up a ninja Awakening for an even bigger--although temporary--boost to your abilities.

This isn’t a game you’d want khổng lồ play as a serious competitive sầu title.

Having three characters in your group changes the dynamic somewhat from previous games, since you essentially have sầu access to lớn three different movesets at any point and can shift through them as needed. Since each character has separate substitution jutsu và chakra meters, swapping can also be useful if one member is low on resources, or if there’s a specific assist you want lớn use. The character combinations you pichồng may have some added benefits, as well: specific combinations grant access khổng lồ special team attaông chồng skills (and some incredibly cool cinematics to accompany them). Use a huge chunk of Chakra và all of your Storm meter, & you can pull off the ultimate beatdown: a Linked Super Technique. This skill isn’t always practical in a heated fight, và many groups can’t even use it, but when you do pull off a super-awesome three-person jutsu special skill, you feel lượt thích the coolest ninja that’s ever walked the earth.

Ultimate Nin-Ja Storm 4 is by no means a balanced fighting game--the gigantic roster with numerous variations on characters should clue you in to that fact pretty fast--but for what it is, it’s fun. Characters control well, have varied & interesting abilities, and zipping around while launching crazy ninja attacks feels incredibly satisfying. Since every character has the same basic control scheme, you won’t have sầu khổng lồ worry about memorizing a specific commvà menu every time you want khổng lồ try out someone new. This isn’t a game you’d want khổng lồ play as a serious competitive sầu title, but for messing around, doing cool stuff, và pulling victory from the claws of defeat with an absurdly powerful special attaông xã, it’s quite entertaining.

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CyberConnect2’s Naruto lớn games have sầu always received a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of praise for their visuals, & Ultimate Nin-Ja Storm 4 is no different in this regard. These are undoubtedly some of the most beautiful visuals of their type, with the cel shading on the characters making them look lượt thích they just jumped in straight from the animated series. Little visual details--lượt thích armor & weapons breaking, or clothes burning off from fire attacks--are also welcome additions.

When the game showcases elaborate cutscenes featuring these models, it’s an absolute visual delight. The excellent choreography combined with the superb character visuals makes for scenes that look better than a lot of CG portions in actual anime. Sadly, there are less of these scenes than in some of the previous Ultimate Ninja Storm titles--a lot of the story scenes are simply still images with voiceovers, which is disappointing.

In terms of content, there’s a lot lớn be had here. Story Mode recounts some of the later chapters of the Narukhổng lồ saga, taking you through a chain of interconnected events & battles through the point of view of various characters. (If you don’t know the general plot progression by this point, you’re going to lớn be majorly lost, unfortunately.) Besides regular fights, you’ll encounter sequences with quichồng time sự kiện inputs and fights against multiple foes at once. Adventure mode is a little disappointing on the story front--it’s essentially a series of silly fetch quests strung together to lớn get Naruto lớn & blushing bride-to-be Hinata more romantically entangled. But it does let you run through numerous locales in the Narukhổng lồ world, as well as provide a lot of fun character interaction moments.

Everything, from the visual touches to the character interactions in và out of battle to lớn the voiceovers, is meant to lớn make Naruto fans happy--though the fact that there’s a fun little fighting game underneath certainly helps.

Rewards you earn from battles in Story Mode và the various missions in Adventure Mode can be used lớn purchase assorted cosmetic items for your characters and your online profile. Earning extra items & rare drops depends on your overall grade from the fight. If you want to lớn get everything from this game--and there’s a lot of stuff lớn get--prepare khổng lồ spkết thúc a lot of time S-ranking battles and making sure you satisfy the various bonus conditions of each fight.

Besides these modes, there are the usual single-player and two-player không lấy phí battles, along with online combat. Free Battle has numerous variations: Survival, Tournament, League, và a training-focused Practice mode. Online mode offers limited-time single player events and rewards, along with online matchmaking. Similarly to lớn other fighting games, there’s a Ranked Mode where you gain and đại bại Battle Points và vie against combatants worldwide for higher spots on the leaderboard. There are a few unexpected downgrades lớn online play, such as the removal of spectator mode & fewer people in lobbies (down lớn 4 from 8 in previous games).

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The overall feeling I got while playing through Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 was that the people behind this game really, truly thẻ about the franchise, và wanted lớn make a game that would please fans first & foremost. Everything, from the visual touches lớn the character interactions in and out of battle to the voiceovers, is meant to make Narukhổng lồ fans happy--though the fact that there’s a fun little fighting game underneath certainly helps. A licensed game that feels as nicely made as this one is a rarity indeed, và any fan of Naruto lớn, even the casual ones who don’t wear ninja headbands while shopping for groceries, would bởi vì well lớn give this a look.


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