Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Hands-On

We stepped up to the analog sticks and threw some jutsu around the battlefield in this sharp-looking fighter.

When Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm arrived exclusively on the PlayStation 3 two years ago, the anime-style visuals and animation did an excellent job of capturing the look and feel of the source material. This October, the sequel is bound for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and we got to spend some hands-on time with the Xbox 360 version at Tokyo Game Show 2010. As we battled AI and human opponents alike, it become clear that the fast-paced fighting mechanics and slick visuals that made the first game so good are going to be reprised with gusto in the sequel. And yes, it's still a lot of fun to punch Sasuke in the mouth.

Though there are single-player missions and epic boss fights aplenty in Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, our time with the game was limited to head-to-head battles. The character select screen had a decent number of characters unlocked, and though it mostly featured predictable favorites, we counted a total of 42 spots in the complete roster. In addition to picking your primary fighter, you also choose two support fighters that you can call on midbattle to lend an extra fist, foot, or conjuration to your efforts. Each character has three different unlockable support abilities that you can choose from, and there are 21 battle arenas to choose from that cover a wide variety of familiar locations from the anime.

Once the fight began in earnest, it became clear that the fighting system retained most of the tight mechanics that made the first game so fun. The face buttons are used for jumping, throwing projectiles, striking your opponent, and charging your chakra. Any action can be modified by injecting it with a bit of chakra power, and managing your chakra levels remains a key strategic consideration. The D pad buttons are mapped to items that can help you or hinder your opponent, and blocking is both easy to do and essential to your survival.

While the combat remains fast-paced and fun, the visuals are once again a real highlight. Every character moves with a crisp fluidity, and attacks are flashy and satisfying. Many jutsu-powered attacks look as good as if not better than in the anime, and each stage contains a number of thoughtful touches that make them lively battlegrounds. Both Xbox 360 and PS3 owners can look forward to repping their favorite ninja clan and handing out jutsu-powered beatdowns when Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 arrives in the US on October 19.

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VilandasUK
VilandasUK

Tobi Tobi Tobi !!! I'm gonna play this game whole week without stoping $_$

ventusflash
ventusflash

i got to preorder this game and buy a ps3 luckily my birthday is the same day the game comes out

Tidus1012
Tidus1012

probably the best naruto game ever, cant wait to get it

Stormuser
Stormuser

Both consoles = Profit I'm interested

king0s
king0s

omg just playing online.. but it realy needs ranks i dont want to play against noob al the time

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

I never been the one to brag about sales or anything But Ninja Storm destroyed both BB and Rise of a Ninja in sales even when you combined them together. Also Ninja storm had some better reviews the main 2 issues with Ninja Storm was the story wasn't really deep enough repetitive mini games and also the lack of online other then that it was an amazing game. Can't wait for this and Killer Bee will be in it also ^_^.

JESSEAARON100
JESSEAARON100

Hope they have alternate attires.I always want to change Naruto's attire colour :)

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

Oh cool now that it's on the xbox its rating will probably be higher.

KsomotoSan
KsomotoSan

@ebookerd: yeah no actually it's because the guy who does the game is also the same guy who designed Lars, if I understood it well.

glassesboy
glassesboy

Haven't bought a Naruto game this gen...that's about to change this month. This looks pretty cool!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

OK Wait what the heck they just through lars in the game out of no where? lol

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

thought there was some new element feature to this but apperently there hasn't been any ...the video I'm talking about by the way.

Ryo57
Ryo57

This is going to be a very good game I loved the first one

DaWhitty7
DaWhitty7

Cant wait to see how they do the four tails vs Orichimaru fight...

hamoking55
hamoking55

@McNeelyJ39 i'm shocked to know that u think that broken bonds was superior ninja storm... i've played both as well and i like them both but i have to give it to ninja storm with handling the combat better... broken bonds u had the same animation for pretty much everyone with the standard three hit combo... at least with ninja storm u could actually utilize the whole arena without getting bogged down like in broken bond... just because ninja storm didnt have online capabilities does not make it inferior in the least my friend... as far as the sells... all i know is that sometimes the markets are just littered with the same stuff from different vendors... ninja storm came out a month after broken bond... so ppl were prolly naruto'd out...

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

amazing looking. cant wait, MOH than this...october is gonna be a kick ass month :D

SoulessGodss
SoulessGodss

that's because it was on the ps3 if it was on the ps2 it would have done better. i only know two people with a ps3

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

@AnimeKen15 I know that the Broken Bond was a sequal, I played both in that arc. They were both superior to Ninja Storm. My gripe is why would they go with the game that had worse reviews, sold worse, and overall is inferior to the Broken Bond title published by UbiSoft. It was just a superior experience. This is coming from someone who has played both the PS3 Ninja Storm as well as the Broken Bond on the 360 (which had online play, something that ninja storm did not offer)

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I'm getting this game day one for my Xbox360 I need it back one of the few game franchises on my PS3 I could not live without IMHO this game^^ darksiders, Transformers WFC, and last but not least Metal Gear Solid, and I can finally get all of those on my Xbox360, plus if I want to FF13! Now Microsft needs to take some Wii third party exclusives and pout them on the Xbox360 too IE the likes of the fallowing: With, or without Kinect it would be nice to have these games on Xbox360 too: Without Kinect: The Conduit 2 Red Steel Red Steel 2 Monster Huner Tri With Kinect: Sonic Colors Rabbids Go Home Star Wars Lightsaber battles

thelastuchihas
thelastuchihas

i see they havent but in any of the kakashi gaiden i mean sure that tekken 6 dude was created by naruto creator but come on, kakashi gaiden is from the manga and shows story of young kakashi and how he got the sharingain i would rather have young kakashi and obito uchiha in this then some tekken 6 guy, oh its been confirmed sage naruto can go 6 tails.

just_for_kicks
just_for_kicks

I really can't stand the fact they are putting a Tekken character in this. There is no point to it, I certainly won't be using him at all!

Joncatziss
Joncatziss

It would be nice if there was a 4 player mode, like ssbb like a team battle or something that would be AWESOME....... every game should have that!

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

This game is going to rcok the socks, and for EVERYONE who doesn't know or doesn't quite understand why Lars is in this game. Masashi Kishimoto, the creator or Naruto is also the creator of one of the extra costumes for Lars in Tekken 6. So basically he's just an extra character and that's the only reason anybody needs to know why he's in it. lol

supaswagman
supaswagman

This is a definate must have for Naruto fans. I like how they have Online finally!! I just wish that there was a training mode to hone your skillsand test combos in instead of having to do it against a 2nd player but this game looks awesome!!!! Especially with Killer Bee, Sage Mode Naruto, Minato and Tobi.!! Could we ask for a better Naruto game? P.s I hope Kid Kakashi and Obito make the roster : ]

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

I just wanna Rasenshuriken someone in the crotch. Can't wait.

Dukard
Dukard

I'm not a fan of fighting games (although I'm definitely gonna be getting the new Mortal Kombat on the 360 :) ),so I'm gonna get Naruto for the single player mission. Incase you are wondering, no I'm not on Xbox Live.

DropOutHero
DropOutHero

I can already see Marvel vs Capcom 3, bumping head with this game. Both contain great art stlye and epic special uses, the engine in both games are well balacned and well used. This is no doubt that there is going to be arguements and debates about went gme is better

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

@McNeelyJ39 Broken Bond was already a sequel and the quality and gameplay of Ninja Storm was liked by many PS3 owners so Xbox360 wanted a good Naruto Game so they signed on for this.

pretty_odddd
pretty_odddd

Lars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????? WOW!!! I hate that Lar's suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caduceus89
Caduceus89

Three words: Sasuke vs. Itachi. The only way this could be any better would be if they somehow [not likely to happen of course] managed to include Sasuke vs. Danzo [yes, I am a huge Sasuke fan].

advocacy
advocacy

This is going to be the best fight game of the year.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

Isn't anyone else disappointed that this is the game that received a sequel instead of the broken bond? That was a much better game than the Ultimate Ninja Storm. I own and have beaten both and far and away ninja storm paled in comparison.

ThomasRobertsUk
ThomasRobertsUk

Game looks awesome Really want to go Shikamaru to kick hidan ass, RIP Asuma Sensei

shii666
shii666

This game looks awesome, even to me who isn't really a Naruto fan. (Plus, Tekken characters!?)

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

transparanoia- kakashi does have a jutsu to clash with at the start of the boss battle its just that he doesnt use it often i've tryied it in the demo,both attacks are canceled out then the force of the attack pushes both characters away durring all that they both take no damage TehGameMaster- i hope so

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

@NoremaC-_- There were no clashes in the demo because Kakashi never uses a jutsu to clash with. Those Lightning Blades in the second part of the fight don't count as they're scripted events.

TehGameMaster
TehGameMaster

@NoremaC The demo fight was a boss battle, so they disabled clashes to make it harder on the player. It's a pretty safe bet that clashes with remain in the multiplayer versus modes. Plus, the demo is an early build of the game, so a lot of stuff probably had yet to be finalized.

NoremaC-_-
NoremaC-_-

i played the demo but im a bit dissapointed by the amount of abilities that have been removed including clashes but that very rarely ever happened in the first one

Absolutezero645
Absolutezero645

Played the demo and it was totally awesome!!! Can't wait for the full game, and the graphics are great, look exactly like the anime, not to say even better, especially the attacks :D

tamonix
tamonix

Lars from tekken 6 is there too?!!

tamonix
tamonix

Weeeeee!!!!! can't wait to check this game out!! :)

dennis8
dennis8

grafix look really nice, just like the anime :)