Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 Hands-On

We take a brief look into the life and times of Naruto Uzumaki in his latest fighting game.

There's probably a pretty good chance that you've at least heard of Naruto in one of its many forms--TV show or manga. But for the uninitiated, Naruto follows the story of a young ninja who not only struggles to become more skilled in the ways of the stealthy, powerful warrior through training, but also struggles with his own identity. Naturally, some of that also has to do with Naruto becoming more mature and more comfortable with friends who are uneasy when he's around (at least, initially), but Naruto has something special about him. He's the vessel for the nine-tailed fox--an evil creature imprisoned inside Naruto--and he's not too happy about it.

The early portions of Ultimate Ninja Storm 2's Ultimate Adventure mode focus on Naruto and his return to Hidden-Leaf Village after training with Jiraiya. Wasting no time, Naruto then meets up with some old friends, like Sakura, who then join him on some simple missions issued to him by the Hokage. These missions are used to help familiarize you with some of the basic elements of the Ultimate Adventure mode. You'll learn about collecting materials that can then be used to make items that have stronger status effects than most standard items. You'll learn how to properly equip certain items before battle--these items range from offensive weapons to items that give you increased chakra (also known as magic). Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, you'll learn how to incorporate attacks from your partner when fighting an opponent.

Fights happen pretty regularly in the Ultimate Adventure mode, and it doesn't take long to get a pretty decent strategy going quickly or to discover an enemy's weakness. Actually, one of the very first missions has you venturing just outside Hidden-Leaf to the forest where there's a doppelganger of Naruto, which has similar skills and abilities. Fights take place in a full 3D arena where you're able to move in just about any direction. All characters have a relatively weak projectile attack, as well as a throw, a default combination attack, a jump, and a variety of chakra attacks. Interestingly, you can actually change the kind of chakra attack you launch, not only by using different face buttons and their corresponding basic attack (like using a chakra-powered projectile), but also by pressing the chakra button multiple times. Of course, if you do this, it means that you won't have as much magic left over when the attack is finished, but you can always run for safety and attempt to charge it back up.

When they're indicated, you can also perform special attacks with your in-fight partner that deal out massive amounts of damage, but using your buddy usually involves more strategy than that. Simply pressing the bumper button to have them come in and attack won't get much done because their attack is usually restricted to a certain area or where your opponent was standing when you pressed the button. If you mistime it, then you basically waste one of your partner attacks. At any rate, you'll learn how to use support characters more effectively as the game progresses, and you'll also learn how they differ from each other in their skills.

You'll encounter many characters in the Ultimate Adventure mode.

As you progress through the Ultimate Adventure mode, you'll encounter more characters and more fights. At one point, Naruto has to engage in the bell drill with Kakashi with the aid of Sakura. The three then form Team 7 and continue performing missions for the Hokage. But you won't always play as Naruto and his team, even in these early parts of the game. As you'll quickly find out, Gaara the kazekage (who, like Naruto, also has a powerful evil trapped inside) plays a big role in this mode, and his similarity to Naruto will be a driving force in what our hero does to save him.

Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 has more than an adventure mode to take part in. It also features a versus mode where you can go up against a friend or computer opponent in any one of several battle arenas. This mode is perfect for refining your skills as well as finding out the offensive and defensive capabilities of various characters that you encounter in the adventure mode. It's worth noting that a good number of the characters in this mode won't be available to you until you get through Ultimate Adventure, but there are several well-known characters to choose from right off the bat. Also, you can choose to fight with or without partners, but it's a good idea to fight with them in the early going in case you're not too sure how they factor into a fight. Additionally, Ninja Storm 2 features an online mode, and while we weren't able to try it, the single-player mode does drop hints about it--particularly the profile system that lets you edit various ninja info cards that ultimately serve as your online descriptors.

Team 7 is on the job!

Like most Naruto games, Ninja Storm 2 already looks pretty fantastic. The characters appear nearly identical to their TV show and manga counterparts, and some of the especially dramatic moments (or more specifically, those involving the powerful jutsu skills that incorporate some light quick-time-event button presses) are impressive. That aside, we're interested to see how the Ultimate Adventure mode expands in the later chapters and just how well the online fights work. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is scheduled for release on October 19.

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228 comments
EvilJesse
EvilJesse

I wish those game will get released for computer some day =\ looks great

vini16f
vini16f

what can I say...? THE ENGLISH VOICES COMPLETELLY SUCKS

Chewin3
Chewin3

I went through 4 game shops just to buy this game and I finally got my copy today C=

firebladedx
firebladedx

Playing it now, did they remove the quick time special atttacks? :( I really liked those.

ste-g
ste-g

ive never really been a fan of these games before but i tried the demo the other day and really liked what i saw and played. something completely different cant wait for its release.

Snookies12
Snookies12

...I hate that "believe it" crud... Naruto does not say that, he says Dattebayo, which litterally has no meaning... They just stuck believe it in the english version to fill in his mouth movements... >_> Anyway yes, this game looks quite good, hopefully it will live up to my expectations! :D

chaoskingz
chaoskingz

oooohhh datttebayooo! sub-titles only! ;)

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

can't wait can't wait can't wait oh come on release already please :)

nunofexki_16
nunofexki_16

the best game of naruto, it will be awesome, i made my reservation. can't wait to play the game

Prado0
Prado0

the one charcter im most anxious to play as is Pain, because it will be interesting on how his fighting stile will be but also if in his awakening mode you use the other Five Pains ("he six Paths of Pains")

destinyDemon
destinyDemon

yaay finaly i can hear the english naruto voices again im a big fan of dubbed anime games so thisll be awsome for me

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

I just played the demo today, i was really impressed with it, if all the boss fights are like that, then it's going to be a really interesting game, i have to admit, this is becoming a must buy for me.

anasalansi
anasalansi

i think the game will belike naruto uitimate ninja 3 for chosing jutsu

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

this game is gonna be so cool,i can't wait to play as Sage Naruto

Climaxz
Climaxz

CC2 really did tease with the demo, i would of preffered a simple 1 on 1 but what the heck. You can tell they put alot of work into it so im getting it day one.

spinny114
spinny114

i dont think u can play as nagato but i kno u can use all the paths of pain n u should be able to use zetzu one of the hidden characters is lars from tekken

Prado0
Prado0

i think this is going to be the first naruto game that surpasses it previous predesessors. Now i dont know it this is true but i been hearing alot of rumors that there might actually be a total of 44 characters 2 been hidden characters that haven't been confirmed...some are speculating that it could be either nagato, zetsu, anko or konohamaru.....or just another rumor

ottolopez84
ottolopez84

Can't wait for this, Have ultimate storm, and it was the best game of Naruto, now this one, with online mode is going to be the best.

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

@watchuwa Hmmm then why the **** are you on a preview about Naruto you loser, if you dont like it then gtfo!

DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

@ ArmoredBreaker: Yes, that was a comparison I made, but not the sole comparison. Naruto has a way better story, IMO. Both series have some good battles, but Naruto takes the cake on this aspect for me, as well. My point was this: Naruto's filler episodes hold more substance than those that were in DBZ, i.e. Master Roshi being a pervert = pointless filler, very unnecessary after about the 10th time. However, I'll reiterate, I was not basing the comparison solely on the quality of filler episode. Every anime has them. I was just pointing out that Naruto's actually mean something and have substance. Naruto FTW. DBZ is still a good series, though, just not better than Naruto.

SociopathicBox
SociopathicBox

items that give you increased chakra (also known as magic). WTF!!! magic? Giancarlo just made my hit list.....

karloss01
karloss01

0:57 "I LOVE RAMEN!" Nows not the time Naruto!

Ferret2004
Ferret2004

demo was short but awesome looking forward to this

amer_m92
amer_m92

This is going to be the most amazing anime game so far, must buy this game

ya5ee007
ya5ee007

Anyone getting Naruto for PS3, add me: Protomercer

watchuwa
watchuwa

who cares? narutard is LAME

MrLeXx
MrLeXx

21 days till complete insomnia.

SaberSpellSword
SaberSpellSword

there's a demo of it out at the moment available for download. it's based on that fight with kakashi for the bells. the battles capture the feel of the series perfectly

Pyro77
Pyro77

I bought the first one but the gameplay had no depth whatsoever. I personally prefer the clash of the ninja which is still very simple as far as fighting games go but the more skillful player could really shine. I'll admit though, the game is just gorgeous. I'm sure plenty of fans will enjoy it just fine. Enjoy.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

Naruto was ausome in the first 2 seasons, I loved the story line and was hoping it to be much like Cowboy Beebop where there wouldn't be too many episodes and they ended it before it got too ridiculous...its been awhile since I watched Anime because they get too ridiculous. I won't even touch the games considering.

migudelo
migudelo

im definetly buying this :D!!!!!!!!!!!

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@BillyColeman I don't need to look at any facts. Why ? Because I already know he was influenced by DBZ I never denied that in any of my posts. I said he didn't copy from DBZ which is completely true. He Said he got his influence from Son Goku and how energetic he is while at the same time making his characters as unique as possible. Honestly a lot of you need to learn the difference from being inspired and flat out copying something. For example I can be inspired by Gears of wars 3 and make my own game completely unique. I will repeat this for the last time I respect DBZ for what it was and that it inspired great animes but nobody is copying off of DBZ and a lot of people who watch anime need to stop thinking that.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

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BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Colonel-Snake but you do need to look at the fact that Masashi Kishimoto has told japan mags like jump in such that he got a lot of inspiration from dbz when makeing the Naruto series that being sed if dbz wert around naruto well it be something a lot less. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masashi_Kishimoto#Influences go there look it up

DoDoxx3
DoDoxx3

Yeah I can't wait this game next month. I was already pre order last 2 months ago. I hope that they will make Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm will be 3 for PS3 and XBOX360 too. I love it... Because not finish fight with madara and Orochimaru/Kabuto didn't die. Also Naruto will get new other power Rikudou sage than sage mode. i bet yall love it!!!

shaka_fo00o
shaka_fo00o

If nearly every mission fight is like the one in the demo i'll be picking this up.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

The first one was good, but it was lacking on several things like characters and game modes, but the gameplay was pretty good for a Naruto game, this games are nothing more than fan service, so, thrown a bunch of characters, a good gamplay and i'll get it.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@xxgunslingerxx Ok in terms of Bleach I can shut this topic down asap. First off Bankai is a technique/ level in a Zanpaktou power. You truly are grasping at straws here. If you wanted to have a decent discussion on this matter you should have brought Ichigo hollow mask since it is a transformation and not a technique just like Super Saiyan. That argument though would fail and do you wanna know why ? Because If anything Bleach gets a lot of its concept from the theory and belief involving Oni Mask and not Dbz. The Espada and Arrancer get there stuff involving animals same with hallows they can be compared to a lot of animals. Bleach has absolutely nothing to do with Dbz at the slightest bit if I was to compare animes I would just compare the personality of some of the characters then again its not hard since some of the voice actors from Naruto do Bleach dubbed voices also. If I was to compare Goku attitude I would compare it to Captain Shunsui. Goku has a good attitude yes but he is extremely smart unlike Mr Ichigo and he is extremely laid back. Goku and Shunsui are both the same lazy as hell laid back except Goku loves eating and Shunsui loves to drink sake. Honestly Naruto and Bleach get most of their ideas based off of Chinese Culture/Japanese Culture depending on who writes it. Dragon Ball Z gets my respect because without it a lot of people wouldn't be inspired to write such amazing anime. In terms of copying Dbz nah Bleach and Naruto copied culture ideas not Dbz.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@xxgunslingerxx I will be putting this post into 2 sections so I can get my point across afterwards I won't be responding to you anymore because this is getting annoying. First off there are people in life who has good deed attitudes for all we know any of the writers could've based the character off of someone who they know in real life. For you to sit here and assume because a anime has a character is a do gooder must have copied off of dbz amazes me. Sigh second Chakra can be related to stamina again because if you have techniques which uses a lot of power of course you use energy which is related to stamina. They didn't copy dbz they copied the principle of what is in real life. If you run you use energy if you use clones or a rasengan you use chakra samething. Sage mode is a technique/transformation Super Saiyan is a mere transformation which gives you more energy and power in your attacks. Sage mode give the user various techniques and new abilites. Honestly let me ask you this does Super Saiyan 1 to Super Saiyan 2 does it grant you any new abilites or techniques lol ? Compare Sage mode Naruto to Regular Naruto and you will see a major difference. Also Naruto didn't go to any Dimension he trained in a complete different area in the world locked off from most Ninjas. Naruto training required him to make over 1000 clones to get 20 years worth of training in 1 day. Kishi made his training method unique tbh.

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

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xxgunslingerxx
xxgunslingerxx

@Colonel-Snake The writer of naruto himself said he got great inspiration from dbz. There is no direct copy of story line but concepts such and character personalities are often borrowed from dbz ie.. gokus do gooder to the point of stupidity are both apparrent in naruto and ichigo. Also you need to watch dragonball kai it is what dbz the anime should have been from the start. As for your reiatsu/charka comment dbz still came up with the concept of power them up first... bankai/sage mode is essentially the same as going super saiyan...going into a special time chamber/demension to train? same thing as goku training in the hyberbolic time chamer to train.... they all have their own appeals but the fact is they still draw greatly from dbz. Why do anime of today need to take ideas from something created 25 years ago if it wasnt a classic to begin with? I suppose movies like gone with the wind and casablanca are garbage to you as well?

chainsawscourge
chainsawscourge

hell yea naruto ultimate ninja for xbox! finaly i wont have to fill guilty for selling my ps2 and living this awsome franchise behind!!!