GAMES - Review
17:00 - 23rd November 2014, by NEO Staff

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

If you’ve been developing Naruto-themed fighting games for over ten years, how do you keep the fans coming back for more? Well, if your name is CyberConnect2, you dial the number for Masashi Kishimoto and ask him to pen some new side stories. And, if during that conversation you hear talk of a Mecha Naruto, you take that idea and turn it into a whole new mode. These are two solid reasons why Revolution is a worthy follow-up to last year’s Ultimate Ninja offering.

Instead of following the central storyline, Revolution gathers all the shinobi of the Naruto universe together and pits them against each other in the Ninja World Tournament. This is where you get to see the new Counterattack and Guard Break techniques in action, but far hampering the game’s accessibility, the new systems weave an extra layer of depth into an otherwise familiar combat system.

For the diehard Naruto fan that sets aside time each week to catch-up with the manga or anime, Revolution is a celebration of Rasengans and Sharingans. It offers untold insight into the origins of the Akatsuki and it lets you see Shisui Uchiha’s Susano’o for the first time. For everyone else, Revolution is an unintimidating fighting game that excels in cel-shaded pyrotechnics and character diversity. It’s no revolution, but it’s still a top contender.

It’s not a huge step-up from the last game, but there’s still a lot of new content for the money.
SCORE: 4/5
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