It’s no big secret that I am a HUGE Naruto fan. I also dabble a bit in fighting games (namely Tekken) but, after I moved to San Francisco and LEFT MY NARUTO NINJA STORM 2 game behind in good ol’ SoCal, I decided to forgo buying a new copy, and waited six long months for Naruto: Ninja Storm Generations to come out.
By more circumstance than luck, I was given the opportunity to play the game BEFORE THE REST OF YOU and all I have to say about it is this: IT’S THE GREATEST.
That’s it, end of review… Well, not really.
Based on the popular animated Naruto Shippuden series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) offers more characters than you can choose from. Literally, you will have your hands tied when it comes to choosing your perfect team. And worst of all, nearly all of the characters are good. Just when you think you have found your main, think again. After all that, you can choose two support characters in the Team Match mode, and you’re going to want to choose carefully! Based and who you choose as your support, different special occurrences happen, as well as power-ups! Ino-Shika-Cho, anyone?
Not only are all of the Konoha kids available, you can play them as Chuunin or as their Shippuuden counterparts, including Jounin Lee and Shikamaru ! And we can’t talk about Generations without including Kakashi Gaiden! You can play as Young Kakashi, Obito, and Team Minato! Hungry for some serious power? Play as any of the Kage including their bodyguards, and recreate some of the epic battles from the Shinobi War! Finally, Naruto fans have been waiting to see more of Zabuza and Haku since the launch of the original manga, and now they will have their chance! Pair Zabuza up with Suigetsu and Kisame for some serious Mist Swordsmen power boosts.
With a vast selection of playable & support characters spanning every generation of the Naruto saga, alongside one of the best online versus modes available among the fighting game genre, taking the kunoichi fight onto the global stage is fun and easy. Players will compete in a variety of online battle modes with their favorite Naruto characters. Customizable player cards help give a personal feel to the online madness.
If you don’t have any friends, or do not enjoy getting your ass handed to you over and over by Japanese people online that have already have had the game for 2-3 months, you can always play the unique and riveting (multi) Story Mode! I call it multi-story mode because you can play from different character’s perspectives! You can play “The Tale of Naruto Uzumaki”, “The Tale of Sasuke Uchiha”, “The Great Minato”, “The Tale of Jiraiya”, or even play from the perspectives of Itachi, or Madara Uchiha ~ ! Each story mode has unique-to-the-game, original animated cut scenes. It’s literally like “playing” through the anime as you watch the plot, and then proceed to the matches. You face off against Sasuke during the infamous Chidori/Rasengan exchange, fight as Sasuke during his final stand against Oroichimaru, and even as the First and Second Hokage!
My only critique against the game is that 20+ of the characters are “support only” characters, and cannot be used as mains, and I want to fight as Ao!! (Mei’s Bodyguard with the Byakugan.)
When it comes to anime fighting games, the Naruto Ninja Storm series has always been top notch, so just when you thought they couldn’t perfect the formula of beautiful, detailed menus, and amazing ost, and a plot that does not stray one BIT from the original storyline, they throw Generations your way and all of your Friday nights are now spent indoors.
Blame it on the stormy weather, I guess.