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Posted by on Aug 10, 2014

Preview: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Preview: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

It feels as if Naruto has forever been casting finger bending jutsus like a possessed late night TV signer. We’ve been watching his cheery whiskered grin down bowls of ramen and toe spring from tree tops with his arms spread out behind him since 1997, believe it or not (yeah…17 years, anyone else feeling incredibly ancient?).

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that fans of the manga turned anime and video game behemoth (some 50 odd games to date) have grown up with Naruto, and that Naruto has grown up in turn.

While the marathon Naruto manga enters it’s final comic arc, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution poses the question; is there life in the old giant fox spirit yet?

From its incredibly long name to its sheer scope, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution marks a fierce attempt by seasoned Naruto developer Cyber Connect 2 to capture a comprehensive and loyal portrayal of an Odyssey scale franchise as it nears its end.

While the marathon Naruto manga enters it’s final comic arc, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution poses the question; is there life in the old giant fox spirit yet?


GGS spent a short time testing out the game before the September release on Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3. Hold onto your plated headbands folks, there’s plenty for Naruto and fighting game fans to be excited for.

The most striking thing about NSUNSR is its impressively differing modes, and what these varying avenues of epic ninja battles involve. We have to start with the Ninja World Tournament, the game’s backbone. The island based adventuring initially follows an RPG-ish over-world format where you’ll navigate scattered battle arena gates to get to the main event – fighting. The RPG moments might seem on the surface to be some sort of virtual airport that’s just there to page flip through before the central attraction, but there’s actually loads going on here. Engaging with the right NPC’s will allow you to team-up in battles, snag items and even take on pop-quizzes.


The further you level up, the more areas of the map you’ll be able to explore into, but you can’t climb ranks unless you battle. Naturally, the fighting bits are great in Ninja World Tournament Mode. Taking on up to 3 other opponents at a time takes alertness and skill, but luckily there’s some helpful tricks to load up your sleeves before battle as assigning power ups to direction buttons may help you out of a bind during the fray. Bearing in mind the game’s vast cast of characters (over 100), it doesn’t seem too hard to learn move sets on the fly. Using chakra, counter attacks and rushes is quickly picked up on, which is just as well as they prove just as important as traditional melee combat.

The action’s most notable aspect comes in the form of Battle Orbs. Your opponents will drop Battle Orbs throughout, which spark a frenzy as the more you gather the stronger you’ll become the next round. Often you’ll fight through a number of rounds and your Orb points will carry over to allies, relay style. Each battle awards you a score based on Health and Time, and the spoils (Ryo) become more relevant in the following map areas.


‘Ninja Escapades’ is the other main mode and the new offering attempts to blend a typical fighting game story mode with the ambition of allowing the player to play along with the anime. Familiar 2D Naruto animation breaks apart uncanny cel-shaded battles that are a whisker away from convincing you that you’re controlling the actual TV show. Really, the actual anime cut-scenes that play out between story driven one on one battles are incredibly good, where as the jumping camera during battles feels natural. While World Tournament Mode presents a ‘What If’ idea of the ‘Naruniverse’, Escapades serves up established and familiar canon in an intriguing way.


There’s an Attack and Defence Drive to master, and the numerous ninja’s idiosyncratic traits will have you mastering flinging kunai, shaping masses of sand, locking opponents still through their shadow, forming barriers out of paper and flinging multiple human-scale karakuri puppets at enemies, to name but a few.

With, NSUNSR also boasting a Free Battle and Online Battle along with a playable MECHA NARUTO (!?) and all manner of easter eggs be sure to keep your Sharingans peeled in September.


Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is out on September 12 in EU and September 16 in NA for Steam, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Olly Jones

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