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Naruto: Rise of a Ninja


$60.00 Released November, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Very fun to explore the main city of Konoha. Cool graphical style featuring cartoony, cel-shaded people over realistic terrain. Does a good job of introducing the plot to those new to Naruto.

The Cons:Using scenes from the 2D animated series is jarring coming from 3D gameplay. Story isn't well-presented, comes across as short and doesn't convey the scope of events well. In-game dialogue is stiff and awkward as characters don't even move their mouths properly along with the words.

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is an Xbox 360 exclusive from Ubisoft that will be released only in North America. The game follows the title character, Naruto, as he goes from a beginner ninja with no skills to a serious force.

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Naruto's creators sign off on all aspects of the game, and the Ubisoft team has stated that they're trying to emulate the anime series as closely as possible. As a result the release will feature the original Japanese voices with English subtitles, alongside the English voices.

The game plays as a traditional quest-based action adventure title. You control Naruto and begin your journey inside the fully realized and modeled city of Konoha. There you interact with many of the shows characters who give Naruto quests to complete, upon which his skills and powers increase.

Along with exploring the city and jumping from rooftop to rooftop, Naruto can engage in one on one fights just like in the anime. Fighting takes roots from more traditional fighting games with different attacks and combos. Players can also use ninjitsu techniques, creating the handseals using the two analog sticks. Handseals can also be used during the normal adventure gameplay to activate certain abilities such as walking up walls.

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    Very fun to explore the main city of Konoha.

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    Cool graphical style featuring cartoony, cel-shaded people over realistic terrain.

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    Does a good job of introducing the plot to those new to Naruto.

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    Unique jutsu abilities really add neat variety to the gameplay.

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    Jutsu are activated using left and right stick movement combinations, simulating hand gestures--something that isn't as complex as it sounds.

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    Good amount of fun, entertaining side missions to find.

Cons
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    Using scenes from the 2D animated series is jarring coming from 3D gameplay.

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    Story isn't well-presented, comes across as short and doesn't convey the scope of events well.

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    In-game dialogue is stiff and awkward as characters don't even move their mouths properly along with the words.

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    Gets a bit repetitive after a while as the game has you revisit some areas.

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