Over the years, CyberConnect2 has managed to bring Naruto, one of the most iconic animes/mangas, to home consoles in a really superb way, something that's not commonly achieved by developers. Naruto is back with another entry in the series that promises to take the experience even further, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. However, those that play the titles for its storytelling will be disappointed to find out that this title doesn't feature any part of the Naruto main story.
Just like it was done with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, this game was mostly used to deliver some gameplay changes in order to deliver more balanced combats. Instead of giving players the option to use Ultimate Jutsus, Awakenings and combos with their supports, CyberConnect 2 has decided to split these into 3 different battle types: Ultimate Jutsu Type, Awakening Type, and Drive Type.
Ultimate Jutsu Type allows players to use Ultimate Jutsus and Team Combination Jutsus, Awakening Type allows players to use their awakening moves and transformations, while Drive Type will have supports attack alongside with you or defend you when recovering chakra. Each battle type has its advantages and disadvantages, but overall Drive Type seems to be the most useless, as Ultimate Type and Awakening Type are by far the best to deal more damage to the opponent. Although it was done with the objective to bring more balance to the gameplay, the fact that these features are now split across three different types not only makes it unbalanced, but also limits players' options, which removes some of the enjoyment of the combats.
Other additions made to the gameplay are the Guard Break, Counterattack, and Ultimate Team Jutsus. By using Guard Break players can break the opponent's guard and leave him unconscious for 2-3 seconds. On the hand, Counterattack allows the player to block an attack from the opponent, leaving him unconscious for about 5-6 seconds, which leaves your opponent open to deliver massive damage. Ultimate Team Jutsus combine the ultimate attacks of two or three characters to deliver a massive attack. However, despite flashy and awesome action, these attacks don't deal any extra damage in comparison to normal Ultimate Jutsus.
The game features the largest roster in the series so far, including 104 playable characters and 14 support only characters. Unfortunately, for those that played Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, this character roster only features around 20 new characters while the large majority of the remaining rooster remains exactly the same.
The game features two Story modes: Ninja Escapades and Ninja World Tournament. Those that played Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations should be familiar with Ninja Escapades, which is a story mode that reveals more about the back-story of some characters in the Naruto. These Ninja Escapades include the creation of Akatsuki, the back-story of Shisui Uchiha, and a story dedicated to Kushina and her interactions with the members of Minato's team of students. These Ninja Escapades basically start with an anime cutscene, then it switches to one or more battles, goes back to anime cutscenes, and so on. Although short, these stories will certainly please Naruto fans.
In order to compensate the lack of a decent Naruto story mode, CyberConnect2 decided to create a brand new mode, the Ninja World Tournament. In this mode players will take part in a tournament that introduces for the first time in series four-player battles. Every time a character takes a hit that characters loses orbs, which can be collected by anyone in battle. Whoever has the most orbs by the end of the match is declared the winner.
Outside of the tournament, this mode also includes a story to follow. However, it seems like barely any effort was put in it. Loads and loads of useless and boring dialog, so much that you will most likely start skipping cutscenes halfway through, although the mystery of Mecha Naruto brings some interested later on.
As usual the game offers an online mode, allowing players to join head-to-head matches or 4-8 player leagues. Although the concept of the tournament is interesting, the fact that the player has to wait for the other matches to finish before starting its own it's something easily makes players tired of waiting.
Overall, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is a fine example that the series might be losing its edge. Don't get the wrong idea, the game isn't bad, far from it, for the most part the gameplay is still exciting and addicting as ever. But with recycled characters being used over and over, the additions and changes that don't add anything positively refreshing to the series, and the lack of the Naruto main storyline, this latest entry in the series offers a good amount of content for those that have missed the previous titles, but offers barely anything for the hardcore fans.
|Large character roster.|
|Great visuals that easily matches the action of the anime.|
|Wide variety of options and team combinations in combat.|
|No Naruto main storyline.|
|Battle types ruins the balance and variety of options in combat.|