The Naruto series returns this year with its third installment of the saga more known by the followers of this anime title. However it has not left very good taste for those who consider us fans of the genre fight and not Naruto. We bring you a very critical analysis with this latest delivery of Naruto Shippuden accompanied by a fairly complete narrated guide.
Have you ever wondered if really the term “game for fans” is actually a euphemism to defend a game that at best is mediocre? I say this because there is an intrinsic reality with these games, their fans are their biggest defenders, and they are the same ones that in the end qualify said game as “a game for and for fans”. Normally, that should be an added value of the game, an extra that satisfies the fans of x license and than to feel proud to the world. But unfortunately it is not usually like this. And this does not seem to me to be the case.
At this point there is also nothing to discover about a work like Naruto, has its good things and its bad things like any manga / anime, and because of its success, has also had multiple adaptations in both portable and desktop consoles. The best news for this saga in the world of video games was the arrival of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as it allowed CyberConnect2 to faithfully convey visually the adventures of the inhabitants of the Hidden Village of the Leaf. Too bad that at the level of playable rather than evolving it is involuted.
Having surpassed the ten games on Naruto, in this new installment we are arguably placed just after Pain’s attack on the Hidden Village of the Leaf. After a prologue that is the best of the game, we will advance inexorably to the famous Fourth Great Ninja War living from different points of view the events.
The argument is what it is, and little can change in the background. In this respect, everyone who has read the manga knows what will happen in each chapter. The only surprises that we will take will always be negative since there are chapters certainly very boring, others very slow, others where the licenses that are taken with the history subtract spectacularity, and in addition there is a suppressed line of argument that removes sense to which we are living. This suppressed storyline would not have much importance if it were not because it was something that was already published well before the departure of the game, and because it creates a tremendous script hole in the game. Too bad they get bored with scenes and lines throughout the game, and in the end they want to hurry up.
- Developer: CyberConnect2
- Distributor: Namco Bandai
- Launch: March 8, 2013
- Genre: Action & Fight (manga / anime)
- Languages: English or Japanese (voices), Spanish (texts)
- Format: DVD and BluRay
- Multiplayer: Yes (2 players)
- Online: No
- Rating: PEGI +16
Availability and prices
- (PS3) 55.95 euros
- (Xbox 360) 58.55 euros
First impressions and gameplay
The gameplay of this Naruto is almost based on that of his predecessors, but instead of trying to find new formulas, other ways to satisfy players of the fighting genre, have chosen to further simplify the combat system. The result is not as different as it was before, playing this game is simple. And performing the secret techniques does not require much skill.
The best moments will undoubtedly be in the combat against giant enemies and in the situations in which we have to perform QTE. But as I said in the section of the argument, in my opinion the best of the game is already seen in the prologue. Almost everything that comes after is still a repetition or simple fighting that only lower the general level.
The difficulty is very affordable, except for specific moments. Very irregular in my opinion. At times you can pass the game blindfolded, and then a very specific type of enemy (Deidara more concretely) can cause you a cut of digestion by the absurd way you have to fight. As in the final measures of the game, you unnecessarily complicate existence without maintaining the level shown above. Because that is not that they are progressively increasing the difficulty, is that suddenly gives them simply and plainly for whoring.
It should also be mentioned that who plays this game, play, what is said “play” will do little good. One of the reasons is that it has incomprehensibly load times unworthy at this point in life. And another because there are few matches. You spend more time reading (unless you know Japanese or you control English very well) and looking at the screen grabbing the remote. Some of its defenders call it “interactive anime”. I call it a game in which you do not play. I can not find grace. By interaction I understand other things.
Graphic and sound section
Unfortunately the technical section is by far the best of this game. It is a shame that if you have to emphasize something that is technical in a game, but the truth is that it is the best section worked by a lot. The work of CyberConnect2 is praiseworthy during the fighting, and above all during the QuickTime Events that come in full action. The way the QTE combat transition is done is fabulous and the benefits of Cell Shadding are shown to the maximum. They are in those moments in which it really seems that you are in an “interactive anime”. In addition, with the possibility of putting the voices in Japanese, immersion in those moments is very successful.
On the other hand, when we are in the village or by the outside scenery, visually there is nothing to emphasize. The general detail and the quality of what we see on the screen is acceptable. This is noteworthy because curiously they show you the best you can do when you work hard at it, and also what happens when you leave sections as a “stuffing.” Equally it is not a curiosity, it is nothing that worsens the sensation of the game.
Personally I do not think lovers of fighting genres are happy. Naruto fans can defend the game by saying it’s a game for fans. But I think a game first has to try to be good, draw attention to good in all its aspects, and then if fans can also feel proud and say that it respects the essence that if it is adapted, better than better. As a player I do not recommend the game. And really, as a follower of Naruto, if you have to invest between eight and nine hours in this, better do it in the anime, which will be more profitable.