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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 18 - 2017

All of your Naruto in one place – Lucky!!

 
My fondness for the annoyingly enthusiastic Ninja kid kind of waned when the anime series took on the name Naruto Shippuden. However, it was about that time that the Ultimate Ninja Storm games started making an appearance, so I still spent plenty of time around the more grown up, but still annoyingly enthusiastic, Ninja. It was interesting to see how the games in the series changed over time, adding and removing features and building a larger and larger roster of playable characters as it went. In a great move for the fans, Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2 have now released Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, bringing all of the main Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm games together in one package, allowing players to witness that progression of the series for themselves, without even having to swap consoles.

 
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Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is quite a chunk of a package. Not only does it include the original Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm from 2008, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst from 2010 and 2013 respectively, But also the much more recent Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 from only last year. So, that is four games in total, but the value for money doesn’t stop there as there is a healthy amount of DLC included with Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, including the Road to Boruto pack which ties in with Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

 
Undeniably one for the fans, Legacy really is a bargain. The number of hours of gameplay included in this package are epic, and that is not including the various online modes that have infinite replayability. The Ultimate Ninja Storm games have always been packed with fan service, including plenty of lengthy anime cut scenes and little touches that help bring not only the characters, but the whole world of hidden Ninja villages to life.

 
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With all that said, this is also the ultimate bundle for those who have never spent any time with the Ramen-eating Ninja boy. In case there was ever any question, the Ultimate Ninja Storm games are fighting games, in which the player will find the largest amount of actual game time being spent in combat with opponents in set 3D stages. The combat itself is fairly easy to pick up for fighting game fans, with a bare few buttons to remember. However, there is an enormous amount of depth to the fighting, thanks to the use of chakra leading to all manner of special moves. Throw in the fact that even the more basic moves can look incredibly good, that other characters can be swapped in to help the battle as the player chooses a team of fighters, and the more powerful moves are among some of the most visually impressive moves that I have ever seen in a fighting game, and you really do have an awesome collection of fighting games.

 
The Ultimate Ninja Storm games will never quite match up to the complexity and depth of some of the more popular fighting games out there, but for Naruto fans it doesn’t really matter. Across the four games, players will be treated to some truly epic storylines that, for newcomers especially, will build up the Naruto Shippuden universe. The stories are always incredibly well written and faithful to the series. Playing through the games in order obviously has its advantages as the stories are in chronological order. It also helps as the player will be able to learn how to play the game from the very beginning, and then grow with the game as it evolves. They will see new features introduced and old features dropped, both in the actual matches and outside. They will also see a massive number of different modes across the games, from story and adventure to a plethora of different versus and online modes.

 
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Of course, more and more characters are introduced with each game for the player to play with. This is perhaps one of the most interesting things about the Naruto games and the anime, the variety of different characters. Each character has their own unique “thing”, and discovering this thing is a large part of the fun. As you work towards the more recent games, there are many more obscure characters dropped into the game that don’t quite incite the same amount of excitement as the series stalwarts, but variety is the spice of life and discovering a new favorite is always fun. And as they come all come with different moves, trying out every character possible is a worthwhile investment in time.

 
The first three games included in this bundle were previously released on older consoles, and so have been given a quick lick of paint before making their appearance on the current generation consoles. It has to be said that the games have always been among the best looking on whichever console they appeared, looking much more like an actual anime than a videogame. While there is an obvious aging to the older games as they appear in this bundle, they do still look very nice. I don’t think a lot has changed with the older games, with the developers perhaps doing the bare minimum to bring these games up to date, but it really doesn’t matter.

 
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is a great bundle, both for fans of the series and newcomers. For fans however, the value of the bundle does depend on which games the player already owns. Newcomers may find the entire bundle a little overwhelming, and that is before they try to make heads or tails of the story and massive roster of characters. Getting over that will reveal an incredibly satisfying, over-the-top fighting game set in a rich and detailed universe. Lucky!!

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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