Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja details
|Format:||12 Xbox 360|
|Genres:||Adventure, Fighting, Role-playing|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
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Far better than i expected!By cammey (9 reviews) from Dundee , 28 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]They managed to pull a good one with this game, didnt know what to expect tbh.
Game starts off in a story quest mode and keeps you hooked with ltos of little twists and learning the basics/advanced tricks of the game, when thats over you can go online ....... and tbh this is the most fun ive had in a beat em up online for the 360, DOA and VF5 just didnt do it for me, this has simpler moves but i just love the fighting system. The visual of this game will blow you away also, stunning lifelike 3d backgrounds on a 2d cartoon models.
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A game for Rage addicts, or those who think that bruce banner is the coolest avenger!By Willmass (1 review) , 09 Sep 2012Set in a sandbox representation of the village hidden in the leaves, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja starts off being quite enjoyable.
The combination of a pseudo platforming sandbox mixed with a beat 'em up style fighting system seems like a good idea, and gets the feel of the show quite nicely, with decent graphics and a reasonable engin it should be a winner right? WRONG!!! and here is why. The first few fights are reasonable challenging, while you learn the combat system, a combo based button masher with overlong special moves (the Jutsu's) that are very hard to pull off correctly, once you start to get the fell a the starting opponents are not to much trouble however a few story fights in i found my self wanting to bang all of my electronics together.
One fight in particular i had to do about 8 times, because i could not seem to land a single blow on the jerk i was fighting, and had half the starting health of my super hard opponent. I finally got through this fight, by reloading an earlier save grinding my self silly doing all of the race and searching challenges multiply times and even then i only just made it, but then about three hours laters, after i had done everything i could to increase my health, a fight comes along where Health and Charka (mana) is capped at 500 right at the end, you lose a the top level of your powers, a very useful rage ability and are then expected to fight a ridiculously hard opponent (harder than the last recounted one), twice, and if you fail then your dump back to the loading screen with a very nice 'you lose' gloat form the game. In the works of 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, 'Stupid games get to fluff' off'!!
I would really only recommend this game to someone who really, really, really wants to be the Incredible Hulk!
Oh and the achievements are just as obtuse and hard to achieve, mostly requiring you to finish half to the game, i'm not asking for babies first on everyone, but come on a few easier ones would be nice!
Naruto RulesBy Fosambean (12 reviews) , 01 Dec 2011Great for all Naruto fans. I love these titles. Always fun loads to collect and a great way to relive the Naruto story ^^
Good but not greatBy BlackStar (1 review) from England , 23 Aug 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOkay game for naruto fans but it also serves as a pretty good introduction to the series as it explains Naruto's history While (as mentioned in other reviews) using clips from the anime itself to increase knowledge of the game as well as giving you something else to look at.
The campaign starts off from the beginning of the series where you find yourself stepping into the shoes of the main protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki. You'll be following his story as well as closely following the events of the series inc. the invasion of Konoha by Orochimaru, (this is pretty much where the campaign finishes so you don't really get a lot to play with) the fights with Zabuza and Haku as well as the whole chunin exam arc.
As for gameplay; well it's a little cheap. When you play the game (or the versus mode) at higher difficulties, You'll notice that the npcs (no playable character for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term) will either spam certain moves and combos or just bombard you with overpowered jutsu.
The game is worth getting if your going to put in the time to get good at it but I don't know if that's worth it to be honest. When you complete the campaign, you get the chance to go back and finish off all of the mini-games (which includes the hide and seek missions, Ninja races, Side missions and Ramen deliveries as well as allowing you to still find collectibles).
Now regarding the online play; DON'T get your hopes up. As this is an old game, no-one will be playing online. So you may or may not be able to find a game unless you get a group of friends to create a boosting lobby.
You CANNOT obtain all of the achievements for this game as around half of them are online achievements. Which again has no-one searching for games another interesting point is that ubisoft have been shutting down some of their old gaming servers so obviously that may include this game.
As for the dlc, really don't get your hopes up, as the dlc (downloadable content) has been taken off the xbox live marketplace so there's no way that you can obtain them (inc. getting the dlc achievements). A dlc for the use of the character, Shikamaru, is available to uplay members but again cannot be downloaded as it's no longer on the marketplace.
So yeah, Don't waste your time buying this game. Rent it, Get some easy achievements then move on.
Awesome Surprise!By a customer , 05 Jul 2011This is a game I got into right away, personally before this I had only played one other Naruto Game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.
Compared to Rise of a Ninja however thats quite lame. You get to interact with the villagers a lot and there are several minigames and little missions for you to go and do. The entire world was free roam which I loved compared to how restricted Ninja Storm was. I particularly liked how it had clips from the anime to explain the story and that you learnt and performed the Jutsu on your own rather than them being automatic =)
Can't wait to get Broken Bonds now!!
Anime fun with a few unique featuresBy pyromantis (99 reviews) from Nottingham , 20 Aug 2009While I'm an anime fan, Naruto never really appealed to me for some reason. So when Naruto: Rise of a Ninja came through my door I popped it into the old Elite with optimism and a little apprehension.
The first thing that strikes you is how smooth everything is. In fact I was pleasently surprised more than once at how Ubisoft Montreal weaved the gameplay and plotline into that of the anime, using the original animation as cutscenes to great effect. Far from a tacked on cash-in, the crew have obviously thought of fans of the series when crafting this.
The game itself is a quirky mix of RPG and fighting. You play the orange-suited Naruto (looking wierdly like a junior member of Slipknot without a mask) as he works his way up the ninja ranks in his quest to become Hokage. If this all means nothing to you, don't worry; it meant nothing to me as well. But the narrative is such that you pick up all the relavent information along the way, so you never feel lost in the lore as it were. Locations are reached by running or through taxing if not a little repetative tree-jumping sections. Kudos to Ubisoft for making traveling about a little more than just staring at a loading screen, but as you near the end of the game you'll be jetting about from place to place and the tree-jumping starts to grate pretty damn quick.
The fighting aspect of Naruto is by far it's strongest. Attacks are split simply into weak and strong, with combos and specials unlockable as you level up. The addition of 'Jutsus' spice up the otherwise standard fighting engine. Holding one of the triggers and flicking both sticks in certain directions allows you to perform special attacks which, if pulled off through a series of QTE button presses, take huge chucks out of the enemy health bar. Granted, these can be insanely tricky to use in some of the later battles (when they're REALLY needed) but all the same...
The story, as I mentioned before, is good and strong and provided you don't despise anime and/or Naruto, you should find it pleasing and at some parts even engrosing. The lad himself is a likable mix of joker and hero, and certain scenes will warm even the coldest of FPS demon hearts... maybe.
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja has not wormed it's way into my heart nor my top games list. But it suceeded in giving me a few days of fun and a few hours of pad throwing rage (wait for the last boss folks...) which I suppose is the basic goal any game has. It's no SF4 or Fallout 3, but if you're looking for a dash of harmless, crazy and at times genuinely funny gaming, look no further. Rent for sure.
Alternatives: Street Fighter 4, Dragon Ball Z Budokai series
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