Play as a respected and heroic ninja: Enjoy being a hero and benefit from the newly acquired status gained from saving the village.
Discover the importance of teamwork: An all-new feature to the series, use the abilities of your ninja teammates to overcome bigger obstacles and join forces in tag battles. Players can now team-up with multiple characters from the Naruto universe when in combat and throughout their heroic adventure.
Explore rich open environments: Following the attack of the Sound and Sand ninja, participate in the reconstruction of the Hidden Leaf Village: enjoy its depth from a new perspective, adding a new level of detail never reached before in a Naruto game. Outside of the village, discover remote locations and enjoy making your journey through vibrant and imaginatively detailed settings.
Witness and be a part of the series' most epic battles: Engage in battle with some of the fiercest characters from the Naruto universe, and use new techniques and jutsu to defeat your enemies.
Take your teamwork skills online: With the only Naruto game to feature online multiplayer, you can now choose among 25 characters and play alongside friends and defeat other teams online via Xbox LIVE. Take your skills a step further and compete in online tournament mode.
Live in an authentic Naruto world: Relive the best moments of the anime, adventure through the open village of Konoha, and enjoy voice-acting and music from the original series.
Building on the success of NARUTO: Rise of a Ninja, this new action adventure takes the story to a deeper level within the Naruto Universe. Now a respected ninja, Naruto evolves into a mature and strong hero. However, with his new status comes responsibility, and Naruto will soon find himself surrounded by conflict. Forced to relive bitter memories, Naruto’s best friend Sasuke strikes out on a self-destructive quest for power. Now with the help of his friends, Naruto must confront Sasuke and save him before it’s too late. Team up with multiple characters, explore open 3D environments and challenge some of the fiercest enemies from the NARUTO Universe. Exclusively on the Xbox 360 LIVE video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
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After having been disappointed with the previous Naruto game (rise of a ninja) I was dubious about buying the follow on game "Broken Bond". To be honest in my view "Rise Of A Ninja" had some major flaws in the way it was played. The missions were repetitive and with the map being reasonably small it made for a rather dull, repetitive gaming experience, the controls were unfriendly and slow, the character selection was minimal and the overall game was lacking. However, The Broken Bond does it's best to fix some of those problems but also adds some of its own to the rather long list that the previous outing gave the young Ninja.
The second game as you might expect focuses on the second half of the Naruto TV show in which Sasuke falls to the "darkness". The in-game story mode manages to cover a vast amount of the Naruto television series without it being a game you will end up playing for days trying to get half way through the story mode. The story mode is relatively quick and covers the most important parts of the story: Naruto's training, Sasuke's jealousy and his eventual decision to leave to become more powerful, add to the mix a few off missions with your fellow Ninja and that's pretty much the game in a nutshell.
The most obvious improvement to the first game is the fighting. Although the controls are still a little slow and button bashing is still favourable at times, the fighting system has definitely improved. For a start each character has a more unique (still not as good as it could be) move list (which was a huge disappointment in Rise Of A Ninja) and the Jutsu's are easier to perform. There is no huge gap between levels 1-2-3 but instead a very short distance between levels 1-5 which make your attack more powerful. Level 5 can only be achieved when you have filled your rage meter which also acts as a Jutsu limiter. When your meter is empty you can't perform a Jutsu but with each strike you land on your opponent the meter fills and the more it fills the stronger attacks you can dish out. The character sheet is a lot broader this time around which is a vast improvement to the previous game but several characters are still missing such as Hinata and Kankuro which is a slight let down but not a huge problem.
Talking of Kankuro, it is also a disappointment that within the story you do not get to fight as the sand village ninja when Naruto and the gang are tracking Sasuke. As fans of the series will know the Sand Village ninja step in when the boys from the Leaf Village are in trouble and help them fight but in the game their appearance is brought down to a rather pathetic cameo. Other disappointments include the shear lack of power you feel behind each character. Obviously you can't have supremely overpowered characters but when fighting in the ending battle between Naruto and Sasuke the fight seems too rigid with no real room for improvisation or the feeling of a unique fight. It could have been improved by destructible scenery or a more powerful version of Naruto and Sasuke in their Fox and Cursed forms. Instead you are given a character with more health and slightly more combo damage instead of a raging demon.
Although the character selection and Jutsu's are much better in this game some things still tick me off. For instance Lee has only one move and that's the 7 Gates. The creators could have at least given him a special combo (like his patented "Leaf Hurricane") to make him a more interesting character to fight with and while we are at it where is Guy Sensei? Another character who is a vast disappointment is Sakura. Although she is the weakest of squad seven she is almost useless within the game. Her abilities are obviously based on those of the character within the TV show which is fine but she has not special abilities beyond the battle field. Other characters can explore hidden areas by breaking rocks (Naruto, Sasuke, Choji) Neji and Kiba have the ability to see traps and Kiba and Shikamaro have the ability to open doors and turn off traps but Sakura has nothing. She is starting her training to become a medical ninja they could have at least given her the ability to heal your squad when you are roaming around the map but as she cannot do this she is by far the weakest person and the least useful when exploring the map.
Overall the game is good. The graphics are impressive and the maps and areas look great despite a few glitches here and there and the lip syncing is poor. The game improves on the previous title but not so much it warrants any special acnolishments. For fans of the TV show I would say it's a must for the shear fact it is Naruto but I wouldn't recommend it to people who have never seen the show.Read more ›
naruto the broken bond is in my opinion the best anime game on 360. and possibly the best released to date. why? because i found that it can be fun for anyone, provided you have a slight intrest in fighting games or anime in general, you dont need to be familiar with the anime to enjoy it. The story begins halfway throught the anime story ( the first half is covered by Naruto, rise of the ninja) when the leaf village is under attack from orochimaru, you are delivered with a tutorial-like battle which gives you plenty of time to get to grips with the controls. after this you are thrown into the first mission as naruto, giving you time to free-roam, although the majority of the world is yet to be unlocked.
Gameplay: The most part of your time in the game will be filled with rushing around forests, playing the undeniably dull tree runs and beating up poor bandits and thives, boring as that may sound the main story normally manages to keep fighting and running at a good pace with few moments where you find yourself stuck doing one task for too long. The Fights themselves tend to be fun and varied with a good deal of combos and special attacks to keep the battles fresh challenging, provided you arent cursed with a long line of random enemy spawns. the majority of battles are fair and almost all characters have plenty of combos and special attacks which can be activated ( with sufficant chakra) by a "hand sign" controlled by analouge sticks and then followed by a fast minigame which level of succes controls how effective your attack is. overall the battles are farly flawed or un-even and manage to keep key position in the game without dissapointing.
Story: The story mode in the game follows the anime loyally, although the is a time in the middle of the game where you feel you arent achiving anything at all, anyone dissapointed by the story told must not point the finger at the game developers, as they have done a good job of re-telling the anime.
Multiplayer:The multiplayer in the game consists of a few variations of standard battles ( Ranked Match, tournement ect) You simply select a character, search for a match and fight to win, in ranked matches you have 6 ranks ( student, graduate, genin, chunin, jounin, Hokage ). you are shown a required amount of xp which, once reached, you are pitted up against a unknown opponent in an exam, if you fail this you game simply take it again. The online is difficult at first but once you are particuarly good at one character it gets much easier. the best thing in the online is the fact that there is next to no lag, so fighting is smooth as singple player.
Overall: This game is a vertain one to try for anyone with any care for fighters or anime, and a must buy for fans of the series, remember to check out the demo on xbox live marketplace.Read more ›
Very enjoyable game. If you are a Naruto fan then this is defiantly a game I would suggest. Goes along with the story perfectly, although the side missions can be tedious at times its easily overcome. Only thing that I would point out as being annoying is the constant need to travel long distances between locations, such a strain at times. Although the Multiplayer lacks potential it isn't as enjoyable as the story. But still a great game, I fully recommend for Naruto fans.
It's a fun game lots of fighting and a few puzzles thrown in. It's not quite as fun as the first Naruto game Rise of a Ninja and it's a bit annoying that you have to relearn some of the stuff you could do in the first one e.g. sprinting.Naruto: Rise of a Ninja - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
A brilliant game for a naruto fan or a fan of fighters and adventure games in general. The story mode is fun however the side missions are extremely repetetive. Good for a blast but not something ur gonna play for weeks on end :)