Naruto Generations, the game promised a lot of things, large character selection, 'better' online modes and over ten characters from the Naruto universe each get their own dedicated tale in story mode with up to 60 minutes of 'new' anime cutscenes. This all sounds good, right? Well its was over hyped thats for sure, lets start off with the good points for *cough* Storm 2.5 *cough* I mean Generations.
The Good points:
A very large character selection, with exactly 72 playable characters, few of the characters do have alternate costumes with different ultimates. I think playing all of these characters (most) are pretty fun, its good when offline you get challenged with the CPU at the right difficulty (hard or super hard). The new free battle modes added such as Survival, Tournament and training mode are fun at first, with Survival you start doing introduction survival, very easy but after that it gets tougher and tougher:
- Survival : It involves beating characters back to back, after you win each fight you get a small percentage of health added depending on how well you fought them. Also you get bonus conditions sometimes on the 4th or 5th match, if you meet one or two of these conditions during said match, you get a small health boost from those too. Again its fun on the right difficulty like hard or super hard.
- Tournament : As it says on the tin, you can do two types of tournaments offline, challenge tournaments which involve fighting a set group of fighters, these battle tournaments or separated into four tiers : Genin-Chunin-Jonin-Hokage. Each rank has its own difficulty level. The other type is battle tournaments, 4-8 players/CPU fight against each other you choose who to fight. Basically a larger Vs mode, but challenge tournaments are better to play.
- Training mode : Just to train, you can set your health on awakening level heath, you can test your characters moveset out and even play in your characters awakening and maintain it, so this allows you to see combos and jutsus your awakening can do. I think it would be useful to practice for online, IF there wasn't a handful of problems with it. But useful to get the most out of your favourite characters movesets,justsu and so on.
- Shop : The shop is now separate in the game select mode, you can be different kinds of substitution logs (such as tonton, make out series books instead of just a plain log), Ninja info cards, these play slightly bigger role in this game than in storm 2, they can help boost the attributes of your characters varying on the card you select, some will have one enhancement like Ulitmate team justu enhanced (little/slight/medium/great/huge) and so on. These cards can also be earned through offline and online tournament. Other features involve buying the ninja tools to customise your characters ninja tool palette as well as buying your titles you can put on your ninja info card (i.e Glasses wearing - Demon). This is good, its less confusing and the game select mode itself is more simple to know where things are in this game.
Those are good points of offline modes, these new modes do give more longevity to the game and gives some more replay value, especially if your playing with a few friends.The good points online are only the 'improvements' they made to the combat system, I feel that adding a substitution bar and separating it from the chakra bar was good, it gives the game more strategy or another layer to its simple yet complicated combat system, well for offline or playing with friends anyway.However there is a few times where online can be enjoyable, which I have experienced as it can be a very enjoyable game if people play fair. This is where the good points END.
The Bad points:
Oh where to start, 'story' mode is nothing but over 10 characters that have their own story to tell, these involve a small anime cutscene at the beginning of each one, most of these are not that interesting, they are not that long either. Except of Killer Bee's story anime cutscenes. The rest of these stories of each character ALL involve 2d still images, with narration from a few Naruto characters. It consists of just battles, anime cutscenes and 2d still images and there are NO BOSS BATTLES in this game, just to warn you, its just Vs fight after fight for each characters story, it gets boring pretty fast, but you have to play to unlock the newer characters. The online, well where do I start, the constant blocking with the R2 button while trying to attack, is annoying and then they either spam grab or spamming the same justu or Ultimate jutsu gets annoying over time. I will say that if your looking for a fun and fair match, you will have a hard time to find someone who fights fair sometimes and doesn't pick the same character and spam every few seconds. The tournaments online are hell, so far bumping into people who spam again. However spectator mode is good as you can see how the other players fight and may help you win against them its a nice feature, but again almost worthless if your going to be facing a player that spams the same moves over and over.Also their is still issues with lag from other players facing you, which make you get thrown off while trying to make the combo, this can easily make or break a match and not entirely fair for someone who actually has skill and doesn't spam and block to win. Those are the bad points so far.And people please don't abuse the block, it gets very annoying very fast!!!
Overall I'd say they were bold trying this out by separating both chakra and substitution bars, it does make it fun offline and sometimes online. Yes their are issues with spammers online, which I thought would be fixed or decreased when this game came out. But the improvements for online are obvious for outside of the battles, you can buy replay tickets (up to 99 max) to save, record,view yourself and upload you battles online for people in Naruto Generation online community to see, which is nice feature to have. This game is ok, but I would either wait if it drops in price, rent it from somewhere or borrow it from someone you know, its still NOT as good as storm 2 for story mode, but this game beats storm 2 for larger character selection and more longevity for offline and online modes with tournaments and survival modes.
3.5 stars out of 5.0 stars.