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Naruto: Rise of a Ninja (Xbox 360)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2009
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja covers the first 80 episodes of the Naruto TV series, and neatly packs it into a good few hours of fun platforming and beat em up gameplay. The great thing is, if you are a fan, that the game actually uses footage from the TV series to tell the story, and the way they've translated the 2D cartoon into a 3D game is amazing. The characters and locations look just how they should, and really add to the immersion.

The platforming itself is fun and easy to adjust to, and the ability to use Naruto's jutsus to access different areas of the map is a great feature, making you want to explore the whole map again once you have unlocked a new jutsu or level. Minigames such as racing through checkpoints or delivering Ramen get progressively difficult and never seem too easy.

The beat em up side of the game could in fact be a game in itself. Virtually all of the main characters are playable, each with their own special jutsu moves, that when activated often take you into a quick minigame. Unfortunately Naruto's shadow clone jutsu requires you to complete a button-prompt quick time event, and if you are not a fan of these it becomes increasingly annoying.

Unfortunately, there are some negative sides to this game. If you are not a fan, you will probably not find it as fun or interesting, because you can't relate to how cool it is to see a cartoon series spanning hundreds of episodes translated into a 3D game - the gameplay is not fun enough by itself.

Also, a major issue I had occured once I had downloaded the exclusive content by signing up to Ubisoft. This unlocks Shikamaru as a playable character in the beat em up mode. However, according to online forums, this is the reason my console and game were freezing virtually every time I jumped into one of the spike traps or explosive wires outside the village. Luckily the autosaves are fairly frequent, and there is a bodge fix - you must download the trial or paid version of the Sarutobi and Jiraiya playable characters. This should fix it.

Even without this, there are a few niggling annoyances in some of the locations you have to jump and run through, so if you get annoyed by failing races and platform sections over and over, this is not the game for you. If you can put these aside, because you are a fan of the series, this is a great game, and well worth playing through. The beat em up sections are fun and good for multiplayer, and exploring the village is also great fun - sometimes I would spend ages doing just that and not even completing quests. So all in all, steer clear unless you are a fan of the series, or a really big platform and beat em up fan. If yoiu are either of these, this is a really FUN game!
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on 9 July 2009
After being a fan of Naruto for some years and having played previous titles such as "Uzumaki Chronicles" I looked forward to receiving the game and playing through despite hearing mixed reviews.

In all the game is good quality. The graphics are good standard and the story follows the first half of the Naruto TV series (however the story is condensed so you don't end up playing for hours and hours).

However, as many other reviewers have pointed out there are some major flaws within the game. First of all the slow acting controls. When adventuring around in story mode you are required to dodge traps, jump and generally travel from A to B. Half the time I found myself falling in the water and over the edge of ramps and such because of the slow reacting jump button. During fight sequences performing Jutsus seems like a good system at first but after time I found myself relying on Combo moves rather than Jutsus because of the dreaded timed button bashing mini game in which half the time you are too slow thus the AI counters your attack. This was disappointing as I thought the simplistic Jutsu system in Uzumaki Chronicles was effective even if a bit too easy.

Although I do not find it such a big deal the map is pretty small. The key word is Hidden Leaf VILLAGE not city so the size of the village does not concern me considering the detail that has been put into it. However the constant repetition of going on fetch missions in the same old forests and woods can get tedious after a while. Not that the game lasts long enough for you to get that annoyed by it. My game play time was little over 5 hours and that included all the side missions to get your health and chakra up to a level so you don't die within seconds of a fight starting.

Another semi disappointing factor of Rise Of A Ninja is the fight mode. You can pick a character and go one on one with another character (the number of playable characters is very disappointing considering the 30+ cast of Naruto). During the mode the AI is ridiculously strong even on an easy level. It is almost impossible to get a punch in edge ways and trying to perform a Jutsu is almost out of the question.

In all the game is alright for under £10 but the game play is too short and repetitive to be purchased for much more considering there are much stronger free roaming type games out there. If you are a fan of Naruto I would suggest buying it cheap but other wise I would purchase "Broken Bond" for more of a game play experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2007
This game is fun - nothing more simple than that

I am a little fan of the manga series but i have not seen all the episodes and couldn't name you all the Hokages - but i do know basic knoledge and thats all u need. There are some differences such as the test with Kakashi now being just another oppertunity to punch him in his one showing eye.

There are parts i don't like though - such as the parts (as the title of the review says) where he just randomly says "believe it" usually while holding out his thumb after speaking to some protoge (think i spelt that right) or about to start a fight, or finishing a fight, or even just thinking aloud. It sounds like an early american cartoon where they have to teach you about morals and virtues and believing in yourself and you can do anything, especially if you a ninja. The whole thing is filled with cartoon sequences from the series in english (japanese verison is availiable for download for free) with hundreds upon hundreds of parts where Naruto is scared and the picture zooms in to his eyes, or where he is making a promise and he is saying yet again "believe it"

The fighting part is also okay - not great such as other fighting games (i.e. virtua fighter or DOA4) but the use of "jutsus" is a novel concepts that makes it good. Each one is presented well with good cell shaded graphics

all in all a well presented and good game - but with some issues.
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on 30 October 2014
I love Naruto, so I bought the game, I don't know about anyone else but I can't seem to find the option to play the game in Japanese audio rather than English. Cringe quite a lot throughout the gameplay because of this. The game itself is definitely interesting, you have a lot of free time to explore which is cool. I am finding it quite hard to get used to the controls because they are so different from the other fighting games I play but I still like this game ^^
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on 11 October 2009
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is based mainly on the first 3 seasons of the anime.
This is a great game for fans of Naruto and a good game for those who have not watched the anime or read the manga (I advise reading and watching them they are AWESOME)
The town of Konoha is beautifully made and fun to roam around even though the actual character models themselves could be improved
Overall this is a very good game with a few minor flaws 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
i was quite surprise with this game because i have never been a fan of the manga before but this may change my mind
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on 3 August 2009
I foudn this game quite fun, especially after you got the better movement powers, and after playing the second title for naruto on xbox, i found this one was alot better, the combat on this is better and the general fun factor.

Even if you don't watch naruto i reccomend anyone that's interested in combat, action or japanese culture.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2008
I hate anime/manga/whatever. I can't stand that little tosser Naruto with his kiddy-wink arrogance - but I love this game. A previous reviewer states that you don't need the skills Naruto learns during the course of the game. In fact you cannot get to certain missions without being able to run up trees, and you cannot complete the mini-games without utilizing your various jutsu skills (although they are not essential during fights, I admit). The playing area is not as big as Spiderman 2 etc but it is more attractive and more varied and I consider this to be of greater importance (mile after mile of skyscrapers does not make for an interesting, free-roam experience in my view). My only slight quibble is that all of the fights are a good deal easier than the later mini-games (my five year old can take out Bandit Chiefs with ease) and the difficulty could have been better balanced.
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on 30 March 2015
Great naruto story game. No one goes online no more so unable to get the last few acheivements
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on 31 August 2014
Excellent game and arrived well on time when needed in tight deadline just before birhday.
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