Review by anonymous46773

Reviewed: 04/06/09

A good addition to any Naruto collection

Naruto: The Broken Bond was created by Ubisoft in 2008. The game is the successor to the earler Naruto: Rise of a Ninja Xbox 360 title.

Gameplay: 7/10
Basically the same as the previous game, with a few differences. First, you can use up to 30 character, as compared to the earlier 11. You can also use jutsu up to level 8, as opposed to the original 3. A lot of the older moves have come back; Shadow Clone Jutsu, Chakra Concentration, and a lot more. You can enter tournaments, that let’s you unlock new stages. You can adjust the difficulty of these tournaments in the options menu. You can choose between Genin, Chunin, and Jonin difficulties. You can also set the number of rounds to win and the time here.

Story: 7/10
Basically, the story takes place after the events that had previously occurred in Rise of a Ninja. You start off in the fight between the Third Hokage and Orochimaru. This is pretty much the turotial that tells you how to play. There seems to be less free roam and more puzzle solving this time around. This category would have gotten a 10/10 if they only took out all of the pointless side missions that you have to complete to get to the good part of the story. This includes random things like finding a date for Jiraiya, fixing a fishermans boat, etc. The story goes all the way up to the end of the Vally of the End fight, which finishes the first part of Naruto. Overall, the story is the best out of any Naruto game, and if they didn’t try to make it longer by having you pointless tasks, would have achieved a perfect score.

Sound: 9/10
First of all, all of the music has been taken straight from the show, which gives you a more in-depth experience. They have also fixed all of the crappy voice actors from the last game (ex. Jiraiya, Ebisu, etc). Also, now you have to option to change between the English Dubbed voices, and the original Japanese voices.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics in this game are beautiful. They are superior to pretty much any Naruto game. Superb water effects, backgrounds, stages, among other things. The character design seems a little lazy, but it’s still good.

Overall” 7/10
This is a decent fighting game all-round. Even if you are not a Naruto fan, you may still enjoy this.

Rent of Buy?
If you are a hardcore Naruto fan, then by all means, buy.
If you are not interested in Naruto, or are just semi-interested, you may want to rent it.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

Product Release: Naruto: The Broken Bond (US, 11/18/08)

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