This is like several games in one. To begin with you have a free roaming 3D game which unfolds and expands as you get more powers. You really have a sense of it being a real village because of the people located throughout the village. The people begin by hating you to begin with and as you do more missions they start liking you.
anyways you go on missions and encounter bad guys and the game switches to being a fighting game which so far has been a little too spastic button mash experience for me but I'm hoping it will become more of a subtle experience as I play it more. The jitsu system is definitely interesting although a takes some practice to fend off your attacked and perform the manuevers using the analog sticks of the controllers.
Completing missions gives you several forms of currency that you can use to boost your character in one of several different ways via training and equipment and gives you a definite set of goals to work towards.
The cut scenes are mostly taken directly from the anime which is proper since the game at least for the lower levels I have played with some filler type adventures.
I was slightly dissapointed with the voice acting since they dont have all of the voice actors from the english dub of the anime providing the voices but they are a decent imitation. Without checking the credits I assume they have the same actress doing the voice for naruto since it sounds spot on.
I'm somewhat sad since although I haven't finished the game becase there would seem to be no material for them to make a sequel to the game. Shrug maybe shippuden or filler episodes of some sort.
If you are a fan of shonen anime and/or the naruto this is the perfect game for you. You will appreciate the nuances that have been put into the game. For all others though I worry that they won't understand the love for the #1 knuckleheaded ninja but will appreciate the game as a decent animated adventure.
Naruto has a great fighting game that could have stood on it's own, but instead the game has a very large story mode that takes the player through the first 80 episodes of the anime. Exploration, races, hide-and-seek, quests (story-line), and using various ninjutsu techniques to discover power-ups in a very Zelda fashion make Naruto an incredible game. Fans should buy, but most everyone should at least rent (and then decide on whether or not to buy).
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
this is a great game for people who watch the anime and its also good for the people who dont watch it because playing the game you will learn all that Naruto and his friends have to offer and the online play is also great