Being the sequel to Naruto Rise of the Ninja, it is very similar and yet it still is clearly a different game. At first I wasn't too big on this game, but as I played it more I started to like it more and more and I would even go so far as to say it is better than the first one.
The village, and the world is just as big as before but traveling across it has been made easier. While there are still areas you need to perform jutsus to travel across/advance in the game, there are not as many. Most notably climbing walls, and walking across water have been simplified which I found to be a huge relief.
The ability to play as more characters in the game's story line was a very nice addition. There are plenty of challenges in the game for experienced and amateur gamers alike and a lot to do even after you've beaten the game.
With all the characters to choose from, the online play is also very addictive though sometimes extremely difficult as there are a lot of people who are really good at this game. But don't let that stop you from at least trying it, I managed to topple someone ranked Hokage while only being hit once and I'm not that great at the game.
In conclusion this game takes some getting used to for those who played the first one, but once you get passed that it's an excellent game and one I would definitely buy it if I had the money to. I've had this game out since I got my gamefly subscription about 2 and a half months ago. I've gotten about 20 hours of gameplay out of it so far not counting any online play.