Well, the games graphics are phenomenal, and the frame rate is so fluid, the controls are easy to master and pretty soon you develop tactics when fighting, which made it feel more like the manga, not like those arcade fighting games where you just mash button. It uses same format as The ultimate ninja games before this, only its a 3d platform, unlike the other ones which are 2d. Another improvement is that the ultimate jutsus are actually Real-Time, as in, the move you activate is actually done in the area your in, not in some other area that your not even near(I'm referencing to Ultimate ninja 3 especially)
If your a Naruto fan, i strongly suggest renting this game, or buying, so don't listen to those people giving it a bad score simply because of the loading screen or some personal problem they have with the manga.
I may sound a little bias here since i know nothing about the characters, the show, or the manga, but the game seems a little overrated as a fighter. the graphics are phenomenal and its easy to pick up and play, if you like mashing on your controller incessantly. But I was not aware half of the game has you running around town collecting all kinds of trinkets and tokens; speaking to npc's with all kinds of assumed esoteric banter i just don't get. Not a bad fighter and it was fun when it was time to kick some butt, but seems some of the extra content is lost on me; fans would probably enjoy this more.
I HAVE WAITED A YEAR FOR THIS GAME AND IT IS WAY BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!! i gotta say though, i beat the game in 2 days. it gets really boring if you dont have somebody to play it with. thats why i gave it a 9