NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION
hunt is on to determine “The Greatest”...
Hey, look! There’s
Muhammad Ali! Sorted.
OK, we’d best be more specific. The
hunt is on in Naruto’s world to determine their “The Greatest”. As
is the Naruto way, arriving at a final superest of the super fighter
adjudication will involve, naturally, much fighting. Which, of
course, is exactly what fans want.
Yes, this is a game for
Naruto acolytes. While the biffo elements can be grasped by most
anybody possessing opposable thumbs, it’s the extras – the lore, the
canon, the animations, the vibe - that reward the faithful with
extra dollops of Naruto-flavoured goodness.
The main story
tournament mode is that in which the toppermost of the boppermost is
determined, via a series of ranked matches in which you choose a
team and aim to destroy another one, sucking away their life
orby-bubbles and absorbing them as your own. In-between, you wander
around an increasingly larger area collecting bonuses, interacting
with incidental characters and boosting the economy of the region
via popup shops.
Naruto games have always boasted deceptively deep fighting
systems, despite the ability to mash madly early on and (foolishly)
feel like you’re in control. Revolution’s
no exception, yet refines mechanics to reward those who think
flailing wildly at the controls is for pussies. More moves open up
the deeper you get, while breaking guards and counterattacks feature
prominently. Meanwhile, over 100 characters are shoehorned onto one
shinygasmic game disc to unlock. Believe it!
There’s also the
usual online, free battling, training, mini-episodes and such, but
what really rewards fans is the ‘Mecha-Naruto’ story, courtesy of
series creator Masashi Kishimoto himself.
A great fun fighter
with lots to explore, you don’t need to be a Naruto fan to
appreciate the meat and pot- erm, fishcakes and rice - of
Revolution. But it really helps.