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Naruto is one omnipresent ninja. Between the Ninja Counsels, the Clash of Ninjas, and all the other spin-offs of franchise out there that bear the Naruto insignia, I can definitely understand that the sheer volume of games can get pretty confusing. I mean, if you want a Naruto game, which one should you get? My advice is that if you pick up just one Naruto title this year, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 will be your best bet.
If you found the first Ultimate Ninja fun to play, or at least mildly interesting, then this one is a must-buy. As an added bonus, if you have the first title saved on your memory card, you will get a couple of bonuses when you first start up Ultimate Ninja 2.
If the first game was a mere starter pack -- and it was -- then fans of Naruto will be very pleased with the selection of fighters and features found here. Developer CyberConnect2 is known for solid, attractive games of consistent quality (Silent Bomber, Tail Concerto, .hack//GU), but with the Naruto license they've performed their best work, doing justice to Masashi Kishimoto's popular ninja manga, showing that good manga-based games can also be good games, regardless of the license.
Even months after its release, Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 remains one of the best Naruto fighting games. It's got lots to satisfy solitary players, and versus mode matches are both fun to play and watch. With its large character cast, solid fighting system and plenty of things to do when friends aren't around, it's easily a solid buy for Naruto fans, and even people starved for new fighting games. Lord knows they're dwindling fast.
Tout aussi divertissant que son prédécesseur, Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 offre en sus un contenu beaucoup plus ambitieux avec l'introduction de toute une partie aventure qui renforce les liens avec le manga original. Très complet et parfois difficile, cet opus compte parmi les meilleures adaptations de Naruto et garantit de nombreuses heures de jeu en compagnie des personnages imaginés par Kishimoto.
Best of all, there's a lot to do in Ultimate Ninja 2. For starters, 15 of the game's 32 playable characters are initially locked, as are all of the hundreds of bonus videos, music, cards, certificates and other goodies. And while Naruto's authentic but shrill voice samples will drive all but the most diehard fans up a tree, that's pretty much the only thing that'll make you want to put down the controller. Naruto fans will most definitely not be disappointed by this sequel, and even fighting game fans who can't tell a Hokage from a Dragon Ball could do worse than to check it out.
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Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 is a solid representation of Kishimoto's popular series. The graphics fully embody the anime, the audio is authentic (though annoying at times), and the gameplay is frenetic yet simplistic. This is a fast-paced fighting game with a strong anime influence that actually works despite some nitpicky flaws. Does it transcend the anime themed barrier that plagues so many similar titles? Not necessarily. However, if you appreciate the show there is not a better game on the market worthy of your Naruto dollar. Check it out and you won't be disappointed.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a great game for fans of the series, and fans of the first game. If you like the anime and fighting games, this could hold a special place in your heart, as it isn’t a bad anime to game conversion as I see it. The game itself is solid, and is through and through about the anime it is portraying. CyberConnect 2 did a fine job in the development of the game.
If you haven't seen the TV series then the value of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 might become lost in translation, whereas fans of Naruto will relish running around the areas lifted straight out of the animé show and spotting many locations and characters that are instantly recognisable. With an impressive character roster, lovely artistic visuals and an immersing soundtrack, Ultimate Ninja 2 is worth a look for newcomers and almost essential for fans. It's a shame that the fighting dynamic still lacks the bite of other scrappers out there, but with countless sequels already available overseas and waiting to be translated to the PAL market, there is plenty of time for Namco Bandai to get it right in the future while we await the next release, impatiently twiddling our shurikens.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is aimed at an entirely difference audience to the kind of people who wholly enjoy dedicating their time to learning complex control strings, but there’s nothing wrong at all with that, and it’s accessibility certainly gives you a feeling of power without having to go to great lengths to achieve it. Fans will love the game, whilst those who don’t mind some easy to learn casual brawling will also be in for an anime flavoured treat. We still can’t get a victory over Pervy Sage though.
Ei Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 loppuen lopuksi kuitenkaan yhtään hullumpi tuttavuus ole. Suurimmaksi ongelmaksi nousee lähinnä pelin pinnallisuus, sillä mikäli sarja ei ole entuudestaan tuttu, ei pelistä juurikaan saa irti keskivertomätkintää enempää. Seikkailupeliksi Narutoa eivät muuta muutamat vapaan tutkailun mahdollistavat kohdat tarinamoodissa, minkä lisäksi pelin pariin palaamiselle on tarinan tahkoamisen jälkeen vaikea keksiä hyviä syitä. Yksinpelattavaa toki riittää tämänkin jälkeen erilaisten tehtävien, haasteiden ja hahmonkehityksen muodossa, mutta eivät kyseiset ominaisuudet samalla tavoin toimi porkkanana pelin pariin palaamiselle kuin tarinan seuraavan käänteen selvittäminen. Faneille Naruton hankintaa tuskin tarvitsee erikseen perustella, mutta muutoin sitä on vaikea suositella muille kuin vannoutuneille tappelupelien ystäville.
I usually don't like license games that much but this one managed to pleasantly surprise me. The graphics are very atmospheric, the moves really fat, the gameplay spicy and the light storyline is a pleasant substitute for putting one fight after the other in a sterile way. The Naruto atmosphere just drips off of this game, only too bad for those damn voices.
Naruto probably isn’t going to satisfy hardcore gamers, but we gamers are getting older, accumulating not just wives but children. And for those little nerds-in-training, Naruto is a pretty and pleasant introduction to the physical violence they will spend the rest of their lives avoiding.
Ultimate Ninja 2 is more of the same but with a fresh coat of paint. In my opinion it's got enough meat on its bones to recommend to fans of the original and beat 'em up fans in general. But while the action is pretty easy to get into, the game's victory conditions might prove frustrating to some. The worst part of Ultimate Ninja 2 is that Naruto gets to talk - I just hope that he'll hit puberty before the next game or get a prescription for prosac...
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is definitely catered towards fans of the anime series. If you are reading this review, you probably already are a Naruto fan. If that’s not the case, and you are totally oblivious of the Naruto universe, you may want to rent Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 to see what the fuss is all about.
I had fun with Ultimate Ninja 2, and I only know the basics about the show and Naruto's tale. The story of trying to protect Leaf Village is engaging (albeit confusing at times), the fights look cool, and there's tons of stuff to unlock. However, I thought the implementation of controls and combos took away from the fun. Although there's a list of moves, as long as you memorize your special technique and then alternate between circle, X and square, you're going to win. While the results look good, they feel empty -- it wasn't like I was picking the moves I was winning with. So, you end up sleep-walking through a lot of the fights and then getting slammed by cheap challenges. After my umpteenth loss to Kabuto, I felt more like moving on to another game than continuing to face-off with the blocking bastard.
The expanded cast of characters and the improved story mode in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 will likely be enough to bring back Naruto fans for more. It's not bad for a fluffy, flashy fighting game, but it's still too similar to the original to warrant much attention outside the Naruto fan base.
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At the end of the day, Naruto is (or appears to be) designed and built from the ground up with children in mind. This begs the question of why then it received a 12 certificate, But the game is well rounded, and will prove entertaining for children and teenagers who are fans of the series. However, if you are not a fan of the series, much of the game will make absaloutley no sense (Hence I gave up on following the storyline after 10 minutes). If you are looking for a fun cartoony beat em up game, this is it, but if you want a serious, old fashioned, arcade style beat em up, you may want to skip this title.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 never reaches an innovative plateau but avoids the depths of failure. It doesn't necessarily do things entirely different from the first game, but seeing how enjoyable that was, maybe such changes weren't necessary. The presentation, plentiful modes and mostly pleasant fighting engine should keep fans of the comic and anime show happily content throughout the summer. Those in search of something more involving, however, will find an Ultimate rush elsewhere.
Decent as far as fighting games go, but one of the better Naruto-based titles. Certainly better than the last outing. Fans of Naruto will want to pick this up; non-fans - probably not.
As it stands Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a surprisingly good game. It's simple enough, for the most part, and it looks gorgeous. I sincerely doubt it is capable of converting fans of real ninjas into fans of . . . ninja wannabes . . . but I can't say Cyber Connect 2 didn't do an admirable job. They did, after all, make a Naruto game that doesn't suck, and they certainly crammed it full of goodies for the fans.
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As fan service, particularly for the newer fans, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a game that would keep them happy. Veteran fans have probably picked this up in one way or another previously, so they should know that it’s essentially the same game released three years earlier. While a good fan service, the game doesn’t hold up as well as some would like with sloppy controls and lop-sided AI. It’s not a game that fans of the fighting genre would be lining up to play though, unless it's with a friend. Still, it can be quite a ball in multiplayer, as both players are subject to the games strengths and deficiencies. So if you’re a fan, you’re likely to get something out of the game. If you’re not, well, then there are other fighting games out there that will likely suit your tastes more.
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The overall zaniness of Naruto shines through in big super-moves that play out in interactive (though overly long) cinematics, and fans will love the pile of varied unlockables. Even so, for gamers who don't know jutsu from chakra, don't except the game to give you any real incentive to play independent of its source material.
Still, two games in eight months is a worrying trend for just this series of Naruto games - especially as it’s only the third home console Naruto game so far this year, with the 360 version looking to be a much better experience than the Ultimate Ninja titles and hilariously more enjoyable than the piss-easy tat that was Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles. Only time will tell whether Naruto will become a gaming joke or not, but for now Naruto fans in the UK could do a lot worse than Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2, though they could also do better.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 is a fairly enjoyable game, with a really attractive and striking visual style and presentation. It’s brought down by undeveloped town sections and cheap fighting tactics, but if you are a fan of the animé then this is worth a look. However, if you are a fan of fighting games with depth and pacing (of which there are no shortage on the PS2) then this is probably not the title for you.
Ultimate Ninja 2 certainly appears to have had a decent spit and polish when put beside the first, but it'll take until the third for the formula to be played around with more than it has been here. As it stands, it's an enjoyable plug in the market until number three, and perfectly acceptable for Naruto fans, albeit not absolutely essential for those happy with what they've got, or what they'll get in the future.
Overall I can’t help but be disappointed by Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2. Having played and loved Dragonball Z Budokai 3 to death many years ago it’s a shame to see anime fighters going backwards. Bonus points for staying true to the anime storyline and including a healthy chunk of characters to play around with but overall the combat is basic, lacks polish, pace and visual flare. Only for die hard fans of Naruto who are bound to their PS2s.
In short, the chakra move sequences are by far the best part of the game. It's a fun novelty for a while, but the single player is not satisfying enough and the multiplayer simply not fun enough for me to be able to recommend this title. Fans of the show will absolutely lap it up, but anyone else will quite frankly be a little bit baffled.