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Worth Playing (Jul 13, 2008)
I personally loved Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 - The Phantom Fortress, despite how ridiculous it feels to type out that title. It has the right mix of components to make a great fighting game, and it's a fantastic addition to the Naruto canonical plot. The action is fast-paced, the control system is intuitive, and the presentation is engrossing. The major gripe I have with this as a game is its marketability; with the heavy emphasis on the series as the linchpin and the overzealous use of the Japanese anime lexicon will mostly limit the game's appeal to fans of the series. Although fans will find more than enough here to keep them satisfied, especially if this is their first Naruto game title, those who haven't watched the series may be left scratching their heads at the story and the premise. Confusion aside, you are left with an excellent fighting title that'll keep you engrossed for hours and may cause a sudden craving for ramen noodles.
Pocket Gamer UK (Jul 23, 2008)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a really well executed stab at the fighting genre. Its defining feature is its slick, intuitive fighting system that strips away just enough of the tiresome complexity found in many of its rivals without becoming a mere button masher. The new Mugenjo mode isn't wholly successful, but there's more than enough here to lead us to recommend this to any PSP owners seeking a good scrap.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 30, 2008)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a really good game. If this is your first time with the series, I would definitely recommend picking it up. If you own the first one you might be slightly disappointed with the improvements but there’s enough here to keep anyone busy for quite a while. You can definitely believe that. So “How’d you like that?” – just fine, thank you!
Although Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a really fun title to play, those who played the first Ultimate Ninja Heroes might feel the gameplay is starting to get a little stale, as this title doesn't really expand upon the gameplay in the same way as its console cousins have, and veteran players will probably be a little let down by how similar this title feels to its predecessor. Nevertheless, it is still quite fun and newcomers will get some definite enjoyment from this one. However, I would advise series veterans to check out a friend's copy or rent this one first. Even though everyone enjoys stability, Naruto has always been the number one ninja at surprising people, and it would be a shame to see that quality disappear.
76 (Jul 08, 2008)
So, is this game worth a purchase? In my opinion, any person looking for a quality PSP fighter should give it more than a quick look. Though $40 is a steep price for a handheld game, this is quite a fun game with plenty of Naruto value. Naruto fans can buy this with confidence. Battling single-disk multiplayer is also something worth considering adds appeal to those seeking some competitive fun. If you're looking for a serious fighting game, check out Guilty Gear Judgment, Street Figher Alpha and the upcoming SNK titles. But if you just want some fun, this is worth trying out.
GameZone (Jun 25, 2008)
A slight improvement over the first Naruto PSP offering, The Phantom Fortress still plays the same while not really pushing the fighting series to exciting new heights. Don’t get me wrong, though, there is still much fun to be had in this game and the Mugenjo story mode is a major plus. If you missed the first game, you can’t go wrong buying this one. Everyone else will feel like they did all this before.
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a prime of example of if it isn't broken, don't fix it. The game bears a striking resemblance to the previous outing with only minor additions to keep fans happy. If you are a die-hard fan of the anime I can say with confidence there is plenty here to appease you, however if you desire a more robust fighting game you may want to look elsewhere. Perhaps with the next outing we can see the series truly advance to its full potential complete with online play and a larger roster of characters. As it stands Phantom Fortress is just good enough to earn a recommendation to fans of the series.
IGN (Jun 20, 2008)
If you played the original Ultimate Ninja Heroes, buying Phantom Fortress can be a real tough decision. The Mugenjo Mode does give you a lot of extra gameplay, but all the mechanics in place, along with the majority of the environments, music and other game elements, are identical to the original. Phantom Fortress is still a lot of fun (especially if you want a more accessible fighting game experience), but definitely keep the aforementioned issues in mind if you're looking to pick up a copy.
70 (Jul 11, 2008)
Si vous ne vous nourrissez que de râmen, que vous avez appelé votre chien Akamaru et que vous vous coupez les cheveux avec un kunaï, ne cherchez pas plus loin ! Voilà le jeu qui vous fera passer d’excellents moments dans les transports en commun. Pour les autres, ceux qui ne sont pas des addicts de l’extrême, Naruto : Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 : The Phantom Fortress reste un bon jeu mais finalement assez pauvre en matière de contenu et dont seul le mode multi sans fil est un gage de longue durée de vie.
GamesRadar (Jun 25, 2008)
This brings us to a weird conclusion. There's not a ton of difference between this and the first Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes, but the enhancements that are here make this a notably better game than the first. We recommend it, but it's a real shame that so much of this will be a bit too familiar to most players.
TotalPlayStation (Jun 26, 2008)
It's not that Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 - The Phantom Fortress is a bad game. I'm more than happy to confess that I still got drawn in by the battle system and, for a time, exploring the fortress and seeing just how bad the "story" in the game was going to be was entertaining enough, but with so little of the actual game being identical (or seemingly so) to the first PSP outing, it's far, far harder to recommend this. If you've never played the series on the PSP, by all means, pick this up, but otherwise it might be best to just give it a rental, as you likely will burn through all the game has to offer in about a weekend or so.
Game Chronicles (Sep 14, 2008)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a great diversion for everyday games – but the lengthy storyline and unlockables are ultimately only going to appeal to die-hard fans of the series.
1UP (Jun 24, 2008)
Play Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 -- The Phantom Fortress for its entertaining battles, not for the tiring story. But if you do play for the story, remember this awesome tip: Change the voice option from English to Japanese so you won't have to hear Naruto scream his ineffable catchphrase. Believe it!
65 (Jul 17, 2008)
On attendait clairement davantage de la part de ce second opus de Naruto sur PSP. N'apportant aucun renouvellement au gameplay habituel des Ultimate Ninja, le soft mise tout sur un mode aventure original mais peu abouti. Bien trop lassant et répétitif, le Mugenjo ne peut compter que sur ses combats pour motiver le joueur, à condition que celui-ci ne possède aucun des précédents volets de la série sortis sur PSP ou PS2.
Video Game Talk (Jul 04, 2008)
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a sequel to a port of a PS2 title. That means you're still playing a watered down version of a console game from over a year ago. If you don't mind that and you simply want more Naruto in your life then this title will suit your needs just fine. Though it mainly boils down to mashing buttons faster than your opponent the combat here is still fun and furious. The story mode helps bring more variety to the package and the multi-player is as enjoyable as always. I'm not sure that this release really deserves the price sticker attached to it because it's mainly just an upgrade but it's still a decent experience just the same.
Game Shark (Sep 08, 2008)
The various battle modes offer plenty of fighting; however so much of the game is lifted from the last Naruto: Ultimate Heroes game that the only real difference ends up being the story mode, which is the weakest part of the package. Paying full price for a sequel with such a small smattering of new content is a hard pill to swallow, even for the most die hard fan. Naruto: Ultimate Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress does offer up plenty of fun, albeit shallow, ninja fighting, just not enough new content to warrant a purchase.
GameSpot (Jul 07, 2008)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress is a boring game. Even if it didn't try to convince you to take so many quizzes, the weak plot and completely recycled combat would fail to inspire an "Ooh," much less an "Aah." Rather, the bevy of bad minigames and the uninspired bonus acquisition system are sure to elicit some yawns. After only a few hours, you will probably be ready for this Phantom Fortress to disappear.
40 (Jul 24, 2008)
Pas forcément très novateur et ayant un mode scénario aussi insipide que poussif, Naruto : Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2 est loin de nous éblouir tant sur le fond que sur la forme. Il s'agit certes d'un jeu honnête techniquement, proposant pour 40 euros un concept au demeurant efficace et dynamique, pouvant être joué à deux avec un seul UMD. Mais mis à part ce mode solo sans envergure, l'ensemble est bien trop proche du premier opus PSP. Un achat plus que dispensable pour ceux qui possèdent déjà Naruto : Ultimate Ninja Heroes (voire même toutes les versions PS2) et qui pourra être envisagé en cas de manque extrême de ninjas sur la plage... pour ceux n'ayant qu'une PSP et encore aucun jeu Naruto dessus donc.
GameSpy (Jun 30, 2008)
The Phantom Fortress ultimately ends up being an awful lot like its predecessor. The simple fighting engine allows for some easy to get into action that will satisfy Naruto fans' desire to see their favorite characters pulling off their signature moves. If you want anything deeper than that, however, you're out of luck. An improved Mugenjo mode and online play could certainly improve any future entries in the series, but for now, it's just more of the same.