I’ve been a fan of Naruto ever since the anime started a little over a decade ago. While I did fall out of watching the series thanks mostly in part to the infamous year long filler episodes and even more filler content throughout the show, I still enjoy the premise and characters of it. Now we come to Bandai-Namco latest and last installment of their Ultimate Ninja Storm series in Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Packed with nearly all the characters and their special abilities fans love, along with fast paced button mashing action, those who enjoy either or both will want to jump into the ninja action here.
If you’re familiar with the previous entries, you’ll be glad to know this one picks up right where Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 ended, with Naruto and his friends still battling it out against those trying to destroy his village and the world for that matter. Everything still controls the same with button mashing the attack button for combos, another button for your special ability, one of ranged attacks, and so on. Once you’ve conquered the story mode, you’ll unlock more characters to play as in the versus and free modes where you can fight against other players, the CPU, or play as anyone however you want.
You’ll also be happy to know you can play against others online as well, though connection issues and lack of players on there may pose a problem for those who wish to do so. Speaking of problems, I didn’t particularly care for the terrible and cheap AI of the CPU controlled characters, as all they do is spam ranged attacks and play keep away while you’re stuck trying to avoid the cheesy attacks and hope you can land a hit in to break it up. Even if you somehow manage to do so, the computer will just do some cheap push back attack and repeat the process over and over again. This is sure to be frustrating for most who think they can just jump in and play, but those who love this game series and challenges are sure to push past this fault and have a good time.
For more good times, there’s also some nice DLC packs players can purchase to add more fun here, such as extra characters, items to use, some extra missions for the story, and more. The first is Shikamaru’s Tale, then Gaara’s Tale, and just recently the third and last of the DLC packs is Road To Boruto that adds exactly what fans have been waiting for, the ability to play as Naruto’s son and characters from the movie. I also have to say that the graphics make it look and feel like you’re playing the anime itself, thanks in part to a well-done cel-shaded style. The voices and sounds are also spot on as they feature those from the series and movies, right down the a kunai being thrown.
Cheap AI and online issues aside, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is a must for die-hard fans of the anime, though others will want to rent or borrow it first to see if they’ll want to jump into the kunai filled action here. Awesome visuals and sounds taken straight from the series and movies, and frantic fighting action is what you’ll get from this title, believe it.