I used to be a big Naruto fan when the series started well over a decade ago, but I haven’t watched much of it since then. I have read up on a lot of what’s been happening though, and it’s good to know it’s as popular as ever. Bandai Namco’s latest game based off the hit show proves just that in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, which may lack a basic story mode but has loads of challenges to tackle in online co-op action for all.
Anyone that has wanted to jump into the world of Naruto can finally get their chance here as you start off by making your own customizable character (or you can make them look like one of your favorite characters from the show). Once you’ve done that, it’s time to enter the “VR Room” in Hidden Leaf village that allows players to tackle all kinds of missions and challenges from all parts of the Naruto universe. This room also serves as a hub world of sorts where you meet other players, check out equipment vendors, and more.
There’s also a few simple tutorial missions for you to get through that show off the basics of movement and combat, both which feel fast and fluid here. From wall running, to attacks, special abilities and counters, all of the things you need to survive are covered. Then it’s off to the missions where you can try them solo (which isn’t recommended as they’re tough) or with a four-person group. There’s a nice variety of them to try out from battling classic and newer villains, to escort and defense missions.
After trying some of these, you’ll also be able to earn points to customize your character with various abilities and special attacks or skills that range from being an all out attacker to having solid defense or healing for other players. As with most of the previous releases in this series, everything looks and sounds as though it were taken straight from the anime series. The English voices can sound a bit off and hokey at times, but that’s nothing the Japanese audio can’t fix in the options.
While most are sure to complain there isn’t a story mode (and rightly so given it should have one), and the mission do tend to repeat after awhile, there’s still plenty of fun stuff to do in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker. From PvE to PvP combat in four man teams to taking on various villains from the series, there’s rarely a dull moment to be had here. Fans of the show will love being in this world as it looks and sounds just like the series, and newcomers are sure to find something to love in this ninja party.