Title: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Platform: Steam, Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Genre: Beat em’ up
Players: Single player, Multiplayer
Written by Bad Demoman 5th October 2014
I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of Naruto, but not the smallest either. I know what's generally going on in the anime, I like the characters and everything, but I can never really get in to a show with that many episodes. Which is why I've enjoyed the Ultimate Ninja Storm series – it allows me to enjoy Naruto without sinking hundreds of hours into the anime. Much like the Dragon Ball Z Budokai series, the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is known for having little more than a roster update in subsequent games, so it begs the question, is the 5th game in the series worth your money?
It's worth noting that Revolution is a spin-
The tournament battles are slightly different from what you would expect from the series so far. You are required to make a team of three characters, who will be required to fight as a relay of sorts. In each tournament battle, there will be three matches, each utilizing a different member of your team. Each match is a four man free-
Ninja Escapades is probably the best part of the single-
The real highlight of the game lies in the multi-
There is, unfortunately, one downside to Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm. One giant elephant in the room that severely hinders my enjoyment of the game – It's the exact same game that's been released 5 times now, with a couple new characters and a gimmicky new mode. Art and sound assets are largely the same, and it’s really noticeable when some of the new costumes seem to be slightly nicer and smoother than the rest. It’s odd then, that in spite of the use of old assets the loading times are sluggish on both console versions and the PC version. For those that actually mind, it is also locked at 30fps. This can be a massive turning point for a lot of people, especially for fighting games. Honestly though, I didn't even notice – the game looks incredibly smooth and in spite of the old assets, it looks fantastic.
Overall, the game is great fun, especially with some friends to play with. The single-
Frantic, fun combat with more depth than you'd expect,
Looks absolutely fantastic, especially for a previous gen game,
Ridiculously large cast of characters provides plenty of variety.
Feels like not much has changed since previous games,
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution gets a 6.5 out of 10.