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You’re looking at a screenshot of N+ right now, and thinking “simple” right? Well you’d be correct, but don’t be fool enough to say it’s easy, because it’s not something you’ll finish quickly. What N+ does fantastically is boil down everything we all love about platform gaming - wall jumps, collecting crap and enemy avoidance - then flings it at you in perfectly sized chunks.
It’s unsurprising that an anime series as popular as Naruto has spawned so many games, but what is surprising is how few are actually any good. Akatsuki Rising doesn’t buck that trend. An uneasy mix of brawler and RPG-lite, it never reaches the heights of Naruto’s better games (Naruto Ultimate Ninja and The Broken Bond).
The appetite for Naruto games from fans of the boy ninja's series seems to be absolutely insatiable. Despite the fact that the countless sequels and spin-offs fail to add anything other than a few token features, they just keep on coming…
Not even publisher Namco seems to be sure as to whether this arcade-style fighting game needs the subtitle "The Phantom Fortress" - it appears on the box art, but not the in-game splash screen, and both ways in the manual. But whatever you call it, Naruto fans will want to pick it up. The problem is that most will already have the original Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes, released less than a year ago. And we're not certain three new
The NBA has put a full-court press on the PSP this year, with no less than three full releases for the 2009-10 season. In case you’re scoring at home, that’s one more than any other console, as NBA 10 The Inside shows up only on Sony’s handheld.
On paper, NeoGeo Heroes Ultimate Shooting sounds like a great formula. Take SNK Playmore’s massive stable of arcade game characters and plop them into an old-school styled vertical scrolling shooter, then add a bunch of SNK-themed bosses and a story composed almost entirely of silly gags and in-jokes. Sounds like a real winner for SNK’s longtime fan crowd, right? Unfortunately, NeoGeo Heroes isn’t as awesome as the premise might lead you to believe...