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Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden

You might be wondering what the fuss is about over a yet-to-be-released title that already sounds like old news - Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 is a PS2 installment, Japan’s had the game for a couple of years now, and PS3’s Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm came out last year. We liken Ultimate Ninja 4 to an old friend come back —sure, it’s an old friend who wants you to turn him on and play with him, but never fear, it’s a PG-relationship and you won’t have to change your Facebook status to the questionable “It’s Complicated” — with some new tricks up his sleeves.

Indeed, just as in the anime, Naruto Shippuden picks up a couple of years after the young ninja has left his home in the Hidden Leaf Village to train with his new tutor, super-ninja and “super-pervert” Jiraiya, and Naruto is now older, more powerful and still as upbeat as ever.

The game is split into several modes. The main quest occurs in the RPG-esque Master Mode, divided into story arcs from the first dozen or so episodes from Shippuden, with teenaged Naruto exploring a 3D world filled with missions, jobs and items. The characters are cel-shaded and the environments nicely rendered, especially the familiar village areas. A minor complaint here would be lack of free camera movement in some parts, like in the villages. There are also real-time battles. These tend to get a bit tedious and we wished the various goons didn’t take quite so long to put down. Still, as you gain experience, you learn new moves, which keeps things interesting.

Meanwhile, fights of the 2D persuasion, a staple of the Ultimate Ninja series, will interject into the story and missions every now and then. Those well versed in the series will find the controls nearly the same — pulling off relatively simple but fun to execute combos and jutsu techniques — with some new additions to mix things up. The biggest change: the mid-battle minigames that occur if the two fighters dash into one another or they use their regular jutsu moves at the same time, which usually involve a combination of on-screen button prompts and accurate timing to decide the victor.

20 comments

  • megalomania - May 9, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    i've got ultimate ninja 3....is th improvements in UN 4 so much that it's worth getting?
  • sharingan501 - March 25, 2009 10:21 p.m.

    This game is going to be the best ultimate ninja for ps2 so far with its new older characters and btw my name sharingan501 at hokagesroom.
  • CrimsonImpact - March 24, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    Can't wait to actually play. I've been in need of new games to play. I just hope my ps2 will work long enough to try it. CrimsonImpact
  • Martin - July 22, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    this game is so beast itz may be better than the rest of the Naruto games
  • Ishtom - April 11, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    Have you people only just heard of this? I've been waiting for, I don't know how long, to turn english. It's about bloody time, I say. just wait for those, less enthusiastic Naruto players to find it on their shelves. I'm getting this game asap.
  • JFalc - April 6, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    hey guys.. Ive played the jap versions of this game and the one that follows whice are Naruto Shippuuden Narutimate Accel 1 & 2 .... in this one you only get a few of the shippuuden characters like older Naruto,Tenten,Sakura,Lee,Neji,Shikamaru,Tamari, Kankuro, and some new characters like Sasori,Dedire,and Chiyo basa sama XD... unfortunately... your gunna have to wait for the next installment for Hinata,Kiba, Choji, Ino, Shino, Sai, Yamato,Sauske, Sarori's true form, and well.. I think there is one other but I can't remember and Im too lazy to turn on my ps2... but anyways.. Ultimate hero 4 (Shippuuden Accel 1) is still gunna be pretty good... also.. I forgot if you had him in naruto hero 3 but in this one you get to play as the 1st 2nd and 4th! hokage... and yes... 4th is a cheap character.. but after a while of mastering the characters his moves are easily dodgeable... practice.. human players are like below easy for me XD ... oh.. in the next game you get to have a team mate .. still controled by you ..but it you chose the proper team mates you get the special team special .. look of the gameplay videos... Naruto Shippuuden Narutimate Accel and Naruto Shippuuden Narutimate Accel2 ... great games indeed.. Im still waiting for the next release from japan.. for all those you get Ultimate ninja 4 ... have fun and keep practicing.. oh.. and careful for young sauske chydori spam.. its annoying.. all you have to do is know when to block to avoid it.. well enjoy the game and JFalc out!!
  • lightingchidori - March 27, 2009 1:54 p.m.

    this game is so cool I'm getting it next week (lighting from HR)
  • lightingchidori - March 27, 2009 1:49 p.m.

    this game is so cool. I'm getting it next week.
  • sharingan501 - March 25, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    This game is going to be the best ultimate nija for ps2 so far with its new older characters.
  • Sasori - March 25, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    I can't wait for my order of the game to come from amazon :3 52 Characters, Master Mode that features an exclusive Storyline for the game, and Hero Mode (Recap of the first series). It's going to be awesome I might have to stay up a couple of nights to get 100%. What's better is that I'll be able to play as my favorite character in Vs. Mode :3 -KugutsushiSasori
  • TigerC10 - March 25, 2009 3:29 a.m.

    Wow! Master mode looks great! I can't wait to get this game. Everyone check out http://www.hokagesroom.com for more on this game, and look me up - I'm TigerC10.
  • MissTemari - March 25, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    This game is going to be Awesome! I can't wait to play with all the characters.
  • m1998cm - March 24, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    M1998CM: This game looks like it has nothing new to offer the fans except the same story in a different wrapper? Why can't game developers just wait till they have another story worth telling before retapping a well? After all the good that the Series has to offer it is literally going to end up like DBZ where a game is released every six months with the same content with one or two minor changes. If they're gonna have a game shambolically masquerading as the Shippuden version of the series, then MAKE IT THAT! LEAVE THE OLD STORY ALONE! IF WE BOUGHT THE GAME I'M PRETTY SURE WE'D BE FAMILIAR ENOUGH WITH THE SERIES NOW WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO RUB THE CHARACTER BUILDING IN OUR FACES AT EVERY TURN!
  • Dmanshaba0 - March 23, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    This game will be a blast tommorow I hope it will be what it's lived up to. XD
  • JesusFreak12 - March 23, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    this game is gonna be beast. -RIKUDARKIOUS9
  • jaye5 - March 23, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    hey there names sasukeuchiha1515 this game looks like it is going to be awsome. cant wait to play the special story mode that they added. i wonder if sasuke will be in this game as a special character ( child or teen, dont really care) uh yea so later.
  • Teenichigo13 - March 14, 2009 3:19 a.m.

    That looks cool
  • Distracticon - March 12, 2009 6:22 a.m.

    I like Naruto. but i feel like i'm always waiting for the anime and games to catch up with the manga. jeez! this is like videogame filler.
  • Thequestion 121 - March 11, 2009 10:43 p.m.

    Cool. i just hope the game works on my PS3. I haven't tried all of my PS2 games on it yet, so i pray it works. Also, Naruto Shippuden rocks!!
  • Cyberninja - March 11, 2009 7:47 p.m.

    do they sai and shippuden sasuke from the show?

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