Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Review (Steam/PS4)

"All the 'Naruto' that you need in one feature-rich  game."

Game Title: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Genre: Action-Fighting Game

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is the last, biggest, and by far the most massive Naruto game to date. With jaw-dropping visuals and a revamped battle system, no wonder one can say that its the best Naruto game of the decade. It comes with a ton of never before seen-and-exclusive scenes and adrenaline packed battles that will surely keep you from getting off of your couch.

It starts off near the climax of the entire Naruto Shippuden story, where you relive the events till the end of it all. But, that's not all, Character Adventures are also present in the game, and did I mention that a new story is added every update?! 0_0, whereas you exclusively play the events of what came after the iconic story, a great plus if I might add.

The battle system plays similarly to its predecessor. With the exception off all the battle-styles are integrated into one, eliminating the need of formulating strategies further; whether to choose to be on an Awakened State or to be able to execute Ultimate Jutsus. The implementation of this all-in-one system greatly enhances the variety of assaults and attacks a player can execute and utilize to their advantage, such system also increases the possibility to string more combos and opens new ways for characters to evolve further.

The graphical presentation of the game isn't one to be messed with. The game is rendered in a cell-shaded environment; providing you the best of eye-candy mouth-watering interactive anime-esque graphical experience (I know... too dang long). The game is also studded with wonderfully animated Secret Jutsus, Ultimate Jutsus, and combo cutscenes, providing you the greatest visual presentation that the game has to offer.

As with the other games in the series, the BGM complements the Ninja-esque theme with the use of the classic Shamisen along with some powerful inducement of the Taiko drums. And oh, wait, Spiral, the introductory song of the game, rocks! I've been an instant fan of KANA-BOON ever since I've heard their performance on the latter song, the animation along with the song mandates a near-perfect synchronicity.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is inevitably the grandest Naruto Shippuden game to date. From the gameplay, down to its visuals, one can pretty much say that it topples the other games in the series. One should, and absolutely should play it!
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