Naruto: Path of Ninja 2
Turn-Based Naruto RPG (2)
This probably where the game suffers the most. While, the first game in the series to be released in the U.S. followed the anime from episode 1 - 78 or so. This game introduces a filler series, but doesn't do an extremely good job with it. The villains just don't feel compelling which is a shame. The game never really gives a good explanation for why the three enemy ninja or doing what they are doing besides them desiring wide spread destruction in order to take over the world, but their reasons for want to go to the lengths they are is never explained.
The game also suffers from constantly throwing you in fights that you can't win. Considering the game is only 8 - 12 hours long, I shouldn't end up in about 5 fights that I can't win during the course of the game.
Characterization of most of the characters feels fine, but Naruto in this game constantly looks like he is giving up. He always seems like he is throwing in the towel every time a new obstacle emerges. This feels like a betrayal of the character as I've come to understand him. On the upside, this game allows you to play as Naruto, Sakura, Hinata, Shino, Kiba, Ino, Shikamaru, Choji, Tenten, Lee, Neji, and the sand siblings. You can also gain additional characters in the post game by using the summoning sheet, and competing in Wi-Fi battles.
Gameplay wise the game is almost identical to the past game. There are a few changes to the system though. There are now squad leaders in this game and they can have impacts on the strength of your characters during combat, or offer out of combat effects. My favorite is probably Sakura's which regenerates your stamina (health) as you walk. The game also feels a bit more strategic during combat since the cost of character specific jutsus has been reduced rather dramatically, but the amount of chakra available for techniques has gone down as well.
The game also offers a new system that allows you to equip ninja tags to your characters. These tags can be used to give a character new abilities, raise their stats, or make them less likely to be given certain status effects.
Outside of combat, the exploration of the world feels much more limited. You can't climb cliffs or walk on water without certain summoning pets. And you don't have access to all of them until you're preparing to go to the final dungeon in the game. The amount of areas to explore is also a lot smaller, which makes the game as a whole feel a lot less impressive then the first game in terms of size.
I also found the quick maps to be rather enjoyable at first, but by the end of the game they started to drag a little bit. Probably, because the final quick map features a lot of objects in the front of the screen which obscures your view and makes it difficult to gather all of the scrolls. If you gather all of the scrolls in all of the quick maps you can unlock a secret ninja tag.
Graphically the game is very similar to the last entry. The game does seem a bit cleaner and a bit more animated. The game also features some better animation for special attacks, but the game still feels extremely reminiscent of the 16-bit era.
Sound wise the game seems to use a lot of the tracks from the previous game. This isn't necessarily a bad thing since the soundtrack was rather decent. On the downside, there isn't anything new to be had either.
The character voices are a lot more present in this game during battle, but their constant battle statements start to grow old after a while.
The game offers a lot more additional content to work with then the previous title. There are kumite missions as the game calls them in three different varieties. Completing these missions with a certain battle rating can net you a new character for the post game. The game also offers Wi-Fi battling as well so you can pit your team against another player.
Lasting Appeal: 9
Best Naruto Game for a Portable Consol
Can't stop playing it. For such a cheap price its really nice.
I'm a total manga fan, and naruto is one of my favorites. This is the first naruto game i ever bought, and it was great! the graphics are better compared to other naruto DS games. and i personally like the fact that its RPG. It kinda takes a while to beat the bosses... but its not very hard. I never tried the wireless feature (my router doesnt connect to the ds =.=) but that seems fun as well. Aside from story battles, there are unlockable characters and battles. Once your done with the story, you can go to the kumite dojo and fight the moya bros. This is a really fun game.
RPG + naruto = ???
Good news:Many characters to use.Many options to choose from while fighting.Challenging.Contains all requirements a rpg needs. Bad news:Doesn't show how much health the enemy has.Boss enemies has waaaaaaaaaay too much health.Too much descriptive reading.CANNOT skip the descriptive reading.Not that many places to explore from.
i didnt know it was an rpg/strategy game when I first got it so I was a bit disoppointed at first but for an rpg its really good! There's a lot unlockable characters(though I still haven't figured out how to unlock Sasuke -.-), lots of customization capabilities, and you even get an ANBU at the end of the game that you can completely customize to your liking. The storyline's pretty awesome to get each mirror you have to face a memory from Naruto's past including the epic clash with Sasuke! I do find it odd that the Great Spirit beast is an evil catfish and the fact that the Sand village very small compared small compared to the leaf village >.>. Another thing Awesome about the game is that it doesn't end with the storyline. There's a special area you unlock after the game that has these three cheap characters that you need really strong characters to beat. You can also complete Kumite matches to unlock special characters like Itachi and Kisame.I recommend this game to Naruto fans who love strategy games.
I had Path of The Ninja, which was very awesome and extremely addicting. There were two things I didn't like about it. The low selection of characters was one of them. The other was the extremely short storyline. It took me only 3 days to complete. This one does not have those problems. They have over 25 characters, including the old six (possibly minus Sasuke)- Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Neji, Lee, and Shikamaru. I'm sure this will keep you and me playing as much as the first one. Because, unlike about half of my games, just because I had finished it, I found no reason to stop playing it. They had a few challenges in the first, like battling Shukaku and Anbu, so I expect many more out of them. This one is made off of the fillers, but as I've heard, it doesn't completely follow the anime storyline. I know this'll be a good buy.
not really a good game
this isn't really a good game. the animation is like any other DS game and i really hoped for much better graphics. I have to say that the sound of this poor game is pretty well and but the interface,length,and expecially the storyline was terrible i mean a real DS game should take a week or more for example pokemon pearl and diamond takes a few dews or more to beat the pokemon league but then you have to complete the nation dex and get 5 stars on your trainer card. At first i wanted this naruto game but after a few youtube videos and gameplays of this and I felt like crying(not really just an expression). I just hoped the next DS Naruto game is much better than this one. The other review saying they like it must be nutz. If you are really bored and sigh on your bed all day than i would recommend this game for you. But choose wisely
Great for ANY Naruto Fan
This is one of the best games I have ever played on the Nintendo DS and on top of that it is the second best Naruto game I have played as of yet. This game is quite challenging. I have played the Japanese version and now the English version. It is just as much fun playing the English as when I first played the Japanese Version. I would even go as far to say it is WAY better than ANY of the Poke'mon games. I noticed something. The enemies in this game are actually filler characters from the show. BUT this has it's OWN storyline rather redoing the same plot. I would recommend this to ANY naruto fan or RPG fan.This is a great game for anyone. It gives you the feeling of being there in the middle of the action. I actually found myself yelling out to my fallen allies. I actually freaked out my mom once. I just yelled out "NO KIBA ARE YOU OK!?"
Something to look forward to
Title is self-explanatory. I had and loved the original, and aside from the increase in characthers, I didn't think there was much to do to make it better! This is definitely a must-get for die-hard fans like me! I probably won't be able to get it for like until a month after it's out, but I'm more than confident this'll be worth the wait!
I like the original Path of the Ninja game, and this one sounds even better. I'm looking forward to all the new characters you can play as and all of their jutsu, the original storyline made just for the game, and the new Wi-Fi connection stuff. This game will probably be a must get for Naruto fans, and one of the best RPGs fot the Nintendo DS yet.