Naruto games as of late have become more and more popular as the Manga/Anime does as well. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm has become the star of the franchise and this week released it's third installment Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations(NUNSG). The UNS games have become increasingly popular with fans of Naruto and those who just love a good fighting game widening it's audience to not just fans of the series but to gamers everywhere. However, where the last two games really shined, Generations gives you a sense of disappointment, while still being great.
The story takes place up til the point of the Kage Summit and Naruto and Sasuke's meeting before the Fourth Great Ninja War. Don't expect the game to get really in depth with the story like the previous two. This acts as more of a review to all that has happened to that point in the story. This is the biggest disappointments in this game, where the first two had epic boss fights with quick time events and in game movie cut scenes, this one just has the fights,and uses Animation to tell the story, but even that doesn't really cut it. So don't expect there to be any really emotionally scenes like when Hinata gets stabbed by Pain, or the Death of Jirayia.
Graphics haven't improved much in Generations. The in game characters have been fine tuned to make it look more like the Anime. However, the Animation CybeConnect2 made on there own looks amazing in 720p HD. This just like it's predecessors is a beautiful game.
Generations gameplay is almost identical to the last one. A few modifications have been made to it that greatly improve it and make it more challenging. Players now have the ability to cancel combos
in mid combo then rush forward to continue the attack for relentless damage and combos. Also substitutions are limited per match and slowly regenerate throughout the battle making you strategize every move you make.
Despite of some story flaws, this game makes up for in content. The last UNS only had 40+ characters to choose from. Now in Generations you can choose from over 70. Every major character from the start of the series
to where it ends is available, just not Iruka. With tons of game modes such as tournaments, and survival you can definitely get a lot of playing time out Generations.
In NUNS2 they introduced multiplayer to the series which although it was good, just no where near great.Generations solves the lagging problems and overall smoothness of the gameplay. To add to the multiplayer experience you can now do a lot to improve your chances at success with the ability to customize your ninja tool set, and special attributes now on the Ninja info cards you earn throughout playing the game increase certain areas of gameplay like greater jutsu defense or better movement.
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations in a nutshell is the perfect game for serious fans of the series and is a great game overall.Even though this game goes the Super Street Fighter route basically reselling NUNS2 with just more characters it's something that can be easily forgiven. Although it has some key story issues they're easy to overlook and really see a great game under all the Naruto this game throws at you.