Naruto was such a successful anime series that several games were also created over the years. Most diehard fans have played them all, but for the uninitiated, there might be too many to chew through.
As with anything in life, some titles were well worth the game-time while others could have spent a couple more months on the development side of things. However, if you are a Naruto fan, here are some of the best games… so far.
Naruto: Powerful Shippuden
There are times where Naruto seems airy and light with a bit of comedy, and other times it is as dark as they get. The games follow this recipe and where some are serious, others are not. Naruto: Powerful Shippuden falls in the former category with caricature animations and humoristic dialogue.
The game was never intended to capture the seriousness of the series but rather attempted to depict the humorous side of things. With over 100 missions to complete, you will be in stitches half the time while fighting your way to the finish.
The villains of the game are classic and know just how to make corny comments and quips to liven things up. All in all, whereas Naruto Shippuden filler percentage was quite high, this game is filled with laughs and quality gameplay.
Naruto Shippuden: Naruto Vs. Sasuke
Designed and launched on the Nintendo DS, Naruto Shippuden: Naruto Vs. Sasuke is a side-scrolling action-adventure. Unlike the previous game, though, this one sees Naruto embark on a serious and dark adventure.
According to fans, the fighting was engaging and the touch screen added a little bit of extra magic. The game has a fairly decent storyline. Although there are other better ones, it does not detract from the enjoyment of the game.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
After several attempts at a decent fighting game, Bandai Namco came out with a ripper of a fighting game. The graphics are intense and the fighting even better. Players have the opportunity to unlock and discover 72 different characters while they spend hours on this sandbox fighter.
The fighting mechanics are easy to learn, but mastering them will take plenty of fighting hours. The fighting is fast-paced and addictive, but the single-player storyline is somewhat bland. The Awakening Transformations is a key feature that players hailed as something reminiscent of a Mortal Kombat fatality.
Naruto: Broken Bond
After the mixed success of Naruto: Rise of Ninja, the sequel was created for the Xbox 360. The game surpassed its predecessor in all aspects, including story and originality. The creators went as far as incorporating the voice actors from the original series. Given the faithfulness to the anime genre, it came as a surprise to many that North American Companies were responsible for creating this little gem.
The game included a roster of 30 characters and moved away from the 2D cutscenes that were prevalent in the first title. When it comes to sequels, there are not many titles that learn so much from the first round.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
The final entry of the Naruto Shippuden is by far the best and most involved of the franchise. The graphics are unsurpassed, mainly because the title was released on the PS4 and Xbox One and PC. This is not a typical fighter game as it has a deep storyline to complement the fighting.
The battle system was completely revamped and gave players a whole new experience. The game was originally destined for the PS3, but the developers sought the advantages of the PS4s superior hardware. In the end, it paid off big time.