Masashi Kishimoto's long-running manga series has seen its fair share of video game adaptations over the years. This collection is bursting with four of the best fighters based on the franchise so get ready for some action-packed ninja fun!
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy includes the following games:
- Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (2008)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (2010)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (2013)
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (2016)
Each one of these games follows the same basic core gameplay: you battle an opponent within various 3D stages using a combination of long-range and melee attacks in order to hopefully emerge victorious. The controls may be a bit overwhelming at first considering how many different attacks each character is capable of but once you start to get into the groove, you'll realise just how intuitive everything is. You'll end up blocking attacks with Substitution Jutsu, performing nifty throws, dashing and jumping through the air, and throwing shurikens. However, that's just the basics. Where the gameplay shines is in its use of the Chakra system. Basically, you can tap or hold a button to use Chakra in order to intensify your moves, unleash special Ninjutsu attacks, perform secret techniques, and even transform via Awakening whenever you're in danger. On top of all this, you can summon allies to assist you and use a variety of ninja tools mid-battle. It's such an involving yet satisfying battle system that's sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
As the series progresses, you'll be introduced to different modes and new adventures and stories. The original Ultimate Ninja Storm has a rewarding adventure mode featuring a quaint central hub area that's fun to explore and plenty of crazy mini-games. The second game's adventure feels much more confined while the third and fourth games include more epic storylines. Throughout the collection, you'll experience countless jaw-dropping action scenes and intense boss battles that require a variety of gameplay mechanics in order to take down. Simply watching someone play these is a blast as they're some of the craziest fights that you'll ever witness.
Aside from the main games, the following pieces of DLC are included for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4:
- Road to Boruto Pack
- Gaara's Tale Extra Scenario Pack
- Shikamaru's Tale Extra Scenario Pack
- The Sound Four Extra Playable Characters Pack
- Akatsuki Combination Secret Technique
The most notable piece of DLC is Road to Boruto which consists of a story mode based on the anime Boruto: Naruto the Movie as well as some extra characters. Additionally, you'll gain access to two character-specific scenarios, a bonus secret technique, and four more characters: Jirobo, Kidomaru, Sakon / Ukon, and Tayuya (as well as some extra bells and whistles). This is quite a lot of extra content which means you'll likely spend most of your time playing Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 when you purchase this collection.
Considering the first three games were never previously released for Xbox One or PlayStation 4, it's great to play them with improved visuals. I remember picking up Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm for PlayStation 3 back when it first came out and thinking that the graphics were absolutely stunning. Thankfully, they still are. The beautifully animated and vibrantly rendered characters are very exciting to watch fight each other while the stages come to life within distinct environments. It's great-looking stuff and it holds up wonderfully.
The other games
Although the title "Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy" would make you think that it includes the entire collection of Ultimate Ninja Storm games, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution are unfortunately absent. This isn't a big deal because you do get a massive collection that'll keep you entertained for hours upon hours of action-packed ninja excitement but it's still a bit disappointing as I wish that I could enjoy them as part of this collection.
Of course, if you already own some of these games then this compilation might not be a solid purchase. Sure, you get to enjoy the games again with updated visuals so if you're a huge fan then it may be worth taking the plunge. Besides that, the adventure mode featured in each game can feel a bit tedious. Between enjoyable mini-games and epic boss fights, you'll find yourself regularly running back and forth through mostly linear towns while performing monotonous fetch quests and the like. For games that feature such intense action, you'd hope that this sort of content would be minimal so it's definitely a bummer having to carry out such menial tasks.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is nothing short of an impressive compilation that includes some of the craziest battles in gaming. Even if you're not a Naruto fan, it's hard not to love every second you spend bringing out your inner ninja.
- + Contains four phenomenal action-packed games plus plenty of DLC
- + Gorgeous visuals and incredible animation
- + Loads of variety and memorable epic battles
- - Might not be worth getting if you already own the original games
- - Generations and Revolution are absent
- - Tedious quests take away from the fun