Naruto: Rise of a Ninja

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Coming-of-age story set in violent ninja culture.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Naruto frequently sticks up for the weak and displays loyalty to his friends, which gradually earns him the respect of others. Naruto is hot-headed and doesn't always follow orders, but his instincts are usually correct, which makes his teachers more tolerant of his disobedience.

Violence

The ninja culture depicted in Naruto is a pretty violent one, with frequent fights. There's no blood in the game itself, however the cutscenes show more explicit violence like wounds dripping blood, bodies getting pierced with sharp objects, and comrades getting seriously injured (though it's all still depicted as a hand-drawn cartoon).

Sex

Naruto has a "sexy jutsu" special move that makes opponents swoon by projecting images of scantily clad women at them. One of Naruto's teachers likes to peep into women's bath houses.

Language

Threats during battles.

Consumerism

The game is tied into the Naruto anime and manga, and features numerous clips from the Naruto cartoon.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References aren't widespread; a boss is described in passing as a drug dealer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is based on the Naruto manga and anime, although familiarity with them isn't required to enjoy the game. There's plenty of visceral one-on-one fighting where Naruto uses punches, kicks, throwing daggers, and special attacks to defeat opponents. The fights aren't bloody or overly graphic. The cartoon cut scenes, however, show characters getting beaten up pretty badly, including blood dripping from their wounds.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] March 28, 2010
if youe ok with your kids wacthing the anmine then you should be fine with them playing this game
Adult Written bybugs April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bydell221 April 9, 2008
Kid, 9 years old December 23, 2016

What's it about?

NARUTO: RISE OF A NINJA is a fighting game, free-roaming platformer, and role-playing game rolled into one featuring the boy ninja star of a collection of manga and a cartoon television series. At the start of the game, Naruto's whole town hates him and he's on the verge of flunking out of ninja school. But all it takes is one person to believe in him -- a kindly teacher -- to turn his fortunes around.

Naruto's hometown of Leaf Village serves as the hub of the game, and is where Naruto can find quests, purchase items and upgrades, and train to improve his skills. Every inch of the town has been lovingly re-created from the Naruto comics and cartoons, and players are free to explore all of it. When Naruto faces an opponent, the perspective shifts to a one-on-one fight where Naruto uses kicks, punches, ranged weapons, and special attacks. The money, coins, and trainer points he earns go toward learning new moves and buying scrolls to improve stats.

Is it any good?

Although control is a little stiff and there are a few too many fetch-quests in the game, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja succeeds in doing justice to the Naruto franchise. It also doesn't hurt that cut scenes in the game are pulled straight from the cartoon. Rise of a Ninja shouldn't disappoint Naruto fans, and if you aren't a fan going in, you'll probably be one by the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Naruto's perseverance and determination pay off in his ninja training, and how this can apply to real-life school subjects and topics as well. Naruto sometimes breaks the rules, but always with a reason and usually to help people. Is it important to always follow the rules, or are there times when you should follow your instincts -- such as if a friend is in danger?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: October 30, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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