Family movie night? There's an app for that
Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The majority of the game focuses on being the "good guy" and making the world a better and safer place; however this is only achieved through physical combat. The message is that fighting is a way to solve problems. Additionally, in the out-of-context battle modes, players are able to compete as the bad guys and attack the hero characters. Senseless violence is not encouraged, and the game does not overtly glamorize violence, but the underlying theme of battling is undeniable.
Positive Role Models
Naruto is solidly developed in the game as the hero character. He only engages others in battle because they're defined as bad guys and pose a threat to the safety of others. As such, Naruto is a positive character with overall good values that players can look up to. His approach of battling to solve problems may not be the best message to send, but players will easily understand that he is a nice person, not a violent bully.
Ease of Play
While the sophisticated battle system in the game has layers of depth that only masterful players will be able to appreciate, the basic mechanics of the game are easily understood by gamers of all skill levels. Players can compete in battles by just pressing one or two buttons, and roaming around in Adventure Mode likewise does not require a lot of skill.
Violence & Scariness
This is predominantly a fighting game, so the idea of violence is strong throughout. However, there is no blood during the actual combat and many attacks are presented with bursts of color and comic book-style effects. Characters do use weapons such as swords, and there are physical, hand-to-hand fighting moves. In addition, most of the violence in the game is in one-on-one situations, adding some intensity to it. There are also cutscenes in which characters brawl in drawn-out sequences. In one cutscene, a character is briefly shown with small amounts of blood on his chin and hand but there is no other depiction of blood in the game.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
In addition to some mean-spirited dialogue between characters before and after battles, one character is called a "bastard." Slurs using the word "Perv" are also used.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
This game is based on the the Naruto Shippuden TV series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Naruto game is focused on fighting. The main "Adventure" mode does involve some exploration and puzzle solving, however the primary element of gameplay is defeating other characters in extended battles. While most of the fighting is fantastical in nature, including magical "jutsu" attacks and colorful light effects, it does also involve the use of weapons and more direct attacks like punching and kicking.
Is It Any Good?
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 lets players play as their favorite Naruto character and fight against other characters in battles that are more focused on using the best strategy to win than they are in doling out extreme and over-the-top violence. The Adventure mode introduces elements from the TV series and lets players live out classic moments and battles from there, and also gives players who are new to the Naruto franchise a basic overview of the characters. The game features beautiful graphics and has a deep battle system that will occupy players for hours as they try to master the best combination of attacks, magic, and defense. It is a worthy addition to the long line of Naruto video games.
Online interaction: Players can compete in one-on-one fights against other players online. It is possible to have unrestricted voice chat against competitors, however this feature can also be disabled, which Common Sense Media recommends doing for young teen players.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.