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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 2 is presented largely as a fighting game, and as such the story in Adventure mode is secondary. Most of the story content comes from episodes of the Naruto Shippuden anime series. The game asks players to complete various missions, and each mission is prefaced with dialogue. This generally involves telling players who their next target enemy is and why they need to defeat him or her. There is tertiary dialogue between characters about the struggles and excitement of going on adventures. There is no real over-arching story as many of the missions are presented as standalone events, and in other modes of the game there is no story at all.
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.
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