Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Common Sense Media says

Fighting game presented in a cartoony and fantastical style.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex
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Language

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.

Consumerism

This game is based on the the Naruto Shippuden TV series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the fighting in this game is different to fighting in real life. Why do you think so many video games contain violence?

  • What is the difference between fighting someone and defending yourself?

  • Does Naruto ever go too far when he fights?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:October 19, 2010
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Cartoon Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byvampireknight023 January 25, 2011
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Amazing!!!!!!

this is the perfect game to get if you are a naruto fan and it is is the best around even for PS3 Iwould play it over and over again
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bynaruto broken bond November 7, 2011
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great game

Characters are great and quality is great. Its great for kids 11 and up. Great Great Great!
Parent Written bymom watcher November 7, 2011
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great game

Great game. Kids love.

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