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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Mostly a fighting game without positive messages. You can also fight father against son in story mode, which some parents might not like.
Positive Role Models
While there are multiple playable characters (Naruto, Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuk, more), none is a good role model; all fighters looking to inflict damage on opponents.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Characters punch, kick, slice, use special (magical) moves to deplete an opponent's life meter. Magic moves include launching fireballs, electrical blasts, plus players can summon, control fantastic creatures, such as a big wooden golem. Some story sequences show blood splatter, some scenes have gore, including people impaled by a sword, someone's hands.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Players can summon a "harem" of women wearing bikinis, who have large, jiggly breasts; they rub their bodies up against opponent.
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"Ass," "damn," "hell" heard throughout game.
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Products & Purchases
Road to Boruto is downloadable content (DLC) tied to the previous year's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. All based on popular Japanese anime series, which includes TV series, comics/graphic novels, apparel, video games, more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Buroto is a downloadable expansion pack to a story-driven fighting game released in 2016. It also can be purchased as a complete collection with both the original and the downloadable content (DLC) added. Players punch and kick opponents, as well as use blades and magic, to defeat multiple enemies throughout the game, whether in one-on-one fights in an area or in larger group battles. While clearly an animated adventure, the game is rooted in combat. Along with violence, there's some blood and gore. but it appears more in cut scenes than during actual gameplay. Some characters are stabbed or impaled. The game also lets you summon creatures to help in battle, as well as a bikini-clan harem with busty women who caress the opponent.
Is It Any Good?
For newcomers, this collection is a comprehensive adventure, but for fans of the franchise, it's just more of the same fighting game. If you haven't yet played one of these Naruto Shippuden adventures, these are story-driven fighting games with side quests. Those who love the characters and storylines will get more out of this fiction, but the actual fighting mechanics aren't anything too deep or unique (though it's fun and accessible). The locations don't seem any different than in the previous game, which is disappointing. There's a good amount of variety in the number of playable characters, though, and they can punch, kick, use swords, and use supernatural jutsu abilities to inflict damage on opponents via fireballs, magic blasts, or conjuring help from another world. Controls feel good, and it's fun to fight one-on-one or between groups at other times, as you'll need to shift your tactics accordingly.
Many of the side quests seem like an afterthought and include meaningless actions such as smashing open boxes, so you'll find yourself looking forward to the next fight scene. The tension between Naruto and Boruto grows nicely, too. So, if you already own last year's main game and perhaps some of the DLC, then the $20 price for this new mode is reasonable for the three hours or so of extra content you'll have access to. The entire $60 collection also is a good buy for followers of the series who haven't yet indulged in the latest Naruto Shippuden game, plus all the add-ons. But those who aren't franchise fans will find this a good but not extraordinary anime offering.
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