Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Great remastered fighting compilation; some violent combat.

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Positive Messages

Some undertones of good versus evil, strength in numbers, friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play the young Naruto and others who face off against foes, but little personality, true motives discovered.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Characters punch, kick, slice, use special (often magical) moves to deplete an opponent's life meter. Magic moves include launching fireballs, electrical blasts, summoning fantastic creatures like a big wooden golem. Some cut-scenes show blood splatter, gore, including people impaled by a sword, stabbed.

Sex

Players can summon a "harem" of women wearing bikinis, who have large, jiggly breasts; they rub their bodies up against opponent.

Language

"Ass," "damn," "hell" can be heard.

Consumerism

Based on popular Japanese anime series, which includes television series, manga comics/graphic novels, apparel, video games, and more. Some downloadable content (DLC) is included here, but other content might have to be paid for (not sold yet).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is a collection of previously released fighting games based on the extremely popular Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise. In these games, players punch and kick opponents, as well as use blades and magic, to defeat multiple enemies throughout the game -- whether it's one-on-one in an area or in larger group battles. While clearly an animated adventure, the game is rooted in combat, and along with violence there's some blood and gore, more so in the cut-scene sequences than during actual gameplay. Some characters are stabbed or impaled. You can also summon a bikini-clan harem with busty women who caress the opponent.

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What's it about?

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM LEGACY is a collection of four previously released Naruto "Storm" games: high-definition remasters of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (including the Road to Boruto expansion). Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC (via Steam), this bundle also includes downloadable content (DLC), a Steelbook case, a Naruto art book, and a bonus anime disc. Based on the anime series, these games let you fight using a roster of familiar characters -- such as Naruto, Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuk, and others -- against formidable foes, using martial arts-like moves, as well weapons and magic attacks (fireballs, electrical blasts, and summoning help).

Is it any good?

This collection of fighting games provides plenty of awesome content for fans of the wildly popular anime, while also improving and including additional gameplay.The more recent games look and play better than the remastered, almost decade-old Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles -- and there are a lot of boring dialogue sequences not easily skipped -- but for those fans of the franchise who haven't yet invested in these games, it's an admirable collection with a lot of variety, progressive fighting mechanics, and smoothly animated characters. In fact, because the ninja-esque combat is pretty straightforward, it's ideal for those new to Japanese fighting games. Essentially, there's a button to attack your opponent, another to kick, and a third to throw. There are also special moves, and timing plays an increasingly important role, but none of it is overly difficult to master -- even with some harder boss fights you'll come across. The games get better with every iteration, so there's something to look forward to, if you decide to play in sequential order. The final game's roster of about five dozen fighters and tag team matches make it the series' finest. At $79, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy isn't cheap, so you definitely need to be a fan of Naruto to get the most out of it. But with four full games, including remastered ones, as well as bonus content, there's a lot to like about this collection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. For games that appeal largely to young kids, including fans of the anime and manga series, is there a need to have blood and some gore in these games? Couldn't there be plenty of fighting -- if that's the core gameplay mechanic -- without the excess violence?

  • Talk about depictions of women in the game. Are half-naked women with jiggly breasts really needed in this game? Why do you think this was included? Does it have anything to do with the anime, and if so, could it have been left out to avoid offending some players?

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