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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is a fighting game in which characters compete against one another in overly fantastical battles. Players either compete against friends in an arcade-style matchup or fight bad guys in the single-player story mode. The stylized cartoon characters, exaggerated visual effects, and injuries (presented only by overhead damage meters) all contribute to an experience that's less about violence and more about dexterity-intensive gameplay. One attack animation shows small splotches of blood, and another summons a group of buxom, cleavage-revealing women who distract the opponent. In addition, the word "bastard" appears in the dialogue. There's also online chat for multiplayer, which raises concerns about the content that can be discussed during matches.
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What's it about?
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION is focused on quick one-on-one battles. The majority of the action is between players fighting each other in feats of strategy and dexterity. To give more substance to the game, there's a story mode in which players can fight a series of opponents to unravel a tale set in the Naruto anime universe. The story tells the origins of an evil gang referred to as the "Akatsuki," and it's up to the player to prevent this group from gaining any more power, ensuring that the world remains peaceful.
Is it any good?
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is sure to appeal to anyone who's already a fan of the franchise, as well as anyone who appreciates a very strong and deeply crafted fighting-game infrastructure. There are two unique types of attack that will make even veteran players step up their game: counterattacks and guard breaks. These moves require not only precision with the controls but also rapid-fire reflexes to correspond with what their opponent does. Pulling off these attacks is infinitely rewarding and satisfying. The single-player mode is fleshed out with just enough story, and there are enough special attacks, button combos, and other strategy elements to keep players honing their skills for a substantial amount of time. Plus, with more than 100 playable characters, gamers won't get bored anytime soon. This game really hits the genre on the nose.
One thing to note is that players can compete in one-on-one fights against other players online. It's possible to have unrestricted voice chat against competitors, but this feature also can be disabled, whichis recommended for young teen players.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the depiction of violence in Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Although this game is built around fighting, do you think it's an aggressively violent game? What can lessen the impact of the violence?
There are lots of Naruto products on the market, from DVDs to action figures to video games. Would playing this game make you more susceptible to picking up other merchandise if you were a Naruto fan?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Namco Bandai
- Release date: September 16, 2014
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence
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