A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Majority of the game focuses on being the "good guy" and making the world a better and safer place -- but that's only achieved through physical combat. Senseless violence isn't encouraged, and the game doesn't overtly glamorize violence, but the underlying theme of fighting is undeniable.
Positive Role Models
Naruto is a positive character with values that players can look up to. His approach of fighting to solve problems might not send the best message, but players will easily understand that he's a nice person, not a violent bully.
Ease of Play
The controls are easy enough that most novice gamers will be able to pick up and play. For more advanced players, there's no shortage of sophisticated controls and strategy to get the most from the game, from combo attacks to special counterattacks against enemies.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is a consuming element. Cartoon ninjas engage in all-out brawls with hand-to-hand combat and incredibly over-the-top fantastical attacks (such as tornadoes that appear out of thin air). In rare instances, small splotches of blood are included with the other visual effects, but "injuries" are shown via damage meter. It's all in the context of arcade-style action, where you duke it out in a competition of dexterity while marveling at bright colorful effects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One special attack results in a group of scantily clad women with exposed cleavage appearing on-screen, encircling the opponent, and rubbing up against him, causing him to be distracted and vulnerable to damage.
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Some swearing in dialogue, including the word "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Naruto franchise, which has ranged from anime to manga to games and figures.
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.
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.
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