Naruto: The Broken Bond
By Brett Molina,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Action-fighting game with risque elements & intense themes.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a game that is all about fighting. It also has a theme about seeking vengence against your sibling because he killed the rest of your family.
Violence & Scariness
Players fight with their fists and feet. Naruto and friends string together combos using punches, kicks, and throws. Sometimes, players can throw dagger-like objects or bombs at enemies, and can slash enemies when up close. No blood is shown. However, during a video cutscene, you will see a boy with get stabbed in the back with thrown knives.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are a couple off-color moments sprinkled throughout the game. Naruto uses a Sexy Jutsu power where he dazes opponents by summoning a naked woman cleverly covered by clouds. Master ninja Jiraiya is referred to by Naruto as the "pervy sage" because of his propensity to chasing around women. The game also references dating in the dialogue, but not in a graphic way.
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This is a game based on the Naruto TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is based off the Naruto cartoon on television. Naruto and friends battle enemies with an array of punches, kicks, and throws. Players can also use a dagger to throw or slash opponents, and can throw bombs. Some elements of Broken Bond are a bit risquu. For example, one of Naruto special powers is distracting opponents by summoning a naked girl appropriately covered by clouds. One of the themes is about seeking vengence against a family member who slaughtered the other members of the family. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
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What’s It About?
Teen ninja Naruto returns to the Xbox 360 with adventure NARUTO: THE BROKEN BOND, a satisfying combination of puzzle-solving, platforming, and hand-to-hand combat. Naruto must aid a ninja master named Jiraiya in finding the next Hokage, or leader, of the Leaf Village. The story also focuses on Naruto's friend Sasuke, who is seeking vengeance against his older brother Itachi after he slaughtered their family.
Broken Bond is a hybrid of multiple video game genres. Some platforming is involved. Role-playing elements come into play through random encounters as well as the ability to earn points to bolster your skills. There is some puzzle--solving as well. Combat is handled much like a fighting game, where Naruto or other players will square off against the other, unleashing a bevy of combinations and special attacks. A meter measures your Jutsu, a ninja power Naruto and others can use to unleash powerful attacks. Once you complete the single-player adventure, you can then select between the game's 30 fighters and battle friends locally or online via Xbox Live.
Is It Any Good?
Broken Bond, much like previous titles in the series, are suited perfectly to the hardcore Naruto fan. The game offers a nice blend of multiple genres that keeps the experience fresh. Graphics are almost identical to the cartoon series, showcasing sharp, colorful animations. Puzzle-solving often involves utilizing a character's Jutsu to advance. For example, Naruto can use his Shadow Clone Jutsu to create clones of himself, which he can use to form a bridge.
The fighting is pretty solid as well. Players string together a series of horizontal and vertical attacks for lethal combinations. Using the Jutsu requires some strategy as well, since attempting those moves leaves you prone to opponents' attacks. There are moments where the fighting can devolve into frantic button-mashing. However, the more skilled fighters force you to tactically use moves like block or counter. While this game might not appeal to every player, it's the ideal choice for any Naruto fan.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how this Naruto game compares to the cartoon. What elements make the game better or worse than the television series? Did you buy this game because you are a fan of the TV show? Can you think of other licenses that increase their audiance by creating video games featuring a popular TV hero?
- Platform: Xbox 360
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: UbiSoft
- Release date: November 18, 2008
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- ESRB rating: T for Nild Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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