Let’s face it—when it comes to the subject of licensed characters or entire franchises in gaming, epic failure is usually one of the first phrases that come to mind. Granted, Rocksteady Studios has done their part with the fantastic Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City games, but for each great game, there’s at least another two or more like Iron Man and Eragon—just to name a few.
The Naruto franchise, however, has enjoyed a fair amount of success in this current generation, with two solid action-based offerings from Ubisoft and CyberConnect2’s Ninja Storm fighting games. Luckily for diehard fans of the series, CyberConnect2 is again coming out with another game—Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, published by Namco Bandai, that looks to eclipse their previous titles in every way.
According to preview information sent to RipTen:
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is launching on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 13, and will revolutionize online play and ramp up the number of playable and support characters beyond any previous Naruto Shippuden game.
I know that you may be skeptical and think that they’re being a bit overly dramatic, but as a longtime fan of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden myself, I can say with certainty that there will be more than enough fan service paid to satiate even the most rabid Hidden Leaf nut. As the title implies, Generations will bring together fighters from both ends of the Naruto universe timeline. Want to pit adult Naruto against the Third Hokage to see if he stacks up? Have young Naruto take on the older version of himself? Find out if Kurama (the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox) can finally be corralled? You’ll have your chance.
Another great feature of this title will be the fact that player can progress through the game with the supporting cast and the heavy-hitters. Original content is being produced for the game by the same studio that does the current Naruto television shows. The cutscenes will also feature the original Japanese voiceovers and subtitles, giving it even more of an authentic flair for fans of the series.
If all this weren’t enough, for the first time in the series, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations will feature an innovative system that integrates real-world collectible cards with the video game, allowing players to unlock corresponding artwork for their in-game profile card and engage in a special mini-battle to unlock a bonus skill and gain an advantage in the online network battles.