Published on January 30th, 2016 | by Zorbz
GLiTCH Plays: Naruto Shippuden – Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
GLiTCH here with another video game preview. I was very fortunate this week to get a taste of the upcoming game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, coming to XBO, PS4 and PC on Feb 5th.
I got my hands on the PS4 copy of the game and was fortunate enough to test out all the modes the game has to offer, from Story mode to Adventure mode and Free battles.
Compared to previous games, the graphics look amazing. The character models are both vibrant and beautiful and look exactly like their anime counterparts. The effects and animations when you pull off Jutsus and Ultimate Jutsus moves (special attacks) are incredible. Everything just pops on screen, making for some visually pleasing match-ups at a smooth and consistent frame rate. The camera never takes you out of the action as you’re locked onto your enemy for the entire battle.
When I sat down to play some free play battles I was overwhelmed at the cast of characters that were playable, the roster is truly massive. Fans of the series will be delighted to see all their favourite characters playable with all their own unique move sets and attacks.
Fighting game fans will be familiar with this 3v3 gameplay mechanic, however, all characters now share the same life bar, making decisions on who to use more strategic. What stands out most in this entry is the new “Leader Swap” feature, which allows you to switch between the three fighters on the fly during a battle.
The fights were somewhat difficult as I was learning the controls, but after some time in the tutorials, I was able to bounce back and start kicking some serious butt.
Damage effects were cool. I really enjoyed was smashing an opponent off the battlefield, kinda like Virtual fighter and Dead or Alive. It’s also nice to see a large number of different arenas/environments to fight on. I also liked how the armour can be damaged and destroyed, which took me back to the days of playing Fighting Vipers on the Sega Saturn.
Moving on to the Story mode, I was blown away. This is the type of story mode fighting games need. The battles I played were complete with fully voiced and animated cutscenes that then flowed directly into a battle between two rival characters. After the battle, another cutscene followed with some quick-time events that triggered the next phase of the battle. It was impressive!
As for Adventure mode, I saw a large overview of a world map with locations you could explore in a fully 3D rendered environment, populated with townsfolk and supporting characters from the Naruto universe. You could talk to these characters unlocking little side quests or continue to branch.
It also includes an Online mode so you can battle your friends and sports a range of collectibles to unlock, making this game one you won’t be putting down for awhile.
From what I’ve played I can easily say this is the Naruto game fans of the series have been craving for on their next gen consoles.
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