Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is the sequel to Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

An enhanced re-release will be bundled in Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy/Legacy, due for release in Fall 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay Править

Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

The gameplay retains many of the elements from the previous game. The game features 23 stages and 42 playable characters, two of which are secret characters. Some characters can also gain new combos and techniques by activating the Awakening Mode. Lars Alexandersson, a character from Tekken 6 whose third costume was designed by Masashi Kishimoto, is also playable in the game. There are now "single" matches, which lets players play one on one matches in Vs mode, without the use of support characters.

Support characters make a return. This time around, there are three types of support characters: attack type, defence type and balance type. There is also a new feature, named "Drive Gauge", in the game. Depending on the Drive Gauge, players will be able to unleash devastating team Jutsu with the support characters. For example, if the player has the drive gauge half full, then if the player does certain actions, the support characters will do a special action. For example, if the player has an attack type support and then starts a combo, they will add to it; if the player has a defence type, then they will guard the player while charging chakra or when the opponent dashes at the player; if the player has a balance type, then they will throw their chakra enhanced shuriken when the player use chakra and get in the way of the player if the player is about to get hit by an Ultimate Jutsu (the support character will take the damage instead of the player, in turn that support cannot be called upon again for an extended duration). Additionally, choosing certain support characters with a chosen character can strengthen attack and defence, and give the player's team a name. For example, choosing any combination between Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura and Kakashi will be called 'Team 7'. Reverse Chakra Dashing is now included. Ultimate Jutsu have been shortened to real time, and button combinations do not make a return, this keeps offline and online gameplay fluid. For some characters, there are two usable Jutsu in one match: one basic Jutsu and an enhanced version. When using the Jutsu for the character, if the attack button is held, the Jutsu will be enhanced (Ex. Naruto using Rasengan as his normal technique, then turning into Big Ball Rasengan by holding the attack button). Some characters can use their jutsu in mid-air. Also, health has been reduced to two health bars, instead of the three given in the previous game. An exclusive "Shuriken Clash" is available in the "Sasuke vs. Itachi" boss battle, where the shuriken button must be pressed repeatedly to give or receive damage

Free roaming also makes a return. The game features a 1:1 recreation of Konohagakure. In addition to the village, players are able to roam outside the village, ranging from forests to deserts, and Amegakure to Sunagakure. Instead of being sandbox-style free roaming, the game is more RPG-like when it comes to exploration. Boss battles return, with quick-time events and cutscenes. Boss battles are divided into 2 or more parts, depending on the boss fight. For example, the Naruto vs. Kakashi boss fight (which is held at the Training Field) contains 2 parts: one of them is normal fighting; in the other part, after Sakura smashes her fist into the ground, the scene is changed into a new stage with water and rocks; in this part of the battle, Kakashi attacks with long-range techniques that the player must avoid.

In the quick-time event portions of boss battles, pressing the buttons quickly enough earns "Stars". Earning 80% of the stars by the end a battle activates "Secret Factors" which drive away from the main story to show what a character is thinking or flashbacks to Part I of the series; the Secret Factors further flesh out the story that is occurring at the current time.

Players can access multiple online features: quick matches, ranked matches, match customisation, as well as the availability to host matches.

Development Править

Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 was officially announced on December 21, 2009 by Namco Bandai Games at a Jump Festa event. V Jump magazine revealed the game a few days beforehand. As CyberConnect2's first multi-platform project, they worked closely with Microsoft. On July 16, the demo release date was announced in the official website. It was officially released July 29, 2010 on the Japanese PlayStation Network and Xbox Live (The Latter requires a gold membership). The European release date for the demo is August 25 2010. It contains the Naruto vs. Kakashi boss battle. Its North American release date is October 19, and its European release date is October 15. On September, 27th it was announced that Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 is past the development stage and is in publishing as of the finished date.

Story Править

The story of Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 begins from the very first Naruto: Shippūden episode (even containing the preview of the future Naruto vs. Sasuke clash, although the preview is of Pain destroying Konohagakure) to the end of Pain's Assault, a content of 3 years of anime broadcasting. The game features a deep three-part story from the point of view of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Jiraiya.

In Free Roam mode you can go through the Konohagakure, forests, deserts, and Sunagakure. The game lets you play through the "Rescue Gaara Arc" as Naruto, "The Hunt for Itachi Arc" (as Sasuke Uchiha), "The Amegakure Infiltration Arc" (as Jiraiya) and "The Pain Invasion Arc" (as Naruto). In addition, there are certain times where you can control others in the overworld, such as Shikamaru and Asuma. The story mode is no longer played by doing missions, but is now an RPG with no connection to unrelated story parts. You'll be able, as always, to play side-story missions, from the easiest to the harder ones. You'll collect cursed dolls, memories, messenger birds, and items (battle items, collection items). You will also, at some points of the story, be accompanied by team-mates and friends. Scroll collection is here to stay; you will collect different types of scrolls: blue, yellow, green, and red scrolls. Each scroll will have to do with the things you did before collecting them. If you had fought a major battle before, and you go to the same spot, you will find Red Scrolls signifying Major Battles or Blue Scrolls which signify an Important Memory. There are also Memory Crystals that you can use in The Hokage's Mansion, to see memories of before the time skip.

The missions include Correspondence Events, Friendship Events, Tests, and battles. You'll earn money and items that will be needed to unlock and complete other challenges when you successfully complete the mission. The stores that are spread in the World will have different types of products eg. ninja info cards, figures, music, dioramas, movies, additional Ulimate Jutsu, and special items that help you continue the story. You will find missions by talking with people in bars, talking with Tsunade, with your friends and by people in the street.

The trophy system is very linked with the storyline and the Free Roam Mode, such as getting a gold result (S-rank) when you win a boss battle, getting a lot of money and collecting special items that are important for missions.

Thanks to a new technology developed by Studio Hero outside Japan, the scenery in the Free Roam is the same as the anime, it's basically putting the computerised character in the landscape. It will incorporate all the known Konoha spots such as Yamanaka's Flower Shop, the Hokage office (the room and the rooftop) Ramen Ichiraku and some bars, such as the dumpling bar and some leisure bars.

Playable Characters Править

Parenthesis indicate character's Awakening Modes. Править

  • Naruto Uzumaki (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) (Four-Tailed Fox Mode)
  • Sage Naruto (うずまきナルト, Uzumaki Naruto) (Six-Tailed Fox Mode)
  • Sakura Haruno (春野サクラ, Haruno Sakura) (Herculean Mode)
  • Sai (サイ, Sai) (Fast Writing Mode)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) (Curse Mark Stage 2)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) (Mangekyō Sharingan)
  • Karin (香燐, Karin) (Woman's Anger Mode, Attraction Mode against Sasuke)
  • Suigetsu Hōzuki (鬼灯水月, Hōzuki Suigetsu) (Water Arm Mode)
  • Jūgo (重吾, Jūgo) (Curse Mark Mode)
  • Shikamaru Nara (奈良シカマル, Nara Shikamaru) (Shadow Imitation Mode)
  • Ino Yamanaka (山中いの, Yamanaka Ino) (Covered with Flowers Mode)
  • Chōji Akimichi (秋道チョウジ, Akimichi Chōji) (Super Expansion Mode)
  • Kiba Inuzuka (犬塚キバ, Inuzuka Kiba) (Fang Mode)
  • Shino Aburame (油女シノ, Aburame Shino) (Beetle Mode)
  • Hinata Hyūga (日向ヒナタ, Hyūga Hinata) (Twin Lion Fist Mode)
  • Gaara (我愛羅, Gaara) (Kazekage Mode)
  • Temari (テマリ, Temari) (Wind Covered Mode)
  • Kankurō (カンクロウ, Kankurō) (Salamander Mode)
  • Rock Lee (ロック・リー, Rokku Rī) (Eight Gates Mode)
  • Neji Hyūga (日向ネジ, Hyūga Neji) (Byakugan Mode)
  • Tenten (テンテン, Tenten) (Ninja Tool Summon Mode)
  • Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ, Hatake Kakashi) (Sharingan Mode)
  • Yamato (ヤマト, Yamato) (Wood Style Mode)
  • Might Guy (マイト・ガイ, Maito Gai) (Eight Gates Mode)
  • Asuma Sarutobi (猿飛アスマ, Sarutobi Asuma) (Flying Swallow Mode)
  • Minato Namikaze (波風ミナト, Namikaze Minato) (Yellow Flash Mode)
  • Jiraiya (自来也, Jiraiya) (Sage Mode)
  • Orochimaru (大蛇丸, Orochimaru) (White Snake Mode)
  • Tsunade (綱手, Tsunade) (Herculean Mode)
  • Chiyo (チヨ, Chiyo) (With Mother and Father; Ten Puppet Collection Mode)
  • Killer B (キラービー, Kirābī) (Full Eight-Tails Mode)
  • Pain (Six Paths Mode)
  • Konan (小南, Konan) (Angel Mode)
  • Itachi Uchiha (うちはイタチ, Uchiha Itachi) (Mangekyō Sharingan+Susanoo)
  • Kisame Hoshigaki (干柿鬼鮫, Hoshigaki Kisame) (Samehada Mode)
  • Hidan (飛段, Hidan) (Jashin Ritual Mode)
  • Kakuzu (角都, Kakuzu) (Earth Grudge Fear)
  • Deidara (デイダラ, Deidara) (C2 Dragon Mode)
  • Sasori (サソリ, Sasori) (With Third Kazekage; True Form Mode)
  • Tobi (Sharingan Mode)
  • Kabuto Yakushi (薬師カブト, Yakushi Kabuto) (Chakra Scalpel Mode)
  • Lars Alexandersson (ラース・アレクサンダーソン, Rāsu Arekusandāson) (Lightning Mode)

Bosses Править

  • Kakashi Hatake
  • Deidara
  • Sasori
  • Orochimaru
  • Sasuke Uchiha
  • Kakuzu
  • Itachi Uchiha
  • Pain (First Animal Path)
  • Pain (Deva Path)