I'm a fan of the naruto anime series and own both the two previous entries in the ultimate ninja storm series. Besides having some of the longest game names I can think of - I've always enjoyed the series due to its slick graphic style and simple to get into yet intracate for those willing to give it some thought combat style. A friend of mine let me know the demo for the third entry into the series was out so I thought i'd give it a look.
Overall - the game feel very much like the first two. In some ways not alot has changed in my opinion. Where as the jump from the first game to the second mirrored the jump between the original naruto series and later naruto shippuden series. The third is set to re-tell ALL the story from both original naruto and naruto shippuden. To it's credit there were a few characters / stories that were missed out from the first and second game entries telling of the story. But part of me feels that due to this being a combo of effectively the first two games in the franchise there won't be all that much to be added that will really warrant a totally new game.
It would have been nice to see the second game maybe get some DLC - be it characters or even a new story chapter to play through - most other franchises of today are more then happy to jump on the DLC band wagon, so why not Naruto?
The demo offers you three fights - in which you play as Naruto...Naruto and....Naruto. If you haven't seen all the anime - there are some spoilers so - be warned. Combat wise - the game feels much the same. I was VERY happy to see there is now a limit on the extremely over used substituion jutsu which saw your character disappear and reappear away from the enemies attack. There is now a bar in place that assures that this is not over used. It was one of the greater banes of playing online when someone would simply sit and tap block to substitute out of all your attacks (it was a very cheap tactic).
I did see some new moves in place dependant on which timeframe of the story your naruto was in - that was a nice touch.
I found the demo unfortunately to be a bit lack luster - i wish they would of mixed it up and let us play a section which also offered insight into the quicktime events which had some great in game cutscenes in the previous games - i guess they'll be something to look forward to in the final release.
At the end of the day - it's another game in the naruto ultimate ninja storm series - i enjoyed the first two - so no doubt i will enjoy the third. I just feel that for what it's worth - a bit more innovation could have been made. It's a demo - so they could add some nice surprises into the finished product but for now i'm left feeling somewhat excited - but not exactly leaping out of my seat.
How did everyone else find the demo? :)