Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Demo

Ok, installing it now. I'm a little excited...is that weird? Well, here goes...I'll try and post some impressions of the aftermath concerning this amazing event.

**EDIT**

Well, I just played a bunch of matches and I definitely enjoyed it. I thought Naruto's basic attack using his clones was really weird at first, I just wanted to kick or punch a dude, not use his Jutsu. After I got a hang of the controls and the Jutsu combo/toggling, I started to get into it. I'm really surprised at how well the camera works and the speed of the whole thing is actually pretty amazing. I will say I did my fair share of button mashing (it literally says COMBO = MASH BUTTON). I don't think I was able to really feel like I was performing different combos by my own actions, it was kind of the same deal with Burst Limit.

Of course the Ultimate Attacks are the big visual eye candy here and they are pretty spectactular.

The awakenings are also pretty cool, though I didn't get to spend too much time in them before I decimated my opponent. Good stuff.

I'm interested to see what the free roaming content will be like and if there will be some actual narrative. So far though, if it's more than just a fighting game, I could get into it. It won't be long before somebody nails this whole cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game thing...I hope.


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Posted by Vinny

Ok, installing it now. I'm a little excited...is that weird? Well, here goes...I'll try and post some impressions of the aftermath concerning this amazing event.

**EDIT**

Well, I just played a bunch of matches and I definitely enjoyed it. I thought Naruto's basic attack using his clones was really weird at first, I just wanted to kick or punch a dude, not use his Jutsu. After I got a hang of the controls and the Jutsu combo/toggling, I started to get into it. I'm really surprised at how well the camera works and the speed of the whole thing is actually pretty amazing. I will say I did my fair share of button mashing (it literally says COMBO = MASH BUTTON). I don't think I was able to really feel like I was performing different combos by my own actions, it was kind of the same deal with Burst Limit.

Of course the Ultimate Attacks are the big visual eye candy here and they are pretty spectactular.

The awakenings are also pretty cool, though I didn't get to spend too much time in them before I decimated my opponent. Good stuff.

I'm interested to see what the free roaming content will be like and if there will be some actual narrative. So far though, if it's more than just a fighting game, I could get into it. It won't be long before somebody nails this whole cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game thing...I hope.


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Posted by oGShAdY

It's a great demo. I think you'll like it Vinny. Make sure to try out both of the playable character's Awakening modes. The demo is pretty quick so you'll get a chance to play it a few times over. I'd also recommend finding a friend to play against to add to the experience.

Posted by MagusMaleficus

Didn't I already play this game on my 360?

Posted by Vinchenzo

Never heard of it. :O I'm a bad person.

Posted by Nik_NYG

I personally dislike naruto but I didn't judge the demo untill I played it. It just felt meh. Not bad, not great.

Posted by Hamz

Goodluck Vinny, if we don't hear from you in the Mod chat we know why :P

Posted by Usagi

I played the demo and I think it'll be a pretty solid game when it is released.

Posted by ReTarDedFisHy

Haha, ReTarDedFisHy bought QORE just for that demo :P
Better than expected, and alot better than previous Naruto titles.
And no, waiting the 20 second install time for a new demo is supposed to be exciting ;)

Posted by TheGamerGeek

I don't like Naruto but I suprisingly enjoyed the demo quite a bit.

Posted by Player1

Looking forward to the impressions

Posted by NathHaw

Hey, Vinny, after you've finished it, you should give us a little, informal X/5 stars.  ;)

Posted by Gunblader

I tend to find anime fighting games very mediocre, but I absolutely loved playing this game.  Although I may have loved it because I had someone to play against.

Posted by Joker

Its pretty good demo. Hope you enjoy it Vinny.

Posted by KimFidler

How do you keep getting these anime games?  Vinny, Are you an Otaku?

Posted by METALM1LITIA91

never understood the naruto following but i guess it must have one for them to pump out so many games

Posted by NAKent

I loved the demo, will definitely pick it up I'm soooooo ecstatic that i don't have to listen to his lame and awful dubbed "Believe it!"

Posted by oGShAdY

"I'm interested to see what the free roaming content will be like and if there will be some actual narrative. So far though, if it's more than just a fighting game, I could get into it. It won't be long before somebody nails this whole cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game thing...I hope."

My thoughts exactly. I'm really hoping that the narrative elements shine and that the game stays fresh when I finally get my hands on a few more characters. Also, there are variations to the attacks you can perform by hitting a direction at some point in the combo. If you revisit the demo, try to combo your basic attack with a support character's attack and finishing with your ultimate Jutsu. I find that this can almost level my opponent without losing any health in the match.

Posted by Kane

yeah, burst limit lacked narrative, i think if it had that and a bit more linear story it would have been excellent but it seemed to just be fighting linked together thru a short, unfinished cutscene

Posted by SM2099

"It won't be long before somebody nails this whole cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game thing..."

From your mouth to God's ears thankfully. Lets hope this turns out better the Rise of a Ninja, which basically fooled everyone. Their has to be the equivalent of Budokai 3 for Naruto... Believe it!

Posted by SolidKnight

Download the trailers

Posted by mrfluke

vinny im tellin u man burst limit 3 gonna nail it lol

Posted by xthemusic
somebody nails this whole cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game thing...I hope.

i thought Naruto on 360 was actually a really good game. Played the hell out of that one!
Posted by Mourne

Naruto with actual narrative?

Nay, friend--nay.

Posted by JamesConsidine

i think the best part of the demo was how visually stunning it is. I hope someday we get a dbz game like that lol

Posted by RVonE

So I guess we'll be seeing a Naruto review when it comes out? I really like your DBZ review, Vinny. Good job.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Eventhough it might look more visually impressive than Broken Bond right now, I think I'd still prefer Broken Bond just because it has a story and it's not just a fighting game. Ubisoft's character models look impressive, But I'd still prefer it if they try to get it exactly right like Namco Bandai.

Posted by JackSukeru

Demo isn't out in europe yet, but from the gameplay footage I've seen It looks like it could be pretty fun. Haven't played a Naruto fighting game since the first Ultimate Ninja. Seems like this will be better *crosses fingers*

Posted by HeavyMetalGamer

From what I have seen this new Naruto game manages to pull off what the DBZTC games tried to pull off but could not :p

Posted by Bilawal

Seriously I thought the game was epic. Really great, but the lack of online does bring it down. Still this is waaaay better than the Rise of a Ninja game and Broken Bonds which is the same game.

Posted by davecuk

@ RockmanBionics the demo has been out in Europe since the 17th.

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

Sounds like a good game, I hope they have the Japanese voices....I hope that is standard on this gen of games.

Posted by eduardo

Nice, Vinny, I'll try it out once I get my 360 back.

Posted by davecuk

@ eduardo it's a PS3 exclusive.

Posted by Ossi

Loved the demo as well, got the same reaction to everything like the camera angles which are pretty much perfect in my opinion. The whole combining rasengan through your shadow clone combo is pretty fun.

Posted by MaceWisdom

The demo was just the fighting mode. What I'm interested in is the 125 missions in Mission Mode!! Gaara vs Naruto!!

Posted by super_machine

It looks impressive, but it was like playing a commercial. I'd like to see more but probably wont buy it.

Posted by JackSukeru

Ok, so the demo is out. Is that on the Playstation network? cause I scanned that thing and didn't find anything.  Or is the store that different between different countries?

Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

I totally agree. I feel that the closest anyone has come to nailing the whole "cartoon/anime-can-equal-great-game-thing" was Budokai 3 for the PS2.  I was very suprised with how much I enjoyed the demo and how many times I played it.  I am really interested in this game now and hopefully it can match or perfect Budokai 3's greatness.

Posted by Batman

Oh snap, I didn't even know the demo was out.  I'll have to download this tomorrow. 

Posted by hide

Yeah, they'll nail it one day.

Posted by coletrain

i like how vinny isnt baised or afriad to show that he likes anime un like *cough* jeff *cough* and *cough* ryan *cough*

Posted by Bombzilla

Glad you dug it, Vinny.

Posted by DrewBruschi

i loved the naruto game on the 360!

Posted by Sanj
Yo Vinny, the game's alot deeper than people think!

I made a blog post with some tips and a video i found that explains about "advanced" combat. Pretty crazy!

/end shameless advertising.
Posted by keoskey

its so F*kin awsome

Posted by giyanks22

That's good that you enjoyed it. I've never really been a big fan of Naruto though

Posted by Decimator

I haven't heard of it either, I'm going to digg into it right now! :)

As for the graphics, are they like cell-shaded stylish?

Posted by NickM

how does it compare to the ubisoft 360 game?