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Quick Look: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

We're back with Naruto and there's some good, some bad, and just some plain crazy.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Mar. 8 2016

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Austin

Posted by: Vinny

179 Comments

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80 minutes of Naruto?

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RASENGANNNNNNNN!!!

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LET'S GO ANIME TALK!

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9000?right?

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Like 4 mins in and this QL is already amazing

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xxxsmokeholenaruto returns!! I'm so READY!

OK Hip Hop Hogan killed me and is pretty on point:

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also I am anime trash baby and thank you for this... this game also is the first time something has 'finished' the whole story outside of the manga which means they are ahead of the anime in most cases.

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I'm a little disappointed the first comments here were not centered around how "Naruto" is actually pronounced.

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Man this game is anime as fuck.

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Edited By hassun

I just want to hear Jeff say NARUTO SHIPPUDEN again...

(Also this game appears to be a disappointment even to fans.)

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The mandatory gif

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I expected Austin to be more knowledgeable of Naruto, but at the same time, hearing all 3 of their blind reaction to Killer Bee was pretty good.

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Animebomb.com

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gotta turn on japanese audio so you don't cringe too much to this english dubbing lol

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Edited By gundogan

And I thought the manga got truly ridiculous at this point...

Also.... ANIME HOGANS!

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Edited By beanswater

I went through a Naruto phase in college and have always assumed it would have disappeared between then and now. Apparently ninja boys and girls are a Manga / Ahhhhneeemay powerhouse

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Love the show but more than 50 percent of it is filler. They have been doing a filler arc for over a year now that is super annoying because the main story is finally coming to a close. Been looking forward to this quick look since the last Naruto quick look they did was pretty good.

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@marz: Neutral Spanish is amazing too, if you go that path.

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This game is alright if you've never played one of these before, if you have than you should skip it.

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@beanswater: it's gone way off the main story from the magna. I think last year the show aired about 6 non filler episodes.

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@marz: I had an old man sage... that's my dream you idiot!

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So the thing I got from playing an early Naruto game is Kakashi is cool.

That still hold up?

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Come for the anime, stay for the Hip Hop Hulk Hogan.

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I stuck with the manga through the end and it got real bad there after the Pain arc and then abysmal once the war arc happened. But I still really dig these games and I like a lot of the people in the Naruto universe.

That said I still really want a game that goes through the entire series, from Zabuza all the way to Kaguya Otsutsuki. Toss the Boruto movie in there too, why not. That;s the Naruto game I want.

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Naruto's not great it alright some arcs are pretty good it gets kind of bad near the end but the dialog in this game man.

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This is an absurdly long quicklook for a Naruto game. That is okay with me.

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I love Vinny's glee for games like this.

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Thought Austin was the anime guy sucks that no one knows what Naruto is all about for this game. The story mode looks bad and playing with English dub is a bad idea.

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I'm a fan of ill anime fights (Asura's Wrath, Metal Gear Rising, Attack on Titan) but I don't get much else from anime. I feel like I should give Naruto a try but I rarely hear positive things about it.

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Man I haven't watched Naruto in like 6 years, what happened to this series lol

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Man I love me some anime bullshit but this is some shitty anime bullshit.

EDIT: I don't know why but I feel like this batshit insane and actually kinda bad dialogue would play better if I was listening to Japanese VO.

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#gamebutts

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@hassun said:

I just want to hear Jeff say NARUTO SHIPPUDEN again...

(Also this game appears to be a disappointment even to fans.)

It's not bad, they made a few really good changes, to the gameplay especially (the ability to switch characters on the fly gives you more options and a bit more freedom when it comes to combos for example), and the boss fights are as crazy as ever. The problem is that most of the story is presented with stills from the anime in a way that won't make much sense to you if you haven't watched the anime and/or read the manga and even the cutscenes that are in engine only exist in the form of videos with terrible compression (which is weird because the bossfights are way crazier than anything in those videos and they run totally fine). So everything that ties the bossfights together is not as good or interesting as it could have been.

The visuals are slightly better, especially the particle effects but it's disappointing that it's still locked to 30fps even on PC. As far as the combat system goes, aside from the changes it's pretty much the same, meaning that it's fluid and pretty to look at but it lacks the depth that you would expect from a fighting game. Basically, if you've played UNS3 or Revolution there's not a ton of new content in this one and it's probably a good idea to wait for a price drop. If you haven't played one of those games in a while or are new to this series then this is the one to get. Now you know a lot more about this game than you ever wanted to.

As far as the anime goes, I enjoyed Naruto up to the pain arc, after that it really dropped in quality and even though there still are a few neat moments every now and then, I mostly watch it because I might as well finish it after coming this far.

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I'm a fan of ill anime fights (Asura's Wrath, Metal Gear Rising, Attack on Titan) but I don't get much else from anime. I feel like I should give Naruto a try but I rarely hear positive things about it.

it's an uphill battle

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Edited By s-a-n-JR

@austin_walker Naruto's thing is that he's blunt and pretty rude. It works better in Japanese, original V/A being one reason. Naruto doesn't use honorifics and generally speaks very informally to people, but because he's also a super ace guy who's really gutsy, he's meant to come across as endearing. It can be pretty funny when Naruto tells a bad guy to "shut the hell up" when they start explaining their evil plans.

Those slide-show cutscenes are just terrible, I don't know what the hell was happening during the action moments.

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I am not an anime man. My friend brought this over and I played with him. I might be an anime man now.

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@marz said:

gotta turn on japanese audio so you don't cringe too much to this english dubbing lol

The things they're saying are incredibly stupid either way. But yeah, Naruto's English VO in particular is terrible.

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I read all of naruto and... i do not remember mecha 9 tails???

"that's my dream you idiot" - napoleon dynamite

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I am now beginning to understand why there's so many players named Madara Uchiha in FF XIV. It makes me want to play with those people even less.

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Hooooooly shit, seems like most of the english cast just phoned that shit in. And, hooooooly shit those cutscenes/dialogue are so bad.

Also, I'm a pretty big fan of Naruto too. It has some absurdly bad, drawn-out arcs, but overall I had a lot of fun with it. /shrug

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"Let's 'Jump' in here, 'Shonen' we?"

Don't think I didn't hear that, Vinny.

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They say "hola Obito" / That's what they saying when I roll up with my people

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There is an actual reason why Naruto is kind of angry at this point of the story. Hint: The guys that is fighting against are directly and indirectly responsible for the dead of his parents (so he grows as an orphan with the ninja world equivalent of a nuclear bomb trapped inside him so everyone in his home village hates him), half of his world current conflicts and helping to corrupt his best friend. Not that the game is any good to explain all this, mind you.

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Do I even bother watching Shippuden? I'm sure someone here knows of a watch guide to skip filler?

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The last time I saw Naruto was when he was being trained by some pervy dude.

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@paulunga said:
@marz said:

gotta turn on japanese audio so you don't cringe too much to this english dubbing lol

The things they're saying are incredibly stupid either way. But yeah, Naruto's English VO in particular is terrible.

Thought some stuff kind of requires context to get why it means something to the characters. The garbage stuff gets a little less silly when you remember Kakashi saying about "those who abandon camarades are trash/garbage".

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oh god why would you use the english dub

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Nyanko-Sensei is best Madara.
Nyanko-Sensei is best Madara.

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"I think he's like middle aged" LOL