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Review: Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto

by onFebruary 13, 2017
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A year ago, Namco Bandai and CyberConnect 2 delivered the best episode of the Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm series. On the strength of this success, even though the franchise was supposed to take a break, the teams went back to work to bring a final add-on based on the last stories done by Masashi Kishomoto. And so with our favorite ninja now Hokage, we discover his calmer son Boruto, in a proper DLC or even expansion pack with Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto.

When it was launched back in 2016, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 had many qualities, including its ability to faithfully transcribe the different key scenes of the hit manga and anime, and even magnify it with an obvious array of computer generated special effects. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto is logically the same, and once the DLC is installed, the main menu will open a new game mode entirely dedicated to the young ninja’s storyline and the obvious movie inspired by it called Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which begins with a fight between Sasuke Uchiwa and Kinshiki Otsutsuki. The DLC will then unfold various part of the story, including the panda hunt by team Konoha-Maru, Naruto’s daughter birth, Sasuke’s personal lessons to Boruto, and finally fighting against Momoshiki (the main villain). In short, everything is there, with a few extra details here and there so if you didn’t watch the movie, i’ll try my best not to .

Rather than cutting the storyline into chapters like the base game, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto gives you the chance to roam around the Konoha village like a hub from one mission to another. Throughout your adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to do various secondary quests in the village, which are great in the beginning but to be honest become extremely boring and repetitive fetch-and-deliver tasks. Trust me, unless you’re a masochist kind of completionist, you’ll start hating the hidden leaf village even if some rare ones are fun (especially those based on fights) but that’s fine since the important in this game is close to perfect: the fighting part.

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Yes because if anything, the fighting mechanics and core of the game is the same recipe that works, filled with these gigantic battles, including Kyubi, always as incredible in terms of sheer power and feelings. It’s these instances that are an excellent excuse for developers to show off their engine, multiplying the special effects, explosions, animations, etc. As in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and the entire Naruto franchise, the cell-shading graphical engine is well made, if not even more aggressive this time, with the use of thicker, sharper black shadowing around the outlines. Hell, if it was up to me, i’d watch the series and movies with this engine instead of the traditional hand-drawn medium.

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto obviously add new characters which helps with the game’s diversity to the game (although not lacking of it with 120 and more playable characters) as much in terms of gameplay as in visual variety. For example, Boruto, while available in different forms, has a style of combat of its own, which alter as well its various super attacks which are all visually impressive. Naruto and Sasuke are not left behind either, with their new adult form attacks which should satisfy the fans of the series (especially for the Konoha shinobi which is really fun).

However, between the characters included in the DLC, and those from the previous DLCs that come along if you buy the complete Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto retail package (including various old 2016 preorder characters such as Mecha-Naruto), there is enough to review the gaming experience, especially for fans of the series.

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto was reviewed using an Xbox One downloadable code of the game provided by Namco Bandai. The game is also available on PlayStation 4 and PC. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published.

What we liked

• A fresh new story mode
• New characters
• The packaged version features all previous DLCs

What is not fun

• The main quest can be finished in less than 3 hours (less if you skip cutscenes).

Editor Rating
 
Concept
9.0

 
Graphics
9.2

 
Sound
9.4

 
Playability
9.0

 
Entertainment
9.1

 
Replay Value
9.0

Final Score
9.1


Our final verdict
 

If the content is generous as one might have hoped, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto is the essential to discover the main game and the latest chapters of the series. Always as dynamic, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 confirms with this DLC that it is still the best video game adapted from the work of Masashi Kishimoto.

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