Okay, let’s set this straight right now. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has some problems. Are they fixable? Absolutely. Is there still a redeemable game despite these setbacks? You better believe it.
It’s good; really good, but not great. Let’s break this up into pros and cons. I’ll start with the cons first.
To begin with, nothing is seemingly wrong. Go check out the story mode, play that for a little while. Maybe warm yourself up with the free battle mode next – But here’s where things get tricky – I don’t have many people to play local co-op with, so often times I don’t notice these things. But when you decide that you’re finally going to have a
brutally competitive friendly match with a friend, and suddenly the game doesn’t work, chairs could possibly be thrown. What happened, you ask? Despite signing in multiple profiles and guests, pressing the menu button, as prompted, and switching controllers, we were stuck at this cute little screen:
Online is more or less the same, in the sense that you can’t really connect to anybody. At all. I have been able to play at least one match though, where I was stuck in the post game menu unable to do anything.
As far as cons that really stand out, that’s about it. The story may be a little shorter than expected, but the adventure mode can cover the ground that may be missed.
Which brings us now to our pros.
The story, while it may be a short feeling 7 hours, is well put together. It offers some great storytelling from the original Shippuden series, and picks up where the third game left off. If you haven’t watched the show or read the books, then this game can bring you up to speed on the more noteworthy events. It doesn’t cover everything though, so you might want to check the actual series out if this piques your interest.
Adventure is a whole new piece of cake. Although it occasionally suffers from frame rate drops, there’s still a lot to be enjoyed with the open world and free roaming aspects. Running around taking challenges from random characters in the villages, to completing the main and side quests, you’ll have a wealth of things to do and experience.
Speaking of characters, can you say over 100 playable characters? It has its upsides and downsides, depending on how much you like variety. I still haven’t managed to try even half of the characters in the week I’ve owned the game! Each character has a unique moveset, and they’re all fairly balanced, for the most part. A few of them are still pretty overpowered, but it only makes sense given their destructive force in the official canon.
So, while there may be a few flaws thrown into the mix, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is still quite capable of carrying its weight in single player. If you’re more of a multiplayer type, it may do you some good to wait to pick this up. Hopefully we can see a patch or two in the near future to fix the blunders, though.
Given a game has a few bugs on the multiplayer side, would you still play the single player?
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