Name: Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purposes
Ready to put your ninja skills to the test? Well now you have your chance! With Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker you can do so in Ninja League – the newly revealed competitive ranking.
Play as your favourite Naruto character or create your own avatar as you compete against other teams to become the greatest ninja across the globe. The first league takes place place from 31st of August to 20t of September. Winning matches online wins you points you need to climb the ‘ladder’. Winning fights will earn you points, but losing fights however will cost you points.
This game has a charming manga look to it and the frame rate is very good. The music is also very cute and matches the game well. The voice acting however sounds slightly awkward. The voices sound a bit wrong to the way characters look and don’t really match the emotions on the characters faces.
You start of choosing your avatar. As mentioned before, you can either play as your favourite Naruto character or create your own. Personally I would have liked a few more options when creating my own, but I guess you unlock some cool things when you win. You go through some tutorials, that drag on a bit, but are necessary. After a few training missions you are good to go! This is where it goes a little downhill though. The camera does not keep up with your avatar properly so it is very hard to see what’s going on. I know ninjas are super-fast, but when you are the one controlling them it would be nice to see what you are doing.
As with the camera, the controls were also a bit ‘off’. When you can’t really see what you’re doing it is also hard to control your avatar. During the fights things get a bit chaotic. During training tutorials while everything has a slow pace doing all your ninja moves is a breeze, but when it’s four on four it simply gets confusing. It is very hard to see what you are doing, as I established before, and when you can’t see who is attacking you or from where it becomes difficult to control your own character. All in all these fights are very confusing.
Not sure if replay value really relates to online games like this, but I am sure you can spend aaaaages playing it! Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try and ‘climb the ladder’ properly and work my way up the grades.
Story - 7/10
Graphics - 6/10
Gameplay - 7/10
Controls - 5/10
Replay Value - 7/10
Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker did, unfortunately, not greatly impress me. This might be because I am not a fan of the genre. It would be great if they had an offline mode with NPC’s to train with as the online fights were so chaotic. However, the animation is super-charming and I’m sure (hope) that it will be more suited for fans!