Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 (DS)

By Amanda Randolph

Published on Monday, November 17, 2008

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 6.00
Gameplay: 7.00
Replays: 6.00
Gamelength: 6.00

Naruto is back on the Nintendo DS with a new and original adventure that exists only in this game by the developers at TOMY.

You once again assume the role of Naruto, the Hidden Leaf Village’s high spirited and eager to achieve ninja, as he helps prevent the Spirit Beast from awakening. The plot in this game has no connection to the story shown in other Naruto games or even in the Show.

The colors are bright and eye catching with a cartoon-like style you would expect from the games namesake. Characters themselves are rendered as sprites. Anime styled drawings pop up during conversations, these show emotion and reactions and are very well drawn. The maps are shown from a birds eye view, which with the fact that there is no world map, makes it hard to find where you need to be going. With many hidden treasure chests though, exploring can be worth the time. The backgrounds are straight out of the television series, with familiar places like the Ramen shop and the Ninja Academy.

The fighting system is time based, each character will attack one at a time. The set up for this is extremely easy to use, and very familiar to people who have played much older styled two dimensional games. A neat concept , the characters can be moved forward or back to increase/decrease attacks or defense. Certain Jutsu attacks will require you to trace the screen with your stylus, this will build up the necessary chakra. You will be using the same Jutsu through most of the game, making the fights a little dull and repetitive. You can build your own custom team with each different character supplying new and useful Jutsu abilities, which is a big plus for fans of other characters besides Naruto.

The game becomes rather dull quickly with an almost too straightforward story line. The obstacles you encounter, will impose little threat and are easily pushed through. The game length is extremely short and hold very little replay value.

The background music is fun and happy, but comes out a little static-y. The sound effects are a little metallic and do not seem to fit with the characters actions. The soundtrack is one of the biggest cons of this game.

If you are a fan of the Naruto series , this game may hold some interest to you, but its original storyline and lackluster execution can drive even the die-hardest fan away.

Overall Rating: 6.00

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