I would not normally look twice at a game like this, however the play.com price proved to be too good a deal.
I am not a Naruto anime fan. My friend however loves it and was watching me play throughout the game. He was getting frustrated at many points in the story and saying things like "The ps2 games have a way better fighting system" and screaming everytime he heard Naruto say "Believe it." I thought the fighting was acutally very good and did not mind what Naruto said, but i assume if you are a fan of the past games and the anime it may.
The village is crafted in fine detail and looks amazing. If actually maked you feel part of the community as you are running around looking for coins (which you will be doing a lot of.)
The story starts slow with you doing tasks such as jumping around looked for herbs (as much fun as it sounds) and then fighting endless streams of "bandits". For the first couple of fights it is acutally fun, but later you will soon be cursing at the screen as soon as one of those darn thing pops out at you.
The fighting is basically a very basic version of games such as tekken or Dead or Alive.
Y= strong attack
X= weak attack
There are differnt combos and you can use a thing called "jujitsu" which you will be familier with if you watch the show. If you are not it is basically a special move which has different affects if you are in or out of a battle, such as
outside a battle= the ability to run up trees or on water
inside a battle= faster punches or kicks.
It is a basic fighting system, but fun for awhile.
The game only last four hours, which is a good and bad thing. I was already starting to be urked by the whole thing, but 4 hours to complete a game! That is crazy...
Yes there are side quests and I could go around delivering food to people, but I have not the will power.
This could have been a pretty fun game. However it seems happy to live in mediocrity.
Wasted Potential. 5/10