ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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The Naruto: Shippuden anime series has captivated audiences around the world since its release date in 2007. Though for the West, the English and uncut version of the show only started airing on January 5, 2014. Needless to say, some of us are pretty far behind when it comes to this series. That's why the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise has been so great for Western audiences.

In fact Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 was released in America before Japan! But this will all come to an end with the release date of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 on February 4th, 2016. The climactic conclusion to this acclaimed series hopes to deliver everything that fans expect and more. But how will it compare to the anime?

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 How Can it Compare With the Naruto Anime?

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

The Naruto: Shippuden anime, much like a lot of Japanese animes and JRPGs, is rampant with beautiful quotes about human existence, like the one you see here. It's a series of epic proportions for sure, but it has plenty of time for emotionally involving its viewers in the characters and universe that it creates. The games are no different, and we adore when they strike a balance between the two. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, was an acclaimed fighting game. There is so much depth and epicness to uncover in the wealth of fights that both the campaign and online modes supply. But for true fans of the Naruto series, the real wealth of content lies in the playing through of some of the series' most incredible moments.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

So far, what we've learned about Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has mainly focused on its gameplay improvements, such as the following:

  • The "Wall Running" feature where two shinobi are able to fight while climbing the walls of the selected stage has returned. But this time, one fighter can stay on the ground, rather than forcing both players to fight on the walls.
  • A new feature called "Leader Swap", where you can switch out the main character you're fighting as to fight against your opponent with your support characters, has been introduced. The support character will have the same amount of health as the main fighter when swapped in.
  • Before starting a battle, you will be able to choose between multiple jutsus and Ultimate Jutsus to use in battle.
  • The game will be more realistic than its predecessors where an outfit can be damaged if it is hit and even worn off. For example, if a player is hit with a fire ball, their costume could burn for a while unless they're hit with water.

Play Famous Moments, Or Change the Course of History

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

But there's a whole lot more to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 than its gameplay. Just as we saw with the previous instalment, players will be able to affect the course of the game. You'll be able to carry along the usual path of the anime, or you can diverge from this and experience variations along the way.

We still have plenty of famous boss fights on the way, but we're still unsure whether these will be expanded upon in comparison to Shippuden 3. How much of an affect on the course of the game will we be able to have?

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Ultimately, if Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 expands upon the greatness of the previous entry in terms of narrative, we'll finally have a game that can rival the greatness of the Naruto: Shippuden anime. Let us know what you're most excited for when it comes to Naruto!

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