The month of February has been kind to fighting game fans with the release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Street Fighter V. Together these games represent the dominant forms of fighting in the gaming world, with more traditional side-scrolling gameplay in Street Fighter 5 and the manic 3D arenas of Naruto Storm 4.
If you're a BIG fan of fighting games, you've probably invested in both of these titles. However, it's likely that your attention is focused on merely one of these; the one that offers more familiar gameplay. But reviews for these two products have been fascinating and paint an interesting picture of modern fighting games.
In Review: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Vs Street Fighter 5
While our review roundups of Naruto Storm 4 and Street Fighter V demonstrate how both games certainly have a devote following from certain critics, neither of them are without their faults. We saw how Steam users were furious with the release of Naruto: Shippuden, and we can't blame them. In some instances the game actually ran at 5 frames a second in menus. Ouch.
Street Fighter V is not without its critics either. In fact, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has the same review score as it does on Steam: 6/10. Here are some of the main complaints that have rustled PC gamers regarding Capcom's latest release:
- 60 dollar game with no ps4 stick support or working multiplayer thx capcom. - RING RING MY BELL
- The best thing I can say about SFV is that the title screen animation is kinda neat. After that you are then greeted by a lovely message in the form of "unable to connect to server". - TheColeTrain218
- I like the fact that the game starts. It has some nice music. Can't speak to gameplay though, because I can't get into a match and even if I could, neither my controller or keyboard work. - Etherian
The release of Naruto Storm 4 and Street Fighter V has demonstrated that both Bandai Namco and Capcom have focused their attention on consoles. The XBOX One and PS4 experience almost no problems in terms of performance with [Naruto: Shippuden](tag:3637021), whereas for some the game is barely playable on PC.
Street Fighter V hasn't delivered for PC gamers either, as you can't remap your controls on keyboard (if they even work), servers are failing to make online playable, and framerate issues are experienced across the board. A very similar situation for both of these fighters.
But assuming that your copy works, as they do on consoles, which is actually the better game in terms of gameplay and content?
You may have heard of Street Fighter 5's content issues,
"The next step in fighting games' mechanics, but a step backward on game modes." - IGN
Singleplayer story content won't be arriving until the Summer so as it stands, this is a very limited fighting game that is teasing us with its superb mechanics. There are a few server issues here and there, but on the whole playing Street Fighter 5 on the PS4 has been a fluid and enjoyable experience for me. But the fact is that this Triple A title gets boring too quickly for those that aren't fans of the series' famous gameplay. There's just not enough to keep you engaged.
Naruto Storm 4 is a bit different. This game is teeming with content, whether it be the expansive, all-encompassing campaign, or the lighthearted and enjoyable Adventure mode, Naruto will keep you busy for hours on end. Once server issues are mended across the board, this will be an exceptional fighting game worthy of the Naruto name in every capacity.
So who's won? Which fighter has emerged on top in February? Both of these fighting games have astounding gameplay mechanics, great online action and some beautiful visuals. But as it stands, Naruto Storm 4 has more value for its money.
With over 100 characters to play as (as opposed to Street Fighter 5's 16), a great narrative, tons of extra content, a great soundtrack, beautiful visuals and hours of online action ahead, this little 3D anime fighting game takes February. But will it take 2016? Let us know what you think of these two in the comments below!