In 2007, Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly Namco Bandai Games) announced they, with the expertise of developer CyberConnect2, would forever blur the line between anime and video game with the NARUTO: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM series! The first in a series that has to-date shipped well over 14 million copies worldwide made its debut November 2008. Nine years have past quickly and we at Saiyan Island have followed the series with the utmost passion! Thinking of Naruto during the day, dreaming of Naruto during the night, and playing/researching/writing in between whenever we’ve had the chance to break free of this journey called life. In fact, it is solely thanks to Bandai Namco and CyberConnect2’s STORM series that we have that passion and are into video games today! There are so many great video games out there, but there has never been a video game or video game series we’ve loved as much as the Ultimate Ninja Storm series. So it gives us great pleasure to give you our review of the final Storm, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm LEGACY.
We’ve easily spent over 50 hours with each of these games. Easily. We’ve broken down our review into what we liked and disliked. Take a look below!
What We Liked
The Story of Naruto
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is a compilation of the four main games in the series, and as a result, a compilation of the masterful Naruto story in video game format. The first is Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm – this takes players back to Naruto’s humble beginnings and goes all the way up to his first battle with Sasuke at the Valley of the End when they were both 12-years-old. The second is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 – this takes place when Naruto returns to the Hidden Leaf Village from a three-year training with his master (Jiraiya) and goes all the way until he becomes “The Hero of the Hidden Leaf” by defeating Pain. The third is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst – this takes place after Pain’s defeat and goes all the way until Naruto and Kurama team up to battle Tobi. The fourth is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road to Boruto – this takes place where Storm 3 left off and goes past the ending of the Naruto manga to cover the movie based on Naruto’s son, Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
Nicely modeled characters, fantastic renderings of ultimate attacks, and absolutely brilliant cutscenes. The STORM series is the most beautiful anime video game series. It was even so in 720p on PS3 and Xbox 360. With the power of the current generation of consoles, Storm Legacy takes Naruto games of the past from previous platforms and takes them to new heights in 1080p!
The Evolution in One Package
Nine years of nostalgia all in one package! We lived and breathed Naruto Storm so for us, it was all the great memories of playing Storm 1, Storm 2, and Storm 3 coming back in a full Rasengan-style thrust! No other series can do that for us, so to have all these games in one package is invaluable. Not everyone had the opportunity to play all of the main Storm games, however. With Storm Legacy, it is now possible and for fans to experience how Storm once was with Storm 1 to how it has drastically improved mechanics-wise in Storm 4. For us, personally, with Storm Legacy, we can now officially sell our PS3. We have the sole reason we bought it, now available to us on PS4. Also, we miss the feature of instant awakenings from Storm 3 – with a flick of a stick a transformation could occur anytime during a match – so to experience that once again was quite gratifying!
Nearly all DLC Included
Almost all of the DLC that was in Storm 1, Storm 3, and Storm 4 has been included in Storm Legacy. The only missing DLC we could think of from the top of our head was from Storm 3, mainly Naruto in the costume of Dragon Ball Z’s Goku and Sakura in a Hello Kitty costume. You can read full details of DLC here. Storm 2 did not have any DLC and was always a complete package from the start.
Boruto Special and Steelbook Case
Naruto Storm Legacy comes with a Boruto special that was previously never seen outside of a Japanese event in 2016 called Jump Festa. In the physical version of Storm Legacy it comes as a a physical disc while in the digital version it is downloadble. For the physical version of the game, a gorgeous steel book case is included to house all the discs in Storm Legacy. It is such a case, any and every Naruto fan would be happy to feature it in their collection! You can take a look at an unboxing below. The Storm Trilogy disc contains Storm 1, Storm 2, and Storm 3.
What We Disliked
No Option to Switch to Storm 4 Mechanics in Previous Naruto Games
While we liked re-experiencing how Storm was in the past – especially Storm 3’s instant awakening feature – the only thing we felt was missing was bringing the present to the past. Aside from Storm 2’s Lars, Storm 4 has every single character that made it into past Storm games. There has been so much progress that has been made from Storm 1 to Storm 4 gameplay-wise. Storm 1 was amazing in its time, but when you compare them side-by-side, Storm 1’s gameplay is stiff compared to how fluid Storm 4 is. Just to name a few features – in Storm 4 there is a dedicated substitution bar, we can switch between support and playable characters on the fly, and its possible to change movements easily; the way it should be in a game based on ninja! It would have made STORM LEGACY perfect if players had the option to switch between Storm 4’s mechanics or the game’s original mechanics. Developer CyberConnect2 has worked so hard in improvement of the franchise so it would have been phenomenal to have the option to experience the game’s of the past with the present or latest game in the series, Storm 4.
The original Storm 2 and Storm 3 on PS3 and Xbox 360 would allow players to play online against friends or random people around the world. The Storm Legacy version of both games also bring this great feature for players to enjoy. However, it is unfortunately not utilized by players. Online is a ghost town in Storm 2 and Storm 3. We played this game on PS4 and were only able to get matched with 1 person over 30 minutes time in Storm 2 and 3 people in Storm 3. In our playthrough, Storm 4 is still alive and well and getting a player and ranked match is quick. However, in Storm 2 and Storm 3, there is a long, painful wait.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Legacy takes almost 15 years of Naruto story and puts it into one, brilliant video game package that every Naruto fan should have! Online for the older Naruto games is nearly empty, but logically it makes sense. Those who are purchasing it are doing so to own a brilliant piece of Naruto history and to experience the masterful story of Naruto in video game format. In our play through, Storm 4 is still alive and well and getting player and ranked matches for this year-and-a-half game is quite quick. All in all, this is the best anime video game franchise to date and one we’ve obsessed over since 2007. Storm 4 is said to be the final storm, however, there is so much more left in the world of Naruto! After this wonderful STORM, we’d love to see Bandai Namco Entertainment and CyberConnect2 team up once again to show what it truly means to be an Ultimate Ninja!