Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto (PlayStation 4) Second Opinion Review

By Renan Fontes 27.03.2017

Review for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto on PlayStation 4

Naruto has been in a period of finality lately. The manga ended in 2014, the anime wraps is just about over, and the long running Ultimate Ninja Storm series is finally coming to an end. But even if the door may be closing on the Naruto Uzumaki saga, his legacy still lives on in his son, Boruto. Adapting the sequel film, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Road to Boruto is keeping the Naruto fighting game scene alive for just a bit longer.

Given how long Ultimate Ninja Storm has been around, it's a bit strange to realize there won't be another - at least not a Naruto one. CyberConnect2's arena fighter has been adapting the franchise since 2008, and it's finally coming to a close with no content left to adapt. Road to Boruto takes the film epilogue and turns it into one last hurrah for the series, adding in a host of new content to satiate mourning fans.

The story mode has been updated to include a roughly two-to-three-hour adaptation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, along with a slew up side missions that lengthen the narrative. The story, itself, isn't the best of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, but it certainly isn't the worst either, offering a satisfying conclusion to the six-entry saga.

Screenshot for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto on PlayStation 4

For fans more specifically focused on the versus aspect, Road to Boruto adds plenty of new characters to play around with, upping the already massive roster typical of a Naruto fighter, plus a slew of new costumes and combos to unlock. Unfortunately, there is still an issue of context that makes things overwhelming for newcomers.

Unlike other anime fighters, like ones found in the Dragon Ball Z series, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm has seldom made a point to play catch up, with each entry acting as a continuation of the previous. Thankfully, the fighting genre has always been more about the gameplay than the story, and anime fighters are almost exclusively prioritized with fan service, which Road to Boruto does impeccably well. The DLC offers more of the same solid gameplay and that's really all it needed to do.

Screenshot for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto is more of the same, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The new story mode is a nice adaptation of the film, and the added characters turn this into the definitive Naruto fighter. Newcomers might find the roster and story overwhelming, but fans will certainly be able to appreciate all the care and love put into this expansion, even if it doesn't redefine itself in any major ways.

Developer

CyberConnect2

Publisher

Bandai Namco

Genre

Fighting

Players

1

C3 Score

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