Hands On Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

By Spencer . June 16, 2010 . 8:50pm

At E3, Namco Bandai had a short build of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 to play. Unlike past demos, Naruto (Shippuden Naruto) was the only playable character. I fought against Kakashi in the welcome back to Konoha battle.


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The fight had two phases. In the first, Kakashi was a pushover. A few punches and an Odama Rasengan later, Kakashi was out. Before he could switch to phase two, I had to run through a sequence of quick time events to dodge a Lighting Blade, appear behind Kakashi with a Thousand Years of Death jutsu poke, and call out Sakura for an earth shattering punch. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm appears grade players on their reflexes. After you hit a button, stars appear to tell you how you did.


Sakura shattered the arena into pieces when she punched the ground and it remained that way for the rest of the fight. Kakashi switched gears and used a new set of moves. First, he summoned a water dragon that leaped out and chased Naruto on the battlefield. Then Kakashi jumped into the water with a fully charged Lighting Blade, which would shock Naruto if he was standing in water. I had to stand on the islands to avoid being hit.


But, you just can’t stand on an island and wait for Kakashi. The water dragon jumps out twice and will hit Naruto, sometimes pushing him into the electrified water, if you stay in one spot. You have to leap to a different island right before Kakashi lands. Sometimes jumping felt spotty. A few times, I tried to reach the smaller islands only to jump too far, which meant I landed right in the charged water. Islands broke apart as the fight continued.


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This battle appears to be from the story mode. Kakashi had infinite chakra and jumped out of range on a ledge made up of broken rocks. CyberConnect2 usually invests a lot of energy into a single player story mode, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 also has online play and I’m curious to see how that is going to work. Unfortunately, Namco Bandai wasn’t ready to demo that.

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  • Kris

    To be honest, I’m not really a Naruto guy.
    That said, the UNS games look GORGEOUS.

    • Ereek

      I don’t like the Naruto anime (every once in a while I’ll read the manga because it does have some good points – or maybe did is more accurate?) but you’re right, this does look beautiful. I would like to try this at some point.

      • Maybe you should try the first Ultimate Ninja Storm Demo if you can’t wait for UNS2. I was stunned when I played UNS1. Who knows what’ll happen to me when UNS2 is released

        • karasuKumo

          Agreed, I’ve got a person to play the demo they loved it and they’ve gone and bought the game and even started to watch the series. :D

  • Electrium

    This game looks BETTER than the anime from what I’ve seen. CyberConnect 2 has anime style perfected.

    • Aoshi00

      For the most part, the Naruto anime’s animation quality has gone steadily downhill since the Sannin arc, especially since the start of Shippuuden, some of the Akatsuki fights were just drawn horribly compared to the manga :(.. The DBZ games still can’t top the anime counterpart, but the UNS games definitely look better than the Naruto anime like you said.

  • Nice screens makes me want to travel thru time and get it on the street date it is coming out.

    • kibito11

      lol yea same here so wat system u gettn it for

  • Wake

    Looks very promising. Day one purchase for me. Just saw the video with Lars from Tekken in it. He looks way better in anime form.

    • Aoshi00

      Yea, also because Kishimoto designed that outfit for Lars originally. Wish they would get rid of all the mandatory side missions.. I got the first game but couldn’t get into it at all (bought the LE and sold it for half price), same reason I couldn’t get into Rise of a Ninja on 360.. even though both of them looked beautiful, especially UNS.

  • DerrickDnaruto

    Day one purchase for me to!! BTW does anyone know if theres going to be a limited edition for it?

  • DemonicX

    I’m not exactly a Naruto fan, but I’ve played the first Ultimate Ninja Storm and loved it.

    So this may not be a first day buy for me, but it will definitely be a future buy.

  • kibito11

    Team jubi is a clan made for ultimat ninja storm 2 for the ps3 only i am recruiting members to talk about wat they think about to help each other out ps3 only if u want to join my name is kibito11 and for ps3 only

    • zer0p0wer9

      ill join my username is zer0p0wer9 ps3 do you know when a demo well be available

    • zer0p0wer9

      ill join username zer0p0wer9 ps3 and do you know when the demo well be availabale

      • kibito11

        ok man nice to have ya ill add ya later but lets hope for it today its the last day of the e3 so cross your fingers n if not the first week of july

        • zer0p0wer9

          cool and in my username thats the number zero not the letter some people forget. and were you good at the first game

          • kibito11

            lol hell unbeatible

    • ill join! my user name is justinkiller65. i love UNS and im really good at it! do you know when the demo is coming?

    • Add me jwalke22. Im just Uber… Insanely Uber

  • Obligatory booing of Namco and them not releasing more Tales games in the U.S.

    • Scallion

      Obligatory booing of Namco for wasting such a pretty engine on Naruto.

  • karasuKumo

    What I don’t understand is the 40 characters, how many does raging blast 2 have? over 90! enough said. They are both made by CC2 and are on the same platforms, they both use cell shaded graphics so why only 40 for storm 2.

    That’s my only problem with this title so far haha

    • DerrickDnaruto

      CC2 didn’t make Raging as a matter of fact they never made a DBZ game

      • karasuKumo

        I apologise, I got Namco Bandai confused with CC2 for a second lol, I still stick with what I said about the character amount. 60 would have been more than enough. Hopefully we will get DLC :D

    • Aoshi00

      DerrickDnaruto’s right, Raging Blast definitely wasn’t made by CC2, the graphics were actually quite horrible in the DB game while those for UNS was silky smooth, even better than the anime. If this game just has the major fights and no mandatory side missions I would love to play it, I couldn’t stand those in the first game and Rise of a Ninja :(… run around the village collecting coins, etc…

  • What I don’t understand is the 40 characters, how many does raging blast 2 have? over 90! enough said. They are both made by CC2 and are on the same platforms, they both use cell shaded graphics so why only 40 for storm 2.

    That’s my only problem with this title so far haha

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