When I had a chance to play Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 the first thing I did was select Kurenai. The leader of Team 8 doesn’t attack with illusions like in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3. Kurenai has in your face kicks and a few tree tricks. As for jutsus she can tie up another character with a branch by pressing down + A. This move is a retooled version of Yamato’s wood binding jutsu from Naruto Shippuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX 2. Another move summons a wood spear from the sky, which momentarily stuns another plyer. Kurenai can also teleport by holding back on the analog stick and pressing A.
The wood binding move is useful if you can catch another player in it. Once bound, you can walk up to them and do the Tree Binding Death ougi. Kurenai also has a second ougi, which functions more like a powerful counterattack. If you hold back on the analog stick and press down on the D-pad Kurenai switches into counter stance where she reacts to any attack by sealing the opponent to a tree and slashing him/her with her kunai.
When I talked to Tomy I tried to get more information out about the other characters. Tomy’s representative was tightlipped, as expected, but told me “Kurenai is the tip of the iceburg.” Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 still has many more characters to reveal since we’re not even close to identifying everyone in the 35 character roster. The story is an original plot, which might be a surprise. There is also another unknown use for motion control other than shaking to punch and doing chakra recovering hand seals.
Later in the conversation I found out the fan feedback Tomy listened to led to adding options which allow players to remove the breakable objects and stage transitions. Tournament players should be happy about this. Hardcore Naruto fans will be pleased to know Naruto has a new jutsu when he transforms into the One Tailed Kyuubi. Instead of the feral slash combo in Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 4, Naruto has a Kyuubi powered Rasengan.
Images courtesy of Tomy.