I liked Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. CyberConnect2's little masterpiece (until Asura's Wrath comes out, anyway) is exhilarating to play, looks absolutely gorgeous, and is in all likelihood the best anime game ever made. In fact I'd go so far as to call it superior to many videogame adaptations of non-anime material, as well.
Why, then, am I mildly disappointed by this new trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm: Generations, which you can be mildly disappointed by below? Should I not be happy that I'm getting more of the same?
Perhaps. It's a good game, and goodness knows I've enjoyed sequels that don't necessarily add anything new to their predecessor's mechanics. The series isn't exactly known for having deep, subtle fighting systems, either, with the bulk of its awesomeness concentrated in its epic set-pieces and over-the-top renditions of great duels from the Naruto canon.
And yet, the only new things about this new game seem to be the addition of several new characters, including the Raikage, C, Darui, Haku, Zabuza, and...young Naruto, hence the "Generations" subtitle. This stuff could have been introduced as downloadable content. In fact, stuff like this was introduced as downloadable content in the first Ultimate Ninja Storm game! Why a whole new disc, Namco Bandai?
Bah. It'll take more than a few new playable fighters to convince me to pick this one up. Trailer up a few epic set-pieces, if you please. Maybe the big Raikage vs. Sasuke fight. Or make Danzo playable and do that fight. Or bring the story forward, all the way up to current events, including fights against zombie versions of all the dead characters. You've probably got that Asuma character model lying around, right?
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