Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution Review
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System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: 8ing / Razing 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: D3 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 23, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Another arena where Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution shines is the audio department. The game's score is a mix of tunes from the anime with a few original compositions, and really captures the youthful, energetic feel of the Naruto series. The voice acting is also very well done, and I was very pleased with the amount of effort put into the voice work of this game. All too often voice actors get boring or lines from the original show get recycled resulting in a boring and dreary-sounding game. But the dialogue here is refreshingly brought to life, and I can't commend the voice actors enough for the great job they did in this game.

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However, not all the facets of the game received such large upgrades. One area that remains largely the same is the look of the game. The Wii is definitely not known for its cutting edge graphics, but a little upgrade would have been nice. Of course that's not to say that this game looks bad per se; it looks pretty good with nicely rendered cel-shaded characters and vivid environments. But if you look at some of the former Clash of Ninja games (which looked excellent on the GameCube), you'll notice that most of the visuals remain largely the same.

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Overall, I enjoyed playing Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution. Sure, it's not a big deviation from the Clash of Ninja franchise formula, but I can appreciate it for what it's worth: a good time. And this good time is only enhanced by the superb control options and excellent arcade-style gameplay. I still wish for a little more substance, but something tells me there's another Clash of Ninja just around the bend, waiting to (hopefully) surprise us with something new.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:
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  • 14+ available characters - Among the available characters will be original characters such as Naruto, Sasuke or Sakura, but other characters will include some never seen before in the Clash of Ninja series. Plus, the characters will have all new animations for the Wii!
  • Battle it out in one of six stages - Each of the six stages will have two distinct combat zones that allow players to beat their opponent in one stage and then continue to pile on the punches as they transition to the next combat zone.
  • Exclusive content for North America - This game will include all new game effects, new interactive environments, and an all new special attack animations which will deliver exclusive content for North America.
  • Various game modes - Game modes include: story mode, score attack, timed attack, survival, 2P Versus, 2P Score Attack, 2P Survival, and 1-4 Multiplayer Versus.

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.1
    Graphics
    The game's overall look largely resembles its GameCube predecessors, but the stylized cel-shaded technique still looks great.
    4.7
    Control
    With a multitude of control schemes to choose from, there's one you'll like. All work very well, although the Wii-mote and Nunchuk style gives you the most complete experience
    4.6
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Very good voice over and great music give this game audio distinction.
    3.9

    Play Value
    Very extensive arcade-style modes and minigames make playing this game casually a blast. But the lack of any real story mode makes it seem repetitive during extended gameplay.

    4.2
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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