Naruto: The Broken Bond Review
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System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 18, 2008 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

The controls in The Broken Bond are very easy to learn. The face buttons are primarily used for combat and, because of the simplistic nature of the battle system, generally require timed presses rather than all-out mashing like in other Naruto brawlers. The hand-sign system is also very simple, although switching from buttons to thumbsticks takes a while and does feel a little awkward at first. But, if you are used to the core brawling format of most Naruto games, then you will ease right into the control style of The Broken Bond.

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Visuals in The Broken Bond are very good and feature the series’ trademark anime-look. Although the visuals are not as sharp as those featured in Ultimate Ninja Storm, the cel-shading is expertly done, and all the characters sport a fair amount of detail. The environments look very good as well, although there are a lot of repetitive elements in crowded environments. Many of the non-playable characters also have repetitive design, which is slightly annoying when you are looking for one specific NPC among many who look very similar. However, the graphics do look very nice when taken as a whole, and character animations as well as cinema scenes stand out as the best facets of this title’s visuals.

Audio in The Broken Bond is very pleasant to listen to, and the game includes both Japanese and English voiceovers. Both of the voiceovers are of excellent quality, and fans of both the Japanese version and the English version will appreciate the original voice actors from both reprising their roles for the game. The music in this title is a nice mix of original tunes as well as songs sampled from the anime.

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Naruto: The Broken Bond may well give the much publicized Ultimate Ninja Storm a run for its money as the best Naruto game this year. Although the latter was touted for its amazing visuals, The Broken Bond is the most complete-feeling Naruto title currently available. With a fun and varied story mode, an easygoing battle-system and, most importantly, online brawling functionality, Naruto: The Broken Bond is definitely worth your time as a Naruto fan. This title has plenty of content, and if you can’t wait to get back to Konoha, this title is one of the best ways to do so!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
The graphics are extremely sharp, and the character cel-shading is perfect. Environments from the anime are well-created, although there are some repetitive elements.
4.0
Control
The battle system is very simple, and the double-thumbstick hand sign mechanic is integrated well.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Both English and Japanese voiceovers sound great, and original level music is nice to listen to.
4.4
Play Value
The story mode isn’t too lengthy, but the online modes will keep you coming back to this one!
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play as a respected and heroic ninja: Enjoy being a hero and benefit from the newly acquired status gained from saving the village.
  • Discover the importance of teamwork: An all-new feature to the series, use the abilities of your ninja teammates to overcome bigger obstacles and join forces in tag battles. Players can now team-up with multiple characters from the Naruto universe when in combat and throughout their heroic adventure.
  • Explore rich open environments: Following the attack of the Sound and Sand ninja, participate in the reconstruction of the Hidden Leaf Village. Enjoy its depth from a new perspective, adding a new level of detail never reached before in a NARUTO game. Outside of the village, discover remote locations and enjoy making your journey through vibrant and imaginatively detailed settings.
  • Witness and be a part of the series' most epic battles: Engage in battle with some of the fiercest characters from the NARUTO Universe, and use new techniques and jutsu to defeat your enemies.
  • Take your teamwork skills online: With the only NARUTO game to feature online multiplayer, you can now choose among 25 characters and play alongside friends and defeat other teams online via Xbox LIVE. Take your skills a step further and compete in online tournament mode.
  • Live in an authentic Naruto world: Relive the best moments of the anime, adventure through the open village of Konoha, and enjoy voice-acting and music from the original series.


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