Game introduction - Part 1 - Naruto Online

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  • Game introduction - Part 1 - Naruto Online

    If you are a naruto fan, you can't miss this awesome game. I will give you some information about it. Play or not, you decide.
    Letís start by talking about the character selection screen, which said rather excitedly in bold text: Letís go to Konoha!

    Character Selection in Naruto Online

    The first thing I noticed was the fact that you couldnít actually make your own character Ė you had to choose from five pre-designed characters which are gender locked, though you do get to choose your own name:
    • Midnight Blade Ė Lightning Style Ninjutsu & Kenjutsu
    • Azure Fang Ė Warrior Style Ninjutsu & Medical Ninjutsu
    • Scarlet Blaze Ė Fire Style Ninjutsu & Genjutsu
    • Breeze Danger Ė Rasen Barrage & Wind Style Ninjutsu
    • Crimson Fist Ė Earth Style Ninjutsu & Taijutsu

    Letís Go on an Adventure!

    I started out by exploring the Hidden Leaf Village, and I have to say I was pretty happy to find that it didnít actually try to stick you to a certain path with involuntary auto-tracking. It does have auto-path, but activating it is voluntary. In the beginning of the game I set about exploring the area, walking through the streets, and of course visiting Narutoís favorite ramen shop, but in the end the village wasnít that interactive. There wasnít much to do other than look at the pretty scenery, and I found myself jumping back onto the main story before long. I was a little disappointed but I have to say the scenery was beautifully drawn.
    Iím not sure Iíd have wanted to see the storyboard for Naruto Online simply because it borrows a bit heavily from the source material and it seems that for at least a few of the quests, whoever was in charge of making sure they stuck to the lore took a sick day. Basically, the gameís story follows the arcs of the first Naruto series, though I have no idea if it ever morphs into Shippuden. Iíd have to imagine it does, otherwise the game would simply run out of material. That being said, you start in the Hidden Leaf village taking orders from the first Hokage, who actually died pretty early on in the Naruto anime.
    I was surprised to see that instead of following an original story, you literally follow Naruto himself through his ninja registration, at which point he pulls out his Ďsexy jutsu.í If you havenít seen the show Iím just going to fill you in: the sexy jutsu is where Naruto transforms into a naked woman to offend the sensibilities of a bunch of people who have apparently never experienced nudity in their lives. Itís great for stunning bad guys, lowering their defense, etc. I have trouble believing that some of the enemies in the Naruto universe would even be phased at seeing a naked woman, but thatís just one small gripe at what is an otherwise pretty good browser game. Okay so maybe itís also a gripe at the anime itself.

    There are few issues I have with Naruto Online, other than the fact that they drew heavily on existing dialogue and plot to fill in the gaps. First of all, they retconned part of the story; Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura were assigned to Kakashe and they met him in a classroom, but in the game they met him in the field where they were given their ninja exam. Is that just me fangirling? Probably, but if youíre going to make a game that appeals to fangirls you should really follow the source material. Aside from the really obvious retconning, there is also the fact that they like to rush the dialogue when they donít want to stay on a particular subject. Whenever the story is coming up to what would be more of a filler, they simply scroll white text across the screen, explaining what happened, and to be honest they donít do a very good job of it.
    Going into Battle

    Naruto Online is a turn-based affair, as you would probably expect from a game like this, and the attacks feature all of the signature abilities from series favorites. For example, Naruto has his shadow replication, which seems to be a lot more effective in this game than it ever was in the show.
    Part of the main quest and sub-quests in Naruto Online involve picking up new teammates, all of which are staples from the actual anime. You have Sasuke, Sakura, and others, though there are also other characters you can summon, like Lee. Your power (battle rating) increases with each new team member, giving you a significant advantage in battle whether youíre doing PvP or PvE.

    As you progress through Naruto Online you will level up, obviously, but there are numerous things you can do to make sure that your characters are up to task. For one, you can eat items like bread to upgrade strength, and your characters are going to make some amusing comments when you feed them. In addition to that, you can always upgrade your items to make them stronger and give you more of an advantage when you head into the fight.
    Unlocking New Tasks

    As with any other browser RPG youíre going to unlock new tasks and options as you level up. For example as I leveled up I unlocked things like daily missions, the home instance, etc. In addition to that I ran into the Ninja Exam scenario, which allowed me to fight against various instructors in the hopes of raising my level as well as gaining new abilities. In the beginning, most of the upgrades were freebies but they did become a bit harder to obtain later on.
    I found that having friends in this game is a good idea Ė you need them for missions. No seriously, aside from the grouping mechanic, you can assign missions to your friends and once they complete them youíll get a commission, and it works both ways. This ability is available from your home instance and there are a ton of other options youíll want to look at while youíre there.

    Gameplay 8/10

    I canít say the gameplay in Naruto Online is original, but it is pretty fun. If you donít want to button mash your skills, you can put the battles on auto and it will pretty much do what you were going to do anyway. Itís responsive, itís fun, but it does have some of the same issues that you see in other browser games with slow rendering graphics. One thing Iíd like to point out is that during one of the training missions youíre supposed to fight against other members of your team, but during the fight those members are still ON your team which leads to you literally fighting against yourselves. I guess someone didnít really think that one through.

    Innovation 4/10

    Thereís nothing new in Naruto Online; the mechanics are all borrowed from other browser games and renamed in an attempt to look original. Does this make it a bad game? Not really, but itís nothing to write home about.

    Community 6/10

    Many of the players spoke Spanish in Naruto Online, and while I donítí speak Spanish myself, I canít say I found much conversation going on in the chat. For the most part people kept to themselves and played the game, which may or may not be a good thing.

    Graphics/Sound 9/10

    Okay I just have to say that whoever designed this game really paid attention to the source material. The graphics are true to the Naruto canon, character animations are on point, and it just looks amazing. The artists really knew what they were doing and as a Naruto fan I really appreciate it.

    Value for Money 5/10

    Iím going to say the same thing for Naruto Online that I say for every browser game: Itís probably not worth your money. First of all, itís the same game youíve probably played over and over with a different skin. Sure, they did a good job of reinventing the wheel in this case, but itís still the same wheel. The one thing I will say is that while the story is definitely recycled (and shamelessly so), it will definitely be great for kids who havenít actually seen the anime and want to catch up the story. Itís an entirely new experience for them and it is definitely one worth reliving. That being said, if you just want to rush through the story here itís probably worth a play through, though thereís a good chance that youíve already heard it all before. If youíre looking for something a little deeper or even a lot deeper, then this game is going to drain your wallet pretty quickly Ė keep that in mind when youíre adventuring in Konoha.
    Overall 6.5/10


    +Great Graphics
    +Smooth Gameplay
    +Sound is Pretty Nice


    -Recycled Gameplay
    -Story Conforms to First Naruto Arc and Weíve Already Seen It
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