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Reviewed: Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: December 12th, 2006
Page: 3

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Definitely designed for younger players. The one real pain is the inability to save anywhere but the center of the village, making the longer missions with multiple village stops or fights a definite annoyance. The relatively weak storyline and inability to interact with anyone outside of cutscenes is unfortunate, as the series became popular thanks to strong storylines.

Graphics:

 With another title or so to perfect their work and some more powerful hardware, the 3D style chosen for Uzumaki Chronicles will work well. Problems of pixelation and textures are just inevitable on the PS2 these days.

Sound and Music:

Music in the game is all original, and not quite as good as that by the anime series composers; likewise, the American voice actors are something I could have done without. Fans of the American voices might disagree.

Difficulty:

Since it's designed with younger fans in mind, it's not tremendously tough; certain higher-ranked missions can offer stronger challenges, but the toughest fights of all are fighting your own village teammates.

Controls and Interface:

Executing combos and fighting through the game is flawless, and I've got no complaints about the game interface at all.

Overall:

Fans of the Naruto series will love it; those not fans should rent before buying, as it might not manage to grab them over the long term.


Added:  Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 3/3

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