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Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections is a Disappointment

I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve only ever seen a handful of episodes of Naruto.

Being more of a gamer than an anime watcher, I’ve instead become a fan of the franchise thanks to playing through Bandai Namco’s Ultimate Ninja STORM games. Sure, I’ve probably missed some important beats along the way, but on the whole they appear to give a good representation of the series, and they’ve certainly kept me gripped. Some more than others, admittedly.

When Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections was announced, I was pretty intrigued. It seemed like it was going to be a compendium of all the previous games. That’s sort of what it is, but it also misses the point, condensing the story down in such a way that it largely glosses over huge events. If you were hoping to pick this title up and get a good overview of Naruto’s story, then, you better think again.

Jump into the game’s History Mode and you’ll find there are no adventure elements; as you make your way through chapters, you simply watch story scenes and engage in fast-paced battles. The trouble is, a lot of key scenes and battles have been omitted, making it more-or-less useless for newcomers, and disappointing for franchise fans. If you want to experience the comprehensive story of Naruto in videogame form, you’re still better off purchasing and playing through the previous Ultimate Ninja STORM games.

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The draw here for some might be the Special Story mode, putting players in control of Boruto. This is disappointing too, however, putting too much emphasis on the past rather than looking ahead to the future. With the story centered around a VR game, Boruto and his friends ultimately end up exploring a virtual landscape as legendary heroes and villains of the entire ninja world. But with zero stakes, it simply feels like a filler episode that retreads old ground yet again.

Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections isn’t a total write-off, though. If you’re more interested in the actual fighting than reliving the story of Naruto and pursuing the exploits of his son, then you might be in for a very good time indeed. Over 130 characters are available here right from the off, making this the most comprehensive Naruto brawler to date. And while the combat system mostly remains unchanged from previous entries, there are some tweaks like introducing a new simple mode, making it more accessible than ever.

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On the whole, then, Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections is a disappointment: a missed opportunity to make the ultimate Naruto game. But while it misses the mark for both introducing new gamers to the franchise and allowing existing fans to reminisce over pivotal scenes, it at least should make those just eager to battle it out as their favourite characters happy. That is to say, as a fighting game Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections succeeds – but as a celebration of the franchise it unfortunately falls short.

Naruto x Boruto Ultimate Ninja STORM Connections is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC

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