Namco Bandai does a nice job with the Naruto license – we praised Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations last year but ultimately would like to see more done with the franchise for the next generation of consoles. We’d love to see a more dynamic introduction into the game by newcomers and a shift from reading dialogue on screen for future Naruto games.
March and April seem to kick off the ‘gaming season’ for a couple of months until things go dry over the summer then heat up again for the holidays. March 2013 picks would have to include Tomb Raider, SimCity, Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, God of War Ascension and definitely Gears of War Judgement.
Books turn into movies. Movies are turned in to games. Television shows are made onto movies. A book into mini-series. Video game into television shows. This is the nature of our entertainment. Cannibalistic, symbiotic, incestual? That’s a matter of perspective. On the subject of perspectives, these are the five best cartoon based video games in recent memory. Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension – Phineas and Ferb is an action game designed for kids released in 2011. It makes the list because it perfectly represent the new generation of children’s games. Games made for kids by people that seem to
Armored Core V ushers in the first of a handful of upcoming robot/mech fighting games in 2012 – later in the year we’ll see Steel Battalion and Mech Warrior Tactics. ACV is the longest and most popular franchise from developer FromSoftware (published by Namco Bandai) who also made Demon’s Souls a couple of years ago. Armored Core V offers a campaign mode but the game is really meant for multiplayer online battles. You can play with up to 10 friends total online, customize your AC’s and keep tabs of other gamers on the leader-boards. Namco Bandai’s most recent 2012 releases
Robert Welkner and Hailey Bright (from COIN-OP TV) at Wondercon 2012 – this episode features an interview with Hiroshi Matsuyama the President/CEO for Cyberconnect2. Cyberconnect2 developed the popular Dot Hack games in the past and most recently Asura’s Wrath (Capcom) and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations (Namco Bandai). In this interview find out which Naruto ninjas are Hiroshi’s favorite and how the team manages to create such pretty looking games. Related Links: Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations Review http://coin-op.tv/?p=5253
70+ characters to play AND over an hour of new anime means win for NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations from Namco Bandai! Naruto’s latest was developed by CyberConnect2 who most recently came out with Asura’s Wrath – both games extremely gorgeous to look at and fun to play. One can see from the start that extreme care has been taken with the Naruto license. The story mode will let you play as Naruto during three different times (ages) in his life — or in different parts of the series. There’s original anime created specifically for this game and
Our friends at Namco Bandai have done an excellent job over the years of releasing games with a rich and mesmerizing fantasy environment. Games like Enslaved and Majin The Forsaken Kingdom felt like fantasy novels come to life on our video game controller and their most popular licenses in Naruto and Dragon Ball Z appeal to their hardcore anime fans year after year. Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch looks to take elements from popular games like the Final Fantasy series and The Elder Scrolls and mix them together into a magical cartoon-like environment. Wrath of the White
Capcom has a slew of potential hits coming out in 2012 with Street Fighter X Tekken and DmC leading the pack. The first major game for them out of the gate is the stylistically cool fighter-button-masher Asura’s Wrath which arrives in stores Feburary 2012. Gods will clash in Asura’s Wrath – the game is ‘big’ and brought back memories of playing Muramasa: The Demon Blade in the way boss battles are staged on such a large scale. Asura is out for revenge, once a god himself he now faces former friends and masters in battle. We played the demo on
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, the latest entry in the hit NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Storm franchise which is launching on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 13 in North America. The new trailer showcases the incredibly cinematic in-game graphics and highlights a few of the 70+ playable characters in the game.
Fans of Naruto will have to wait until 2012 to get their hands on Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We praised Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 when it came out for review and also thought Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm was a treat — so expectations for any Naruto game from Namco Bandai is a welcome addition to the fold.