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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto

Can the son live up to his father's accomplishments?

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The Ultimate Ninja Storm series, created by CyberConnect2, is one of the best adaptations of Japanese animation into video game form, faithfully recreating all the major events in the series, from young Naruto's first battle in the original series, to the final chapters of Shippuden. But now the series is over, and there's no more content to recreate in the games. Well, except for Boruto: Naruto the Movie. And it serves as the main inspiration for this Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 expansion, Road to Boruto.

This expansion is based on the events of the film, and can be purchased for £15 (€20), if you already own the main game. A steep price given what's new here and before you buy the season pass, you should know that Road to Boruto is not included in the pass. If you've yet to pick up the main game, you can now pick up a bundle that includes the main game, all the season pass content and Road to Boruto as a bundle (£38/€50).

In this new adventure you will mostly play as Boruto, son of Naruto and Hinata. Sarada Uchiha, daughter of Sasuke and Sakura, and Mitsuki, Orichimaru's creation, are Boruto's companions, as the trio forms Team Konohamaru. The story takes place several years after the end of Naruto Shippuden, with Naruto very much involved in his role as Hokage, and Sasuke wandering the world. The story itself concentrates on the poor relationship between Boruto and Naruto, as the son is not eager to understand his father's repeated absences due to his role as leader of the village. Sasuke is therefore seen as a desirable master by Boruto, since he was his father's main rival. As for the rest of the story... well, we better let you experience it, otherwise we will spoil everything there is to enjoy in the expansion.

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Road to Boruto will keep you busy for a few hours, especially if you invest time in all the extra content. The problem is, this extra content is painfully boring and the story campaign is actually very short. You will wander through a semi-open world (divided into areas) filled with stationary characters that offer little or no meaningful interaction.

The secondary missions themselves are as boring as they can be, usually forcing the player to go from A to B, and then back to A. There are still some extras and challenges you can try to accomplish, but the secondary content in this expansion (and the main game itself to be honest) leaves much to be desired. As for the story missions, they are similar in structure and content to what you might be used to from the main game.

The fighting is fun, and the action-heavy sequences are spectacular, but that's where the series has always shined. There is no other game or saga capable of reproducing so faithfully and impressively what is in the animation, and that is still true in Road to Boruto. In addition to the adventure itself, the expansion also adds some characters to the cast (although they are repeats with minor changes). These characters are: Boruto, Sarada, Mitsuki, Naruto 7th Hokage, Sasuke the Wandering Shinobi, and Mecha Naruto.

For its hefty price tag, Road to Boruto should have done more and done it better. A big slice of the content is boring and uninspired, and what's good is short and repeats much of what has already been covered previously in the saga. If you're a big fan of Naruto, this is a reasonable excuse to return to the Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, despite the price, but if you're not really feeling that urge, you might as well just stay away from Road to Boruto.

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06 Gamereactor UK
6 / 10
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Covers the events of the film, Some spectacular animation sequences, Option for English or Japanese voices.
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Short story, Boring secondary content, Poor open world gameplay, Lots of recycling.
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