Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet / common screen, players: 1-4
game language: English
game release date for X360:
Naruto: The Broken Bond is a direct sequel to a 2007 release Naruto: Rise of a Ninja. The sequel follows rules set by that original game, so again we get an action adventure game with fighting at its core. The Broken Bond was released exclusively on Xbox 360.
The series is based on a popular anime created by Masashi Kishimoto. The story in the new game follows threads from the first title in the series. The titular hero becomes a true ninja, which makes his best friend Sasuke jealous. Orochimaru, the leader of a rivaling village, sees it as an opportunity he intends to use. The man coaxes Sasuke into leaving his friends and joining the clan of evil ninjas. Easy to guess, Naruto sets off on a journey to find his old friend.
One of the features that differ The Broken Bond from Rise of a Ninja is the fact of controlling a group of heroes instead of one character. The player’s party consists of up to 3 characters, although only one can be directly controlled, while others get under artificial intelligence. Switching between characters not only serves as a chance for them to rest when wounded, but also lets you use their varying abilities.
Each time a new ability is used, you play a simple mini-game in which you try to balance a tower made of Naruto’s clones. Abilities are especially useful in solving puzzles and avoiding various traps. The game also contains sequences typical of a platform game, which have you reach seemingly inaccessible places.
The key element of gameplay is still combat with system resembling typical 3D brawlers. Now you have more freedom when it comes to movement around the arena. In order to defeat enemies, you have to make use not only of standard strikes, but also special attacks that require some skill. Interestingly, you can switch characters during combat. There are also group attacks that deal serious damage to opponents.
Apart from single player campaign, The Broken Bond features a full-scale multiplayer. The list of game modes includes classic duels as well as more complex online tournaments. The graphics is similar to the first part of the series. The game resembles an interactive comic book, thanks to cel-shading technique. It also offers even more non-linear gameplay. Most of the time you play in TPP, the only exception being platform sequences, where the perspective switches to first person.
Game score 8.75 / 10 calculated out of 1104 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 7.1 / 10 calculated out of 42 players' votes.
Microsoft Xbox 360
- Xbox Live