The 411 on Bandai's beat-em-up.
It's a multiplayer-focused beat-em-up from Bandai Namco and developer Soliel that's set within the rich universe of Naruto (no surprise there).
The official listing from Bandai reads,
Players will have the pleasure of fighting with their favourite characters and discovering a new gameplay style set in thrilling 3D environments with a completely new graphic style. Cooperate with your friends to become the greatest Shinobi!
Technically there isn't one... not that that should be much of a turn-off for Naruto fans.
For Shinobi Striker is all about a MOBA-esque fighting arena in which players duke it out for glory.
Like a dream... we hope. Naruto games have built their brand on frenzied gameplay and deeply satisfying combos, while the shift to team-based action ought to open up a new ball game for players to explore.
Speaking of which, with teams from Naruto, Sasuke, and Team 7, the co-op mode of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker includes multiple mission types, including...
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You'll also have the ability to create and personalize your own ninja as you see fit.
Naruto to Boruto lets you get down to the nitty gritty, too, including hair, mouth, eyes, skin color and even face paint. Your starting outfit, meanwhile, will depend on which village your in-game ninja hails from.
There are four primary classes to choose from, with each bringing its own specialities and quirks to the battlefield.
And in the name of keeping things simple, they've been divided into Attack, Range, Defense, and Heal.
Players have free reign to switch between each class to see which best suits their play style, while the official Bandai site includes a brief overview of each category:
From 'Flag Battle' to 'Barrier Battle', there is plenty of content to chew on.
The first is a Naruto-themed spin on Capture the Flag, while the second tasks one team with breaking the boss' barrier and defeating it, while the other must defend it at all costs.
Those who wish to lay down their money ahead of time can do so on the PlayStation Store, in which case they'll gain access to the Naruto 7th Hokage Costume, early access to Pain, and Shinobi Striker Coats.
The official Collector's Edition of Naruto to Boruto bundles in the game's Season Pass along with a very pretty figurine of Naruto Hokage and Boruto.
Earlier this month, we sent Jeremy Winslow in to run the rule over Naruto to Boruto's beta build, and the overriding verdict was a fun, but hollow experience.
Longevity will probably always be a divisive point for multiplayer-focused games, and unfortunately, the Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker open betas do nothing to calm concerns about the game’s life after release. Once you’ve played each of the Battle types once, you’ve essentially played the entirety of the game. And while the debate of a game’s longevity is a legitimate concern—especially in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker’s case, where Solo Mission mode seems to be nothing more than a series of training missions with Master characters to learn signature jutsu—Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker needs to go back to class and study some more before the big test.
PSLS' official review of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker will be live on Friday afternoon ET.