The Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 (Part 2) The Shōnen Episode: Part 2

The Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 (Part 2)

It’s time once again for the Anime Research Society to explore the depths of anime – the good, the bad, the absolutely insane. Join them as they take a look at some of the best and worst of the season and some recommendations to lead you on your research journey.

Read moreThe Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 (Part 2) The Shōnen Episode: Part 2

The Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 – Part 1 The Shōnen Episode

The Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 - Part 1

It’s time once again for the Anime Research Society to explore the depths of anime – the good, the bad, the absolutely insane. Join them as they take a look at some of the best and worst of the season and some recommendations to lead you on your research journey.

Read moreThe Anime Research Society: Special Feature #3 – Part 1 The Shōnen Episode

New Naruto Title and Collections Announced

New Naruto Title and Collections Announced

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the localization of three newly announced Naruto games, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy and Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers is a 4 vs. 4 team-based action game developed by Soleil where eight players fight simultaneously. The game features popular characters from the Naruto and Boruto series. The game brings a brand-new graphic style, highlighting the franchise’s vivid colouring and dynamic third-person gameplay. Players will be able to interact with the arenas, running vertically along walls and jumping across platforms. Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers will feature cooperative gameplay as well as online battle features.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm Legacy is a collection of the four Naruto Shippuden titles, Ultimate Ninja Storm 1 and 2, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst and Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto. The set will come in an exclusive metal case along with a Naruto art book and bonus anime disc. Bandai Namco made a follow-up announcement of a Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy, a digital port of the collection containing only the first three games.

The Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm titles are a series of fighting games with story modes that loosely retell the series plot. The games are developed by CyberConnect 2, the team currently working with Square Enix to develop the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake. The game features an art style suiting the series and depicts many events that occur during the series, some of them having been shown in the game before even happening in the anime. Many features have been added to the game such as a substitution gauge, making it impossible for players to endlessly teleport out of combos and a roster of over 100 characters by the series fourth entry.

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers and the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm collections will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. While no release date was given for Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Strikers, the collections are set to release sometime in autumn of this year.

Let’s Play Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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It is time to brush up on your anime and get the ninja stars sharpened because Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is out. The crew at CGMagazine take some time to see what makes this series so special. Wayne and Edward take control and get ready for some exciting ninja fighting as they dive in and experience the new game.

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Naruto Online Arrives On PC This Year

Naruto Online Arrives On PC This Year - 2014-05-13 15:59:47

Those itching for some shinobi action have plenty to look forward to in the upcoming months. Bandai Namco has confirmed through their investor presentation that Naruto Online, an online PC Naruto title, is indeed coming this year.

As of now the game is only coming out in Japan and China (Chinese release is through Tencent Games), leaving the company’s North American and European fans to wait anxiously for a murmur of a Western release.

By the looks of it the game is turn-based and will retain the artistic style of CyberConnect2’s Ultimate Ninja Storm series, whose latest Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution comes out later this year as well. And lucky for Western devotees Revolution will see its way to our lovely continent (North America) this September.

Are you excited for Naruto Online? Or is this series taking the wrong path? Either way, those looking a new anime fighting game might find some enjoyment in Revolution which comes out for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Also be sure to check out the trailer for Naruto Online below.

 

 

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Comes To North America This September:

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Comes To North America This September: - 2014-04-24 13:07:42

Bandai Namco announced recently that the next title in CyberConnect2’s Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series comes to America this September.

Titled Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, this marks the fifth release for the veteran fighting game franchise.

The new game features a brand new story mode focusing on Shisui and Itachi Uchiha, who both have a connection to Sasuke. Alongside the in-depth narrative is an improved roster of over 100 playable characters to choose from, giving fans plenty of fighting options.

Revolution also has two different collector’s editions available for pre-order now. The Day 1 Rivals Edition includes DLC costumes for Naruto (who is dressed as Sasuke) and Sasuke (who is dressed as Naruto) while the Samurai Edition packs in the costume DLC as well as a Naruto statue and a special edition metal case for the game.

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The slick animation style and accessible fighting system has made the Ultimate Ninja Storm series one of licensed anime’s best forays into the video-game universe. Even those who dislike the Naruto anime series may enjoy the fun, frantic combat the game provides.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution comes out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Be sure to check back to CGM as more details arise.

 

 

Comics and games together can greatly expand certain universes

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It’s a fact that video games and comics have enormous fan bases that are both loyal and passionate. As a result when the two mediums collide, it’s easy for people on both sides to become disappointed when expectations aren’t met at some level. However examples of the two joining forces and working off of each other do exist, and they often result in certain universes being greatly expanded upon to an extent one medium alone wouldn’t properly achieve.

Manga comics have already developed this relationship with games, often adapting or expanding a game’s story to another level. Atlus’ Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei was released in 1987 on the Famicom, and over time spread to the PlayStation in the form of the Persona series. In 2009 the series manifested itself in the form of manga comics, and has since produced six volumes. The formula has worked the other way around as well. Take the Naruto series which emerged in 1997, and has since been turned into a wide variety of games. Sure not all of them were good, but some, like Rise of the Ninja, were actually quite promising and was generally well-received by critics and fans of the manga series.

Marvel Comics and DC are obvious picks for many when they look to adapt sourced material into other forms of entertainment. Despite the fact that the role-playing elements were practically stripped away completely in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and simply replaced with a shiny coat of paint, the huge success of the Civil War story-line was more than enough reason for most fans of the series to pick the game up. It was interesting being able to participate in the conflict, and having the ability to alter the outcome of the whole registration debacle even though it wasn’t nearly as impactful as it should have been. It’s interesting that even though you weren’t controlling the outcome while reading the comics, it was a much more emotional experience compared to when you were playing the game. It probably had to do with the fact that the dungeon crawler style of play didn’t leave much room for emotional gameplay moments, but that’s where cut scenes should have filled the gap, but even those were a step down from the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

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Aside from the outstanding Batman games on the current generation platforms, which are arguably the pinnacle of super hero games, there really isn’t any comic book hero that has successfully manifested itself on a consistent basis into the gaming world. Whether another hero accomplishes this or not, I don’t think it really matters, because comics to me will always be the home for these characters.

With the announcement of the Dark Souls II: Into the Light graphic novel and The Witcher comic book series, it seems developers and story tellers alike are seeing the benefits of using comics to tell a bigger, or expanded story. In the case of Dark Souls II, which didn’t have a very clear focus on story in the first entry of the series because of its reliance on gameplay (which was punishing, but amazing at the same time), it’s good to know that more thought and care is going into the story this time around. Even if it doesn’t actually transition to the actual game, it’ll still help expand on a universe that clearly has some creative aspects waiting to be clearly defined and further explored.