NARUTO TO BORUTO: SHINOBI STRIKER
By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on September 11, 2018
Whata! Hiiijaaaa! (sounds of a very expensive vase breaking) Whoops, I'm sorry dear. Yes, you were right. I can't practice my Ninja moves inside the house. But the good news is, I don't have to anymore, because the game of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker just arrived. So, I'm off to my game room where I will be trying to become the very best Ninja in the entire world!
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is an action/fighting game, inspired by the TV series Naruto, which tells a story about Hidden Leaf Town and its citizens, who are all training to become Ninjas. Now, I am a huge fan of the series, so needless to say I would love to play this game. Plus, you can, for the very first time in the series, create your own character in the Naruto universe, so that's really, really cool!
So, what's the story of the game? Well, there is a little town and every teenager living there aims to be the best Ninja the town has ever seen. No wait, the best Ninja in the whole kingdom! Forget about that; they want to be the best in the whole wide world!! Anyway, the first step is to select a character. You can enter this adventure with your favorite Naruto character or, like I said, a self-created avatar to take this journey with and try to become the best of the best!
Hidden Leaf town is your base; this is where you can visit several helpful places and select missions. The Ninja Tool Shop is the place to be if you want to check out your new found scrolls. You can also buy or sell scrolls there. Scrolls will contain battle equipment or clothing and accessories. By wisely using scrolls, you can really make your life easier (as well as longer!) Next up is the Inn; this is the place to choose your best possible load out. A load out is made up out of four categories: Clothes, gear, weapons and the category in which you're probably going to spend most of your time; Battle Equipment. You have four equipment slots; each slot can be tied to a category to be used in your load out: Attack, Defense, Ranged and Healing.
Now, you can put together a load out for each category, but if you like to make two load outs for a Medic (healing), that's totally up to you. The variety of items in the game is huge, so can honestly tell you that I'm very happy with my character, mostly because I have an actual frying pan as a weapon! Last address in town you will definitely want to visit is the Ninjutsu Library. It is here that you can choose a master/trainer, which will accompany you during single player missions. By completing these missions, you will earn XP. Good for you, but also for your teacher, because every time you help him or her reach their next level, you'll receive some very nice rewards!
Talking about missions; there are a great many things to do in Hidden Leaf Town. The town truly holds a plethora of missions! You can roughly say that these missions are divided into two categories: Player versus Environment (PvE) and Player versus Player (PvP). In the PvE mode, you can play single player missions, which are awesome, but they do become very difficult very fast. Luckily, you can call in help via the Coop Missions. You can either host one yourself or join the missions of other players. I must say, I'm not a newbie when it comes to this particular game genre, but playing the missions on your own is really hard. So I was happy to play this game together with other players online. Plus, it's cool to see other players with their favorite character. Sometimes you can even learn about new skills this way, so that's extra awesome!
The PvP offers two kinds of games. First up is the Quickmatch, in which you compete against other players for fun in several ways, like for instance in a game of Capture the Flag. And if you are ready for a great challenge, there is the Ninja World League. This is the place to be when you truly want to prove that you're indeed the best Ninja in the world! And if you still think that isn't enough to keep you occupied for hours; to make things even more interesting, the developers thrown in Event periods; in-game events which will offer you some very interesting rewards, if you manage to complete them of course. Winning online matches will earn you Grade points, which you'll need to improve your ranking. But beware: if you lose a match, you will lose points.
I had a blast playing Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, because every mission is a feast for the eyes and within a couple of seconds all hell breaks loose. Every move and attack comes in a over the top Japanese variety, so think sparkles, colors and lightning, complete with matching sound effects. I absolutely love it and am truly glad to see the battlefields become brighter than a busy street on New Year's Eve! So, do yourself a favor and unleash your inner Ninja! KYAAAAIIIIIIII!
** Sound of muffled screaming **