Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Good Critical Reception
Xbox 360
October 30, 2007
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October 31, 2007 - Excellent - Whether or not you consider yourself a Naruto fan, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja will likely have something to attract you. Not only do you get a fairly rich role-playing experience, but you also get the jumping and exploring bonus of Crackdown and a thoroughly awesome fighting game as well.
October 29, 2007 - Excellent - Swallow your pride and dive in, because it may be Naruto, and it may be for kids, but amazingly it's a bloody great game. Didn't see that one coming.
Rob Fahey
November 25, 2007 - Good - Rise of a Ninja is by far the best Naruto game around, and its absolutely lovely cel-shaded graphics and gorgeous, authentic environments set it head and shoulders above the competition in terms of anime licensed games.
November 2, 2007 - Good - Rise of a Ninja is decent for what it is, in that it's a solid first attempt at the Naruto franchise on a modern console.
November 2, 2007 - Good - Although the leisurely pace may not be for everyone, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is one of the more profound anime-licensed games to hit the market in quite a while.
October 30, 2007 - Good - Just about everything you do in Rise of a Ninja is pretty cool for a while, and the game's rendition of Konoha is downright impressive, but many of the secondary gameplay elements could've stood to be more fleshed-out.
November 10, 2007 - Good - Naruto: Rise of the Ninja is not one of the best ninja games to hit the market, but it is one of the best anime-based games ever released. Those with even a remote interest in the series should pick it up.
October 29, 2007 - Good - Naruto: Rise of a Ninja isn't the best adventure game or the best fighter on Xbox 360, but the two pieces fit together to make for one of the better games on the system.
November 5, 2007 - Mediocre - Rise of a Ninja is undoubtedly a good foundation for something better the next time around. The graphics are fantastic, and running and jumping around the Naruto world is as convincing as it is compelling. If only the activities of this world were made of sterner stuff than rote replication of the source material's events or mind-numbing coin-collecting chores.
Justin Leeper
March 28, 2008 - Poor - What we have here is the most basic and elementary of fighting games. It's nothing to look at, listen to, or play. But it does have an audience somewhere.
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