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  • Summary: Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles introduces a lush, 3D world that will test the players' Ninjutsu skills as Naruto, the feisty orphan who wants to become the most respected and admired ninja of all time. A brand new story drives the missions as players experience the trials and tribulations of aNaruto: Uzumaki Chronicles introduces a lush, 3D world that will test the players' Ninjutsu skills as Naruto, the feisty orphan who wants to become the most respected and admired ninja of all time. A brand new story drives the missions as players experience the trials and tribulations of a ninja-in-training - fierce competition from fellow students and constant challenges from their teachers. Players can collect status-boosting chips and plates to customize all aspects of Naruto's abilities and face-off against multiple enemies using either close combat moves or long-range weapons like shurikens and explosive cards. With familiar characters like Kakashi, Sasuke and Neji that can swoop in for assistance, Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles offers mini-games and lethal attacks straight from the popular anime series to satiate any aspiring ninja. [Namco Bandai] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. All this Action and RPG goodness doesn’t take place in a cell shaded world though as developer Cavia decided that realistic graphics were appropriate this time around. Fans of the series might be put off by this at first but after a while it’s easy to get used to. [JPN Import]
  2. Play UK
    70
    Combos are just a matter of bashing button but you can augment these attacks by using your special moves. [Issue#154, p.82]
  3. Definitely an improvement for the series. It’s pointed in the right direction, now all we have to do is make sure it gets there in time for the next version.
  4. It's a decent brawler, but repetitive combat and missions keep it from rising above the level of Naruto fan service.
  5. AceGamez
    60
    Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles is a title with a few ups and downs, but the best way to describe it is as a 'cute' beat 'em up. Unfortunately, it lacks anything groundbreaking in its gameplay and aesthetic qualities. It's also just too short.
  6. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    55
    Insipid tasks aside, Uzumaki Chronicles' biggest failing is that it's just not very fair. Success depends largely on earning power-ups from missions, but you only get one shot at passing. [Jann. 2007, p.84]
  7. This feels as if it was rushed out for Christmas, and if they would have waited until there was more material from the show, it could have been worth the effort.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BrunoXXX
    Apr 18, 2007
    10
    It is a very good game.I think that who gave this note (6,4) only played the first missions. After the fifth mission that the game started to It is a very good game.I think that who gave this note (6,4) only played the first missions. After the fifth mission that the game started to be cool. Expand
  2. JoshH.
    Dec 14, 2006
    10
    This game is the best naruto game I played so far I'am telling you if your a naruto fan you got to get this game. thak you naruto makersThis game is the best naruto game I played so far I'am telling you if your a naruto fan you got to get this game. thak you naruto makers and game maker man is naruto good :) Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2015
    9
    This game, Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles is one of the best Naruto games I've played and probably the first 3D Naruto game to hit the PlaystationThis game, Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles is one of the best Naruto games I've played and probably the first 3D Naruto game to hit the Playstation console. The story in this game is superb and quite honestly teach you the mechanics of the game in such a unique way. What really caught me off guard is the level up progression. Rather than having your character automatically become stronger at a certain point, you can decide when and how your character progresses in terms of strength. Without going into much detail, it's a jigsaw puzzle of how you level up (so cool). Other than that, great replayability, great plot development and great... well... everything! Expand
  4. BrandyR.
    Nov 30, 2006
    8
    I think that the way some of the stats are set up are quite annoying. Other than that the game is quite fun and enjoyable.
  5. Nov 24, 2016
    7
    Fans of the series can take pleasure in the fact that this is one of those rare home console Naruto games that isn't a fighter. Instead whatFans of the series can take pleasure in the fact that this is one of those rare home console Naruto games that isn't a fighter. Instead what we get is a decent 3D brawler with an emphasis on different kinds of missions. However even the most hardcore of fans may find themselves wanting a little bit more. The combat in Uzumaki Chronicles is quite simplistic.

    When it comes to fanservice, the game doesn't disappoint. All the voice actors from the show reprise their roles here and the game is packed with familiar faces. It even features it's own original stories. The main plot takes a while to rear it's head. The early missions of the game take on little side-stories on their own. Unfortunately, they make most of the anime's filler look amazing by comparison. We get to suffer through a lot of Naruto's banal observations (I almost forgot what an idiot the kid could be). The main plot itself is better, but has no discernible place in the show's timeline, so it's safe to say these events are non-canon. At least we aren't reliving the same stories from the show that have been told to death in Naruto video games by this point.

    The gameplay side of things is pretty solid, but has issues of it's own. The game is set up where you accept missions like the characters do in the show. Much like early Final Fantasy games, you'll be slowed down by random encounters while automatically traversing the game's map. These minor annoyances mainly serve as a way to get more "Virtue," droppable experience needed to level up Naruto.

    The level up system and skill equipping system that has you mapping abilities down on limited holders add a little more depth to the experience. They don't elevate the game's combat to anything more than just a button-masher, but they at least allow you to feel like you're getting more powerful.

    The game's biggest problem is in the combat. While it's nice to get a break from the one-on-one fights we're so used to experiencing in Naruto games, eventually the simplicity and lack of enemy variety do start to wane on things. The real life comes from the boss battles, some of which can be a decent challenge.

    Another issue the game has is with it's defense missions. Every now and then you'll be tasked with defending a cart of escort a prisoner while being subjected to multiple enemy attacks. An easy task at first that quickly becomes frustrating as the game progresses. It's hard for just one ninja to protect his objective when being subjected to attacks from all sides. Shadow Clone justu or not, you can't exactly be everywhere at once.

    Uzumaki Chronicles is a solid, if simplistic game for Naruto fans. Particularly those who are dying to see something else from this series than just another fighting game. For non-fans it will prove too dull to entertain. So for those of you know your Uchihas from their Hugas, give it a shot. However if a trip to Konohagakure has never been you're thing (or if you think I'm just making up words at this point) then this is probably better off as a pass. Only fans need apply.
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  6. DesmondH.
    Nov 27, 2007
    7
    Decent, but button-mashy.
  7. PatrickD.
    Jul 17, 2007
    3
    The most rrepetitive game I've ever played.

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#73 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#44 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006