Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. 50
    But even with an interesting item system and solid Ad Hoc multiplayer, the unintuitive lock-on system, mixed with an overly simple counter system, make Akatsuki Rising a mediocre game at best.
  2. Naruto's latest outing is yet another simplistic, mediocre brawler.
  3. While the battles with faceless bandits can get boring rather quickly, there are decent game modes and decent multiplayer fun to be had in this game if you give it a chance.
  4. While neither the mission mode nor story mode have any outstanding elements, the game works well enough, and if you have to get your Ninja on with the PSP, Akatsuki Rising is your best bet.
  5. If you're a hardcore Naruto fan, you probably already have the game regardless of what any review says. More casual fans would be fine picking this up if they never bothered with Ultimate Ninja 4: Naruto Shippuden on the PS2. Everyone else will probably want to wait for the next fighting game to appear on the PSP.
  6. 70
    This new Naruto adventure is a different proposal, far from fighting games we were used to in the PSP, but very satisfying.
  7. Naruto Shippuden Legends Akatsuki Rising comes to PSP in a new and exciting adventure where we can choose the good side of the story or being a member of the Akatsuki organization. We will assume the control of 18 characters, and customize them. Also we can use the new jutsus and unlock the new ones. The 3D scenarios are inspire of the original anime with an interesting 2 player wireless co-op. A simple action Naruto adventure what it seems focus more on the new players.
  8. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    A control scheme and camera that are aggressively opposed to you actually achieving any success or pleasure. [Christmas 2009, p.116]
  9. It won‘t disappoint you – 18 playable characters, a decent amount of customization possible, a good story, many rewards and last but not least, the original voices – for fans, it‘s a must-have, for everyone else: It‘s worth a try!
  10. Any Naruto or anyone just looking for a good button mashing brawler with RPG elements needs to take a strong look at Akatsuki Rising.
  11. Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising is a mediocre game that could and should have a more intuitive combat system.
  12. PSM3 Magazine UK
    An uneasy mix of brawler and RPG-lite. [Christmas 2009, p.90]
  13. Naruto Shippuden Legends: Akatsuki Rising is a middle of the road experience that will likely keep the hardcore Naruto fans content while the others wonder what so special about Naruto anyway.
  14. 72
    A great game for short play sessions, it has a lot of gameplay and the game is visually stunning.

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#17 Most Shared PSP Game of 2009

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