Naruto: Rise of a Ninja Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2007
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    70
    As a roaming RPG it's fun, quirky and worth picking up; as a promo for the wider world of Naruto, it's excellent. [Dec 2007, p.94]
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    Enjoyable enough, but it will take the forgiving nature and steadfast devotion of a fan to really get the most out of it. [Issue 26, p.96]
  4. The phrase "one for the fans" has never been applied more honestly than in this case; it may be flawed, but we're happy to recommend Rise of a Ninja to Naruto fans - albeit with a few reservations. Believe it.
  5. Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is good enough that non-fans of the show would do themselves good by playing it.
  6. 70
    There is an innocence to it all that is hard to describe, as if the game comes from a time more pure and simple.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    67
    Visually, Rise of a Ninja is one of the system's best-looking games. But from a game-design standpoint, it's less successful. [Holiday 2007, p.80]
  8. Games Master UK
    66
    Has all the ingredients to be good, they're just used in incorrect amounts. Shame. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  9. 65
    Rise of a Ninja, if nothing else, 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.
  10. 60
    Even with all these hiccups, there’s still a solid combination of adventuring and fighting to be found here. And the sense of progression--going from a lowly no-skilled friendless ninja to a super awesome friendless ninja--is handled well in terms of what powers you get and when you get them.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Jul 16, 2013
    5
    The graphic, the music and the setting of Konoha village were topnotch! The gameplay, IMO, was boring. I only managed to put a few hours inThe graphic, the music and the setting of Konoha village were topnotch! The gameplay, IMO, was boring. I only managed to put a few hours in this game but I didn't enjoy it, at all. Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2017
    7
    This was a bold move from Ubisoft to make a Naruto game that is more than a simple fighting game (not that fighting games are bad per say).This was a bold move from Ubisoft to make a Naruto game that is more than a simple fighting game (not that fighting games are bad per say). Did they succeed ?

    First the game is gorgeous for 2007 and the cell-shading is still pleasant on the eye and every character from the show is truthfully rendered. There is some minor framerate drops but nothing alarming and no big bugs to ruin your experience neither.

    Concerning the gameplay all the fight are on the form of a classic 1 vs 1 fighting game (in 3D) those are classic and not the best we've seen, also some repetition of minion fights can get a bit boring as they don't really make for any kind of challenge. But the worst part of the game is the open world, the city of Konoha is so empty it's a bit sad, the only thing to do is look for very repetitive collectibles. The platforming is rough on the edges and cause you some anger.

    The story follows the original Naruto up to a certain point, if you didn't read/watch the manga/anime it might lack a bit of explanations, if you already know it then you didn't buy this game to uncover some new plot and it is pretty secondary. However if your a fan there is something unacceptable : the lack of japanese voice overs, instead you must endure horrible local voice-over (the english sub is as bad as the french at least).
    The game should last around 12 to 15 hours depending on if you want the 100% which is fine.

    In conclusion Rise of a Ninja was ambitious but I find it lacking in every department (except the graphics) and in my opinion the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is a far better pick for any Naruto fans. Still advisable if you're a fan of the first generation of Naruto.
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  3. Dec 26, 2016
    7
    Naruto Rise of a Ninja é um jogo bem legal, mesmo sendo bem limitado, tem poucos personagens, o jogo só vai na metade do anime classico, osNaruto Rise of a Ninja é um jogo bem legal, mesmo sendo bem limitado, tem poucos personagens, o jogo só vai na metade do anime classico, os jutsus sao um pouco dificeis de fazer, tem que ser bem rapido, e o inimigo tem q tar um pouco distraido, a jogabilidade é ok, a dificuldade é boa, o jogo nao é facil, o mundo aberto do jogo é bem legal, uma coisa que eu nao gostava no Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 que lançou em 2011 (eu acho), é que era um mini loading para cada entrada, ja aqui a Ubisoft fez um mundo aberto bem legal, da pra explorar a vila, e passar um bom tempo. Nota 7.6 Full Review »