Naruto: The Broken Bond
|Video game info|
|Playable on||Xbox 360|
|English||November 18, 2008|
Naruto: The Broken Bond is an adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360.
The Broken Bond picks up where Naruto: Rise of a Ninja left off, taking place between episodes 81-135 of the anime. It contains the Return of Itachi, Search for Tsunade, Land of Tea, and the Sasuke Retrieval story arcs. There are 30 playable characters, a new tag-team system and original voice acting and music from the original Naruto anime.
The game was first revealed at the E3 2008 Convention, although work on it had started before the release of the first game. According to team member Masao Kobayashi, the developers wanted to bring something new to the franchise but still keeping the same feel of the anime that the first game had. The art direction of the sequel was definitely one of the biggest factors taken into consideration for the development of this new game.
The environments were a big part of the first game and one of the things they wanted to make sure was that the environments in The Broken Bond would support the exploration factor by being very “rich and dense.” The lighting of the game was improved to complement the dynamic story, adding a new casting system, allowing the creation of maps with a more watercolour feel. Unlike the previous game, where the cutscenes were 2D, The Broken Bond now has 3D cinematics. There are also a lot more NPCs. Within the adventure mode, there are now over 70 unique character models.
The developers for The Broken Bond have also decided to keep the multiplayer system like Rise of a Ninja, but have improved upon it in several ways. The online format has been overhauled with a new ranking system, the fighting system has been greatly tweaked, and there are now 30 characters to choose from, 28 different characters and 2 bonus variations of Naruto and Sasuke.
In story mode you can play as ten characters: Naruto, Sakura, Sasuke, Chōji, Rock Lee, Jiraiya, Tsunade, Shikamaru, Kiba, and Neji. The following 30 characters are available for single and multiplayer VS combat:
- Naruto Uzumaki (also playable in a One-Tailed form, also playable with a Taijutsu outfit)
- Sasuke Uchiha (also playable in a Level 2 Cursed form, also playable with his Chūnin Exams outfit)
- Sakura Haruno
- Kakashi Hatake
- Hiruzen Sarutobi
- Itachi Uchiha (also playable with an ANBU outfit)
- Kisame Hoshigaki
- Sakon and Ukon
- Kabuto Yakushi
- Neji Hyūga
- Shikamaru Nara
- Chōji Akimichi
- Kiba Inuzuka
- Rock Lee
- Zabuza Momochi
|King of the iron fist||Win a fight using a killer combo.||5G|
|Solo champion||Win a tournament in solo mode.||25G|
|Team champion||Win a tournament in tag fighting.||25G|
|Untouchable||Win a fight without losing any health||20G|
|Naruto's creed||Complete all of the bounty hunter missions.||25G|
|Card Collector||Find all of the ninja cards.||40G|
|Delivery boy||Complete all delivery missions with Shikamaru.||10G|
|World's fastest ninja||Win all of the gold medals in the Tree Action Sequences.||15G|
|Fisherman||Win a gold medal in any fishing game.||15G|
|Gifted eye||Complete all hide and seek missions with Neji.||15G|
|Gold collector||Collect 50% of the gold coins.||35G|
|Gold digger||Collect all of the gold coins.||50G|
|Legendary fisherman||Win all of the fishing gold medals.||25G|
|My taijutsu coach||Learn all of the combos in the Dojo.||20G|
|Naruto Raving Ninja||Win all of the gold medals in the Tanzaku festival games.||25G|
|Pervy Nation||Make all of the Lovelorn Villagers happy by performing the sexy jutsu.||20G|
|The last chip is the best||Complete all gathering missions with Choji.||20G|
|Top dog||Complete all races with Kiba.||20G|
|Way of the tree||Win a gold medal in a Tree Action Sequence.||20G|
|Academy Graduate||Reach the Graduate rank online||15G|
|Chunin||Reach the Chunin rank online||20G|
|Don't be shy||Play a match online||5G|
|Genin||Reach the Genin rank online||15G|
|Hokage||Reach the Hokage rank online||0G|
|Jonin||Reach the Jonin rank online||30G|
|Save the trees||Win an online match without performing a substitution||15G|
|Tsukuyomi: ANBU Itachi unlocked||Complete Sasuke's Labyrinth||30G|
|The Last Stand||Keep Orochimaru from destroying the Leaf Village||30G|
|Green beast: Rock Lee unlocked||Defeat Kimimaro as Rock Lee||20G|
|Red Sand: Gaara unlocked||Defeat Gaara||20G|
|Broken Bones: Kimimaro unlocked||Complete the Naruto vs. Kimimaro fight||20G|
|Special Someone: Temari unlocked||Complete the fight against Tayuya||20G|
|Guy's Fan: Green Suit unlocked||Complete Guy Sensei's quest||25G|
|Pervy Sage||Arrive at the Hot Springs Resort with Jiraiya||30G|
|Twisted fight: Tayuya unlocked||Complete the fight against Sakon||20G|
|Deadly web: Kidomaru unlocked||Defeat Kidomaru||20G|
|Rock and Roll: Jirobo unlocked||Complete the fight against Jirobo||20G|
|New Hokage: Tsunade unlocked||Tsunade is the new Hokage||20G|
|Mad Scientist: Kabuto unlocked||Defeat Kabuto||20G|
|Brothers: Itachi unlocked||Complete the Itachi fight||20G|
|Lone Shark: Kisame unlocked||Survive the Kisame fight.||20G|
|Hell twins: Sakon unlocked||Defeat the Sound Four as Sasuke.||20G|
|Nine Tails: Fox Naruto unlocked||Transform into Fox Naruto||60G|
|Broken Bond: New Sasuke unlocked||Complete the fight against Sasuke.||35G|
|Path of darkness||Visit Sasuke secret room||10G|
|Seed of evil||Visit Orochimaru secret lair||10G|
It has a Metacritic score of 80/100 and has been generally well received by critics.
- Although the First and Second Hokage have character models, they are not playable.
- The player can fight Might Guy in his dōjō, but he is not playable.
- Jiraiya cannot use the Rasengan in battle, but uses it in Story Mode. He uses it when he was teaching Naruto and when he fought off two bandits in Tanzaku Town.
- Aoi has a character model, but is not playable in VS Mode.
- Sasuke has extra costumes in Story Mode (i.e, his hospital costume and his original costume with no headband.) but they are not usable in VS Mode.
- Sasuke's Chūnin Exams costume is available as DLC.