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, 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
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.