It is no secret that we're fans of the Naruto anime series as well as Dragon Ball Z (rabidly so) and other shōnen anime. By extension we're rather fond of the games based on these shows and the latest offering from Namco Bandai to be based in the Naruto Shippuden universe is trying its damnedest to be the best game of its sort ever made. Does it succeed? Sort of, thanks to the cinematic influences of developer CyberConnect2 (Asura’s Wrath). Then again it also falls flat in places, resulting in peaks and valleys in gameplay. The peaks are fantastically high but they are almost outweighed by the accompanying troughs in excitement.