Naruto: Path of the Ninja isn't a bad game, it's just a stale one. As the first in a series of Naruto RPG titles, there's little here outside of the license itself that'll get fans of the anime excited, as the experience is extremely cookie-cutter, linear throughout, and yet another rehash of the Naruto origins tale.
If you simply can't get enough of the Naruto lore, consider this a decent recap of what you've already experienced on video or in written form, as the game does a great job of taking the beginning of the series plot and translating it to an extremely traditional role-playing experience. Outside of that, you'll get the same level up structure, the same skill evolution, random battles, and portrait storytelling as nearly every other RPG before it, as Path of the Ninja does little to evolve the RPG world.
Overall score: 6/10