previews\ Aug 24, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Heroes - PSP - Preview

PAX 2007 Preview

With the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series being big business on consoles, the PSP entry is sure to turn a few heads. And rightly so, as Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes is a pint-sized blast that brings all of the action, speed and intense fighting of the popular series. The game is an easy to grasp fighting game that can be wildly engaging and fast, making it one PSP game that no Naruto fan (or possibly fighting game fan) will want to be without.

The gameplay is pretty easy to grasp, considering that there is only one button. However, that doesn’t mean that “Heroes” doesn’t yield spoils for seasoned fighting game fans. Pushing in a different direction will let you perform a tweak on that attack, performing an uppercut or a low attack depending on the direction pressed. You can also teleport right to your opponent by double-tapping the jump button, giving you the element of surprise (or possibly getting your butt handed right back to you). You also have the ability to perform a super-charged attack on your opponent.

The Hero mode was on display at this year’s PAX, which works as a tournament mode of sorts within the game. At the beginning of the mode, you choose three characters from the roster, and select the order in which you go. Then you must face off against other teams , gaining points as you go that allow you to upgrade your fighters’ attributes.

Graphically, the game almost perfectly mirrors the PS2 versions. The cel-shaded models look fantastic, as do the big environments and crazy special effects. The game also moves at a blistering pace, which actually manages to not get all “ghosty” on the PSP’s screen.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes is shaping up to be a great portable incarnation of the series, and should be one that Naruto fans will want to get their hands on.

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