Each story is short, but the playable fights combined with the motion comic style cute scenes help to make the experience feel like reading the manga.
The graphics are not the most realistic, but with an anime-based video game, the animated look helps preserve the feeling similar to the source material.
The controls are something that is much like every other fighting game, most of the actions are done with two buttons, but a combination of three buttons (power-up, strike and dodge).
Each battle in the story mode gets more and more difficult, but with unlimited retries players can adjust their fighting style to progress.
To keep things interesting, characters evolve as they progress through the game as well, new moves are obtained and power-ups as well.
For fans of the anime, the stories for each playable character may be familiar, but the cut scenes and ending story may contain some never before seen story, which makes going through all story mode character exciting.
The game has more than 70 characters, but not all of them are available in story mode. The main characters are available for story mode and the rest are playable in versus mode.
With so many players to explore and Ultimate Jitsu moves to try out, this fighting game can be replayed over and over with different characters. Fans can have fun playing out dream matches which were never a part of the anime or manga.
“Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generation” may have similar gameplay to most any other fighting game, but with multiple characters, a players chance to improve fighting strategy and the story element the game is a great addition to Naruto and fighting game fans.
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I made a number of new friends. I haven’t had a con experience like this in quite a while. I chalk making so many new friends up to 1. Being out of town, 2. Attending a new Convention (as in brand spanking new to everyone), 3. Having no other plans but the convention experience.
This is the first time I have attended a convention and not had other pressing things going on. I usually attend conventions I can easily commute to from home. I’m only ever just an hour or so away (in LA an hour driving is not the same as an hour drive up to Santa Clara). This year, my job accommodated my trip, my boss encouraged my trip, my parents wished me safe travels, my partner wished me safe travels, and my friends wished me safe travels. This is the first time all of this has happened.
One time, I had to go to work and I wanted to go to the con, so I got about 8 hours (total) of sleep on a bed over a 4 day period – my crash on day 5 was hard, I slept through into the following day. My boss didn’t let me call off and I couldn’t just NOT go, I had spent my money on the ticket and there were no refunds. I commuted on the bus and napped on my way to and from home. I made it through that con on adrenaline and food.
On day 1 of Crunchyroll con, I left our hotel at about 10:30 am & made it back to the hotel a bit before 2 am on day 2. I woke up at 7am on day 2 and was having breakfast with a friend I made on day 1, by 8 am. By 9 am we were back at the convention. I left the convention by 10:45 am and we were on the road by noon back to Los Angeles.
I met most every new friend in line. It wasn’t too long a wait for most things (just the Caitlin Glass autograph – worth it though!) for me, but I did stand in many lines. There was no con drama (no one calling at 3am angry because I made new friends or “ditched them” – when we got separated in the crowd.) & the crowds were fairly small. There is a young man I made Facebook friends with who, funnily enough, used to work for Facebook. I saw around all day on Day 1 & by the evening of Day 1, I was compelled to approach him. I didn’t recognize his cosplay, but it seemed slightly familiar. Turns out, he was cosplaying a character from Hunter x Hunter, a show I have started but have not gotten very far into. It is a show that doesn’t compel me to binge it. His cosplay made me want to watch Hunter x Hunter more often though.
So, I basically made friends by talking to strangers who seemed interested in things that I, too, am interested in. In other words, I did what I always do.
Best part was ending the night with Cards Against Humanity. Oh, right…Danny, if you are reading this…I found your cards against Humanity.
I headed out to pick up Heather from Monterey Park after I filled up my Gas tank. Traffic to Hollywood was a bit fuller than I expected (due to a couple of accidents), but I made it! We both packed light (just 1 backpack & 1 extra bag each). We made a quick stop at the Magic castle to drop off a package for a friend, then off we went on the 5 North.
This was my first time driving out of L.A.. I’ve gone out of town before, but I have been a passenger – in a car, on a train, or on a plane. I was in the driver seat and let me tell you, it was thrilling. I am so used to the city. On our drive there were long stretches of nothing. I was grateful that I was encouraged to get gas at half tank. We didn’t pass many gas stations on our way up – and boy am I glad we didn’t break down on the side of the road.
A friend I made at Crunchyroll Con (CRX), who will remain nameless, broke down a couple of times. He was lucky enough to get some help, but, at one point, had to walk over 2 miles. He also had spotty reception on the way up to Santa Clara (as did we), so that was not helpful to him at all.
Lesson of the drive? Carry a small gas tank in your trunk, just in case. Try to travel with a buddy. Be sure to take breaks to stretch your legs and get food. If possible, drive and be fed to get better travel time, be considerate of your passenger/s, be sure you’re air conditioner is in working order if you are going long distance in high temperatures, make sure your tires aren’t on their last legs, make sure your car is in fit working order, carry snacks, be sure to eat a banana a day for sore muscles. If you must pull over on the freeway, do so off to the right side & be sure to carry an emergency car kit in your car.
Where should you check in first, your hotel or the convention? This depends on multiple factors. Did you come in from out of town? Will check in for the convention be open by the time you get there? Do you know the parking situation? Can you get shuttle to and from the hotel? Do you know how traffic is in the area you are going? I’ll tell you what we did and what we will do next time. Remember, life is a learning experience.
Having arrived on day 0 from out of town after a 6 hour drive, we chose to check in to our hotel first. We found our room and unpacked, so that we would not need to do so when we got back. We found that there was parking closer to us on our way to our room, so we made a plan to park THERE when we got back.
After checking in to the hotel & unpacking, we headed out to the convention center. Using google maps, we plotted our course. We got lost on our way to the convention center from our hotel, even WITH google maps. We arrived to the convention center after about 45 minutes and wound up parking in the loading dock. We couldn’t quite figure out what the parking situation was and gave up.
We are from Los Angeles, the city of free parking only in residential areas where a permit is not required and certain shopping areas. Picking up our badges took about 10 minutes. Getting back to the hotel took about 2 hours. Please note, our hotel was, technically, a 10 minute drive from the convention center. Having had this adventure on Day 0 & having found out that there was a shuttle available to and from our hotel (courtesy of the hotel), we used a shuttle to get to the convention on Day 1.
I got a lift back to the hotel with a fellow con attendee who I met in line for an autograph – he was also staying at the same hotel and was also going to go take a kip after getting his poster autographed. I drove back, in the night time, after a quick freshening up. Thanks to my fellow attendee, I found out about the free parking next to the convention center. It also helped that I now knew a direct rout to and from the hotel.
On day 2 I drove, boy was I grateful that I did. Getting shuttled would have been a madhouse. People were not being allowed to stop in front of the convention center, not even at the UPS parking section. I was just picking up a mystery bag I bout earlier in the day (it was huge). Having had a successful morning at the con & knowing check out was at noon, I headed back a bit early.
We checked out at 11 am on day 2, though check in was at 12. There was a misunderstanding about check out time, we had the correct time, the staff person who knocked on the door, however, thought otherwise. We made sure to let the front desk know about the lipstick on the mirror & the weird knock by the staff at our door.
Next time, because I hope there will be a next time, we will be better prepared. We will check in at the hotel, then we will ask to be shuttled to the convention center (on day 0) and ask to be picked up after getting our badges. We will drive ourselves on day 1 & hopefully be able to stay until day 3.
Before leaving Los Angels, we will map out where there are gas stations all along the way to and from our destination. We will be sure to always fill up at half tank, as we did this time. We will be sure our phones are never on silent (my bad). We will carry our charger with us(we thought we would be okay without this one time). We will check out by 11:45 and not a moment sooner. Also, if the hotel has apples and lemonade out for guests, as our hotel did, we will be sure to get some on each exit trip and not just on our way out of town.