Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 may have released last January but that hasn’t stopped the brilliant fighting game from being wonderfully supported, and Road to Boruto sees what I love about the series continuing on in our favourite character’s children. Road to Boruto follows the events of the Boruto movie which take place after the end of Naruto Shippuden, which was re-created in this final Ultimate Ninja Storm game.
Boruto is Naruto and Hinata’s son, and he begrudges his father’s fame as he feels that he’s ignored by him, and does not wish to grow up and follow in Naruto’s footsteps in being Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. Being Naruto, and with Ultimate Ninja Storm being such a cinematic series of games, you can expect a solid story with loveable characters, exciting developments, bombastic action and even a few moments to tug at your heartstrings. The Naruto series has always had a big heart and Road to Boruto hasn’t forgotten that.
The fast-paced action is present with a bunch of new characters and it’s still accessible to fans who want to play through the story in a new light. The combat is simple for those who aren’t familiar with fighting games but if you’re looking for depth then there’s plenty of it there — playing online, I know pretty quickly when someone has spent more time with it than I have! I reviewed the main game originally and my thoughts reflect those there, if you’d like to see what I think of the gameplay in more depth — my thoughts haven’t changed and it’s still a fast-paced, exciting journey with an intuitive battle system. The main story for Road to Boruto clocks in around two hours but there’s another couple hours worth of side content, so picking up the DLC is going to be worth it for fans and if you’ve yet to pick up Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, then you can purchase it with the DLC bundled in which is a great deal!
Road to Boruto looks fantastic and wonderfully brings the anime to life, being an absolute delight for the eyes. It’s bursting with colour and lovely little details that makes it one of the most stylish games on PS4, and it’s mind-blowing just how cinematic and epic it is. It isn’t rare for video games to be able to replicate the scale of anime anymore, but Naruto was one of the first to really nail it and Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is its pinnacle, with Road of Boruto adding to an already gorgeous game. I like how the characters are designed and it’s quite easy to see who is the child of who, and the main cast have aged well and look like convincingly older. There’s not much in the way of new areas as it still takes place in the Hidden Leaf Village and its surrounding areas, though! Returning voice-actors and actresses are joined by new talent and, as expected, they fit their characters well and are enjoyable to listen to. The soundtrack is also top-notch and makes use of sweeping orchestral compositions that are packed with emotion — the piano and wind instruments are captivating and make for excellent listening.
Road to Boruto is a superb addition to Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, and likely the last piece of content that we’ll see for it and if so, then it’s gone out with a bang! Being able to play through the latest movie has been great, especially as it hasn’t seen a home release in the UK yet, and although I had my doubts I can happily admit that author Masashi Kishimoto has extended the Naruto story in a natural way which has been a joy to experience. I know I’ll return to Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 again, and it’s been lovely having new content to play through. It’s a must have for fans although I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys anime or fighting games.