Instead of offering fighting battles like the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, Bandai Namco has developed a new adventure and role-playing game. This game was Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles, and it was also available on the PlayStation 2 platform. The Japanese version was released on September 18, 2005, and the version for those Other regions in the world was the following year, November 16, 2006.
The game’s content takes place after the death of the Third Hokage. Konoha fell into a shortage of manpower and did not have enough shinobi to do many different missions. As a result, Genin had been mobilized to take part in missions from level B, and Naruto was officially engaged in various missions to improve his combat techniques. He performed various tasks such as transporting goods, escorting prisoners, defending required items … During the process of leaving the Village to do missions, Naruto also met many enemies and new friends (Jiraiya, Gaara, Kabuto …). In particular, he discovered Orochimaru’s crazy plan. This villain was plotting to turn shinobi into zombies. His plan took place by poisoning the shinobi with a blue mist and reviving them to work for him. The plan’s goal was to occupy Konoha. From there, Naruto and his friends would have to work together to defeat Orochimaru’s evil plan.
With the role-playing element, Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles has a diverse task system and requires players to complete the Objectives to develop the character. However, the game’s appeal is that it allows players to choose the task to perform (does not require completing the challenge in sequence). From the quest location at Konoha, players can select the proposed missions to complete. In the process of leaving the Village and on quests, players will explore many different lands, and along the way, there will be many enemies to defeat.
Besides, players also participate in new boss battles at some special missions (Kabuto Yakushi, Half-Shukaku Gaara …). Besides completing battles and defeating enemies, players also have to focus on upgrading the character’s skills. The combat skill system is quite, diverse and players still have to upgrade them to prepare for battles with tycoons. In addition to melee techniques, the game also provides some of the shinobi’s long-range offensive weapons to use as shuriken, kunai, and firebomb.
As for the graphics system, Uzumaki Chronicles is the 3D environment, and the character’s movements are built similar to the manga and anime series. These combat skill effects also receive good reviews.