Shinobi Striker: In this MOBA, you make your character and complete missions against the computer (which can be done together) or against other players in 4 x 4 team battles. You can buy new items to customize your avatar fully and re-create your favourite character, or you can bring something completely different to special tournaments to compete for the title of “strongest ninja.”
What is the Best in Shinobi Striker?
Customization in Shinobi Striker
The first thing you do in the game is make your character. First, you must choose which hidden village they come from (leaf, sand, mist, stone, or clouds). Then, you can mix and match different physical traits from your favourite characters to make your ninja. You can use hundreds of different things to make a character that is unique and makes you feel close to it.
You can become an apprentice of legendary ninjas from the past (sounds cool, right?) and learn new skills (called jutsus) in a VR arena made just for the hidden leaf village. Here, you can train by participating in simulated battles where you can win money and gain experience. You can also get new masters by completing some missions in the VR arena. Masters can show you how to do new jutsus and go on missions with you. When you finish a mission or battle, your character and the master you chose get experience. When you get enough XP, you level up with him and can use a new technic.
Missions in Shinobi Striker
In Shinobi Striker, The missions you get are ranked by how hard they are (from D to S), and you can do them alone (with your master and the other shinobi involved in the mission) or with up to three other players. At the end of each mission, you get some money or special scrolls that you can use to unlock new items that you can use to customize your character.
Sound in Shinobi Striker
People who are familiar with Naruto know what to expect. There are great songs with Japanese themes for people who don’t know this franchise or universe. Some songs are made up of only Japanese instruments like flutes, strings, and some percussion, which are amazing. Other songs have drums and guitars and are just as good. The voices and sound effects are good, but if you choose the original Japanese voices, you’ll enjoy it much more.
Gameplay in Shinobi Striker
You begin your journey in a leaf hamlet, where you may recognize some residents if you’ve read the manga or seen the anime. If you don’t, you should know that these NPCs are important to this world. Konohamaru quickly shows up and tells you everything you can do in the village: go to the shop to buy or unlock new cosmetic items, change your current master at the library, customize your four battle loadouts (Attack, Ranged, Defense, and Heal) at the inn, go to the VR Arena to complete missions, and go to the Hokage’s estate to fight in random battles or timed tournaments.
Aside from that, you can walk around the village and talk to NPCs to finish missions (some of which will give you access to new masters). better keep your eyes open) and talk to the other players. Battles happen in special arenas where up to eight players, split into two teams, fight based on goals (between flag battle, base battle, combat battle and barrier battle). To win, you don’t have to have one character from each loadout on your team, but it helps!
Shinobi Striker Mixed Feelings
The game’s graphics are made with beautiful and colourful cell shading to make your favourite Ninja world. Even though I can see some aliasing here and there, the animations and special effects are great. Some characters say and do things that don’t make sense, but it won’t bother you. I didn’t like how many times the same enemies and ninjas showed up (think about that enemy with countless clones present in every FPS you play). Even though some of them have cool designs, there could be more variety or a few more models.
The Stadiums in Shinobi Striker
In Shinobi Striker, the battles occur in virtual reality arenas based on different parts of the anime and manga, such as the sand hidden village. Arenas are big and look interesting, but you don’t have much to do with them. Some areas are hard to figure out, and there aren’t many places to fight your enemies. Other areas, on the other hand, have plenty of room for the fight! I wouldn’t say I like it as a fighting game, but the verticality of the stages is important to how the game is played. But we’ll discuss it later.
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Shinobi Striker’s fights don’t feel technical or strategic but rather chaotic. This could be because I’m a big fan of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series. You have two attack buttons that can be linked together to make combos, two different jutsus and an ultimate Jutsu, a defense button, a jump button, and the ability to walk over walls, which is true to the anime and manga but feels strange in the game. Just remember that it’s a good thing to catch your enemies off guard. You can also use special kunai with your RT that can pull you to walls and save you from falling to death in some stages.
What’s Wrong? in Shinobi Striker
It seems to be the case with every game that comes out these days, but I had some serious connection problems while reviewing this game (up to the point of being unable to play it). I couldn’t always connect to random fights. In other games, the server was connected, but I was sent back to my Xbox dashboard. But the tournaments were the most frustrating because I could never connect to them. I hope the developer can fix it soon by putting out a patch. In a MOBA, players will stop playing if they can’t connect to the game.
Limits apply to loadouts
You can’t combine techniques from different classes or loadouts, which is a shame. For example, you can’t have a Healer with a Jutsu from the Ranged class. If you don’t change your loadout, you can only use healer-type jutsus. We could use a little more freedom here.
The missions you get are ranked by how hard they are (from D to S), and you can do them alone (with your master and the other shinobi involved in the mission) or with up to three other players. At the end of each mission, you get some money or special scrolls that you can use to unlock new items that you can use to customize your character. Most missions involve getting rid of a threat (like a powerful ninja or a huge beast), taking someone with you, collecting items, or protecting someone or something. Soon, you’ll notice that the same things keep happening, which shows that these missions don’t have enough variety.