Naruto Shippuuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen EX
Yep, this just came out in Japan, and the early reports are pretty freaking awful. =(
I actually like a LOT of what they did with 4, it was just extremely tier broken (Marvel doesn’t even compare). As such, I had some hope for this one, but that now appears to be completely unjustified.
First off, they reduced the roster from approx. 40 characters to 14. Yes, I know, this is a new Naruto “series”, but that’s still pretty effing lame. The complete list, with hidden characters in BOLD:
Among the notable changes to the cast:
Naruto now can transform into OTK for 50% chakra. It’s mostly the same as his Kyuubi transform in previous games, though - he just has a couple of OTK’s old moves and no life drain.
Gaara can Y-cancel sand attacks now.
Sakura looks to be decent finally, with much better life & damage.
Itachi got all kinds of nerfed. d+X is gone, X is weaker, j.A has a lot more recovery, and his new f+A is the world’s slowest Katon. That doesn’t even cover all of it.
Temari’s j.B is no longer an attack, but a glide that can cancel into j.A. She has a totally new back+B, and it is probably the best in the game - launches extremely high, and in the corner you can just loop it over and over.
Kisame’s throw into BBAAA only works outside the corner, and almost all his other main combos are now gone. All his stuff that drained chakra still does, just less so. He can summon a clone that does an unblockable move that traps the opponent in a bubble, not sure how useful it is. Funniest bit: You can burst out of his throw BEFORE HE SLAMS YOU, and get a free combo from behind! He still looks to be top tier though, for reasons I will explain later.
Neji’s d+X is now a crappy counter super.
Kankurou has a second puppet, which autoguards, is unblockable, AND cannot be bursted!
Tenten was changed the most of anyone. She now has multiple weapons she can cycle through, including a Zabuza-style sword.
As for the new ones, I have not seen Sasori yet. Deidara has a bunch of exploding clay projectiles, some of which are unblockable and cannot be sidestepped. His combos may suck though, I barely saw people use any B strings with him.
Now, to general system changes…
Of course, as you may have seen, stages have obstacles now. Doesn’t really seem to add anything to the gameplay.
Counter hits always launch, as does hitting a staggered opponent. This screws up all sorts of standard strings, Kisame’s j.A combos, Neji’s f+BBABBX, and other things.
The overall damage is lower. I personally like this.
The throw break window is now longer, more like GNT2.
Everyone has an airthrow!
Y-cancels drastically increase gravity. No more BBAABY, BBX for Kisame…hell, Lee/Gai can’t even do a ABAY, ABA type loop anymore. So basically, most characters have few combos anymore.
Supers require you to do Wiimote stuff for full damage. HOWEVER, if you use a GC controller, you’ll get the maximum every time.
You cannot burst while knocked down anymore, and can be hit OTG right until you get up.
You can get hit out of tech rolls now, and it launches just like in Tekken. Combine these facts, and you get a stupid wakeup game. This is why Kisame is still good…he can perform (Throw, BBY, BBY, j.A) then immediately f+A, and it will hit them whether they tech or not. If they don’t tech, you get ANOTHER f+A; if they do, then you can Y-cancel the f+A into the above combo and repeat the trap again.
And I saved the worst for last: There is almost NO blockstun whatsoever in the game. If someone tries BB and you block the first B, you can jab them BEFORE THE SECOND B COMES OUT. Jump attacks are also unsafe now, thanks to this. So really, the only safe poke is B, and for some characters even THAT’S too laggy. Combine this with the easier throw breaks, and this could well be a game that makes you BEG for Tekken 4.
I will update in the future if people discover anything interesting or just funny. Sad faces for Wii fighters, it looks like…at least we have Smash and Accent Core. =D