Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker has been a long-awaited game for fans of both the anime and the video game series. Released on August 30, 2018, the game features a whole host of new features players have never seen before in previous games. Featuring everything from beloved characters both new and old, like Naruto and his son Boruto, to custom-made characters that fans can personally stylize, the game has had some amazing improvements. Some of these include the cool ultimate jutsu that fill the screen with wonderfully animated devastation.
There are four types of specials in the game; ones that can hit a large area at once but are less powerful, ones that hit small areas but deal a lot of damage, support specials that can heal or incapacitate enemies, and power-up specials that boost characters. Each of these are paired with their respective character from the Naruto franchise, but it’s important to keep in mind that customizable characters will have their own stylized specials as well.
The player uses an ultimate that was displayed prominently in the anime, where Pain uses his rinnegan to create a small meteor that crushes his enemies. It looks incredibly cool, but it does have a smaller area of effect than some of the other specials. However, this also does a lot of damage and is difficult to avoid.
The player uses his sharingan to warp anything in a specific area to alter time and space. Using the Kamui as his ultimate, the player hits a smaller area that completely devastates whoever is unfortunate enough to get caught in it. It's very difficult to avoid as the only indication of this activating is a warping of space; this can be easily missed in the chaos of combat. The only downside is that this has a long charge up time.
Kirin is a Lighting Release that rains down from the sky and hits in a circular area. This will do damage over time to anyone unfortunate enough to be in the blast radius. This makes it especially effective against a group of enemies or a single unit, but it's easier to dodge. Players will want to combine it with another attack that can incapacitate someone, like a paralysis jutsu or Yamato's Wood Release.
Naruto uses his Massive Rasengan as his finishing move; his famous attack in the anime. In the game, it doesn't do much damage but hits a substantially large area and is exceptionally hard to dodge. It's certainly better for clearing out a portion of enemies in the VR room, but it's still reasonably effective in a one-on-one fight.