Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage Review: A Major Disappointment

Naruto X Boruto Ninja Voltage

The Basics

  • Name: Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage (also known as Borutage or NxB NV)
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Genre: Strategy, action, gacha
  • Price: Free with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 904 mb
  • Best played in short-medium sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage?

Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage is an action game with strategy elements and gacha card collection. Players can collect and power up 20 shinoabi from the Naruto universe. Unlike many gacha games, collecting heroes is not a major part of Ninja Voltage, heroes are easily obtained by playing the game. Instead this is a game that focuses on finding, equipping, and powering up ninja cards. Cards can be obtained through the game’s gacha summoning mechanic and by completing single player missions.

There are two core gameplay components in Ninja Voltage, offense and defense. On offense, players take a team of 4 of their strongest shinobi and take on fortresses filled with traps and enemies. These can be the fortresses of other players in the game’s PVP mode, or fortresses made by the AI in the game’s other modes. The battles largely play out in the same way, players control their primary character using a virtual joystick and attack buttons while attacking whatever is in their way. The other 3 characters are controlled by the AI.

Defense has two components, village building and the fortress. Village building lets players level up their base and 4 other buildings so that they produce and store more resources. The fortress component lets players set up their fortress in case enemies try to invade. Players have their choice of fortress layouts and configurations as well as which shinobi spawn in which locations. If attacked, players will be notified of whether the enemy successfully penetrated their defenses.

Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage gameplay

Recommendation

Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage is yet another game that might appeal to fans of the source material while others will be disappointed. Gameplay feels sloppy, there’s a lack of content, and the game has a VIP system (fame) that gives passive combat advantages to players who spend a lot of money on the game. That only adds to the already significant advantage that players who spend significant amounts of money on the game will receive, as ability cards are extremely difficult to obtain for free users.

At this time the game doesn’t offer much in terms of content. There are only 5 single player story chapters, each with 5 missions. Because of the amount of resources players get at the start of the game, these missions do not present a challenge, and wind up feeling quite repetitive. While there’s a bit of story thrown in, the game’s story elements add nothing to the game. The single player content does serve as an introduction to the game’s multiplayer mode.

PVP plays out almost exactly like the game’s single player mode. The big difference being that it can be challenging, and players can come up with creative fortress designs. That might mean utilizing choke points, or setting up interesting trap and unit combinations. In the end even the most creative designs aren’t as effective at stopping players as sloppy gameplay mechanics. Targeting in Ninja Voltage is a mess. The game will often throw 5-10 enemies at your squad, and it’s quite hard to tell why you or your AI companions are targeting the particular opponents you’re targeting aside from proximity.

At the end of the day, Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage is a game that looks good, has a few nice elements elements that fans of Naruto and/or Boruto might appreciate. However, it’s also a game that doesn’t offer much in terms of content, has sloppy controls, and leans too far in the direction of being pay to win. So if you’re a fan of Naruto, give Ninja Voltage a try. If you’re looking for a new game to sink your teeth into and don’t have a love for the franchise, this game isn’t worth your time. That being said, it’s a game that just launched and unlike games like The Alchemist Code, it hasn’t had a chance to grow and develop in a different market before going global. Perhaps a few months from now Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage will be a better game. If you plan on giving the game a try, check out some tips to help you get started on the right foot.

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Lack of content, lack of fun.
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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.