''Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2'' is a action adventure and fighting game sequel for ''VideoGame/NarutoUltimateNinjaStorm'', released for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and based on the ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'' anime, developed by Creator/CyberConnect2. If you want to know what the story is about you should really head over to [[Manga/{{Naruto}} the manga's page]], but the gist of it is that the main character ([[CharacterTitle Naruto]]) is a ninja aspiring to earn the Hokage ("fire shadow") title, or in other words, [[ToBeAMaster become the leader of his village]]. And then it turns out [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan there's an malevolent Beast of Mass Destruction inside of him]], friends betray him, shadowy organizations start hunting him -- and all of this before the part of the plot this game deals with.

The game storyline spans the events from the first episode of ''Shippuden'' (the sequel to the original ''Naruto'' anime) to episode 175, though [[AdaptationDistillation omissions]] and [[AdaptationExpansion additions]] can be found here and there. The player mainly takes the role of Naruto (though at times, you get to play as other characters of the series). The story begins as Naruto and Jiraiya, Naruto's perverted teacher, return to their home village after two-and-a-half years of training. From that point on, Naruto matures and becomes stronger as the story progresses.

The gameplay is somewhat the same as the original, with the ability to run free within the battlefield as well as the use of battle items and "Ultimate Jutsu" (such as [[RazorWind Futon: Rasenshuriken]], [[SphereOfDestruction Chou Odama Rasengan]], [[KillItWithFire Amaterasu]] and [[ShockAndAwe Kirin]]). Out of battles, you can collect all sorts of items--including materials to create items, "Memory Crystals" which show key moments of part one, "battle records" which let you face past battles and "story records" to watch the cutscenes of the game's main storyline. You are able to explore the Hidden Leaf, Sand, and Rain Villages and speak with game characters and civilians.

This game is followed up by ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStormGenerations'', which addresses the Substitution problem in ''Storm 2'' and expands the cast of characters from the beginning of the series up to a bit after where ''Storm 2'' leaves off. It also doesn't have the cinematic boss fights that this game had for the fact that [=CyberConnect2=] wanted to make ''Generations'' a more traditional fighter, and the fact that the team that made the cinematic boss fights became the main team for Creator/{{Capcom}}-published game ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''. AndNowYouKnow. (The boss fights are back for ''VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm3'', on the other hand.)

In 2017, the game with 2 and 3 were rereleased for Xbox One, [=PS4=], and PC.
!!Tropes exhibited by this game:

* ActionGirl: Unlike the main series, the entire female cast gets a fight -- sans Shizune, Anko, and Temari.
* AdaptationDistillation: Concentrating over 175 episodes into a game, this was bound to happen. All mentions of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo's]] name itself have been cut from the game; the Raikage doesn't make an appearance even though some events past his introduction in the manga do happen.
* AdaptationExpansion: A staple of the game, for example the Sasuke and Sai arc and Immortals arc.
** What was a quick punch from Naruto to Sasuke after they meet in Orochimaru's lair turns into a full-on boss fight with flashbacks to when they last fought each other.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the game, Suigetsu already has Zabuza's sword with no explanation as to when or how he got it, though it's {{Hand Wave}}d by how the first game skipped over the "Bridge Of Heroes" arc so technically, it's not Zabuza's sword he's using, but his own.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Hokage Naruto is basically just a re-skin of Sage Mode Naruto.
* BattleCouple: Naruto and Hinata are named one in Free Battle ('Secret Lovers', to be exact) after the main storyline is finished.
* BigBad: Pain.
* BleakLevel: [[spoiler:The destroyed Hidden Leaf Village]]. Also serves as the final area for the story mode.
* BloodlessCarnage: The game has virtually no bloodshed except for one minor scene where Itachi's eye bleeds following his final use of Amaterasu.
** He's also surprisingly bloody after the boss fight with him. Still not as much as the original from the manga/anime, but givin the otherwise bloodlessness of the game, it comes as a bit of a shock.
* BonusBoss: [[FanNickname "Dark Naruto"]] (basically [[GameBreaker Sage Naruto]] [[UpToEleven pumped up to SNKBoss levels]]... whose attacks can poison you.) and Jiraiya supported by Pain and Naruto at the end of Grandpa Gen's Trials. (Who's of a higher AI level than the ''final boss''.
* TheCameo: [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Lars Alexandersson]] makes an appearance.
* ComboBreaker: [[NinjaLog Substitution]], which can be done while the opponent is attacking and teleports the player somewhere else, though the new location isn't necessarily safe. Players can also summon an AssistCharacter while they're being attacked, forcing the attacking player to immediately turn attention to the assist.
* ComebackMechanic: The Awakenings can only be used if the character has less than half of his or her total HP, or in the case of particularly strong Awakenings, less than a quarter or even one-sixth.
* ControllableHelplessness:
** After the BossFight against Itachi, all Sasuke can do is back away in terror. He can also try to gather chakra (which doesn't work as he's all out) and attack with his sword (which also does nothing, as Itachi has the [[NighInvulnerable all but unstoppable]] Susanoo in effect).
** This happens again after Jiraiya has fought off Pain. He can run around and attack, but Pain has infinite HP and will eventually wear him down.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Chiyo and Hinata have regular Jutsu that do very little damage per hit but do a lot of them. Hinata's has so many rapid hits that the combo meter, unable to keep up, keeps counting over a second after it ends.
* DifficultButAwesome:
** Shikamaru. Proper use of him turns any opponent into a figurative ping-pong ball, exploded across the stage and back with little chance of escape. When Shikamaru is mastered, he can easily beat [[GameBreaker game breakers]] like [[SuperMode Sage Mode Naruto, Mangekyo Sharingan Sasuke, and Itachi]].
** Also the puppet masters. Much more difficult, and not quite as awesome, but a good puppet master player is a pain in the behind to deal with...
* EasterEgg: Using [[StalkerWithACrush Karin's Ultimate Jutsu on Sasuke]] results in a different animation.
* FixFic: The...''thing''...they did with [[FanPreferredCouple Naruto and Hinata]], which was very galling given the circumstances. The manga [[OutOfFocus certainly took its time]] getting back to Hinata's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove, even indirectly; when this game came out the confession had effectively been dangling in the air for years, without us knowing what Naruto thinks of it or even whether he remembers it. The game cut out the part where Hinata actually says "I love you", but included an ExtendedGameplay unlockable feature which declared the two "[[BattleCouple Secret Lovers]]". Wishful thinking? EpilepticTrees? A bit of both? The fact that, at the end of the manga, [[spoiler:they do eventually become a couple, get married and have two children]], along with [[WordOfGod Kishimoto's statements in several post-series interviews]] that he planned on [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] being the main OfficialCouple since the early stages of the manga, plus the fact that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation he considers the best adaptation of Naruto to be this video game series]], even stating that he thought these games were BetterThanCanon, places this nugget closer to HeartwarmingInHindsight than anything else.
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]].
* GuestFighter: [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Lars Alexandersson]], brought about when ''Naruto'' creator Masashi Kishimoto designed a costume for the character to use in the console ports of ''Tekken 6''.
* HopelessBossFight: The final part of Jiraiya's fight with Pain winds up becoming this.
** Which makes the first part of that fight a case of HeadsIWinTailsYouLose.
* InterfaceSpoiler:"Hidden Leaf Village ([[spoiler:Destroyed]])" is a selectable stage right from the start. The actual event doesn't occur until the Final Chapter.
* LampshadeHanging: One of Konohamaru's friends mentions how he's too easy to find in hide-and-seek. This was a sidequest/minigame in the first game that was not at all easy to do, and was toned down for the sequel.
* LethalJokeCharacter: ''Tobi''. His attacks are weak...but he can spam bomb balls, phase through attacks, teleport, run real fast, and so on. Then when his health is low, he becomes a Fireball spamming Madara/[[spoiler:Obito]]. Also, Karin and Ino are both lethal joke characters with surprisingly powerful attacks.
* LongTitle
* {{Multiplatform}}: Notable for being the first game in the ''Naruto: Ultimate Ninja'' series to be released on a non-Sony console, as it also made the jump to the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}.
* NumberedSequel: The second installment in the ''Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm'' series.
* RepeatCut: Used when [[SuperpoweredEvilSide 4-Tailed Form]] Naruto fires his ''[[WaveMotionGun Bijuudama]]'' at Orochimaru.
* SayMyName: You know this is coming when Naruto and Sasuke fight each other.
-->'''Sasuke:''' Narutoooooooo!!!!!!!!\\
'''Naruto:''' Sasukeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!
* SequentialBoss: The game has these for ''all'' their boss fights. In order:
** Kakashi vs. Naruto and Sakura: A battle in the training field in standard play, followed up by a lake area where he shoots Water Dragons. If you avoid them or have Sakura knock him off his high point, he shoots fireballs and guns you down with Lightning Blades.
** Deidara vs. Gaara: A battle on top of the Kazekage's Mansion, dodging his explosive birds and spiders, waiting for opportunities to knock him off his bird and open a gourd of sandy whoopass. When you take a healthy chunk of his HP, an aerial chase ensues, where you have to again avoid his fire and pelt him with [[MoreDakka Sand Shuriken]].
** Orochimaru vs. Naruto: Again, fairly normal until Naruto goes into his [[OneWingedAngel 4-Tailed Form]] on Snaky. BeamSpam ensues.
* ShipTease: [[FanPreferredCouple Naruto and Hinata]] have the infamous 'Secret Lovers' thing, which became a RunningGag in the game series. Their letters in the mail SideQuest are a big one too.
** There are also a couple hints to Sai and Ino.
** The fact that [[spoiler:both Naruto/Hinata and Sai/Ino]] became {{Official Couple}}s at the end of the manga makes this HeartwarmingInHindsight.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Happens with a lot of boss fights' second modes--and that's not counting the ones that simply change up their pattern and attacks in ways that the normal version of the character cannot do. We have for your consideration: a rail shooter (Gaara vs. Deidara), a stationary shooter (Naruto vs. Orochimaru), a beat 'em up with shooter moves (Jiraiya vs. Pain), and that middle portion of the final fight with Pain. It's still the fighting genre, but both players are changed up so much as to make the gameplay veeery different.
* UpdatedRerelease: This and the other 2 of the first 3 main titles in the series got rereleased in 2017 for Xbox One and [=PS4=] and PC.