That's about the gist of it, combat wise, although things are made slightly more interesting with short QTE sections that dissect a battle. Now I'm not normally one to sing the praises of QTEs, but Storm 2 does 'em in style. The action is so well choreographed that it's hard not to get excited as you furiously tap away at buttons indicated by the screen. Depending on how quick your reaction times are during these events, you'll earn a certain number of stars. If you amass enough stars, you'll unlock little anime vignettes from the show, which flesh out the story at that particular point in the game.
Naruto is joined in battle by his team mate, Sakura, who will patiently wait off screen until summoned with a tap of the bumper buttons. She's actually fairly instrumental in defeating Kakashi, and must be hauled into action at precisely the right moment to have any hope of inflicting any damage on him.
After running about on the surface of a pond, dodging dragons made of water and leaping to solid ground whenever a lightning attack is on its way, the battle reaches its dramatic finale. Launching himself miles into the air (achieved through the correct QTE button presses), Naruto unleashes his signature move: a mass shadow clone jutsu. The screen fills with hundreds of Narutos, who rain down on Kakashi in a ninja storm. It's at times like this you realise just what a fantastic job CyberConnect2 has done with the visuals. If I was feeling particularly adventurous, I might go as far as to say that that Storm 2 has the best cel-shading I've ever seen, but of course that would conflict with the comments I made about Ni no Kuni after TGS. You can decide for yourself which you prefer.
The game will sell well regardless of what critics like me say about it – the word 'Naruto' in the title will make sure of that - but Storm 2 seems to be a competent game in its own right. Ultimately, it's a very casual game; a simple fighter carried along by the strength of its characters and story. It recreates pivotal moments from the show fantastically well though, and as a Naruto fan it's hard not to get excited watching it all unfold.
Naruto Ultimate Ninja: Storm 2 is available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 15