As a player of first Naruto-Arena, then Soul-Arena and now War of Ninja, I can honestly say that War of Ninja is much, much better. The addition of swaps / items and the improved energy swap system makes for a more strategic game instead of a luck based game. The characters are well thought out and fight with a certain theme in mind (not just the art themes but also the roles in-game.)
The in-game levels for me, haven't quite lived up to what was proposed before the Reborn, but I've learned to live with it and come to like it. I've wanted an Arena Game with an RPG aspect to it for a while, so the addition itself is not what bothers me.
Here's where War of Ninja has lost its charm for me. before the rarity updates, it already took quite a while to find certain high rarity characters and you still had to beat them, which on Hard, doesn't happen 100% of the time. It now takes a hardcore player to even unlock every character, which I think shouldn't be the main focus of the game.
I need only some of the higher rarity characters, and have stopped playing because I simply either cannot find them, or my rarity drops so quickly that it becomes impossible to even recruit a single character without grinding for weeks. Honestly, this needs a fix. It should still be hard to get the characters, but I think there should be an alternative way to get them, a surefire way.
I feel WoN has gone down competitively. The ladders were great, and with the streak ladder, kind of provided a competitive place to test teams aswell (at least for me.) Now, don't get me wrong, I think the tournament Ladder is a great feature, and makes WoN regain a bit of competitiveness, but all in all the game has laid more focus on playing against AI for the last couple of characters you can never seem to get.
First of all, I like the skins. I really do, but it's a little messy and takes some getting used to to upload them. I've had trouble with skins that seemed perfectly fine to me, so I couldn't figure out what to change etc.
The Clan Wars proposal (not out yet), is something I honestly don't like at all. Time is being put into a feature that is literally a gold sink and nothing more IMO. This feature is gonna create rage aswell, with the way it's being built up now.
my conclusion for additional features is: although I like alot of the new features being added into this game, I feel more emphasis needs to be put on features that actually help the game out, instead of attempting to make a "useless" aspect of the game more interesting by adding more "useless" things to it.
War of Ninja site / forums
The forums and site are good, not much to complain about. Except for one small thing, but I'd rather post this in the suggestions topic:
The "New Topics" page needs more New Topics than there is in the small ticker.
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