Review: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
I figured we would try something new on the site so that we at Handheld Heroes would post more. Therefore, I give you my review of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm for the PS3. Like all the other Naruto games, this one is a fighting game with 3-D cel-shaded graphics. This game is made exclusively for the PS3. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm loosely follows the Anime's storyline up to season 6 where Sasuke and Naruto have an epic battle. There are 2 modes in the game, Story Mode and a Free Battle mode. Sadly, there is no online multiplayer.
Story Mode consists of the main Story Arc missions as well as D-Rank through A-Rank missions (mini games). In order to unlock more main story arc missions, you must play the min games to collect Mission Points. The missions usually consist of either racing up a tree, racing through the forest up in the trees, hide and seek, or just plain out fighting.
What's intriguing about this game is that it has an open world (more like a town) for you to run around and explore in. This is where you will find more mini game missions and treasures that will allow you to use different jutsu for either the main character you choose for the fights or the support characters. There is also ingredients you can collect to give to the local ramen shop to make new bowls of ramen for you to eat. All this does is gives you more chakra to use your Naruto Cannon in the town. The Naruto Cannon is a way to get to higher places that normally you cannot reach by other means.
Graphics are really good. The cel-shaded look reminds me of how they did Valkryia Chronicles which is another must have game for the PS3. The game could pass for an episode of Naruto since everything looked so pretty.
The controls for the fighting part of this game handle very well like any other 3-D fighter. Although this game suffers from the issue that you can just smash on the buttons and win. I found that only certain times I had difficulties in this game. Those times were when I was playing the quick time event battles. The game gives you very little time to react to the quick time event so you have to be very fast at what they want you to do on screen.
Sound in this game is well done. All the original voices are in the game as well as the music. You can even switch from English to Japanese voices if you want.
If you are a fan of the series, you will love this fighting game. It has just about everything a fanboy could want. If you are someone new to the Naruto world, it's an ok fighting game with great sound, graphics, and deep enough game play to warrant a rental at least. I know there are better fighting games out there (SF4) but don't pass this game up if you have a PS3.