Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Big Bosses In A Shinobi World War

By Spencer . March 15, 2013 . 2:30pm

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After playing so many Naruto games, I was glad Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 didn’t rehash the Kazekage Rescue arc. While the game starts at the very beginning of the series with the Nine-Tails attacking Konoha, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 quickly skips to the Five Kage Summit arc. Ultimate Adventure mode retells the Shippuden saga through cutscenes with the occasional battle or field running event every couple of minutes.


You will spend more time watching the adventure than playing it, but CyberConnect2 treats the series with such care it’s enjoyable even if you know what happens next. Oh, and if you’re just jumping into Naruto and are puzzled when the word "Jinchuriki" shows up don’t start with Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. This game expects players have been following the anime or manga at least up to Pain’s arc. And if you have been keeping up with Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 goes up to the Shinobi World War plot, one of the best arcs in the series. There are touching moments when Naruto learns about his origins and a surprise (for some?) villain. The only thing that bugged me about the story how it ended on a cliffhanger, but given where the anime is now CyberConnect2 probably didn’t have a choice. If you just want to move from one fight to the next you can skip all of the cutscenes. Usually it’s three or four skips to get to jump to the next action sequence.


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The majority of the gameplay tweaks in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 show up in the game’s single player mode. Ultimate Decision lets players decide if they want harder or easier fights. When Naruto fights the Nine-Tails he can either get help from Killer Bee or challenge the demon fox on his own. Going the harder route grants players more Legend points, which unlocks more slots on the item palette for useful ninja tools. The easier path rewards players with hero points that… also expand the item palette but only for basic ninja tools. You can purchase ninja tools from shopkeepers who always seem to be at the right place, but you need to find blueprints to make the best tools.


Using items like explosive tags are really a novelty. Even the toughest battles can be won with your fists and ninjutsu. The only real reason you need money (called ryo in the game) is to stock up on bentos, items that restore your life and give you an attack/speed/defense boost before battle. Healing yourself before a bout in a fighting game is an unnecessary step too and I suppose players can get stuck in a situation where you’re fighting a boss with less than a 1/3 of your life and no bentos. CyberConnect2 also added mob battles similar to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Impact. These Dynasty Warriors-like areas seal a character in with a group of brainless enemies to pummel. On top of your usual combos, you can counterattack with by pressing X at the right time and do God of War style finishers to eliminate weakened enemies. Adding these in makes sense with storyline since the White Zetsu Army is an important part of the arc, but these battles feel like a chore.


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The larger-than-life boss battles missing from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations are back for Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. You start the game fighting the Nine-Tails by leaping on rooftops with the Third Hokage. Later, Naruto will face the demon fox inside him too during a heartfelt battle. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has a fantastic final fight too. Boss battles end with one long QTE sequence, but CyberConnect2 makes these events feel epic. After you complete story mode you can run around a 3D rendered Konoha village and do fetch quests. If you are the type of person that likes collecting stuff, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 has tons of digital trinkets like ninja cards to unlock. Personally, I prefer fighting so like a missing-nin I bowed out of Konoha and went straight to versus mode after finishing story mode.


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Now might be a good time to mention load times because Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 loads fights slower than Gaara’s walking speed. Installing the game helps, but Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is still sluggish. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is still a flashy fighter with simple to learn combos just like other games in the series. Every ninja has the same basic moves – an attack, chakra charge, ninja tools they can throw, a chakra infused dash/backstep, and replacement technique to escape combos. While the commands are the same, it’s signature ninjutsu techniques that make Rock Lee different from say Kakashi.


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The replacement jutsu meter introduced in Generations is in Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, which gives players at maximum of four vanishing acts before they have to wait for the meter to replacement jutsu meter to refill. Ring outs and a change to the awakening system are the main differences in this game. Instead of waiting until they lost 50% of their health, most characters can activate an awakening right away. Awakenings super charge characters by granting Sasuke Susanoo, for example, or making Choji go into butterfly mode. These buffs only last a few seconds and after an awakening expires your character is temporarily weakened. While activating an awakening doesn’t guarantee victory, it’s an overly powerful ability.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm has always tilted towards beatdown characters, the kinds of fighters that relentlessly pummel the other player. There are a few zoning characters that can play keep away like Tenten and Dediara, but the chakra dash reduces their effectiveness. I think battles really come down to whoever has more replacement jutsu bars left because once that meter runs out it’s pretty hard to avoid attacks.


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CyberConnect2 has a handful of pre-time skip characters so you can pair young Shikamaru with reincarnated Asuma. Kimimaro, Obito and Young Kakashi are playable in the game too. What’s disappointing is there are characters you fight in Ultimate Adventure mode like the reincarnated Kages, but they aren’t playable. I guess CyberConnect2 has to save something for the inevitable sequel. Next time around, I hope we’ll be able to earn ninjutsu attacks to customize characters similar to the PS2 games instead of earning useless ninja tools. That would give the game more options for different play styles and evolve the game’s mechanics from chakra backdashing and replacement jutsu timing.

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  • StarWarudo

    Giving Neji Sasuke’s chidori was so awesome and was one of the many things I loved about the old Ultimate Ninja games. That and the multiple-level ougis along with a way to cancel ultimate justsus. C’mon CC2, bring these back for Storm 4.

  • Jesse Torres

    This game was lame. And where is the review for this game? IGN, GAMESPOT have not reviewed it yet, this proves the game sucked.

    • yoUNg_grOUp568

      ign hasn’t reviewed it yet because of the transitions that currently happened over there. Gamespot has reviewed if you’ve been paying attention

    • DanteJones

      Your logic is baffling.

    • Ferrick

      LOL, here’s your darwin award
      and the fact that you’re waiting for the two most biased reviewers to give their opinion is even more baffling


      ROFLMAO, its there already, and its been there since 8 days ago, good job there Jesse

      • Randy Marsh

        Might as well mention the review should be considered null and void since Carolyn Petit reviewed it.

        • Ferrick

          well yeah, but it is still a review, which made jesse torres’ point null and void (and my point about them being biased still stands)

    • @facebook-100001663154760:disqus @Ferrick:disqus @Randy_M:disqus Guys, let’s avoid the whole “LOL gamez jurnalizm teh bias west hates Japan IGN suckzz” type stuff on here. I don’t want to turn Siliconera’s community into yet another pit of Internet bile. Leave that stuff for other places and let’s keep it clean here.

      • Ferrick

        not exactly what i meant by the word “bias”, but ok sorry about that

      • Guest

        Good thing I don’t see any “We demand Edo-Kages or CC2 and Namco Y U No put them as playable characters” comments. It’s really damn annoying when they said that leave the game as it is. This game is wonderful no matter what.

        • Claud12

          I only want second mizu cause he looks like pimp :) He’s one funny guy in anime nearly died when he was arguing with Mu :)

          Im not complaining tho just saying that he’s cool.

      • Claud12


    • Jesse Torres

      I was just trolling guys, nothing to get historical about, the game was pleasant

      • M’iau M’iaut

        As noted, posts made just to troll can be taken elsewhere. Especially when we then choose to brag about it.

      • Göran Isacson

        I wouldn’t say that the irritation raised in these comments is anything for the history books, fairly tame compared to how big the outrage CAN get around these parts…

  • Göran Isacson

    Sooo not the ultimate end-all be-all game for the Naruto franchise as one was lead to believe… welp, guess there’s always next title to hope for! I do wonder if we’ll ever get ougis that felt as over the top as they did in the Ultimate Ninja series… they just haven’t felt the same since those games.

    Then again, that might be because peoples regular techniques in the manga itself are now appraoching DBZ-levels, so maybe CC2 thinks there’s no need to exaggarate anymore.

    • Sergio Briceño

      Don’t worry, you have 2-3 more games coming. Two to go along the anime. One to cash in.

  • shion16

    Its a great game with one of the greatest soundtracks ever (asura wrath level of awesomenes).

    But i have 2 little complains with the game.

    1.- Some stages with boxes and other objects have serious framerate issues.
    2.- Five Kage Summit arc wasnt made with the same level of love the rest of the game have.

  • Crevox

    Where’s the food for thought

  • TheExile285

    Tailed Beast Bomb Naruto is badass

  • ZEROthefirst

    I wish I could play this online more enjoyably still after only a little over a week. The online is already filled with nothing but spammers and using the same 5 OP characters online. Not to mention others rage quitting, and instead of it just showing on their record that they disconnected… you get marked for it too, so it makes it hard for some people to accept a match because they believe you’re just going to rage quit *sigh*.
    Of course this really only happens in Ranked Matches and while player matches are mostly fine you still get some of the same problems, just other’s DCing on you doesn’t count on your record (I hope at least).

  • Sergio Briceño

    I wished for them to give a better use to the substitution button. To me, it was better the way it was before. Before we had two buttons do the exact same thing, but at least the mechanic was better.

    Choosing when to spend the kawarimi doesn’t add any depth because we already had that before, but instead we spent chakra. Since the kawarimis must recharge and the awakenings break guards really fast, the new substitution button has made each battle more of a “lets see how many hits I can take before I recharge” game. Not to mention that now there is that new instant awakening…

  • How good is the game? I’ve heard the story mode is really great, enjoyable and fun but most people finish it in about 5 days (at the most), after that Versus Mode isn’t that great if you don’t have someone to play with, Online Mode is really laggy and Missions get boring with the time. I guess I’ll wait for a price drop.

    • Syn

      Like you said, story mode amazing, versus mode, well its no hardcore fighter thats for sure, I think the main issue with the versus mode is that it has less content as compared to the series ps2 days where each entry would bring a plethora of options for combat like the author listed above, and ninja tools actualy where more important when it came to strategy usage(everyone who has played the ps2 games will remember the plague of poison & paralysis kunai as well as scrolls that gave some pretty damaging bombs and such), other content such as actual cinematic tag Ougi’s depending on selected partners, multilevel Ougi’s, and transformations having their own Ougi’s as well add to the list of things that the recent series lacks in large amounts, wall run removal, the ability to defend against ultimate Jutsu, justu clashes etc I could keep going on and on and on, so when you look at it from the amount of versus content excluded compared to the previous series, well its not really that good as a fighter on its own, but the story mode is truly well executed, wish the versus mode would get tweaked as well

  • TheExile285

    Great game. UA ending was underwhelming but still a great game.

    • Claud12

      should have ended with 10 tails being summoned. Now that would be an ending :) MWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      • David García Abril

        I don’t know… That would be an even bigger cliffhanger.

  • Kuro Neko

    Well I haven’t read or watched Naruto in years. The last thing I remember watching anime-wise was a little after the filler arc with Guren(?) the crystal user and the 3 tails. Sasuke was forming his team If I remember correctly. Reading the manga, I think I left off at Naruto training on Turtle island and Kisame was killed by the Raikage and Killer Bee or something. Other than that, I hadn’t kept up with Naruto at all partially because one of my favorite characters died and I just couldn’t keep up. This game was a nice catch up for me, even though i’m still behind. The one thing that perplexes me, is that CC2 said that the Kages were confirmed playable but they weren’t in the end. I’m guessing that PS store option in the online menu must mean their’s DLC soon to come, besides outfits. I do miss the PS2 games a lot as I would do the simple, give naruto chidori and sasuke rasengan XD but I guess I kind of want a dreamn game, with everyone who’s fought thus far. Like the rain ninja from the forest of death, or the sound ninja, Zaku, Tsuchi and Kin. ESPECIALLY, Kurenai, Shizune and Anko, I feel like i’m the only person who cares about them at times ;~; espceially Kurenai. I feel like her Genjutsu would be really, really pretty to see. That and team her up with Asuma :D Shizune, i’ve always loved BECAUSE of the PS2 naruto games. And Anko…because it’s all about the dumplings XD

  • AndyLC

    Amazing how good these graphics are

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