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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Reviewed by
Ash Pinch
on
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 PS3 Review. The most hardcore fans may be able to sit through the story, it was very static and was just watching people talk and have the odd fight every now and again.
Rating:
3.375

Gameplay 5.0
Graphics 9.0
Sound 7.0
Value 6.0
Distributor: Namco Bandai
Rating: PG
Review Date: March 2013
Reviewer:
Ash Pinch

6.75


Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is the fourth instalment in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series.  Based on the popular manga series, Naruto.  The current instalment has gone back to the formula of the first two, moving away from what was done with Generations.  Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 begins the story from the Nine-Tailed Fox attack to Konohagakure (The Hidden Leaf).  Then follows the story of the manga series.  The story follows a number of different characters from the series.  Newcomers to the series will have a very difficult time following all the characters and terms that are thrown around without explanation.  This was likely a purposeful decision as fans of the series may find these explanations very tedious.

The story itself is very solid, with a very interesting overarching story.  The issue is the way that this is told.  The cut scenes are long and lack any real impact.  The conversations are long and drawn out and are all shown using static shots.  The cut scenes are also very frequent with the fights seeming very far apart.  The voice acting is not up to par either, the English actors from the manga are used but the dubbing just seems off.  There is the Japanese voice work available for the diehard fans.  I had a hard time maintaining interest in the cut scenes in Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, sitting through these felt like a chore.  Compared with previous instalments this felt like a massive back step.

The fighting has not changed since Generations, nothing noticeable anyway.  The fights will follow a simple formula and once you have this worked out the fights become incredibly easy.  There is little in the way of a tutorial for the fighting, I would have liked to have seen some sort of tutorial, even an optional one would have been beneficial for newcomers. The opening battle against the nine-tails was brilliant; this has you jumping across rooftops in an epic battle, then it drops off dramatically from there and returns to usual fighting.  The fights themselves do look spectacular with characters having unique attacks and specials.  The fighting is very much style over substance. 

In between all the cut scenes and fights you are able to walk around the world.  This is unfortunately very restricted and there is little other than a small path and some nice looking artwork.  There are the occasional side quests that you can do around these environments, these seem very unimportant and there is really lack of any sort of reward for doing so.  One very minor issue I had was when entering a new area it could be a bit confusing where you had come from and where you needed to go, causing me to go back to the previous area a number of times.  This wouldn’t be so bad but the loading times were a bit long and frequent.  This part of the game feels very outdated, it felt just like the environments from Final Fantasy X, it all looked wonderful but was essentially just a fancy corridor.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 feels like a major step back for the series.  The story itself is fantastic, the method in which it is told is just lacking.  There is overall a lack of innovation from previous installations and is a bit stagnant at this point in time.  The most hardcore fans may be able to sit through the story, it was very static and was just watching people talk and have the odd fight every now and again.  This is an instalment for the fans who love everything Naruto – others will have a hard time sticking this one out.





 

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