Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is the 3rd installment in the Naruto Storm franchise (obviously) and like the other two it follows the anime in story and mechanics but does is Storm 3 truly the ultimate Naruto game? Find out below!
Story: Like previously stated above, Storm 3 does follow the lore of the anime. Storm 3 picks up right where Storm 2 left off with Naruto and the Leaf Village rebuilding after the devious Pain & Nagato basically destroyed the entire village. Naruto is just minding his own business he gets news that Sasuke has attacked Killer Bee (The 8 Tails) and is now an enemy of the Hidden Cloud Village. From that point on it’s downhill. Without spoiling anything the entire story is about the Bonds of Naruto and Sasuke, Naruto trying to gain control of the 9 Tailed Fox and him preparing to fight the sinister Madara Uchiha. Everything follows the story but in the end they basically made up some fictional fight where Naruto fights “Madara” and he flees to fight another day. I understand why the basically lied on the final battle because the developers couldn’t just pull a “To be continued…” mainly because the Shippuden Manga nor the anime has finished yet. So to make room for Storm 4 and maybe even 5 they had to improvise. The final fight doesn’t take away from the game but if you’re a Naruto buff you will probably find it kind of “stupid”. You have to complete the story to unlock all the multiplayer characters but unlike most Fighters the boss fights/ real time situations are extremely satisfying to complete. But with pros come cons and the negatives about Storm 3’s story mode is the LOAD screens, text boxes and the RPG sequences. All 3 of these things put a huge damper on the epic story that is Storm 3. For all Naruto fans this is a small price to pay to experience playing as your favorite ninja heroes but if you’re new to the Naruto universe those three negatives could be the deciding factor whether you play this nonstop or it goes on the shelf for a few months.
Gameplay: Gameplay is similar to Storm 2. The fighting controls are exactly the same except what i did notice was two big changes. The developers altered the substitution jutsu to where it’s in a gauge and you can only preform 4 substitution jutsu at a time. Meaning that if somebody attacks you, you can avoid it. In Storm 1 and 2 it was unlimited. The second change i noticed was that you can preform your ultimate jutsu on your opponent when he/she is in awakening mode. That’s never been done before in a Naruto game ever. I was happy with this alteration and I believe they only made this change because of the substitution gauge. Normally you just get your ass beat when your opponent goes into awakening and you just have to take it, now you can catch them slipping by ending it all with an ultimate jutsu! Cool innovation CyberConnect. Kudos.
Multiplayer: The online portion of Storm 3 is the bread and butter of the game. I love and hate it at the same time. I love the different game modes like Player Battle, Ranked Battle, Tournament and Endless Battle but the community is such spammers. I enjoy the different modes but when you have opponents that constantly don’t let you breath and spam you with attacks it takes away the fun. If you’re a beginner and you face a level 10 you will most likely not even get in a hit. I don’t suck at the online but there are some hardcore players that go crazy as soon as the match begins. Connections are not really a problem but I have experienced a few matches that look like slideshows. Very annoying. As a whole I love the idea of the multiplayer but I cannot hang with the obnoxious community for more than 5 matches.
The Verdict: Naruto Storm is far from perfect but for the most part it is a fairly enjoyable game from the online battles to the stunning boss battles. If this is your introduction to a Naruto game it could be a love it or hate it moment for you but as an avid Naruto watcher and reader i give this game a 7.5/10. It’s worth playing and is a fun game to play with a couple of buddies.