Published on November 19th, 2008 | by Daniel David
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Review
Platform: PlayStation 3[Reviewed]
Release Date: November 4, 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is the first appearance of Naruto on the PS3 and I say it is a must for Naruto fans and something for fighter fans in generally to look into. CyberConnect2 has a done a fantastic job on bringing the village to life and crafting the best looking and animated Naruto game to date.
Ultimate Ninja Storm is a simple game to pick up. All of your physical attacks are done with Circle button, Square for shriuikens, Cross to jump/dash and Triangle for building your chakra. I would normally say having one button for attacks isn’t a good thing but in this case with the different play styles of each character and the amazing job CyberConnect2 did with the animations pulling of these combos are extremely satisfying.
Like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 you can call in Support Characters using L1 and R1. You can’t spam the support characters you have to wait a few seconds before you can call them again but they add nice touch and little bit more depth to such a casual fighter.
Everything else is also simple which doesn’t need much explanation; nothing in the game is too hard to do. With this being such a casual fighter it may turn some people off but I think while simple to play you can find a lot of depth in this game. From you choosing your fighter and support characters to string combos together you can have very intense matches highlighted by the game’s beautiful visuals and animation.
A downside for some will be the lack of an online mode. Its only 1-on-1 offline but for the pace and fast action of the game it probably is the right choice but I do wish they would have tried to get it to work though.
To make up for this CyberConnect2 brought in the Ultimate Mission Mode. They faithfully recreated Konoha down to the last inch and in Ultimate Ninja Mode you get to run around the whole village collecting treasures, unlocking side missions and helping out villagers to further unlock stuff for the game. There are about 100 missions to play through so you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time in Konoha.
In Ultimate Mission Mode you have a couple of giant fights such as Naruto trying land a single punch against the against Gamabunta. These fights involve QTE events like in God of War. You’re probably getting tired of me talking about the animation and graphics but these QTE events are just plain awesome, it really is the anime come to life in this game.
CyberConnect2 has certainly created the best looking and possibly the best fighting Naruto game to date. While the online mode is missing the large single player, out of this world animation and gorgeous graphics this is definitely a game you should try out. For Naruto fans like me getting this is a no-brainer.