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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst

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Based on the very successful Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst is the next in a line of successful games brought out by Bandai Namco (née Namco Bandai).

Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 is a great addition to the franchise and fans of the series will be happy to note that the game hasn’t changed too much from Ultimate Ninja 2, but there are some tangible differences.

What You Need to Know

Not simply a ‘button masher’ like many other fighting games out there, Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 requires some thought and strategy. Typically the game features battles in which you control one character and are confronted by one or more assailants, which then need to be overcome to win the battle.

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What’s New?

The fighting mode has changed slightly with regards to assistants. As per the previous release, you can have up to two assistants helping you out with the battles. These assistants complement (or hinder depending on how you use them) the main character as long as their health bar remains above zero. The strategies involved with fighting with assistants makes for very interesting gameplay indeed.

Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 has also introduced the ‘Awakening Mode’ to help out certain characters when their health falls to a certain level. The Awakening Mode allows for special abilities that can be unleashed in the hour of need and does manage to get you out of a few scrapes.

The challenge mode is also new in as much as it adds quite a bit of content to the game. Playing through the challenges with some sort of handicap is exactly that: Challenging. I didn’t spend a lot of time on this section of the game though, I instead focused on the story and also had a lot of fun in the ‘Practice’ arena.

What’s the Same?

The game follows the television series, so if you’re a fan of the series you’ll know a lot more about the game than newbies like myself. I was quite blown away at the scope of the game and the fantastic (typically exaggerated) backdrops that were provided. Of course, the sheer over-the-top capabilities of the characters you play are also a great deal of fun. Don’t expect too much realism, but if that’s what you want, you should stick to reading the newspaper.

As per other games in the series (and the genre) Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 is epitomised by a huge cast (84 in this release), complemented by creative backstories and overwhelming abilities that make the game a huge deal of fun.

You’ll Enjoy Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst If You Liked…

… the Dragon Ball Z series.

… previous Naruto Shippuden games.

… any other non-technical fighter.

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What I Liked

- 5.) The practice arena and Battle Mode are where the action really is. You get straight into the action and fight to the ‘death.’

- 4.) Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 is easy to learn but quite difficult to master. I enjoy being able to get into a game from the start without having to spend a few frustrating hours learning the moves. You can start with the basics and then develop your gameplay as your skills improve.

- 3.) The number of playable characters is fantastic. You get your choice of 84 fighters in this release and its very interesting learning what each character is capable of.

- 2.) The fact that the game is not simply a button masher like many other games in the genre is a big plus for me – I like a bit of thought involved in my gameplay. The strategy aspect also contributed to my overall enjoyment.

- 1.) The sheer scope of the game is breathtaking and the settings of the game are very diverse, too.

Favourite Moment

My favourite moment is whenever you put together a nice string of hits ending ion a big, over-the-top move that is completely unrealistic.

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What I Didn’t Like

- 4.) The role-playing part of the story is interesting at first by soon becomes a bit boring and repetitive.

- 3.) Following on from the previous point, there is just too much information to try take in if you are new to the series. Information overload led to me spending a lot of time confusedly wandering from battle to battle without understanding the plot and the characters. It does seem an interesting series though and definitely piqued my interest enough to learn more about the franchise.

- 2.) The game panders a little too much to fans of the series for my liking. I am new to the series and I was quite overwhelmed by the number of characters and the story. In saying that, however, I feel that the developers aimed this game at current fans so maybe they achieved what they were after. I think it’ll be quite difficult to attract new fans to this series with this game.

- 1.) Too many cut-scenes in the story mode really frustrated me. This is an action-packed game, but only when you actually get to the action.

Least Favourite Moment

The number of cut-scenes slowed the games down too much and this frustrated me a bit.


Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst – Trailer


What’s Extra?

As previously mentioned, Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 isn’t simply a button masher like so many other games in the genre. Learning the moves and perfecting your strategy and timing makes this game a lot more than simply having no clue what you’re doing and doing the same thing over and over because it works.

The Bottom Line

Prepare for a lot of action and a lot of fun as Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst confounds your senses with high action, vibrant scenery and a massive cast in a life or death struggle to become the Ultimate Ninja.


This Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst review was conducted on Xbox 360


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