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Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Blast Review

A strange sense of deja vu crept in when first playing Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Blast as even during the splendid and action packed intro video a nagging sense of seeing it all before scrapped at the back of my mind; though considering how many games have been released based on the adventures of Naruto over the years they do start to blend into one another. 

It's only when the real actions starts and a giant nine tailed fox starts attacking a small village (something you don’t forget that easily) that it dawned on me that I had played this before, with Full Burst being an updated version of last year’s Ninja Storm 3, now for the first time being released for the PC and a budget release also for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The Ultimate Ninja Storm series of games have paid relatively faithful homage to the Naruto series, presenting the story in gorgeous digitally animated scenes taken from the 300+ episodes and then interspersing them with full on action when required, which in Naruto’s and the village case is very often with the game taking us through most of the shows popular moments starting with the initial attack by Nine Tails on Hidden Leaf Village, through to the Five Kage Summit and up until the start of the 4th Ninja War. Each battle is interspersed with beautifully rendered cut scenes and plenty of talking heads moments that can drag a little.

With the game being a mix of fighting and adventure, the majority of the action is based in a large 3D fighting arena, with your character able to run around the arena with ease, trying to jostle for a better position and hurl a barrage of combos at the enemy from the simple to use control system based on just one button for melee and one for ranged shuriken attacks which you can then combine these basic moves sets with each characters Chakra gauge, letting you can pull of a decent variety of fantastic looking special moves. The adventure side comes with free roam, where Naruto and his friends get involved with local issues, started by chatting to the many characters around the village, with mostly fetch quests these will gradually open up more tool blueprints, allowing you to purchase and create tools to take onto the battlefield like health and smoke bombs.

With a huge story to get through there is also the addition of some branching moments during certain parts of the main campaign, with the Ultimate Decision allowing you to choose from Hero or Legendary paths, with the Legendary being harder but also granting a few more cut scenes and bonus points to use later the game.

What is most impressive about this title is there is clearly a lot of time and effort being put into this series, taking the already popular manga and anime and adding even more lore to keep fans happy. The ease of the character controls make this a great title for anyone to pick up but at the same time has some depth, Even the games quick time events, called IA (Interactive Action) manage to work really well and are applied to some great cinematic moments otherwise impossible to pull off in-action.

With the already fantastic visuals being updated, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Full Blast also adds the DLC that arrived last year, adding more missions and clothes for already bursting roster of characters to play as. Full Blast is the ultimate version to grab if you are a must have fan or looking for a decent step in point, especially at the wallet friendly budget price.

Words by Ash Buchanan.
(Version Tested: PS3)


+ A well-presented retelling of a crucial part of the Naruto saga.
+ Fantastic cut scenes.
+ Huge roster of characters.
+ English and original dialogue.


- Assumes you are very familiar with Naruto lore.

Edited On 30 Jan, 2014

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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Needs to be a bit cheaper for me
Akemi no Zero 1 year ago
Nox you joking. I got mine on ps3 for 24.99 since, i pre-ordered way back at half way trough last year. Also the 6 bonus art print cards that came with the game are really nice. Plus it's an awesome game truly fun online & offline the story mode is jam packed so you should not miss it. Also good review but sorry its full burst not full blast joe.
Loli-Nox-Tan 1 year ago
Nah, I got hyped for it when I was watching the Ten-Tails Revival Arc but that hype died down when the PC version was released and the console versions were nowhere to be seen
Akemi no Zero 1 year ago
Well your choice. I guess i won't get an chance to kick your ass online this time on full burst, since you deciding to give it an miss but whatever your call. Hopefully we will get an release date soon for blazblue: CP. PS beat the story mode already slacker
Loli-Nox-Tan 1 year ago
Nah, if I don't feel like playing a game I won't play it. Reason Trinity Universe has been sitting uncompleted for over a year

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