GC 2008: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Impressions

The Japanese Ninja returns for a game that combines both 3D fighting and open-world adventure.

Anyone who has seen the Naruto anime series will know that its visual style is ripe for video game translation, and many developers have tried to create games around the universe to varying degrees of success. Now CyberConnect2 is stepping up to the table with a game that combines 3D fighting and an action adventure. We got an updated look at the game at the Leipzig Games Convention and posed some questions to the developers.

First of all, Naruto fans will be glad to hear that both Japanese and English audio will be included in the Western version of the game. Unfortunately, though, this is tempered with bad news--the game will lack trophy support. Still, the game is at least supporting DualShock3 controllers and is going to be released before the end of the year, with a rough third-quarter date pencilled in.

The first part we saw was the 3D fighting element. The developers chose Kimimaro to square off against an AI-controlled Naruto. The fighting element is framed in an interesting way, with the camera panning out if the fighters start to move away from each other. When the action starts, the camera comes back in and focuses on the attacking player, which can switch rapidly depending on each player's skill. There will be 25 playable characters in this mode, including the aforementioned pair as well as Kabuto.

The action adventure segment will form the meat of the game, and it seems to be shaping up nicely. Naruto has a number of cool moves at his disposal, from splitting into two and throwing himself through the air, to splitting into three parts to launch a multiple attack on enemies. The story itself will span the first series of the anime, or episodes 1-135, and some missions will feature brand-new animations created in the game engine. We got to see one such clip when Naruto met Gaara in the woods. Gaara then managed to call on a huge beast called Shukaku to attack. Once Naruto had chipped away at Shukaku's health with standard attacks, the game switched into a God of War-style minigame where you have to tap the buttons that appear onscreen to launch more devastating attacks.

The team from CyberConnect2 ended the demonstration with a warning to the Naruto: Broken Bond team currently at work on the new game at Ubisoft. "Everything in our game is superior over Ubisoft's Naruto." We'll find out once Atari's game is released in Q3 2008 exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

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39 comments
baybboy
baybboy

should i buy this or not???

ryanlcook
ryanlcook

i started out as a 360 kid with rise of a ninja and i was well pleased to hear that ubisoft were making the broken bond, but it just doesnt do any justice when compared to this....this game has finally pushed me over the edge to buy a PS3, now i will be able to play the most ultimate naruto game there ever was :)

the_papatsonis
the_papatsonis

to my eyes the game only has one flaw no online play but the next naruto will be perfect

Guljigit92
Guljigit92

This is going to beat Broken Bonds @$$ people

qipper21
qipper21

yeaaa but no online play ... im still gonna be an addict on it though

ocdog45
ocdog45

i liked the demo alot

dj_c4
dj_c4

LOL. I like how they called out Ubisoft out at the end ahahha. I don't have preference to either studio, but damn...this game will be hard for them to match...let alone top.

GamsterD
GamsterD

Major fan of the Naruto series, I so want to play Naruto:Ninja Storm and Broken Bond. I'll decide which one is better. PS Storm has my attention because of the more in-depth and longer gamplay:)

theminence
theminence

The demo of this game is very addicting I must say. Even though I'm not a fan or anything near it. :D

NYCKing87
NYCKing87

After learning some new techniques from playing the demo so much, I can tell this game will be addicting.

dewd4
dewd4

LOL cyberconnect2 are going to start another fanboy war between naruto 360 and naruto ps3.

02sfraser
02sfraser

this is going to be thee Naruto game to own i reckon. i loved the demo and the graphics are awesome

8smokes
8smokes

I'm just pissed that I don't have a PS3. The part about dennouncing Ubisoft's game was just unnecessary, on Atari's part.

foeleaf
foeleaf

damn, "Everything in our game is superior over Ubisoft's Naruto."....OMG, that hurts. What so funny is that Ubi. wont even try to prove them wrong. I love Ubi., but there Naruto games need more development..

duckafro
duckafro

HAHAHA CHALLENGE TO THE UBISOFT I LOVE IT!!!

EPaul
EPaul

25 characters with itachi, the 3rd, jiraiya and kakashi conformed this is a must buy now for me.

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is all I care to see of the early eps. Give me shippuden dagnabbit. I'll at least rent it, maybe give it a buy :)

ZenesisX
ZenesisX

excellent game this is turning out to be. im glad they put Kimimaro in the game, and i believe i saw Itachi aswell. This is a game to look forward to.

supersexysteve1
supersexysteve1

why did they include fillers in the game? thats...thats...not smart. who cares about the crap? i want some shippuuden characters i'll have to wait like 2 years for that huh? sucky american voice acting makes us all sad. it's still looks good tho im exciteed a little ^_^

itwiz90
itwiz90

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itwiz90
itwiz90

I'll be checking this one out also. Wow there may be some good games coming out this fall. 8)

Mkamzng1
Mkamzng1

I was pleased to see in the new vid that Kimimarou is going to be in the game. I can't wait for this game to hit shelves.

ldksparda21
ldksparda21

anyone with a brain on here does know that so far this game looks better then the broken bond game.

davijoboy
davijoboy

"Everything in our game is superior over Ubisoft's Naruto." Heck yeah it is !! Being able to play the whole first part of the series Vs Buying 3 or 4 games that aren't as good gameplay wise on the 360... You decide !! The demo for this ROCKED !!

ROSSGOUGH
ROSSGOUGH

yeah, mighto been a bit off to come out with that.. ut they're probably right haha. the game's looking awesome! Cannot wat to get my hand on it. oh, and @09231991, i believe Tsunade is in it. i watched a video with the three way summon battle in it and tsunade seemed to be fighting Kabuto :)

adapt07
adapt07

I don't think it's insecurities. It's the truth. No hard feelings Xbox fanboys( I own both PS3 and 360), but this game looks fantastic. The only thing broken bond got is online play. Probably to make up for not having the whole story in one disc.

tlow0678
tlow0678

hmmmmm insecurities, cyberconnect2?

09231991
09231991

Wow, what a bunch of a$$holes. Can't they just wish the Ubi team luck and sport like instead of boasting like a bunch of primates. Anyways, now that Kabuto has been confirmed, that leaves one more character and I can basically bet that it is going to be Tsunade meaning Zabuza and Haku aren't going to be in it which is really, really lame. Anyways, looks good:)

adapt07
adapt07

Damn right its superior to Ubisoft's game.