Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm First Look

Namco Bandai gets its sexy jutsu on in this upcoming PS3-exclusive Naruto title.

Reps from developer Cyber Connect 2 and Namco Bandai gave us a first look at the recently announced Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm at Namco Bandai's recent press event. Veteran developer Cyber Connect 2 is working on the original game, which will feature more than a dozen playable characters and offer players the chance to duke it out with a host of familiar characters, as well as explore Hidden Leaf Village, Naruto's 'hood. While we weren't able to play the game, we got a brief demo of the title from Cyber Connect 2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama.

Our demo consisted of a quick look at one-on-one fighting in a few locations and an epic fight against one of the game's bosses, Gaara of the Desert. The first demo focused on Naruto facing off against an opponent in an open grassy field. Matsuyama walked us through the game's control scheme, which looks simple but flexible. You'll use circle to attack, X to jump, and square to throw shuriken. Double tapping X will let you execute a stylish double jump that you can direct with the left analog stick. However, the key element of the control setup is the triangle button, which is your chakra and serves as a modifier to the basic moves you can perform. For example, Matsuyama tapped the button before throwing shuriken, which powered up the lone projectile to a volley for a cost on the meter. Holding the chakra button down will also let you charge up your chakra meter, while double tapping it will let you perform a powerful attack. Besides Naruto's own abilities, you'll be able to tap those of his buddies Sasuke and Sakura, by hitting L1 and R1 respectively, who'll jump out to perform an attack on your foe. Once summoned, you'll have to wait a bit of time before calling them out again, so you'll have to be smart about when you use them. The final bit of the control scheme is the item selection, which you'll use with the D pad. The system seems to pretty elegant and balances the ability to do flashy moves with an accessible control scheme.

The second part of the demo focused on Naruto fighting Gaara, who was putting the power of Shukaku (a giant demon sealed inside him) to good use. The start of the fight makes you think the battle is going to take a good long time as you see normal-sized Naruto facing off against the goliath and not doing much damage. However, the pace quickens as Naruto finds a weak spot on the boss, which allows him to do considerably more damage. Once the boss suffers a set amount of damage, a new sequence kicks up, a God-of-War-style button inputting game, which has Naruto hopping around on the thrashing creature. After a few sequences, Naruto is kicked back and calls out Gamabunta, shifting the whole scale of the fight to a much broader scope, which was really cool.

The visuals in the work-in-progress game already look pretty stunning. Naruto and company look great on the PlayStation 3. While it's not a tremendous accomplishment to capture the look of the anime on the PS3, due to its hardware muscle, we have to say we were mightily impressed by how the game moved. The camera movement and overall performance were already smooth, which was impressive.

Based on what we saw, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is going to be one to watch for this fall. The game is gorgeous and nails the atmosphere of the anime. The fighting, especially the boss fight, looks like it's going to be fun, and we're pleased to see the control is being kept simple for it. We're anxious to see how that system comes together and how the whole town-exploration segments are going to work. The game gives a good first impression, and we're hoping it delivers. Expect us to follow this one closely as its launch approaches. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is slated to ship this fall exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

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57 comments
bufu21
bufu21

Cant wait for this game xD Hope we can still do the sexy jutsu hahaha

Thecruiser54
Thecruiser54

dude the demo is not so good but i heard theres no online crap chalk one up for lame .

dj_c4
dj_c4

Holy crap the demo for this is so awesome hahaha. I love the way it looks and feels. I do have to kind of agree with "burstlimit514" though. After i played one or two battles they got really fast. Granted, there is no difficulty setting in the demo, I assume it's set to easy or normal. And thank god for Japanese voice acting. I have the first Ultimate ninja for PS2 and holy crap I never want to hear "BELIEVE IT!" shouted ever again...uggh...the horror...

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

i played the demo but the battles seemed a little short and the gamespot gameplay made it seem hard but its not to hard. This may just be for Naruto fans.

LookOutSnake
LookOutSnake

After playing the demo, I think I might actually have to pick this one up. I'll see if I still give a $h!t after 2 months of playing SC4...ONLINE.

thisloser
thisloser

this game looks siiiiiick =D

kobra_kaiden
kobra_kaiden

Lol, i like how they kept the ultimate ninja series on the sony console, by not releasing this on 360, also with this game bieng so AWESOME looking and owning a ps3, this fall is gonna be fun!.... I hope.

singerr
singerr

good game lucky i got ps3

pikachu15eevee
pikachu15eevee

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! CURSE YOU! First, you restrict me with Naruto Ultimate Ninja heroes on the PSP,and now the next Naruto Ultimate Ninja game is for the PS3? CURSE YOUR SOULS! T_T *sulks*

GTOplaya89
GTOplaya89

Xbox gets rise of a ninja, PS3 gets ultimate ninja storm! glad i have a PS3 right now.

8smokes
8smokes

I am really pissed that this game is released exclusively for the PS3. They could've at least made it for the 360 too =(

Pyro77
Pyro77

I'm looking forward to this game but no online play is really disappointing. My real life friends aren't in to these type of games so I'll have no one to play with. =(

zoidsj
zoidsj

its been anounced that there will be no online

keyroon
keyroon

this game will rule my life online along with DBZ:burst limit

stefanlek
stefanlek

It shall be mine! On par with MGS4 on the must buy first day list! But....does anyone know if it will have an English sub/Japanese dub option? Did they have an option like that in the previous games?

Gokas1
Gokas1

Now I have a reason to live...BELEIVE IT , this game needs me!

Aka_Oni
Aka_Oni

This game looks sick....

kevin_amadi
kevin_amadi

if only Street Fighter IV could look so good

kevin_amadi
kevin_amadi

the best real-time animation i've ever seen. looks just like anime, my dream-game (graphic-wise at least)

saadxxx
saadxxx

crap man why do thay have to make so much time befor the game comes:(

criticfromhell
criticfromhell

Impressive what they did with the graphics engine--looks exactly like the anime at first glance.

sauke2099
sauke2099

i knew bout this since december and im gettin it within the first week of release

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

Dragon Ball Z is gonna be better for sure. [Waits for bad thumbs down]

snoopy248
snoopy248

I was upset when I heard about Naruto for the 360 and how it was "pretty good", now I'm excited to here about this one coming for the PS3. I know it's going to be amazing!

DonteJax
DonteJax

Darn I can;t believe this why is the Naruto PS3-Exclusive gonna be so much cool than Rise of a Ninja

SCaD__
SCaD__

I cant wait to play this!! The graphics looks ONGEFOKKENLOEFLIK!!!

Valchieor
Valchieor

Definitely beautiful. Bound to attract every Naruto fan and newcomers alike. New changes to the formula and boom!, we got ourselves a worthy anime game of the time.

victor_naruto
victor_naruto

my god it looks so kool and im so going to get it BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!

dutch215
dutch215

why do it have jaggie lines, i hope they fix that problem

IPwnNooBs666
IPwnNooBs666

OMG.......the graphics.......Wow!!!!!! I have to get a PS3!! This game is going to be one of the games I'm going to look out for. BELIEVE IT!!!!!!! ( I know it's an annoying phrase but I couldn't help myself, lol.

Sony-tha-champ0
Sony-tha-champ0

.......O,0 The.......Graphics!!!!!!!!OMG !!A TRUE NEXT GEN NARUTO GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

other44
other44

i hope theres a lot of free roaming!

Dominic0904
Dominic0904

the free roaming of this sounds really good. i like the ultimate ninja games.

yashajavan
yashajavan

i hope you can chose charecter like saskue it will be bad if u can only play as naruto

Teardrop000
Teardrop000

Gotta get this. Gotta.....get this....*drools....shakes out of trance* "Believe it!!!" lol I love that crap, just because it annoys ppl. Edit: Hey wait, why does the genre say "2D fighting"? That's wrong. The official website says that it's a full 3d version of ultimate ninja, meaning no more shifting from one plane to another. Oh Well, doesn't matter anyway.

ocdog45
ocdog45

still too far from what i am watching now. pass until they catch up.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Wow, the main character models look incredible! I'm glad NamcoBandai are working on this one. imo, The 360 Naruto by Ubisoft had some cool ideas but was unimpressive for the most part.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

I hope we will see more in the E3. It seems is gonna be great.

5t4rg4t3
5t4rg4t3

@ultimate-dragon: Nope, sry! It's an exclusive..

5t4rg4t3
5t4rg4t3

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ultimate-dragon
ultimate-dragon

will Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm: be in the xbox 360

ultimate-dragon
ultimate-dragon

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X-Zer0-X001
X-Zer0-X001

God Damn :O This Game is gona be Sick. Way to step ya game up Bandai-Namco

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

This game looks like a must buy, but...I'm a bit worried about the other Naruto Ultimate ninja games making it over here for PS2. I doubt those ones will come.

Oozaru_Kakkarot
Oozaru_Kakkarot

Now we know what we can expect from a DBZ ps3 exclusive game...Ill get this game aslong as Naruto never says "beliave it!" again...freakin US dubs...

app3095
app3095

Ninja Storm?! Isn't that the title of one of the Power Rangers? lol well... at least the game looks sick