Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Updated Impressions - Story Battles, Characters, Free Battle Mode

Namco Bandai shows off more of its upcoming action game based on the Naruto series.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is another attempt to translate the popular anime into game form. Our previous time with the game so far has left us with a good impression. Publisher Namco Bandai recently showed us a bit more of Ultimate Ninja Storm to give us a better idea of what to expect from the promising action game.

The daredevil ninja known as Naruto is back in an all-new adventure.

The new elements we saw were the Story mode and the game's various missions. The main single-player modes will be the "Ultimate Mission" mode, which will include two sets of missions, five story arc-specific missions, and various side missions, which will have different difficulty levels. The story arc missions will hit a bunch of key moments in the series. Fans should be pleased to see these playable missions will include the Genin training, the Chunin Exam, the Leaf Destruction, the Tsunade Search, and the Chasing Sasuke story arcs. Three of the arcs will get some extra visual flair, courtesy of cinematics that will add some kick to the storytelling for three of the arcs.

If you've played the Xbox 360 Ubisoft Naruto game, you'll have a good idea of what to expect from this new game in terms of structure. You'll take control of Naruto Uzemaki, ninja-in-training and demon receptacle extraordinaire. The centerpiece to the story and mission modes will be Naruto's home of Hidden Leaf Village, which is being re-created in rich detail for the game. You'll be able to roam the village and interact with the residents, some of whom will send you on missions. As you go through the game, you'll collect specific items that will serve as the ingredients for dishes, which will enhance your abilities once you take them to the local ramen shop. Naruto's abilities will be key to exploring the village, which is a dense area chock-full of nooks and crannies. You'll gain a superjump ability, along with a special attack to let you knock down obstacles that will open up secret stashes of items to collect. While the moves look cool, the most important upgrading you'll be doing will be increasing your "chakra" gauge, which powers all your special moves. When you start the game, it will be modestly sized, but as you go about your business, you'll be able to upgrade to a longer one.

In our time with the game, we watched a bit of city exploration, but focused on a story encounter that showed off the game's impressive art style and over-the-top action. In this particular scene, our boy Naruto had been taken out and was being defended by Tsunade. A short cinematic set up Tsunade and Jiraiya facing off against Orochimaru, who summons Manda, king of snakes. In response, Jiraiya summons Gamabunta, the toad king, and Tsunade summons...slug queen Katsuyu.

Other characters from the anime series will make appearances in the game

While you'd think a battle between the three wouldn't end too well for anyone who isn't a snake king (since slugs and toads aren't known for their deadly nature), good eventually triumphs. The fight was an engaging mix of action and cinematics. The battle was broken into different chunks as Manda's attack pattern changed. The action was your usual mix of dodging and attacking with projectiles. However, there were also special attacks that flowed into cinematic sequences showing the game's crazy, over-the-top fighting maneuvers, which would either be hands-off sequences to watch or hands-on sequences that required you to press buttons in a certain sequence. At its core, all the combat is pretty simple, but the presentation goes a long way toward making it a cool, flashy spectacle. Fans should also be happy to hear that the game will feature English and Japanese voice acting, along with subtitles, for the complete Naruto experience. Once Manda got a beatdown, a closing cinematic showed Orochimaru and Kabuto bugging out and leaving everyone to tend to Naruto.

In addition to watching the single-player Story mode demo, we were also able to get our hands on the free Battle mode. Namco let us mess around with four new characters, Kimimaro, Gaara, Temari, and Kankuro. Kankuro was a blast to play thanks to his aggressive use of puppets, which, let's face it, we don't see enough of in fighting games. The action bordered on being too crazy in spots during combat, which made it tough to keep track of what was going on at times. The total madness of some of the special attacks didn't help matters much, but they sure did look cool.

The look and sound of the game continue to shine thanks to the art direction and audio that stays faithful to the anime. The characters look and move just like their animated counterparts. The game's animation continues to impress us with its stylized motion, which really captures the kinetic movement from the anime. We also have to call out the game's scale, which gives the action an expansive feel. The fight with Manda benefitted from this attention to detail--in fact, the battle was right out of the anime. The only rough spot that stood out was the sometimes-awkward camera angles during battle.

You can actually expect to see some pretty large-scale battles in the game.

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm continues to impress us as we see more of the game. The Story mode is coming along nicely and the additional side missions should offer a decent helping of content outside of the meaty Story mode. The visuals really nail the anime's look while the character animation is good and smooth. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is slated to ship this October for the PlayStation 3.

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sasuke609
sasuke609

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KOMGS
KOMGS

this will be a great game from the looks of it

KOMGS
KOMGS

this will be a great game from the looks of it

Nizin
Nizin

From what I've heard the game won't include online play. The developers wanted to focus on the offline part of the game the most. And they did a great job! :) I only wish there were a few more characters. Nonetheless, it's a MUST HAVE for me. cant wait till nov.4

rofolini
rofolini

I have played lots of 3D fighters... this, however, is the first true 3D fighter ever. The game play is so seamless that it makes you wonder why games haven't been made like this before. Does anyone know if this game will have online play capabilities? I can imagine some crazy sht when playing online. Can't wait for this one, really.

mergedsalem23
mergedsalem23

I love the demo cant wait until the game come out

krazykk4
krazykk4

the demo is freeckin awesome! this is gonna be a crazy hit for all naruto fans :D

Testify_exe
Testify_exe

hope it doesnt suck as hard as it looks. Poor Naruto.

SethSOMT
SethSOMT

Cell shading will never be the same.

Downfall_54
Downfall_54

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Downfall_54
Downfall_54

So psyked about kimmimaro being in it that guy owns f*#k yea cant wait for it getting it the day it comes out

bankai69
bankai69

damn they had to move the freaking date back

dj_c4
dj_c4

Holy god is it October yet?!? Can't wait for this game.

Midgetyman567
Midgetyman567

i think the game has potential in the fighting but not in much else prob get like a 7.5 or 8.0

harryikem
harryikem

i'd say this is looking like the best game of the naruto series so far...

BUHAMAT
BUHAMAT

man this game is amazing.COOL

Dreamachine536
Dreamachine536

how the F#$k do you use Kakashi's Sharingan in the demo

sushihaven
sushihaven

Tried the demo on PSN and it looks awesome

sushihaven
sushihaven

Tried the demo on PSN and it looks awesome

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

Well I can't believe I'm saying this about a an anime game, but I'm actually looking forward to this ;D

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

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pokemonhamster
pokemonhamster

I was just wondering - if this game isn't released in europe, can you order it from the states or will there be regional problems with my ps3 ?

pokemonhamster
pokemonhamster

I was just wondering - if this game isn't released in europe, can you order it from the states or will there be regional problems with my ps3 ?

zombiekiller18
zombiekiller18

like a naruto fan i say that broken bonds is awesome but i did buy a ps3 only 4 this game so it meens it does look better but im getting both games

moh2in
moh2in

THIS GAME LOOKS GOOD BABY

foeleaf
foeleaf

man i am soooooo happy, u have no idea..i speak for the naruto and anime fans..yo this is it..no more waiting/hoping that the good naruto games from japan to actually come to the U.S. All the effort that has been spent on those games will be foucsed all on this, since it will be a world wide release..Me n some ppl always wondered if ROAN was rushed b/c of this naruto game on ps3, but now i see..(come on all the bad guy were always the same with a diff. color outfit and had no chin)PLUS WE ALL KNOW HOW THE COMBAT IS..but it was different..So now i cant wait..im gonna bet it first in Jap, then Eng, then Jap..yo this game is gonna be sickkkkkkkk....i hope in home, theres a place for it and the also make the uzamaki jacket avalible to wear in home...that would be the only thing on ps that would overkill everything...SWWWWEEEEEETTTTTTT

MichaelRD777
MichaelRD777

parsa12,Naruto:The Broken Bond isn't coming out till November

9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

i always thought the the COTN on the 360 looked bad compared to UNS on the ps3 which is more anime styled and bright with color

SamuriChamploo
SamuriChamploo

Based on the demo, I'd say that this game will at least be worth renting. It's pretty addicting really. The combat feels fluid as well at least in the demo. I'd say it's more than worth it to check it out when it comes out!!

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

I wish the 360 had ultimate ninja series. CotN sucks compared to it.

Coolinator
Coolinator

Naruto will always rule cartoon or games :D and this one sure looks like its looots better than last ones

Coolinator
Coolinator

Naruto will always rule cartoon or games :D and this one sure looks like its looots better than last ones

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

ha this is gonna be good PS3 exclusivness!!!!!!! the reason the 360 games sucked was the controller its not responsive enough and the buttons are stupid and small

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

ha this is gonna be good PS3 exclusivness!!!!!!! the reason the 360 games sucked was the controller its not responsive enough and the buttons are stupid and small

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

hmm looks great. However, as a 360 owner, I can only hope that the broken bond is as good if not better.

Teammoney
Teammoney

I'm excited for this game to come out really soon. I wish it could be on the 360, but kinda glad it's just exclusive for PS3. I played the demo for it and I liked it very much. The fighting was very smooth and it was SOOO much better than "Rise of a Ninja" just because you can move around and use your teammates to back you up when you're in trouble. I HATED that for Rise of a Ninja, for fighting, you would fight the same people over and over again and it got very tiring and boring to where I wanted to exit the match. Also, the storyline(ep 1-135)is in 1 game rather broken up into two, which in my case saves me money from buying both of them. There are lots of things I want to add, but check out my reviews for it. When Broken Bond comes out, I'm gonna check out the reviews before I buy the game and hopefully, it's gotten better.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

All right! A Naruto game for PS3! Rise of the Ninja should've been on PS3. The PS3 is a better fighting game system.

phatsy
phatsy

tank 022 they already made 2 where have u been

phatsy
phatsy

tank 022 they already made 2 where have u been