TGS 2008: Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Preshow Impressions

We take on the toad king Gamabunta in this latest look at Naruto's flashy first outing on the PlayStation 3.

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TOKYO--It won't be much longer before PlayStation 3 owners can get their hands on Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, with the newest game based on the popular anime set for release in less than a month's time. At its pre-TGS media briefing this week, Namco Bandai gave GameSpot yet another look at Storm, showcasing another couple of characters as well as the first boss fight gamers can expect to find in the game's single-player campaign.

First up was a look at Ultimate Ninja Storm's straight-up versus mode, with developer CyberConnect2 president Hiroshi Matsuyama taking the reins of the Third Hokage, while the AI opponent was the villainous Orochimaru. As with our earlier previews, our initial impression of this game was that it looks stunning, with its cel-shaded graphics looking uncannily like an episode of the anime. Matsuyama made quick work of his AI opponent, with his Third Hokage pulling out increasingly impressive chakra-powered moves featuring a large fighting staff. Ultimate Ninja Storm will feature 25 playable characters from the show, with 10 more included to act as support characters which can be used to chain combos during fights.

Next up was another look at the game's main single-player campaign--Ultimate Mission mode--which re-creates key moments in the anime show's first 135 episodes (while adding some original campaigns into the mix). The section we saw was the first boss fight, with rookie ninja Naruto having to battle the accidentally summoned Toad King Gamabunta. All of the controls in versus mode carry over into Ultimate Mission, with one button each for attacks, jump, chakra, and projectiles.

The first half of the fight against the gigantic Gamabunta consisted of dodging his large, water-based projectile offense, and attacking the toad's hands when they got within reach. After a certain amount of damage was wiped off the boss' health bar, a quick God of War-style minigame popped up--in this case, it was simply to press right on the D pad within a set time to avoid Gamabunta's strike with a massive baton. Failure to input the right command doesn't look like it will incur too much of a penalty, as our demo tester got smacked down by Gamabunta but was able to replay right at the start of the minigame sequence. After a few more attacks, another button-pressing minigame popped up, with the action onscreen changing to an impressive cinematic view of the action. Naruto leaps high into the air and initiates a clone jutsu, with the hundreds of Narutos linking together to form a massive chain which smacks into Gamabunta's head. That wasn't the end of the Toad King, however, with Gamabunta retaliating with a powerful water bullets attack, which prompted another button-pressing sequence which--when successfully done--resulted in the clone Naruto's joining together to shield the main Naruto from assault.

Having just recently seen the sequence in the show which that previous bit of gameplay was derived from, we can safely say CyberConnect2 has nailed the hyperkinetic action and look of the original anime down pat. Keep it locked to GameSpot for more on this impressive-looking title, including a full review, soon.

Discussion

35 comments
LuciferCerberus
LuciferCerberus

yes it has dual audio unlike many other games. so it is possible to have japanese voiceactors + or - subtitles. Cool game, I'm playing the demo very often, to bad I'm not going to buy it. Without Tayuya, Haku, Zabusa and Mitarashi Anko as playablecharacters it is not as cool as Narutimate Hero 3 or Accel.

yokofox33
yokofox33

Does anyone know if it has the Japanese audio with subtitles? Just curious...

Persaiyez
Persaiyez

om....o..om..omg..lol yo this game is going to be so much better then the 360 version.Have you seen the trailer for the x-box compared to the ps3..no comparison..not at all.Cnt wait till nov.4...you can even jump from tree to tree in this one which is amazing..just like the anime..A must have for the naruto fans and owners of the ps3..MUST HAVE!!!

Zain-Midori
Zain-Midori

great game only one major flaw.....no online !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jakcul
jakcul

I was going to hold off and get this later, but I might get convinced to do otherwise. Everytime I read/see something on this game, its makes me wanna go reserve it right now.

Mangekyou300
Mangekyou300

Lets give a hand for CyberConnect2! =^_^=

herviross_2
herviross_2

This is without a doubt the best Naruto game yet!

The_Blademaster
The_Blademaster

Heh, this is WAY better gameplay than the 360 one, same as Narutiamte Accel 2.

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

hopefully this naruto game is going to be awesome like the xbox 360 version because i have the xbox 360 and it was the best naruto game ever and i downloaded the ps3 version and just doing naruto resangon was awesome especially in fox form and doing kakashi double lighting quake was awesome too

wonzan
wonzan

This is the same game that was released as a demo on PS3 a long time ago isn't it? Y'know, the one in which you can be either Kakashi or Naruto and it had that really weird "ho!!" sound whenever you clicked anything. If it is.....wow! it still isn't out?!?

NuKkU
NuKkU

i loved the demo but i doubt ill buy this game

Nbmaster
Nbmaster

Agree whed ya ultralesus! I have all ready preorded Naruto ultimate Ninja Storm Limited Edition!:D

DastardlyD
DastardlyD

Leave it to the PS3. I'm proud of their present and future gaming forays, and this looks to be an epic for fans of the series. I hope it's everything we come to expect and more.

ultralesus
ultralesus

Love it. Ubisoft say 'You can make good anime games', Cyberconnect2 say, 'Yeah... And we do it better' Forget Broken Bond, this is going to be THE anime game of 08.

LinkMM
LinkMM

This game is going to be the best of all fighting syle games of the world in my opinion. Congratulations Cyberconect!

LinkMM
LinkMM

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keyroon
keyroon

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keyroon
keyroon

i hear theres no zabuza in vs mode, hope that aint true because that was one of best story arcs in my opinion

fatjoe400
fatjoe400

This games going to be great. Can't wait to buy it next month :D

doubleA_ron0890
doubleA_ron0890

just a few more weeks of wait and we'll all have a copy.

TainkBRD
TainkBRD

One of the must-haves for this year

tearoy
tearoy

it would nice since they pushed it back a couple of months after they said it would be released originally, if they would add online play, Ultimate ninja is one of those games you want to see how good you are against the world, it could be shallow like SSBB even and I'll still play people.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

i have hope in this game, this could be the beggining of many awesome looking anime games

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Definitely one of the better Naruto games out there.

eetz
eetz

ooo this will be a good game

Mkamzng1
Mkamzng1

OK, Now i really can't wait for this game to drop.

Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

I'm don't watch the tv series or anything but I'm still tracking this game closely.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

Lookin Great maybe GameSpot will actually give it a good review!!!

h7nichan
h7nichan

friggin' sweet, i'm stoked

virriador
virriador

Lookin Good... I may get it when it released.