NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 3
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
you think that ‘Naruto Shippuden’ might be the parent company of a
Japanese vehicle manufacturer then you may as well move along now.
Go on. Or goon if you’re a cheap wine buff.
actually a teenaged ninja of spiky yellow ’do, with a big problem.
You see, he has a massive nine-tailed demon thingy squished inside
him in a feat of space-saving that would have the makers of those vacuum bags
for clothing gaping in awe. He’s the titular star of a
huge manga/anime sensation, and this here instalment involves the
fourth great ninja war which, of course, follows the three average
ninja wars and the seven really kinda shitty ones.
you’re into story then you’re in luck, for what’s ostensibly a beat
’em up has a bloody lot of movie in it. You want elongated cutscenes
akin to watching the teev show? You got ’em, complete with English
or Japanese voicing. Actual outbreaks of gameplay bring mostly one
button combat that’s deceptively complex, for that one button can
pull off numerous combos to go with assorted other potions and
whatsits that you can summon for biffnificent assistance.
course you can eschew the adventure mode with its occasional free
roam bits that pack about as much meat on their bones as a Jenny
Craig-obsessed Skeletor and just dive into various free battle
modes, eventually boasting some 80+ characters and a chunky pile of
This is for fans, and there’s
nothing wrong with that. They’ll lap up the quality animation and
extension of the TV story arc. Anybody else who’s just after a
fighting game may find it rather impenetrable though. Luckily there
are plenty of alternatives, including
Asura’s Wrath from the
same devs – and no, that’s nothing to do with pissed off Hondas...