Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Secret Factor

We’ve all seen the 2012 Japan Expo demo in which Minato battles the Masked Man. That is a story mode boss battle and it includes something known as a “Secret Factor”. From Anime Games Online’s understanding, the Secret Factor in Naruto Storm 3 is a cinematic attack that is triggered after performing a particular move.

In the case of the Japan Expo demo, when Masked Man loses around one health bar and if Minato performs a chakra dash, his secret factor is triggered – the throw of a kunai, which goes through the Masked Man, and a quick teleport on top of him, followed by mid-air Rasengan. This is shown in the video below.

So, what is our point you say? Well, in the interview below from TrueAchievements with CyberConnect2 CEO, Hiroshi Matsuyama, there is mention of the Secret Factor being available to use in free battle mode. We at Anime Games Online don’t think this includes the 1-on-1 free battles you may fight in offline or online with a friend.

Our belief is that the free battle being referred to in the interview is actually just the story mode boss battle in which Minato takes on Masked Man. Of course, if we find out something different later, we’ll be sure to let you know, but we just wanted to caution you – our great visitors – on this information. Take the interview with a grain of salt since there may be potential misunderstandings.

1. What is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 ‘s Storyline? :
I can’t really go into details so far. But I can say that the game will go back 16 years in the past, and will cover from the Kyubi demon incident to the very latest episodes, including the ninja war story.

2. Back to the past, 16 years ago?
16 years ago, the fox Kyubi overran the village of Konoha. And it started big fights between the demon fox and the 3rd Hokage. Meanwhile, the 4th Hokage fought the masked-man, the one who triggers the strings of evil. We will learn later the secrets about the birth of Naruto.

3. What can we expect from the Story Mode?
In the story mode, we kept all the strategic aspects that made the success of Naruto Storm 2, such as the cinematic experience as well the large scale fights with power explosions and visual effects. We also added a very innovative new type of gameplay, but I can’t talk about it yet. But I’m sure that you will have good times playing it.

4.What has changed to the Combat System and The Awakening Mode?
Of course, we made some improvements on the combat system. For now, we can talk about two of them. One is about the Awakening mode. We added a system that improves the flow of characters awakening during combat depending on their skills.

5. What are the details of Awakening Mode?
With the right stick of the pad, you can control the awakening of your character. And with the L and R buttons, you will be able to launch a special attack, which is different depending on the character.

6.The second Key of The Awakening Mode?
The second key improvement is the integration of a brand new system called “Secret Factor” which can be activated during the fights in the Free Battle mode. If you find the right combo, a new cinematic will launch the devastating fury of your character.

7. 3D in Storm 3 ?
At CyberConnect 2, we are always looking for the best in class visual impact in our games. We have worked on 3D animations. So Naruto Storm 3 will benefit of a unique visual experience on 3D TVs. I invite you to play the game on a 3D TV to experience this incredible visual rendering and its new sensations.

8. What brings Storm 3 for the Manga and anime?
The manga or the anime have their own strengths. Making a video game is not just an adaptation of the anime. The video game is unique, it allows gamers to discover the universe interactively with a different angle. And we wanted to take the best of Naruto and mix it with our ideas. With Storm 3, we excelled ourselves bringing new features that make the video game a media equivalent to the manga or the anime.

9. What does the Japan Expo represent for you?
I’ve been coming to Japan Expo since the beginning, and I see the devotion of the fans for Naruto and its video games. We are very proud to see passionate people happy to discover our work. And it grows year after year. It motivates us to bring them the best we could every time. And this year is no exception; we are convinced that the Naruto series and games will still be very popular in the coming year. Thank you for your never ending support with Naruto.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is Namco Bandai Games and CyberConnect2’s fourth entry in the Storm series. It will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 in Japan, North America, and Europe sometime Spring 2013. We hope to have more details as soon as they become available!