Review

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 Review
Posted May 16, 2010 by Celtic

“Fight of the Final Valley. Unable to stop a close friend walk into darkness, One boy, torn by a painful separation, Departs with his master on a path to training. And now… Refined by three years of brutal instruction… He returns to the Hidden Leaf Village. All for the sake of a close friend… A new chronicle in the life of Naruto Uzumaki… Is about to unfold.”

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the first ever Naruto PSP game I have felt proud to purchase. There are about 50 characters from the Naruto Shippuden series, each one packed with their own Ninjutsu and Ultimate Jutsu. There are 13 stages to fight in and a long storyline starting at the beginning of Shippuden and leading up to the Hidan & Kakuzu arc. In addition, there are three exclusive story arcs revolving around the Leaf Anbu, and parts of the Hunt for Itachi arc.

The game stands true to its title. The fighting is epic in way, but a bit shallow and lacks depth at the same time. It feels like an old school brawler – giving the player great experience of beating the heck out of the opponent. Unlike the Ultimate Ninja games of the past, Heroes 3 allows for 4-player combat. Whether CPU or playing against friends via Ad-Hoc, this makes the experience chaotic, but fun!

A great thing about this game is that Ninjutsu can be unlocked in story mode are available to you in free battles and can be used by any character! Yes, that means you can do the Rasengan with Sasuke, and the Chidori with Naruto. Heck, you can even do the Dynamic Entry with Kakashi! The Ultimate Jutsu in Heroes 3 are fantastic! They are extremely awesome to see and do. Sad thing is that they are a bit short, each character can only be equipped with one. Also the Ultimate Jutsu don’t each come with their own music. The stage music, however, is decent and sets the mood for the Ultimate Jutsu. The music in the game overall is actually quite decent. It’s more battle related than relaxing which gives that extra spice to the battle. The good thing is this game has Japanese audio, so for those English-dub haters, you’ve got options!

The graphics for this game are the best I’ve seen in a Naruto PSP game. The only quirk is when you do a kick and leaves a white strip behind the character. It makes it look like piece of paper flew out of their pants!
As I mentioned earlier, the story mode is pretty long. Along the way you can unlock a host of collectibles including tatics and Ninjutsu. It makes the experience fulfilling! As mentioned earlier, the story includes elements from the Hunt for Itachi arc, but doesn’t include the Jiraiya vs. Pain or Sasuke vs. Itachi fights, which is a bit of a disappointment to me. Despite that, I still enjoyed story mode. My favorite part was the adventure levels. It feels awesome getting through a stage and killing enemies on the way. A fresh take, if you will, to just the traditional fighting Heroes games have!

Pros:
-Tons of Characters
-Great Storymode
-Alot of unlockables
-Awesome Ultimate Jutsu
-Decent graphics
-Choice of English or Japanese voices
-Wireless Mode
-4 player battles
Cons
-Lack of jutsu
-Missing parts of the story
-Some graphics look a bit flat
-Some cheesy english voices
-Some opponents seem too godly at times
-Shallow movesets

Rating: 8/10