GAME REVIEW: "Storm 3" engages audience with graphics, story line
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
“Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3” is the latest installment to the Storm game series based off the Naruto manga. This game starts where Storm 2 left off. Naruto and company enter war in the ninja world as they combat the threat of the evil rogue group, Akatsuki, and its leader, Madara Uchiha.
“Storm 3” emphasizes story more than nearly anything else, with the campaign staying surprisingly close to the source material. While “Storm 3” does include side missions, the game focuses so much on the main story no effort is given to interest players.
For the most part, players will be doing one of three things: watching cutscenes, partaking in standard fights and experiencing intense boss fights. Boss fights are certainly a highlight for “Storm 3.” With impressive stylistic 3-D animation and intense action, these sequences paint the series in a whole new way and will make many wish anime could be this good all the time. Never before has a punch to the face looked so epic.
While players may have to deal with lengthy cutscenes and occasional moving from point A to point B, it all becomes worth it for the fights. Campaign mode may be fun, but the game’s online and offline free-battle modes are where “Storm 3” really thrives. Here players can choose any of the game's more than 80 characters and fight it out. Core gameplay is simple to learn, but is a bit more complex than it seems. The characters have their own individual combos and two special moves. These special moves take up "chakra," the game's energy bar, but reward the player with extreme damage and hardcore, context-sensitive cutscenes.
The game also has a substitution bar that allows players to avoid damage and appear behind their opponents to counterattack. This may seem to give an unfair advantage, but the bar limits the number of times a player can "substitute." Good players will quickly learn to take advantage of the substitution bar, catching their opponents at the right time to hit them with their best moves. This element helps keep fighting fast paced and makes each fight unique.
“Ultimate Ninja Storm 3” is a game made for fans, but that doesn't make it exclusive to them. With stylish boss battles and engaging versus combat, “Storm 3” is a game good for any anime lover looking for something new.