Excerpt: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is another installment of the Naruto PSP series, but this time the usually strong fighter takes an unusual change in style as the fighting aspect is mixed heavily with an action-platformer type of level, as well as a few other gameplay types that seem to dilute the overall package. Unfortunately, I felt like the visual presentation of Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 has also lessened substantially.
Summary: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 follows Naruto Uzumaki and his continuing adventures to save his friend Sasuke, and enhances the fun and accessible battle system the series is known for by introducing four-player battles, an all-new adventure mode, and a brand new roster of powerful characters.
Conclusion: NS:UNH3 is only going to be of an interest to fans of the series, and even then, only to fans who haven't been playing the other entries in the series. There isn't much here to entice you when there are many other PSP games that do the same things better.
Excerpt: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is based on the popular anime franchise Naruto Shippuden. For those not familiar with the storyline, this anime hit follows the journey of a young ninja who wants to become the greatest of all ninjas. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the newest game in the franchise and offers a 2D fighting experience with the opportunity for up to four players joining the fun.
Excerpt: Being a ninja surely can’t be this tiresome. If you haven’t heard of Naruto , you may be a hermit first intimidated by this game’s lengthy title . I want to be able to tell my friends the name of the video game I’m playing, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninjas Heroes 3 , without forgetting all the words to the title because it’s just too damn long to remember (so I’ll be using initials instead).
Pros: 45 or more playable characters, Ultimate jutsu movies kick ass, ...storyline cutscenes do not, Gameplay is too simplistic, Lack of depth and strategy, Repetitive
Excerpt: Grab your headband and kunai--Naruto and his ninja friends are back to battle the evil Akatsuki in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3. Does this sequel do enough to surpass its portable predecessors, or is it settling for mediocrity? Set within the Shippuden universe, Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is faithful to the anime storyline, serving as a refresher for those familiar with Naruto.
Conclusion: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is another example of a solid effort by CyberConnect2 that suffers from some stiff gameplay. The large amount of unlockables is a welcome feature and the four-player battles are fun but still clumsy. For those of you that haven't had much Naruto in the past, this is a fine, simple fighting game with plenty of characters and some cool special moves.
Excerpt: A game like Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 has to do two things to be a success. It has to deliver on the Naruto name by providing content that will appeal to fans of the popular anime series, and it has to make fighting as the titular blond ninja and his friends or foes enjoyable. Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 pays out in spades on the first point but fails to deliver on the second.
Pros: Beautiful visuals, including some spectacular attack animations, Tons of unlockable characters, artwork, music, and other goodies
Cons: Combat is shallow and unsatisfying, Side-scrolling levels are dull and control poorly, Uninspired storytelling makes no effort to pull in those unfamiliar with Naruto