VIDEO GAME: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Hands-On

 

Ever since the first Ninja Storm, I’ve been impressed with the graceful flowing movements, over-the-top super moves, and the easily accessible fighting engine. And it turns out I wasn’t alone: this franchise continues to steamroll ahead, while others have fallen by the wayside. Each sequel has added or improved on the last, and number three looks to outdo them all. Here’s what I learned about the game at Namco’s recent event. 

Fans will be pleased to know they’re bringing back the Story Mode from Ninja Storm 2. I really enjoyed the light RPG elements of NS2’s Story Mode, although I did get a little sick of rummaging through trashcans for goodies every ten feet. I tried to pin down the PR guy for more details, but he was pretty tight-lipped. But, as you can tell by the screens, you’ll definitely get to run around the village with Naruto taking on quests. 

 

Another element beefed up in this new version is the fighting roster. There are now over 80+ playable characters, as well as a ton of support characters. This is a huge roster by any account, and one of the biggest in fighting game history, (although I think DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 with 160 characters holds that title, unless you count Tobal 2 (import only) which had 200). But still, 80+ characters is nothing to sneeze at!

One neat thing about this game that is different from previous ones is, the story will be the most up-to-date yet. Because the anime is simulcast and the world is essentially all on the same page (or episode), the game can feature the very latest from the anime. Previous games had to deal with the terrible “where the story in the U.S. is” curse, but thankfully those days are long gone.

 

Stranger yet, the game will actually launch in the States and Europe a full month before it comes out in Japan. I don’t know what kind of topsy-turvy world we live in where Japanese games come out all over the world before Japan, but that’s what’s happening.

And according to the PR guy, you can expect even crazier boss battles! Which is hard to believe, because they’re already pretty gonzo. Other things worth mentioning—you will be able to play Naruto in Kurama mode, awakenings have been tweaked, and the battle system even more refined. And this game will be the first to have some kind of DLC. Don't know what that is yet, but there will be something.

 

Namco is giving gamers lots of incentives to buy the game new, or pre-order special collector’s versions. If you buy a first-run copy of the game, you’ll get a bright orange Goku costume for Naurto to wear and a collectible card with him in the same costume.

If you pre-order at GameStop, you’ll get a snazzy exclusive poster along with the Goku costume and card. And if you’re a PowerUp Rewards member, you’ll get a 30-day trial subscription to Neon Alley so you can watch English-dubbed Naruto, and other fine SJ anime.

 

AND if you’re willing to shell out a few more clams, there are two different pre-order offers at Namco’s online store ClubNAMCO.com. The $59.99 version (plus tax, shipping and handling) nets you an exclusive poster (different than the GameStop one), soundtrack, Goku costume and card.

 

BUT if you’re a big spender, and fork over $79.99 ((plus tax, shipping and handling), you can get two really neat 6” Naruto and Sasuke figurines from BanPresto, a poster, soundtrack, Goku costume and card. And the bases of the figurines lock together, so Naruto and Sasuke can finally be together! But there are only 5,000 copies, so if you want these, you know what to do!

And after all this writing, I still never told you my thoughts on playing the game! Big surprise—it was awesome! While I haven’t played in a while, and I was rustier than an old nail stuck in a barn door, my “skills” came back pretty quick and I was holding my own against all challengers, including the PR guy! It didn’t feel that different from the last game, but the combat system was pretty tight already. I can’t wait to get into the Adventure Mode when the game comes out. Luckily, the release date is only a little over a month away!

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by Urian Brown 

Comments

Submitted by jkphantom on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 14:31

I can't wait to get this game!!! I still gotta get Storm 1 and 2, but after playing Generations, I'm looking forward to getting this!!

Submitted by Dasuke999 on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 09:02

I was told that if i sign up for shonen jump i will get 5 free DLC costumes for storm 3. Is that true? can someone message me details about it?

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 21:09

It's true but I am also confuse about obtaining the DLCs sorry

Submitted by David_Morataya on Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:06

this game looks awesome i hope many characters a great story i need the game now

Submitted by Kaisernecro on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:22

I can't wait! But I really want to know what"s going to happen with the costume pack?! Please someone answer I need to get ANBU Itachi!

Submitted by TommyEthebest on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 13:08

Anyone have info on how to get the dlc? Will shonen send me it since I have an account on their website?

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 02:16

I preordered the game at GameStop not online but do I still get the DLCs.Please I Need To Know Now I Want Anbu Itachi and the other Naruto DLC!! Tell Me!!

Submitted by Itachi72hr on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 03:52

I'm not sure how to get the costumes but I will be checking email and this site. The day before and the day of the release date.

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 21:09

If u find out how to get them please I beg u let me know

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 17:21

I posted the link in my comment at the bottom, cheers!

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 06:37

I need to know cuz we're running out of time

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 16:05

I need info about obtaining the DLCs cuz I like I did something wrong about preordering the game at GameStop and not online and worse I'm not getting the Naruto and Sasuke figurines. If I don't get the DLCs I will be furious and I'm already furious about not getting the figurines. T_T

Submitted by Razzle on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 00:43

Anybody know how to obtain the DLC costumes?

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 16:59

I posted the link to get the dlc, enjoy!

Submitted by David_Morataya on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 13:00

Please how I get it the 5 costumes

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 17:00

I posted the link to get the dlc, enjoy!

Submitted by gtajake567 on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 13:25

Will I be able to get the code or whatever for the DLC characters from here for free? I read about it and saw something like that would happen...

Submitted by 002345296 on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 16:41

Why are there no instructions on what to do for the DLC yet? It's a day before the release of the game so i hope it comes up soon. i mean, tomorrow it comes out and i will be really pissed if the DLC codes arent up by at least 12 midnight tomorrow.

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 16:58

I posted the link to get the dlc, enjoy!

Submitted by Gin_Battouga_16 on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 16:59

How do we get them?

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 16:58

I posted the link to get the dlc, enjoy!

Submitted by Shwaabz on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 16:48

http://shonenjump.viz.com/node/1488
This is the link to click to get your dlc if you are a shonen jump member for naruto ultimate ninja storm 3, cheers!