Perform amazing ninja moves on exciting missions in the latest installment of the Naruto Shippuden saga. Experience classic 2D fighting and nonstop action from the hit animated television series. Battle it out against other ninjas as you prove your superior … see full wiki
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 continues the tradition of Cyber Connect 2's dedication to the Naruto series with the release of Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 on the PSP. Unlike other releases, this game sets its self apart by having a cast of around 50 or so playable characters from the Naruto Shippuden universe, and goes beyond the Rescue Gaara arc of Shippuden. I wont say how far along in the story it goes but lets just it covers a substantial amount of ground. The game even features a Sasuke specific storyline, so some fanservice has been included.
The game features a variety of missions types, most are fight centric with various objectives needed to be done (for example, winning with a ninjutsu, or finishing in awakening mode). Others are more of the enemies have high attack power. Though the game incorporates tactics, in which you can purchase and use the same boosts in battle, such as higher jumping ability, or all allies have high attack. The game allows for four players to battle at once as well (and these are incorporated into story mode too).
Presentation wise, the game looks nice and uses clips from the anime to tell the story. A few parts of the story have been omitted in order to streamline the experience, so you wont see everything that we have seen in past Shippuden games (basically every single battle in the Gaara arc isnt included). The English voice actors return and you can choose Japanese voices. Graphically the game is lush and pretty. There is some cel-shading used in the ultimate jutsus which does the attacks justice. The music sounds reminiscent of that which we heard in Ultimate Ninja Storm for the PS3 (same flutes and other instruments), sounds very Naruto-like. On the stages where you run and such, there are some framerate slips but they arent that noticeable and there are some jagged lines then, but otherwise nothing to tarnish the fun. You have to be a stickler for graphics to point it out.
Ultimately, this is the ideal Naruto game to get on the PSP for the Shippuden story as it has a huge cast of characters, tons of ninjutsu's, and covers the Shippuden storyline, it is the definitive Naruto experience on the PSP.
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