|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: CyberConnect2||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 11, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game's visuals also feel like they are not as good as they could be. Cinema scenes are delivered via stoic character models that barely move except to change expression. While this type of plot scene might have been acceptable four or five years ago, we've seen that the PSP is capable of far superior graphics, and it is a shame to see the hardware not put to use. The in-game graphics also suffer from low overall quality. Most of the game's platform-style levels feature bland environments composed of repetitive elements. Though fighting stages are a little more detailed, they don't have the depth that other fighting stages in the Ultimate Ninja series have featured.
Though the visuals are disappointing, the sound in Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is excellent. The game features both English and Japanese voiceover, with lines and dialogue from the anime performed by the original voice actors. The music in the game is also sampled from the anime, and it is quite pleasant to listen to.
Your enjoyment of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 will depend upon your familiarity with both the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes series as well as the Naruto Shippuden storyline. If you've experienced either of these things before, then you know exactly what you are in for and will probably be disappointed by the game's lack of new content.
If you've never played an Ultimate Ninja Heroes game before, you may get some enjoyment out of this title, but because of the exclusionary nature of the storyline, don't expect to understand much of the plot. If we do get another follow up in the Ultimate Ninja Heroes series, I really hope there will be some innovation brought to the table and not more of the same, rehashed content.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor