Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. I'm not going to say that Ultimate Ninja 3 has the best gameplay of any of the Naruto games. But what I will say is that Ultimate Ninja 3 is the best all around Naruto game to date.
  2. The crazy, flashy fights are still as addictive as ever, and all of the little changes and improvements do ultimately render the previous installment obsolete by comparison.
  3. It's decent fun, but this Ninja needs to learn some new tricks.
  4. Naruto is essentially fun, manages to offer some fulfillment, but there is little else to keep players interested after a few hours.
  5. Another Naruto game brings us the possibility to enjoy a title launched on Japan a few years before. Without arriving to the Shippudden new Storyline, it packs 40 fighters in the well known 1vs1 combat, similar to its predecessors. Not a lot of surprises for Naruto fans, but a title that can enterteain either newbies or experts on the ninja franchise. Give it a try if you show a minimum interest for the Masashi Kishimoto character.
  6. Like most tie-ins to anime franchises, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 should only be considered by fans of the series - and those who have delved deep into Naruto lore will marvel at the fan service and attention to detail lavished upon this most recent release from Namco Bandai.
  7. 65
    It's certainly one of the better Naruto games for any of Sony's consoles. [Issue#172, p.89]
  8. A great addition to the Naruto series if not so much the world of games. [Nov 2008, p.84]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 7, 2015
    9
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is arguably the best game in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series for the PS2. The open-world experience from Naruto:Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is arguably the best game in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series for the PS2. The open-world experience from Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 got rebuild from the ground up and was turned into a mini GTA "open world" experience. This game does not follow the canonical story arc but however creates it's own that is very, very enjoyable. You won't be disappointed at the story mode at all. The versus mode finally, finally got something brand new.... a customization option. This option allows you to switch justus with other characters so like Sasuke can have a Rasengan or Jiraya having Chidori. Overall it is must buy, in fact it is must buy. Buy it now or I will call the cops! Just kidding :p Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    8
    One of my favorite Naruto games, passed longs hours to complete it 100% i would have a platinum if it where a ps3 game :3 But anyway this gameOne of my favorite Naruto games, passed longs hours to complete it 100% i would have a platinum if it where a ps3 game :3 But anyway this game is great and i like this 2D fighting games like MK. The improvement from Naruto Ultimate Ninja 2 to Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 was great, the awakening mode was the best i loved it so much. It is also one of my favorite ps2 game. Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    1
    This game was terrible. Clearly not intended for those with HDTVs either. I'm glad I only bought it pre-owned at Gamestop because even atThis game was terrible. Clearly not intended for those with HDTVs either. I'm glad I only bought it pre-owned at Gamestop because even at $30 I felt it was too much. Maybe it's not too late to trade it in. Full Review »