Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Ultimate Ninja 3 is undoubtedly the best in the series. There are many ways to play this title, and it is the most complete of all the other Ultimate Ninja games.
  2. The fighting system may still need a few more lessons in the dojo, but when it comes to flashy visuals, an expansive single-player element, and a robust cast of combatants, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is no doubt the ultimate choice in giving fans of the series what they want.
  3. Interestingly enough, the game adds new and downright entertaining game modes making this one of the most complete Naruto games on the PS2.
  4. 76
    I think the Ultimate Contest is a step forward for the value of this PS2 franchise, but the blandness of the town, simplicity of missions and annoying camera hold it back from being anything special.
  5. Though this wimpy fighter still doesn't pack enough punch, it has all the heart and charm of your favorite spiky-haired ninja hero.
  6. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is a really fun fighting game when it actually allows you to fight.
  7. 75
    Despite the sad excuse for a sandbox mode, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is the best Naruto game on PlayStation 2; this installment refines the series further with flashier visuals and mini-games.
  8. 80
    With a massive 55 mission storyline, tons of combatants and plenty of unlockables UN3 is another great addition to the franchise. Fans of the show will likely find plenty to love here.
  9. Naruto-philes will love the new features and authenticity, but it probably doesn’t pose enough of a challenge to keep fighting game fans enthralled for long.
  10. The way the story of the Ninja Naruto develops seems to be very appealing and sophisticated. Suitable for both, Naruto-veterans and –newbies!
  11. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    All in all, UN3 seems fairly ultimate by most ninja standards, at least until number four comes out. [May 2008, p.80]
  12. If you're looking for a new Naruto game to sharpen your kunai on then Ultimate Ninja 3 is definitely worth a spin. The gameplay may be the same as ever but slight improvements in just about every department help flesh out the experience.
  13. If you want my advice, think of Ultimate Contest as a bandage and tear it off as quickly as possible. Underneath it is a martial-arts fighter of epic proportions sure to satisfy fans and newcomers alike.
  14. There is a new 55 mission storyline that is exclusive to the game and gives Naruto fans a whole new reason to make this a must have title.
  15. 75
    For fans, Ultimate Ninja 3 has a lot to offer.
  16. 80
    Regardless of its flaws, the depth of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 gives fans good reason to dust off their PS2s and jump around.

Awards & Rankings

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
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#35 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2008
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jan 12, 2016
    10
    Awesome.
    Seriously;The Fights and the Story mode are perfect.
    Have so many characters including **** etc. And have that bonus Story mode,i
    Awesome.
    Seriously;The Fights and the Story mode are perfect.
    Have so many characters including **** etc.
    And have that bonus Story mode,i think this one got an OVA,or was the contrariwise,or Both...
    This is probably the best Naruto Game ever.
    AND THE GRAPHICS,THE SHOP,THE OPEN WORLD ARE SO FREAKIN' COOL.
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  2. Aug 27, 2016
    8
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is a fighting video game, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto developed by CyberConnect2 and publishedNaruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 is a fighting video game, based on the popular manga and anime series Naruto developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai.

    + Fun Gameplay
    + Hero Story
    + Character Roster
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  3. 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 »