Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is a classic case of style over substance. The game boasts incredible graphics and there is an attention to detail that would make any Naruto fan throw their shuriken’s up in joy. However, the thin combat system truly limits what this pretty package can do.
  2. Naruto is a great action game that lives up to its series with ease. What stands out is the overal quality of the graphics, sound and the unique battle system. Unfortunatly there will be no 'friends battle frenzies' because of a total absence of any type of online play. Nevertheless Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm adds a new breeze of fresh air in the fighting genre and even the players that are new to the Naruto world will enjoy this game.
  3. You'll be hard pressed to find a better looking Naruto game, however, with amazing cel-shaded characters (25 in all), vistas and gigantic bosses that make trudging through the adventure worthwhile. A lot could be improved in a future iteration, but the game should please most fans.
  4. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm really, really, really needs to support online fights. Publisher Namco Bandai’s last big fighting game, Soulcalibur IV, did it. There’s no reason for this not to as well.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    Fighting section is good...RPG section is problematic. [Summer 2009, p.74]
  6. AceGamez
    70
    As a fighting game, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is a complete success. The extremely accessible fighting engine benefits from a great deal of hidden depth and a pleasing penchant for the extravagant, while the excellent camera, colourful cast and brilliantly over the top move list combine to create an experience that feels like a playable Manga cartoon. As an RPG-lite adventure however, it tends to come up a little short.
  7. 67
    As an adventure game, UNS' pacing feels slow and forced, with the best parts (the bosses) at the end of a chapter. As a fighting game, UNS defies conventions by using an atypical third-person approach, but its execution feels a bit loose and sloppy. The beautiful visuals may attract a new audience outside of the Naruto brand -- but not many devout followers.
  8. 60
    They might want to cut down on the load times, too. Or at least come up with a few more pretty pictures to admire while we wait.
  9. 59
    There’s no denying Ultimate Ninja Storm has its moments and can even be dazzling on occasions, but such instances are purely visual and lack depth. Enthusiasts may be content at first, but even they will get tired of Naruto’s only trick.
  10. I can really only recommend Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm to the die-hard. And even then, I'd recommend older titles in the series, if you can find them.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    50
    Too little bang for your buck. [Feb 2009, p.103]
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 26, 2016
    7
    The first Storm game supports a great combat system, with some gimmicks left out in the sequels, such as jutsu clashes, start a match inThe first Storm game supports a great combat system, with some gimmicks left out in the sequels, such as jutsu clashes, start a match in awakening mode and over the top ultimates, and the minigames can occasionally be fun. Of course the game looks beautiful, even to this day it´s one of the best looking games based on an anime. However the game has some serious issues, the hub world doesn´t offer much to do other than generic task or annoying town missions, and the story it´s pretty weakly told in comparison to it´s sequels, people who aren´t fans of Naruto will not understand what´s going on in the story. Also, there aren´t a lot of modes apart form the story mode and battles offline, not even online play, and lastly we have the load times which can be pretty damn long. But despite this, Storm 1 maybe is just a good game on it´s own, but there is no doubt that it´s also a great Naruto game and a solid start for the series Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2015
    10
    the game was amazing its maybe one of the best i like it better then the new Naruto revolution the only thing it dus not have is the onlinethe game was amazing its maybe one of the best i like it better then the new Naruto revolution the only thing it dus not have is the online feature other then that this game was just perfect the story is able to stick to you like blu to replay it and try to do better next time its the kind of game that you love no matter what i miss the ps2 days when i had it now ps3 and much more is expected now a days but i love this game just the way it is. Full Review »
  3. May 12, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Full Review »