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 the definitive Naruto game. The art-style is amazing, the combat is impressive and everything is put together in a nicely done fashion.
  2. In conclusion, Ultimate Ninja Storm is a super fast fighting game that can be played by gamers of all ages, whether novice or professional.
  3. CyberConnect2 makes the most impressive use of Cel Shading technique to this day to deliver a fantastic experience for Naruto fans. With its excellent animation and fluidity, Ninja Storm captures the spirit of Naruto even better than the animated series, perfect for an easy going game designed by fans for fans. With some type of online combat mode it would be the perfect experience for the entusiasts of Kishimoto's manga.
  4. CyberConnect2 has done a terrific job with the Naruto franchise. With Ultimate Ninja Storm being a PlayStation 3 exclusive, it’s evident that the developers took advantage of the hardware they were given. Fans of the series should be ecstatic, while newcomers may be surprised with how much they enjoy the game.
  5. Quite possibly one of the best Naruto games to come along on a next-generation console, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is a solid fighting game for the PS3 that is true to the series. It’s a blast running through the Hidden Leaf Village and it’s quite satisfying to be wrapped up in major battles that fans and non-fans will enjoy.
  6. 84
    Ultimate Ninja Storm is fun and the fast-paced battles look and feel very tight. I have to once again reiterate just how incredible this game looks.
  7. Namco and CyberConnect2 deliver probably the best Naruto game to date. The total absence of any online type in the multiplayer side is an unforgivable omission at this point, but fans and newcomers will enjoy Ultimate Ninja Storm as it is: A beautiful and fast paced fighting game.
  8. This is truly a love letter to fans and the best version of the Naruto series to date. Fans should not miss out, even if it means upgrading to the PlayStation 3 if you haven't already.
  9. The game is definitely a solid exponent of the Naruto-series on the PS3, although some fans will be disappointed because of the disdainful synchro. On the whole, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm combines adventure-elements with thrilling combat-action.
  10. 81
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is easily the best entry in the series to date. The fighting mechanics are simple and fun and the visuals are absolutely astonishing to look at.
  11. 80
    Regardless if you like Naruto or not, this game has some serious production values behind it.
  12. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    But the polish of Ultimate Ninja Storm's conbat system and the tightness of its controls(with the exception of that blasted evade!)are enough to warrant a purchase, provided you have a friend willing to sit close enough to brawl with you. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
  13. Considering there are so many Naruto games on the market, it really says something that Storm actually stands out.
  14. A good start for the series on the PS3. The graphics could be cleaned up a bit, but it's as close to a faithful anime reproduction as the system can get. The sound is great, and the controls are tight.
  15. Ultimate Ninja Storm is clearly essential for fans, but it is actually a good game, able to please a vast audience, even if they're not familiar with the anime.
  16. With its gorgeous celshaded graphics, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm manages to blur out the difference between anime and games, and creates a seamless gaming experience that is both delightful and fun to play. The only real downside is the simplicity of the controls and the lack of online modes, but who cares when fighting is this enjoyable?
  17. Games Master UK
    It's the best-looking Naruto game to date - it comes with something for everyone. [Mar 2009, p.65]
  18. No game has come closer to destroying the line between pencil and pixel than Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm. But after the honeymoon’s over, the romance doesn’t last. The series is struggling for some new ideas, and this game isn’t going to be the one to provide them.
  19. This enjoyable anime-inspired fighter nails the look and feel of the source material but places too much importance on mediocre minigames.
  20. Naruto’s first outing on the PS3 manages to stay true to the anime whilst making the most of next-gen grunt. Sure, there are a few minor nit-picky issues and the relatively simple ‘button mashing’ style of fighting may not suit everyone, but fans should be well pleased with the total package.
  21. For fans of the series, this is another great Naruto game.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Fighting section is good...RPG section is problematic. [Summer 2009, p.74]
  27. AceGamez
    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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Too little bang for your buck. [Feb 2009, p.103]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 8, 2016
    Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is the first installment of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, is a fighting game developed by CyberConnect2 andNaruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm is the first installment of the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, is a fighting game developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Namco Bandai Games.

    + Beautiful Cel-Shaded
    + Easy Fighting System
    + Mini Games
    + Ultimate Justsu
    - No Multiplayer
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  2. Aug 22, 2016
    Melhor jogo do naruto storm, inovador, como jogo de luta 3d de naruto, graficos lindo no ps3 e para sua epoca, o jogo era revolucionário,Melhor jogo do naruto storm, inovador, como jogo de luta 3d de naruto, graficos lindo no ps3 e para sua epoca, o jogo era revolucionário, roupas, cabelos tudo se movia Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2016
    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 »