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. 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.
  2. This enjoyable anime-inspired fighter nails the look and feel of the source material but places too much importance on mediocre minigames.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Games Master UK
    78
    It's the best-looking Naruto game to date - it comes with something for everyone. [Mar 2009, p.65]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. In conclusion, Ultimate Ninja Storm is a super fast fighting game that can be played by gamers of all ages, whether novice or professional.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 80
    Regardless if you like Naruto or not, this game has some serious production values behind it.
  17. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    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]
  18. For fans of the series, this is another great Naruto game.
  19. Considering there are so many Naruto games on the market, it really says something that Storm actually stands out.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 22, 2016
    10
    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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »