Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. It's the best-looking Naruto game to date - it comes with something for everyone. [Mar 2009, p.65]
  11. This enjoyable anime-inspired fighter nails the look and feel of the source material but places too much importance on mediocre minigames.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. For fans of the series, this is another great Naruto game.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. In conclusion, Ultimate Ninja Storm is a super fast fighting game that can be played by gamers of all ages, whether novice or professional.
  21. 80
    Regardless if you like Naruto or not, this game has some serious production values behind it.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Fighting section is good...RPG section is problematic. [Summer 2009, p.74]
  25. Too little bang for your buck. [Feb 2009, p.103]
  26. 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.
  27. 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]
  28. 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?
  29. 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.
  30. Considering there are so many Naruto games on the market, it really says something that Storm actually stands out.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 19, 2014
    I love this game. It's epic & I personally think it's better than Storm 2 and Generations. I don't know about Storm 3 (or even Revolution)I love this game. It's epic & I personally think it's better than Storm 2 and Generations. I don't know about Storm 3 (or even Revolution)
    The game is great & features amazing graphics at an amazing frame rate & it sticks with it's original story perfectly along with exciting combat.
    Here are a few things that only Storm 1 has out of the series:
    Super punches - it's hilarious when punching the enemy so hard that the game does a close-up on them as their cheek jiggles and groan and just go flying!
    Clashes - it's what partly makes this game unique from the others and it makes sense because people could use modified controllers for multiplayer in the other Storm games which is cheating. But it builds more excitement & fun in this game!
    Running on walls - send your enemies flying to the walls and you could go join and fight in the walls, it's awesome with the games camera angles, making it look like the Naruto show itself!

    Overall I love this game because of it's combat, cinematic scenes and it's boss fights, it really makes this game awesome despite lack of character selection.
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  2. Dec 18, 2013
    Actually a fun game, one of the few games I felt like wanting to unlock everything. It does get repetitive and the balance in difficulty is aActually a fun game, one of the few games I felt like wanting to unlock everything. It does get repetitive and the balance in difficulty is a bit off though. But as a Naruto fan this is a better game then I could have hoped for. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2013
    With the many obvious characters, the gameplay is perfect, the story the controls are easy to maneuver and manage...all inWith the many obvious characters, the gameplay is perfect, the story the controls are easy to maneuver and manage...all in all..great game Bandai. Full Review »