Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This game is pretty balanced: Action, tactics and dexterity team up with each other for your pleasure. There are some beat 'em up levels, jump 'n' run passages and a really long lasting appeal.
  2. Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 finally brings this anime and manga series in the portable universe of PSP. The roster is huge, the new multiplayer options are quite delightful, but the combat system is too flat and button smashing-oriented. A game only suggested for the fans of the brand. Fans ready to touch the identical mechanics of the past.
  3. Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the classical "more of the same". This game is almost identical to any other Ultimate Ninja games for PSP. The only differences are the higher characters number and the new multiplayer options. If you're a BIG fan on the original anime, buy it. If you just want a Naruto game... you can have the previous one for a few bucks.
  4. Thanks to this game, I have a renewed interest for the Nine-Tailed Fox kid and his little world of Ninjas. I can still see some room for improvement, especially considering that the same developer created a more worthy current gen console release with an amazing visual impact and likeness to the source material.
  5. The Ultimate Ninja Heroes series for the PSP has improved with each game, but not enough to keep itself fresh.
  6. Although it once again comes as the typical Naruto tie-in that fans should not be missing, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 for PSP offers only one "real" game mode, while the classic arcade mode has been eliminated. There are plenty of available characters, but the gameplay is getting old.
  7. 65
    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is another example of a solid effort by CyberConnect2 that suffers from some stiff gameplay.
  8. NS:UNH3 is only going to be of an interest to fans of the series, and even them, only to fans who haven't been playing the other entries in the series.
  9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 might be the only fighting game based on the new series so far, but that doesn't automatically make it a recommended title for fans of the series. The flat story mode with dull platforming stages drag down the game, since this is the mode where the most time will be spent.
  10. The clunky controls make this game pretty hard to play. Most of the time, all you need is Button Mashing.
  11. Fans of the series will gobble this one up, and if you haven't tried out any of the previous PSP installments, this would be the one to consider. Otherwise, there are several superior anime-style fighters on the market that eclipse Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3.
  12. Though there is plenty to explore in the game's story mode, the story is all well-tread ground and there aren't any supporting modes other than an ad-hoc multiplayer mode.
  13. In terms of presentation, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is a fine entry to the franchise. However, series stalwarts will begin to see the seams showing in the game's tepid storyline and bland gameplay mechanics.
  14. Naruto Shippuden: UNH3 isn't a bad game, but it does at times feel more of a chore playing than it is actually having fun.
  15. Interesting for the fans but nothing more than that. It's a shame to see how Naruto isn't going anywhere in the latest chapter that PSP users received in Europe, although it's an interesting pick for those who enjoy playing on multiplayer. If you're interested on the story, you better forget about it.
  16. Extra content is spread very thinly but voracious Naruto fans will lap this up. [Aug 2010, p.103]
  17. 59
    This is already the third part in the franchise and it's sad to see that the quality is a lot poorer than before. The game has nice graphics and a nice story, but the gameplay is repetitive and the controls are a bit crappy. The die-hard fans will get some fun out of it, but that's all.
  18. Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 looks like it mostly targets the fans of the anime. There's nothing wrong with the presentation, long story mode, roster of available fighters and attainable extras. However, the lousy gameplay and lack of challenge take most of the fun out of it.
  19. Nothing really new under the Konoha' sun. […] Only the newcomers and not-yet-bored fans will really appreciate this new episode.
  20. It's not too much to ask for a game to deliver both fan service and solid gameplay. It's just more than this particular game can manage.
  21. The gameplay presented is a mix of character battles--too many of which are filler--and poorly executed side-scrolling platforming stages; playing these segments often feels like a little more than a required chore to reach the next cutscene or unlockable. [Aug 2010, p.87]
  22. Perhaps developers should focus more on quality over quantity and start heading in a different direction before they tire out their fans with sequels.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 18, 2013
    10
    Don't trust any other reviews of the game. If you're a fan of the show, you'll love the game. Simple as that. Good mechanics, wideDon't trust any other reviews of the game. If you're a fan of the show, you'll love the game. Simple as that. Good mechanics, wide selection of jutsu, and lots of battle customization options. You cannot go wrong with this amazing game. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    6
    Had a lot of fun with this game despite plenty of issues the game is a stable entry into the PSP collection.
    Graphics: 6
    Gameplay:7
    Had a lot of fun with this game despite plenty of issues the game is a stable entry into the PSP collection.
    Graphics: 6
    Gameplay:7
    Presentation:7
    Lasting Appeal: 6
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