Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Apr 20, 2012
    86
    So the bottom line is this: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is the first anime game I've played in a while that doesn't deserve the distinction of "for fans only."
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    86
    While not being the best fighting game on the market, it is certainly one of the most refreshing ones I have played in a long time.
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    85
    Overall, not surprisingly there is a lot here for fans of the series, but there is also an excellent story driven fighting game for fans of the genre.
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    85
    The combat system, amazing fan service and thought out presentation make this arena fighting game something both Naruto fans and fighting game entusiasts will highly enjoy.
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    85
    The different approach to the single-player story works well, and though it retreads a lot of familiar ground, it never feels like it's wasting time, maintaining a constant focus on Naruto and Sasuke.
  6. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    As long as you're one of the franchise's faithful, there's a lot to like here among the plethora of unlockables, an in-depth story mode, and solid online play.
  7. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is sure to be a hit with fans. No doubt they were already going to get this since the track record for the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is a positive one.
  8. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Button bashers and proficient veteran ninja's alike will find this a worthy reason to revisit the Naruto universe.
  9. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Probably the best manga inspired game around with its fast paced and accessible gameplay, and its gigantic roster. The new Story Mode is a step back compared to Ninja Storm 2, but the smart gameplay changes make this title considerably funnier, especially online.
  10. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Spectacular fighting game from the anime series, huge characters roster and plenty of moves. Simply a no brainer choice for the fans.
  11. Mar 27, 2012
    80
    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is a fun game with a lot of exciting moments and loads of fan appeal to tie it all together. If you're a Naruto fan, this is a must-have title. If you aren't, you might want to wait for a price drop to $40 or so. It's very easy to get into, so you can enjoy it yourself or play with friends without having to worry about people taking a long time to learn all the moves. I only expected a simple fighter, and this game ended up being a really fun surprise.
  12. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Its gameplay is simple and accesible, and genre fans will miss some more depth. But fans of the series will love its great roster of characters and the loyal representation of combats.
  13. Mar 19, 2012
    77
    Naruto returns to PS3 and Xbox 360 with a pure action game, an enjoyable and accessible fighting game.
  14. May 14, 2012
    76
    A step back in terms of story mode. Naruto fans get a huge amount of 72 fighters and a better multiplayer experience. But the singleplayer mode is disappointing.
  15. Jun 16, 2012
    75
    Not only a mouth full, but also a spectacular fighting game. The action remains true to the series, characters have lots of different fighting styles and has expansive online options. But why has the open world from previous games been removed and is the story told so poorly?
  16. Apr 11, 2012
    75
    Some corners were cut in terms overall production values and the gameplay may be too watered down for fans of more technical fighters, but if you're still on the fence about Naruto, this is the game that will make it or break it for you.
  17. Apr 10, 2012
    75
    The new Naruto is more Clash of Ninja and less Ultimate Ninja. It is rather an entertaining martial arts snack than a main course.
  18. Apr 10, 2012
    75
    This is a good Naruto game and absolutely a must have for the fans. There's a lot to explore but it must be said that it's a shame there isn't a tutorial for people who are new to the franchise or haven't ever watched the anime.
  19. Mar 21, 2012
    75
    Fundamentally the same game yet manages to take the game in the new direction.
  20. Mar 15, 2012
    75
    Though not quite as ambitious as it could (or should) be, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is an enjoyable and accessible fighting game-one that you don't have to be a Naruto fan in order to enjoy.
  21. Mar 15, 2012
    75
    I definitely feel like Generations is worth checking out, not only for the hardcore Naruto fans but for fighting game fans in general. It's a really beautiful looking game, with a fun but easy to understand fighting system, and offers up a lot of variety with its roster. It's surely not the deepest fighting system out there, and certainly isn't the most balanced, but I'm having a lot of fun with the game regardless. If you're on the fence then at least give it a rental, but I have no problem suggesting you buy the game, as I definitely think it's worth the asking price.
  22. Apr 1, 2012
    74
    The game fails to marvel the player due to the absence of boss battles, exploration and QTEs, becoming a rather repetitive beat'em'up. Fans will however be pleased in finding inside both the anime series, with exclusive content from Studio Pierrot and a lot of characters to fight with.
  23. Apr 12, 2012
    73
    Full of fan service, this one is for the Naruto faithful. It's competent and looks great, but if you're just after a good fighter, you can do better. The fighting genre is experiencing somewhat of a second golden age of games right now and Generations isn't quite one of them.
  24. 70
    It's a comprehensive celebration of Naruto in which fans will delight. [Issue#84, p.88]
  25. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    A Naruto game designed mostly for online battles and that's because the single player mode is not as polished or as big as in previous installments of the franchise.
  26. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    Even though Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations feels shallow at times and lack difficulty, it is still a very accessible fighting game that offers plenty of entertainment for Naruto fans.
  27. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is a game that continues the series' tradition, but makes a slight turn. Instead of a rich story mode with the possibility to visit all the locations, we got a limited game that is more difficult to get into.
  28. Mar 19, 2012
    70
    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations improves on the series' fun and flashy fighting mechanics, but drops a few features along the way.
  29. Apr 20, 2012
    67
    Fans of the fighting game aspects of the Naruto franchise would do well to think it over before picking up Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. The combat is definitely the high point, but there isn't much beyond that.
  30. Jun 13, 2012
    65
    All in all – Naruto Shippuden Ninja Storm Generations is moving in the right direction – giving fans the chance to use all of the favorite characters and making it accessible to as many people as possible. When making parity though you have to be careful that you aren't watering down all the characters too much which is what ended up happening.
  31. May 3, 2012
    65
    It's a good game, just a hollow one.
  32. 65
    While executing attacks is refreshingly easy, Generations lacks depth: bouts often devolve into who can escape and button-mash to counter first. Likewise, fighting the CPU - especially in Story Mode's later stages - can feel frustrating and unfair. Meanwhile, the online-versus options are bare-bones, with the only frill being a replay-recording feature.
  33. May 8, 2012
    60
    Quantity before quality, with over 70 playable characters. Even though there's a massive amount of fan service, the game still feels as a step backwards compared with its predecessors.
  34. 60
    Iteration for a new generation. [May 2012, p.95]
  35. Apr 10, 2012
    60
    More of an extension to Storm 2 than a true new episode, Generations combines characters from both eras of the anime, the original and the Shippuden one, while retaining most of what Ninja Storm was in terms of gameplay. This last, quite comprehensive episode may still be one of the best adaptations of the anime, it also shows that CyberConnect2 needs to find new wind to save its momentum.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    I love this title is amazing, have much characters, an ecellent gameplay, incredible story, amazing graphics, good control, music. This is a new incredible Naruto's game. I ca't wait for play other. Full Review »
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    Naruto UNSG is a welcome 2.5 edition to the series. Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy this instalment in the series as a collection of the entire character roster to date, plus many extras. With 72 playable characters, and 15 support, this game boasts the largest roster in any Naruto game. Cyber Connect 2 have showed time and time again that they are dedicated to keeping to the source material and this is portrayed in UNSG as well. This is a day-one purchase for me, and I strongly recommend it to other naruto fans. Though many of my friends who aren't even fans of the show still enjoy these games. Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    10
    This game was a huge was a huge step down from the last one. The story mode had some cool cut scenes but it did not follow the anime when it came to details. And the worse part about the story was the repetitiveness of it, when i was beating it I felt like I was forcing myself to. Another thing they messed up on this game, probabaly the biggest, was the online. It just turned into people spamming till the other person runs out of substitutions so now its like a button mashing **** fighter. Full Review »