by Marlan Moore | staff editor
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is taking the “storm” in its title seriously with a veritable tsunami of playable characters.
The latest installment in the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja fighting series boasts more than 80 playable characters, offering up the chance to go toe-to-toe with just about everyone that’s graced the screen and page in the franchise’s ten-year history and making this the biggest Naruto game yet. Even characters that haven’t seen much of a spotlight – like the jinchuuriki that aren’t Gaara, Naruto, or Bee – are part of the game’s roster, along with their respective tailed beasts. There’s also the recently announced Kurama Mode, which teams Naruto up with Kurama the Nine-Tailed Beast in Tailed Beast Mode.
Ninja Storm 3‘s Story Mode starts at the very beginning of Naruto, with the Nine-Tailed Beast attacking Konoha and the player doing their best to defend the Village Hidden in the Leaves. From there, Storm 3 continues where Storm 2 left off, following the storyline from the manga and anime into the Fourth Great Ninja War. Boss battles are back and bigger than before, with quick time events that require some very specific button mashes and some quick-minded strategy being the name of the game.
The story between frenemies Naruto and Sasuke is also played out in Story Mode, with the game playing out based on decisions the player makes.
The real draw for Storm 3, however, is the actual one-on-one tournament-style fighting. As the latest trailer shows, players can once again lose by leaving the ring, and finishing jutsus are as beautiful to watch as ever. Players will be able to choose 2 supporting characters to help out in battle and create coordinated attacks using 13 different combo types. And Awakening Mode gives players enhanced abilities for a short time, once per fight.
Check out the trailer below to see these coordinated attacks in action, as well as a glimpse and some of the 80+ characters featured in the game. Will you be picking up Ninja Storm 3 on release day? Have you pre-ordered it to get Naruto’s Goku costume? Which new character are you looking forward to using the most?