Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst Review


Player(s): 1-2
Extra Features: Local multiplayer (1-2), Online multiplayer (2-8), Leaderboards
HD Video Output: 720p, 480p (PS3)

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst is the upgraded version of the original Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 that was released earlier this year. If you missed my original Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 then be sure to check it out on The Gamers' Temple to see what I thought of the game. Full Burst can be bought as a retail game with Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 or it can be purchased as DLC to add to your original copy of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. With the retail version all of the DLC is already on disc. Full Burst uses the same save file that was in Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 so if you still have your old save from the original version, you can jump into Full Burst and pick up where you left off. Full Burst also uses the same trophies that were in the original game.

Even though I was newcomer to Naruto anime and manga and the overall Naruto series of games, I quickly liked what I saw in the original Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Full Burst adds in many new extras such as a new character, a new chapter, enhanced cutscenes, 100 extra missions and a total of 38 costumes. The new character that is added is the demon form of Kabuto. He is on the top portion of the character select screen and is unlocked from the start. The demon form of Kabuto has different attacks when compared to his human form and he has his own unique ultimate jutsu attack. One character isn't all that much for an expanded edition, but Ultimate Ninja Storm already had around 80+ characters to begin with, so it really doesn't need anymore.

Sasuke and Itachi take on Kabuto in the new chapter that is included in Full Burst. The story mode is the best part of the game, so it's great to see a new addition to it! Some of the cutscenes in the game have now been enhanced - my problem with this is that I don't really care to go back and see the enhancements since I finished the majority of the game with Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, but it's nice for those that are experiencing the game for the first time. Full Burst has 100 extra missions and a total of 38 new costumes. The costumes were mainly distributed in the DLC packs that were available for the original game but now they are all included. A problem I have with the new costumes is that the popular characters get most of the outfits while the other characters are only stuck with one or two outfits.

There were no changes made to the actual gameplay. Aside from the extra character, all the rest of the character move lists remain the same. The online still seems to play just as smooth and the story is still just as appealing - the story mode itself last for a quite a while and it's nice to have an extra chapter for Full Burst. Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 was a really good game overall, but, when it comes to Full Burst, other than the additions listed above, the game still feels around the same. New players and Naruto diehards will get the most out of this expanded edition of the game since there isn't enough new material here to get many to come back to the game.

The Good:
+ Graphics are colorful and full of life
+ Over 80 characters in the roster
+ Unique, simple and fluid overall fighting
+ Many extras including a new chapter for story mode

The Bad:
- The cutscenes in story mode can really drag
- Some stage designs are boring or repetitive

Final Rating: 87%. Full Burst is the ultimate version of Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, but if you have the original version, there might not be enough here to get you to come back to it.