Review: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst Adds Very Little
Naruto returns once again with an already familiar tale to some, but he brought some souvenirs and bikinis for regulars and newcomers alike. (That was intended to sound less creepy)
- Worth The Time?If you haven't bought the original release, yes. If you have, buying it a second time for these extras will not be worth it.
- Things LovedEverything that made the original game fun once you've gotten the hang of the combat is still alive and well; Added extras and character skins; Additional Free Battle missions make for some interesting challenges; Fun to play with some pals; Slight graphical upgrade; Progress from the original game is carried over without a hitch.
- Things HatedThe price is that of a new release and not justifiable for the added content if you already own the game; too little additional content to warrant a re-release.
- RecommendationIf you haven't played or bought the first game, only then can I recommend it, if you've played the original, think carefully before you flog out this much cash.
- Name: Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
- Genre: Fighting
- Players: Local 1-2; Online 2-8
- Multiplayer: Local and Online
- Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
- Developer: CyberConnect2
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Price: PC: R450; Xbox 360 and PS3: R599
- Reviewed On: PS3
Another year, another re-release.
The original Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 released less than a year ago. We are now graced by the appearance of the exact same game, but now with the words “Full Burst” on the end. All kidding aside, let us examine today’s specimen.
Full Burst adds previously additional content in the form of downloadable content such as additional missions, all-new free battle missions, a new character, extended cut-scenes and new character skins each with their own preset load-out. If you’d like more information regarding the original game such as plot events and crucial combat related details, be sure to give our review from last year a read to catch up.
In Full Burst, the original game is present alongside all these added extras. No alterations have been made to gameplay or anything for that matter; the only difference is that we are treated to more of what we already experienced in the original game. If you haven’t played the original game and are interested in it, then I would urge you to rather buy this version and have a complete experience. However, if you already played and still own the original, then it is not so easy to recommend.
But first, let us see what is new this time around.
Your progress from the original game is carried over, so there is no need to play through the whole game again to unlock Free Battle characters and items.
In the Free Battle section we now have an additional mode where you can battle it out with any combination of characters (one primary character with whom you play and two additional characters that you can send out for swift attacks and each set to their own role such as attack, defense and balance – your choice as well). There are one hundred missions in total, each with its own preset conditions to successfully unlock a section of a gradually forming picture. Look at it as a violent paint by numbers, if you will. A nice addition.
Kabuto in Sage Mode is now a playable character – slightly overpowered, but ultimately fun to play as, as you throw snakes at your best friend and he/she slowly pierces your skin with an actual knife while sitting next to you on the couch unimpressed by your spamming of attacks.
Some characters have been supplemented with additional skins – each one with its own preset load-out. Some outfits made me want to try out a character I’m already familiar with just to see how he will look in this new outfit and play with the load-out. I should mention that some of the female characters’ new skins are, you guessed it… of the swimwear variety. Yes, you read correctly, you are now play as Sakura in a bikini, because reasons.
Let’s face it, the cut-scenes in the original game were already stretched out to breaking point and while this may leave non-anime enthusiasts in the over-eager spot of skipping the cut-scene or dozing off. Now we have extended “director’s cut” cut-scenes, which I only recommend for Naruto Shippuden or anime fans and only them. It’s a nice addition, but not for those who want to jump straight into the action.