Giancarlo Varanini of GameTap writes: The orange jumpsuited ninja-in-training is back in this latest installment of the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series, and like the previous entry, Ultimate Ninja 3 is a fighting game at its core, with some side quests and mild adventuring around Leaf Village to tie it all together. At the beginning of Ultimate Ninja 3, the residents of Leaf Village--which are all either highly skilled ninjas or students, naturally--are challenged to participate in a tournament to demonstrate their skills. But the real goal is to gain crystals held by the other contestants--some have red crystals that are worth five points, while others have blue crystals worth one point. Naruto needs at least 60 points to move from the opening round to the finals
But obviously, as with any Naruto game, the real meat of the experience is in the fighting. All of the characters have a set of basic attack combinations supplemented by jiutsus, or special moves and combinations that use chakra--think of it as being like a meter that you can charge and drain by using these moves.