GameFocus: "Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 could have been great. It could have completely defied the expectations of an anime-inspired game and reached out to a broader audience. Instead, Ninja Storm 3 lives and dies with its anime and manga counterparts. And yet, for the Naruto faithful this game is as good as it gets, and compared to some of the dreck that other anime studios have pushed into the gaming world fans can do a lot worse. As for those unfamiliar with Naruto, do yourself a favor and save the money. Rent the game, buy a used copy after the price goes down, borrow a friend’s copy, whatever you like. Ninja Storm 3 can still be fun, but if you spend $60 you had better be invested in the story."