It is a great game, if you're really into Naruto the anime series, or have played previous Naruto games. For people like me however, who were mildly interested in the game and never played any of the other Naruto games nor seen any of the show then its a bit confusing.
Confusing in that you really don't get a sense of who any of these other characters are. And confusing because it never really tells you how to initiate the stories.
I'd say this game is more of a fan service for those who have played previous Naruto Ultimate Ninja games before. Not bad, but not great.
Wow all the 10's have got to be biased reviews... this game is far from perfect.
I love Naruto but have not played many of the games, this is my first on the Sony platform (nintendo and 360 I have played). I would give this closer to a 6.5 but I rounded up cuz it is Naruto.
Graphics: 8/10. Lackluster at best. Konoha feels like a cardboard cutout. It just doesn't feel alive. Fight animations are mostly good but noticed choppiness/lag during heavy action.
Sound: 5/10. Thankfully I can select Japanese voices. But they use sound effects from BUSHIDO BLADE 2 from PS1 from ... 1998ish???? As soon as the game started up and I heard BB2 sounds I rofl'ed and almost cried too. It was truly sad. Very few character voices but the ones they have are voiced by the real actors.
Story: 7/10. They cut n paste pieces of the first few arcs together into missions. If you don't know the story by now, go watch the anime. But no Haku and whatshisface sucks.
Gameplay: 6/10. Load load load short mission load load load. This is how a lot of the time is spent and is boring. A mission that takes less than a minute to complete takes 20 seconds to load then 15 seconds to exit out of. Camera controls are slow and frustrating as well.
This is not just a straight figher like the Nintendo (GC and wii) titles, it tries to be action / adventure with races and other challenges. If you do not have a 360 rent it cause it is Naruto and it is fun. If you have a 360 get Rise of a Ninja and/or Broken Bond when it comes out. This one will hold me over till BB is available. Otherwise SKIP