Naruto Storm 3, blood included! Fans have wanted more blood in the Storm series and it looks like CyberConnect2 is making those wishes come true. At least that’s according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) who reviews games to determine what age rating a game will get. As you may have seen on the box art here on Saiyan Island, Storm 3, like all the Naruto games before it, is rated T for Teen in North America.
Below is what the ESRB says for Naruto Storm 3. Based on the 4 sentence review, it seems Hanzo’s ultimate jutsu may be the referenced item with “blood-spatter” so we personally would not take the inclusion of blood too seriously!
This is an action-fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the Naruto Shippuden franchise. Characters punch, kick, and use special moves (e.g., fireballs, swords, throwing weapons) to drain opponents’ life meters. Small blood-splatter effects occur when characters strike opponents with bladed weapons. One scene depicts a character slashing at a non-adversary and an enemy during a standoff; another cutscenes depicts two characters impaled on a creature’s claw—blood appears on the claw as well as the characters’ mouths.
In case you’d like to see what ESRB said about the other Naruto Storm games, here they are for comparison:
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations
This is an action-fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the Naruto Shippuden universe. Players punch, kick, and use special moves (e.g., fireballs, energy blasts) to drain opponents’ life meters; a variety of characters can also summon fantasy creatures (e.g. giant snakes and birds, winged demons) that complete unique attack animations. The frenetic battles are accompanied by punching sounds, cries of pain, and colorful light effects. Animated cutscenes depict other acts of violence: extended swordfights; the silhouette of a warrior impaling himself on a sword. One character shouts “Damn you!” whenever he is defeated.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
In this fighting game, players engage in one-on-one battles against characters from the Naruto Shippuden universe. Players use mostly punches, kicks, and weapons (e.g., short sword, throwing stars, exploding knives) to drain their opponents’ life meter. Players can also perform ‘Jutsu’ attacks, animated cutscenes that require players to input specific commands and button presses. The fighting sequences depict large fiery explosions, realistic punching sounds, and cries of pain. In one story sequence, a defeated character is depicted with blood on his mouth and hand. During the course of the game, characters sometimes use phrases such as ‘Pervy Sage,’ ‘Closet Perv,’ and ‘bastard’ in the dialogue.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
NARUTO: Ultimate Ninja: STORM is a role-playing/fighting game based on the animated Naruto TV show. Players battle characters in a multi-angle, three-dimensional environment using a variety of punching and kicking attacks as well as dramatic special attacks shown in short cutscenes. One character is repeatedly referred to as ‘Pervy Sage’ and one of the missions involves finding and thwarting a peeping tom.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is Namco Bandai Games and CyberConnect2’s fourth entry in the Storm series. It will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 in North America and South America on March 5, Europe and Australia on March 8, and Japan on April 18, 2013. The story for the game will begin with the Nine Tailed Fox incident from 16 years ago, continue on to the Five Kage Arc, and go up to the Shinobi War, covering the latest episodes of Naruto Shippuden as they air in Japan