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Featuring characters from the latest anime, Narutimate Accel 3 for PSP continues the Naruto brawler series in spectacular fashion with over fifty characters and four-player local multiplayer. With a storyline that follows the Naruto Shippuden anime and one that follows the exploits of Sasuke, the game also features a unique tale exclusive to the PSP. The variety of fighters and the involving fiction mean that Narutimate Accel 3 is a must for all fans of Naruto and fighting games.
Building on the success of the previous Naruto games, Narutimate Accel 3 for Sony PSP continues to show why itís one of the most highly rated fighting games for the platform. With an astounding fifty fighters available to play in the game the variety of matches you can have in this game is amazing and ensures that you'll still be playing this game for many months after purchase.
While the amount of fighters is impressive, the story modes show how Narutimate Accel 3 advances the series over its predecessors by offering a variety of story's that contain the least amount of filler material used so far. The main mode follows the anime and does an excellent job in replicating the exact same look and feel of the series. But the addition of a mode that follows the story of Sasuke is very welcome and well-implemented. In fact, all of the story modes are some of the best of the series and the way they are presented and told make them extremely accessible for newcomers as well as series fans.
As for the actual brawling gameplay, it has a mix of modes that range between smash 'em up and more button-combo heavy mechanics. The four-player multiplayer works really well and as Narutimate Accel 3 uses the Ultimate Ninja Heroes fighting system you can all beat up each other at the same time - leading to some crazy and fun fighting sessions.
Graphically the game is an improvement over previous efforts with better backgrounds and improved cel-shading making the characters pop out a lot more than before. You'll get cut-scenes both in and out of battle and the art-style really comes to the fore in these moments. The thinner outlines of the character animation means the game looks more like an anime than an actual videogame. Rather than take away from the game this approach helps to bring the level of immersion to greater heights and before long you'll be sucked into the world just as much as you are when watching the series.
The balance of accessibly and depth is what makes Narutimate Accel 3 such a great Naruto game. You don't have to know Japanese to get a lot out of this game as the controls feel immediately intuitive on the PSP and the expressive art-style doesn't fail to put across what's going on with the story. To be honest, the range of characters available will keep anyone busy for a long time anyway, so for anyone importing this you can be assured that there's a ton of content that'll be engaging no matter whether you understand the language or not.
Narutimate Accel 3 for the PlayStation Portable is the Naruto Shippuden game that should always have been made. Its excellent controls, superb art-style and visual fidelity make up a tremendous brawling game that every fan of Naruto should pick up. Even new fans to the series will find much to love here and the entertaining four-player competitive multiplayer is as much fun as the single-layer stories are awesome. If you love your brawlers then Narutimate Accel 3 is a must buy for any owners of a PSP.
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