Summary: Ninja Gaiden has always been about brutal difficulty, skillful combat, a ton of limbs flying in all directions, and a variety of increasingly ridiculous monsters to battle. With Team Ninja under new leadership, its flagship series has undergone a makeover, and the changes may prove controversial to fans. Dismemberment has been replaced with a more realistic "steel on bone" feeling, where enemies are slashed rather than physically mutilated.
Excerpt: Ayant vu le jour pour la première fois en 1988 sur bornes d'arcade et différents supports de l'époque, la licence Ninja Gaiden a cumulé un certain nombre d'épisodes avant de marquer un réel tournant en 2004 avec un épisode sorti en exclusivité sur Xbox. Le passage à la 3D s'est effectué sans heurt, proposant une approche beat'em all de très bonne facture, tirant son originalité de sa difficulté très relevée, en raison d'un gameplay très exigeant.
Excerpt: The precision and intensity you expect from a master ninja... mostly. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is the game that fans of the series wanted and finally (most likely) on the systems they wanted it. I enjoyed Razor's Edge when I played it back in November on Wii U , and now playing it on the PS3 is no less enjoyable. (As a matter of fact, I'm a much better player now, owing to having had hands on the controls before.
Excerpt: Ugh, Ninja Gaiden 3 . In my opinion, it is the second most disappointing sequel ever made (the first being Devil May Cry 2 ). It's maddening to see a game remove almost everything that made its forebears great only to make room for some terrible new ideas. Well, here we are, one year later, and we have Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge . Originally released as a Wii U title, this upgraded version of a troubled action game aims to be a sort of apology.
Excerpt: I love the Ninja Gaiden series. It's always been my favorite action franchise for two key reasons. I love it for its complexity and for its challenge level. Ninja Gaiden 3 does the unthinkable: it excises both of those with almost surgical precision, resulting in a soulless action game that tries to appeal to a wider audience, but ultimately fails to entertain. It's got its moments, but they are few and far between in this unworthy sequel.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden 3 is the first game in the series that really wants to explore the story around its mainstay hero Ryu Hayabusa and his wipe-clean latex bodysuit. This is quite a tall order, actually, seeing as this is a developer who spent its last game trying to squish a four-armed werewolf into the narrative. Still, you'll sit through a few aggrandising cutscenes as long as the action is good, right? In doing so, however, Team Ninja strays from the series' true calling.
Excerpt: The Ninja Gaiden series is world-renowned for its unforgiving difficulty and reflex heavy gameplay, and for rewarding those with skill, tenacity, and buckets of patience since its 8-bit roots, and leading into its critically acclaimed 2004 reboot. Ninja Gaiden 3 takes a hard shift away from the series’ diverse combat, outrageous enemies and infamous difficulty, toward a more story-focused game.
Pros: Boss battles, Pulling off combos… when the game’s not Kill Cam-ing everything, The kill animations are cool…at first
Cons: Complete gameplay divergence from what made the series great, Cookie-cutter enemies, No additional weapons, magic, or items
Review: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Sony Playstation 3)
18 June 2012
Summary: While lagging a little bit behind visually and audibly, Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge does manage to make an experience easily accessible to someone who’s never picked up a recent Ninja Gaiden game and is at the same time difficult enough for the fan who likes to be abused by their game.Â The extra levels with Ayane in the Campaign are a nice break from the bleak Ryu storyline and the Ninja Trials and other multiplayer sections as well as replaying Campaign chapters with...
Conclusion: If you are a fan of the series, do yourself a favor and pretend this game doesn't exist. Ninja Gaiden 3 is a serviceable character action game, but it's a empty vessel compared to the design excellence that were the hallmark of this series.