Summary: The Ninja Gaiden series needs to be rebooted, but this brand new spin-off is definitely not the direction to go. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a frustratingly difficult action game with questionable writing and shallow gameplay. And yet, despite these problems, I found myself having fun fighting through the undead masses. It may be overpriced and too short, but Ninja Gaiden Z has a few thrilling moments. This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Review: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (Sony PlayStation 3)
16 April 2014
Summary: Yaiba is a terrible character that somehow stars in an even more terrible game. I almost wonder if this game wasn’t meant to troll fans of the franchise. It’ll certainly put things in perspective. I’m sure we’ll hear “Well at least it isn’t as bad as Ninja Gaiden Z ” plenty in the future. The game is a complete mess.
Excerpt: For long time fans of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, the fate of the series has really been a hit or miss operation since Tomonobu Itagaki famously walked out of his leadership role at Tecmo’s Team Ninja in 2008. While most gamers expected this to be the end of the Ninja Gaiden franchise altogether (along with Itagaki’s most notable creation – the Dead or Alive fighting franchise), Tecmo has continued to pump out titles every two years or so to keep the legendary Ryu...
Excerpt: Seeing two or even three of the larger enemies the player struggled with earlier go down after a well planned and executed elemental strategy pays off is immensely satisfying. That is, until a camera or control issue ruins the fun.
Excerpt: Player(s): 1 Extra Features: Leaderboards I've had my eyes on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z ever since I heard about the game late last year. Judging from the pics and overall style of the game, it looked quite good. Yaiba is a third person action game that is a side story of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. The game is developed by Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited and Comcept.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden’s gone from being a core gaming darling in early-to-mid ’00s, thanks to the reboot, to a franchise that people are a bit skeptical of over the past decade. Censored PS3 ports hurt the momentum initially, while Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3 lacked that little bit of extra polish that made the initial entry in the reboot series so special.
Summary: I really didn't know what to expect from Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z . On one hand, it has the Ninja Gaiden name (which, admittedly, doesn't have much sway these days) and Keiji Inafune attached. But on the other, you have Spark Unlimited and the so-so grindhouse setup that kind of fell flat with a series of dull trailers. The end result is a game that attempts to try a lot of different concepts, and only succeeds at a select few.