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.
Summary: I don't blame Tecmo for wanting to reboot Ninja Gaiden. After critics panned the 2012 sequel, it was clear that Ryu Hayabusa had to evolve with the times or get out of the way. With a new protagonist, art style and sense of humor, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z takes a giant step towards hitting that reset...
Excerpt: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a prime example on how to murder a franchise without allowing it to salvage its dignity. None of what this action game has to offer even comes close to the dizzying heights this storied series used to practically reside in.
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.
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.
Excerpt: There is a typographical error on a loading screen in Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z . The word “resilient” is spelled “resiliant” in a message offering a general hint about the game. Staring at that typo, time after time, death after death, one begins to meditate on what could have been.
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...