Excerpt: If I recall, I was not the easiest on Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden 3 when it released last year - calling it "nothing short of a spectacular failure." The long awaited return of everyone's favorite Ninja tried to change too much and as a result disappointed a lot of people. Now, one year later - -Tecmo Koei is attempting a bit of a redo, releasing Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - a newly repackaged version of the game, with a lot of the features fans have asked for worked in.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is Team Ninja’s attempt to make the definitive version of last year’s original, in much the same way as the Ninja Gaiden Sigma games did before it. Razor’s Edge brings Ninja Gaiden 3 more in line with its predecessor, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, by reintroducing key elements of the series such as dismemberment, weapon and skill upgrades, as well as optional characters to add some much needed variety to combat.
Excerpt: Originally released to lacklustre reception in early 2012, Ninja Gaiden 3 raised the ire of fans for downgrading the difficulty in a misguided attempt to make the classic series more accessible. A franchise that’s notorious for being as punishing as it is rewarding, for years the Ninja Gaiden series was held up as one of the pinnacles of hardcore gaming and this re-release (Originally an enhanced port for the Wii U before finding its way back to current gen consoles)...
Excerpt: Last year’s Ninja Gaiden 3 ( OXM rating: 8.0) left some followers of the action series angrier than an Archfiend. In giving the franchise a mainstream makeover, Tecmo Koei had neutered many of its familiar, expected features. With the release of Razor’s Edge , however, the publisher’s gone from stubbornly streamlining the series to groveling at the feet of its most hardcore fans.
Pros: + Feels more like a true, + Bursting with content, online and off.
Cons: ? Any way Team Ninja can harness all the carnage into a real-life blood drive? If only…
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden 3 has had a rough life. First released last year with tepid critical response, it was later ported to the Wii U as Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. With this port, Team Ninja included a few welcome changes, including more weapons, improvements to the combat, and the removal of many quick-time events. Now Razor’s Edge has found its way back to the PS3 and 360, and while these improvements do help, it still lacks the magic of the first two games.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden was always a series for gamers. The series sported one of the most complex yet satisfying combat engines of all time, in addition to its punishingly brutal level of difficulty. Completing Ninja Gaiden Black on the original Xbox, even on the normal difficulty setting, was considered a badge of honor you had to really earn. How times have changed.
Conclusion: This is definitely the premier version of Ninja Gaiden 3 , but the game still fails to live up to the pedigree of the games that came before it. You often don't feel in control of Ryu or Ayane at all, there will be times that you die because of poor game design rather than your own skill.
Extraordinarily violent and gory action game falls short.
Common Sense Media
13 June 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Ninja Gaiden III is an extraordinarily violent and gory action game about a ninja who kills hundreds of enemies, each depicted in graphic detail. Unlike many action game heroes, he comes off as bloodthirsty and vicious, killing even those enemies who lay down their arms and surrender. The game also has an online component that allows players to compete against strangers.
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.