Excerpt: Early on in Ninja Gaiden 3 , stoic ninja Ryu Hayabusa squares off against an enemy who wears a Guy Fawkes mask and wields a sword approximately the size of a kayak. Fans of the bombastic series, like roller-coaster riders cresting a steep incline, will brace themselves for the nonsensical loop-the-loop fun that’s about to ensue. But that fun never arrives.
Excerpt: When David Lee Roth left Van Halen, it took some time for the band to hit their stride again — but we eventually warmed to Sammy Hagar. When Steve Carell left the office, it took a few episodes for the show to find the right comedic rhythm, but Dwight and Jim eventually found their place.