Extraordinarily violent and gory action game falls short.
Common Sense Media
7 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: As the first game of the modern Ninja Gaiden series without infamous game designer Tomonobu Itagaki in the director’s chair, it’d be easy to write off Ninja Gaiden 3 as a cheap cash-in. However, with Team Ninja still behind development, and, most surprisingly of all, a story penned by the legendary Masato Kato (whose credits include Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger , and work on the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy for the NES), Ninja Gaiden 3 holds an air of legitimacy...
Conclusion: No Ninja Gaiden game should be easily forgotten. Gamers will soon forget this.
Pros: It can be fun if you really, really want it to be;
Cons: The core gameplay, which was the spine of the series, has been brutally pulled out and violently stomped on to make way for a run of the mill hack'n'slash action adventure, disappointing and often outdated visuals.
Excerpt: Recently, I got my hands on Ninja Gaiden 3, dizzy with excitement for the shinobi action contained within. I’d ignored the warnings of Geoff, who pleaded with me to not waste my time and cash on the game. But I thought, how bad could it really be?
Conclusion: Ninja Gaiden 3 spottar sina fans i ansiktet genom att ignorera vad de tidigare tyckt om med serien. Det är inte bara den sämsta delen i serien, det är ett av de sämsta spelen som actiongenren skådat. Spelet är lika lätt som det är ointressant, och den spelmekanik som tidigare funkade så väl har bytts ut mot hemska idéer som inte går ihop med varandra. Ninja Gaiden 3 förtjänar inte din tid under några som helst omständigheter.