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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a bloody mess | Polygon

Polygon: "The Ninja Gaiden spin-off being developed by Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited and Comcept, action game Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, shares little resemblance to the rest of the series. It's a cel-shaded, comedically gory hack-and-slash that, based on the Tokyo Game Show demo, trades high-speed action and finesse for ease of play." (PS3, Xbox 360, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z)

admiralvic  +   360d ago
After the faithful and totally amazing job they did on Lost Planet 3, I am completely surprised to see they would screw this game up. *

* Sadly... I feel the need to note I am being sarcastic.
Aleithian  +   360d ago
Maybe rather than faulting it for it's ease of play, it would be better to say that it is a casual or arcade version of NG. The series doesn't have to be bloody hard in every incarnation.
admiralvic  +   360d ago
No, but it also doesn't have to be a Ninja Gaiden game either.

I don't see why it's bad to get angry when an IP you like changes, but write off the developers / publishers for trying to cash in on the name. This game, much like Lost Planet 3, could very easily be their own games without any ties to either franchise. Like the only thing LP 3 had that related to Lost Planet was the use of the term "Snow Pirate", the company Nevec, T-Eng, an anchor was used, the bugs were called Akrid and some akrid came from previous games. Beyond that it could have been its own game and done fine. I assume the same is probably true here, so why does that make it right?
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Hicken  +   360d ago
True, though I guess the worry is that, like many other franchises, it will start to lose its identity.
Aleithian  +   360d ago
I can see the concern if this is a sign of things to come. There's plenty franchises that have lost their identity in this sense. I objected to dragon age 2 on this basis, because it destroyed what was special and unique about DA 1. So the question is: is this a sign of where the series is going?
Hicken  +   360d ago
That is the question, indeed. Like you, I wasn't too enthused with Dragon Age 2. Decent game, but it had nothing on the original. It seems the next Dragon Age won't be in the footsteps of DA2, but whether or not it will be more like Origins remains to be seen.

As for this game, it remains to be seen if it's the new direction for the franchise, or just a one-shot.

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