With Ninja Gaiden III arriving this week for all, it's clear the game isn't the same as its predecessors in terms of depth and unforgiving gameplay. Ninja Gaiden III is very much a mainstream game to suit our current times.
I can certainly see why they'd make the transition, though whether it succeeded in bringing in the expanded audience it wanted I'm not yet sure. Still, even if the transition is justified, that doesn't really negate the complaints. Like, I sympathize with the complaints even if I think Tecmo Koei shouldn't really listen to them.
And the mainstream gamers doesn't give a f**k about ninja gaiden. Way to screw your original fans....
I understand why they would do it. A faithful fanbase is a nice thing to have since it gets instant sales in a certain category. But its a set category that it appeals to. In this case the hardcore fans that play the game to push their skills on it. Expanding it to other gamers could generate more sales but counting out the people that love the game and dedicate their time to it seems a bit harsh. I'm wondering though because they said the difficulty wouldn't come down in this game.
The major appeal to Ninja Gaiden has always been its Hardcore focus. When Team Ninja decided to go entirely against what has always worked for the series, it was bound to blow up in their face. And the sales will show it.
I would have liked to have hacked my enemies away limb by limb, but so long as that core gameplay for the most is intact, and I can still feel like bad ass ninja, then I'm game. All I would expect is an optional Insane difficulty and achievement to compliment for those fans to showcase how bad ass they really are.
You do feel like a complete badass. Personally so far today I feel like more of a death machine than any other Ninja Gaiden game and I own and have played them all. All of them. However, I hate cutting someone 8-9 times and though the blood is flying and I have the sharpest blade in the history of swordsmanship, I can't remove a limb. They also seem to have replaced the Izuna Drop with another move, equally wicked, or else my timing hasn't adjusted to the new mechanics. I picked up the strategy guide and haven't cracked it yet so I need to check out the techniques. I love doing the Flying Swallow Technique and decapitating a guy in one shot. So far...not here. That said, the camera is completely unique and it feels a lot more violent than past titles and you are definitely more in the middle of matters. The QTE complaints do not seem valid. I am playing on Hard - it seems I have to beat that to unlock a higher setting - and the QTEs pop up at first then are no longer there after a use or two. The only cases are a few incidents - the second time I jumped from a ledge in London - after the first silent kill - the dodge QTE shows up again along with the aerial kill. Light attack often appears when you have a blade buried in someone and are pull cutting though this too has disappeared now and I simply perform the move without prompt. After a use or two it seems as if instructions are only appearing if I ignored them. For example rather than deflecting some shots I was just Wind Running and dodging and it kept reminding me to use L1 to block. That's not a QTE, just a mechanic instruction. On hard those rocket launcher guys are showing up 3 - 4 at a time and their rockets do no harm to their own guys.
The choices are probably pretty hard nosed. Either have no more Ninja Gaiden games or change them to be more welcoming. This is what's happened and it's the hardcore fans being most vocal and most upset.
Always knew NG3 would take a more casual approach since Itagaki left
But where's the easy mode option? I'm watching a NG3 walkthrough and all I see are NORMAL, HARD, and HERO modes. It seems that the only thing casual about NG3 is it not being completely over-the-top.
this is what gamers want. globalization, making everything mainstream
sarcasm with a hunt of truth
"Let's make the most hardcore action series of all time into something incredibly flat, easy to play and less complex than even God of War! That makes total sense! It's not like there are a dozen super-easy, braindead action series already!" The core gameplay ISN'T intact. Random QTEs in the middle of your combo, auto-aiming to enemies closer to death (so Ryu will change direction without your input if a weaker enemy walks on-screen), hit detection is all over the place (attacks that shouldn't hit, hit - attacks that should hit, don't), health regen everywhere, enemies that don't attack you and beg for their lives (while in NG2 they would attack you even without legs - in fact, they became MORE dangerous, as in suicidal)...
While everyone bypasses the fact that it's another game watered down to suit the casual audience, another great, fun through adversity game goes down the s#!tter! I hope you like playing fruit ninja with grandam or your five year old cousin who now rocks you, cause thats where we're headed. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
I've been playing NG3 and so far it's a 7.5-8 game for me. There are some things they could have done better but I really like the combat.This game shouldn't have gotten slammed *THIS* bad.
I think that they changed to many things for no reason at all. If I remember correctly many people loved NG2 the way it was. To suddenly jump up and make it mainstream and leave the people who like the original in the dirt as if they don't matter. I am sure they could have satisfied both parties if they had put more effort into it but the easiest thing to do is make a game 'mainstream' and ruining what was good about the game in the first place to hopefully get more people to play it. I mean I understand wanting to attract more people to your game but not at the expense of the game itself. Also I never understand why people always turn to insults when the very people who love the original game don't like the direction you have taken. I wanted the game red and you painted it black for no real reason and then call me stupid because I complained that I wanted it red.No one is stopping anyone from playing it but don't insult and downplay the people who don't like the changes made. The fact seems to be that it was not done very well which most people already predicted from before and this is a fact whether you give it a 3 or a 6. A 6 may be better then a 3 but that doesn't change the fact that it is an obvious downgrade from the last NG game.That is what the point is not that it deserves a 5 over a 3 or whatever. That is not going to save it from the bargain bin or the rental counter.Let's be real here.In the end people will make whatever judgements they want based on reviews or from their own judgement. Crying how unfair or that someone is bias or what is justified won't change anyone's mind.
I don't like the fact that the shops are gone and the ninpo is gone but I was able to overlook that. There were things that annoyed me but the game wasn't bad to the point it was a 3/10. The hatred for this game is strong. Pretty said really, how people take reviews as gospel instead of forming their own opinions.
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