As I sit here and reflect on the time that I have spent with Ninja Gaiden 3, one word immediately comes to mind, disappointment. When Itagaki and the rest of Team Ninja rebooted the franchise for the original Xbox, I was blown away by the addictive combat and tight controls. Now I’m here, eight years later, left wishing they had stopped while they were ahead. Could Itagaki’s departure from Team Ninja be part of the reason Ninja Gaiden 3 has failed to live up to expectations? Possibly, but in the end it doesn’t change the fact that NG3 is an utter disappointment, delivering an incredibly unsatisfying experience that feels far too shallow and redundant.