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PS3 Review – Ninja Gaiden 3 - PlayStation LifeStyle

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.

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Sev2523d ago

Itagaki must be laughing has pizza face off right now.

dbjj120882523d ago

And Tecmo must be crying.

WorldGamer2523d ago

Ouch. Is the game really this bad? I have never been a fan, but I remember the Ninja Gaiden series always getting decent scores.

Guess something went wrong this time around, I feel bad for fans. :(

gamingdroid2523d ago (Edited 2523d ago )

What went wrong is Tecmo ousted the one guy that made Tecmo worthwile games, Itagaki!

I cancelled my Collector's Edition pre-order and am very glad I did. This game will hit the bargain bin soon, and I will save my money for other worthwhile games. Right now, Ghost Recon looks pretty darn good!!!

As a fan, I am hugely disappointed and angry at Hayashi!

WorldGamer2523d ago

Rightly so my man, rightly so.

MySwordIsHeavenly2523d ago

That sucks...

I thought it would be BETTER without Itagaki. :/

Regent_of_the_Mask2523d ago

No. The game itself is good but a lot of Ninja Gaiden fanboys (the ones that started with the Xbox games, not the older ones) are butthurt cause they changed so much in it. It still feels like a Ninja Gaiden game at its core.

The funny thing is people who thought Ninja Gaiden is bad are the same ones that think DOA5 will be good (even though it can be seen that they ruined that series by removing DOA characters like Ein to put in more Virtua Fighter characters and adding in power blow mechanics that can send you into the environment that you're nowhere near; basically casualizing the game even more).

D3stinySm4sher2523d ago

It feels like a Ninja Gaiden game at its core, except minus all of the redeeming qualities of Ninja Gaiden, such as, ya know...COMBOS? Or strategy? Or difficulty? Or different weapons?

They literally REMOVED features that were in Ninja Gaiden 2. REMOVED features. That's generally a big mistake in a sequel unless what's removed is replaced with something else - which it isn't here.

Lord_Sloth2523d ago

Stop playing on easy and normal. There's your difficulty. Combos? Yeah, it's there. Strategy? See my 1st sentence.

Weapons weren't finished in time for release so they're coming as DLC. The 1st 2 will be free.

xGrunty2523d ago

Lol play the game on hard then say all that. And any true NG fan knows that the dragon sword was the only reliable weapon in the game. All I used in my master ninja playthrough on all NG games.

It may be a bit lacking in some areas, but the game is still NG at heart.

gamingdroid2523d ago (Edited 2523d ago )

@D3stinySm4sher

***They literally REMOVED features that were in Ninja Gaiden 2. REMOVED features. That's generally a big mistake in a sequel unless what's removed is replaced with something else - which it isn't here.***

Team Ninja (what's left of it) didn't just remove features, they butchered what's left until there was nothing of value left. When the game is compared with Dynasty Warrior, you know something terribly went wrong.

@Lord_Sloth

***Weapons weren't finished in time for release so they're coming as DLC. The 1st 2 will be free.***

So now we are supporting half @ssed games? The previous game, NG2, had 8 weapons and no download needed!

The current game has two upcoming weapons as a free download in the future. Greeaaaat! Go TeamNinja! /s

Game is ruined, and the critics agree. That's why the game sits at less than 60% on metacritic.

@xGrunty

***Lol play the game on hard then say all that. And any true NG fan knows that the dragon sword was the only reliable weapon in the game. All I used in my master ninja playthrough on all NG games.***

Then you didn't take advantage of what the game offered, because the Lunar and the Scythe was pretty awesome.

mysterious_warrior2523d ago

You hit it right on the nail. The gameplay mechanic is horrible. Why can't you do any of the complex combos? The combo mechanic is not as smooth and fluid as it was in the first two games...

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Lord_Sloth2523d ago

Yeah...no...Most of the people hating on NG3 are also hating on DoA5. Usually Itagaki fanboys crying about the changes to appearances. Ein was a main of mine but no longer relevant and I can do nothing about that.

Power attacks can be both blocked and countered so they're easily punishable.

Virtua Fighter will have no more than 3 guest characters in the game as a thank you to SEGA for their assistance in localizing the game to Europe. I have played DoA5 and it feels like DoA to me.

smashcrashbash2523d ago

Yeah I am sure that's it. There is NO way that it could just be that they messed it up just like most of us knew they would. God forbid that the people who liked the features that it had before complain when they leave them out for no reason at all.

So far all I have been hearing is people telling everyone who complains to shut up and how stupid they are but no reasonable explanation why they felt the need to butcher and downgraded NG. For instance I heard they removed the shop. Why? Unless you can give me a reasonable answer don't bother trying to deny what I am saying or make excuses. I just want to know what was the strategic reason to leave out the shop.

dark-hollow2523d ago

NG fanboys????

Dude, the combat lack depth, hard mode is like the normal mode on previous games, very lacking of variety of enemies, streamlined easier gameplay which basically plays itself.

Yeah, am a ninja gaiden fanboy and that's why I hate the third one.

If you can't see it I safely assume that you are new to the ninja gaiden franchise because even the nes trilogy was much, MUCH challenging than this pos!!!

Frankfurt2522d ago

You're a casual gamer, "Regent".

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kza2523d ago

What a shame. Looks like i will buy NG2 instead.

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