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Ninja Gaiden 3: The Loss of Itagaki A Devastation to the Franchise? (Review) - TheGamerAccess.com

"The Ninja Gaiden series has been around for a while now and is noted for its high difficulty, combat depth, and graphics. With Team Ninja, developer of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, no longer led by Tomonobu Itagaki, Team Ninja decided to streamline the game for a more general appeal. The question is how did it turn out?"

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no_more_heroes2521d ago

Why was it that Itagaki left again? Wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with the direction they wanted to take NG and/or DOA.

gamingdroid2521d ago (Edited 2521d ago )

Actually Itagaki was ousted by the then new president of Tecmo whom attempted to withold bonuses from the team. The former president, previous to the then new president valued Itagaki very much.

Itagaki left and took with him essentially the entire core members of Team Ninja and started Valhalla.

Itagaki singlehandedly started Dead or Alive to compete with Virtua Fighter and revived Ninja Gaiden as one of the greatest game (in my opinion) in recent times.

Talk about getting rid of the hand that feeds you. In this case, Tecmo got rid of the one guy that made any worthwhile games at Tecmo.

... and with that, Ninja Gaiden was a dead franchise, unfortunately!

As NG's superfan, I'm saddened....

NYC_Gamer2521d ago (Edited 2521d ago )

I'm waiting for Devil's Third forget about the now dead NG franchise.

grifter0242521d ago

I would be pissed if I was Itagaki for what Tecmo is doing to my own creations.

They ruined Ninja Gaiden in one single game and the new DOA looks even worse with no strategy besides hitting the walls with your opponents.

morganfell2521d ago

I wonder hopw many people complaining about Ninja Gaiden 3 actually bought and played Ninja Gaiden 3 and how many people are using the very worst source of information possible - rage driven non-objective fanboy reviews. reviews that have no system of standards and whose controlling party has no editorial policy or enforcement.

Well here is a game review back at those very people that look like this:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P...

The Official Xbox Magazine stated:

"Stacked up against its contemporaries, however, it still stands among the finest fast-action experiences on Xbox (Bayonetta excepted). Ryu is a card-carrying member of the Badass Club, and the time spent both behind and without his mask is riveting."

Anyone complaining about the difficulty has not played this game through on Master Ninja difficulty. It's puzzling to hear people complain about the difficulty and then in the same breath say they need the talons because of the difficulty. Talons, which are coming as free DLC.

As I stated previously, there is a lot about this game in which I can register my disappointment. Decapitation for me being a big one whereas the lack of weapons, not so much.

As an owner of multiple blades and a decades long practitioner of Eishin Ryu Iaido and Iaijutsu, combat in this series has always been about the sword. But, to each his own.

I personally prefer this new camera system a great deal more to the previous iterations of which I own every version. I've had only one incident of blocking and that was gone in a second.

The issue is to those that have played the game, so many of the posted disagreements sound like a flock of parrots and little to none of it seems to carry even the slightest hint of hands on experience.

gamingdroid2521d ago (Edited 2521d ago )

@morganfell

You might be one of the few odd men out that likes what the game has turned into, but I think the public has pretty much spoken about their disdain.

All the major news outlet has already voted including 1up, egm, game informer, ign, gamespot and so on.

***As I stated previously, there is a lot about this game in which I can register my disappointment. Decapitation for me being a big one whereas the lack of weapons, not so much.***

Then you haven't enjoyed this series to it's fullest. I very much loved the Scythe, Talons and Lunar. They all brought a sense of variety to an otherwise potentially repetitive mechanics.

***As an owner of multiple blades and a decades long practitioner of Eishin Ryu Iaido and Iaijutsu, combat in this series has always been about the sword. But, to each his own.***

The number of blades you own or what you practice as a martial art is irrelevant. It only proves that you are likely to prefer the sword over any other weapon.

***The issue is to those that have played the game, so many of the posted disagreements sound like a flock of parrots and little to none of it seems to carry even the slightest hint of hands on experience.***

So you base your complaints on the fact that there isn't a "hint of experience", yet you will dismiss the reviewers that spends many paragraph telling you what is wrong with the game from first hand experience with the game?

Then amazingly you pull out a quote by a non- "rage driven non-objective fanboy review" as your proof!

***The Official Xbox Magazine stated:***

Nice!

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The Official2521d ago

Still saddens me how everybody wanted this man to disappear because he loves to drink, juggle t!ts and look at scantily clad women? I knew commercial gamers was gay. Regardless of how DOA turned out this gay maintained a winning formula for his flagship games. I brough this game and im deeply disappointed at this bull compared to NGB. I mean damn no vigorian Flail? come the fuck on.

Gen0ne2521d ago

The Flail was dope. I'll give you that.

videoxgamexfanboy2521d ago

They need to find itagaki, pay him what they owe and beg him to return...1st they made samus a wimp then they murdered NG next they will make DOA a kinect game! R.I.P. Tecmo

SkolarVisari2521d ago

This reviewer is categorically wrong about that lack of a move list. If you press select you can bring up the move list. In fact it stays up during fights which lets you see what move you are doing just like a fighting game. I would have preferred a better training mode.

You know there are actual genuine problems with this game I just wish these reviewers would either read the damn manual or actually play the damn game and talk about them. Hell play the last major iteration just to refresh one's memory.

h311rais3r2521d ago

The problem with the list is it doesn't tell you the name of the move so it's all just a bunch of x,y or sq,tr. it's also a pain to navigate. And if u want to look up a move u have to do it out of combat cuz it doesn't pause the game.