Ninja Gaiden games in the past from what I can remember had really hard difficulty and it had some brutal killings like decapitations. But they seem to be thrown out of the window for Ninja Gaiden 3. I loved slicing heads and limbs off but this time round it seems you can't do much brutality. The AI I heard was dumbed down this time round so new comers could play the game. Well it is a smart idea to do this as new people who might not be used to the difficulty of Ninja Gaiden games. While that is smart the long time players will be mad as the difficulty even on hard isn't what it once was.
The first thing I want to get into is the difficulty. There is a new option for Ninja Gaiden 3 called Hero mode. While in Hero Mode if your health drops too low you will turn into a pretty much unbeatable character and I really mean unbeatable as it can auto block/evade things. Do not use Hero Mode at all as it defeats the purpose of a game you want a challenge don't you? Well stay clear from that mode. Although you will probably be killed in the hardest mode a few times you will find yourself killing the enemies by just simply button mashing.
Gameplay is not like the old gameplay from previous Ninja Gaiden games for me it has just turned into a button mashing game. In the previous games you had to choose wisely when to attack or you be dead. In Ninja Gaiden 3 you can just press the same two attack buttons and get through to the next part of the game. Something that annoyed me and later made me become very bored of the game was the fact that to up the difficulty of the enemies they just add waves of enemies which is pretty cheap way of upping the difficulty. You will only find yourself with one weapon which is not even upgradeable. In the old games you had an array of weapons that could be upgraded.Why didn't they want to add RPG elements to the game? It would increase things to do in the game. After you killed some enemies you should have gotten like points that
could be used to upgrade your weapons or character.
Not a fan of multiplayer but I guess its good that they added it because it gives the player a reason to actually play it again after the game is finished I tried it out and I really don't like it. Its just pointless and not fun at all I know I said its a positive that they added multiplayer because like it or not it does add something extra to the game.
Well you might be saying with a bad story, pointless multiplayer, repetitive gameplay and a flat out disappointing game was there anything you liked? Well yes there is some things I liked. I liked the boss battles at first they was pretty cool but then again just like the whole game it suffers from repetitive things. The bosses were fun but then it was pretty much the same thing for the rest of them. Like I said above I enjoyed the music in the background while killing people it just seemed to fit the game and actually at first really made it fun while slicing some enemies. The cut scenes and character models of the main characters were also high points of the game.Sadly this is just not enough to justify a $60 purchase but if you are a die hard fan of Ninja Gaiden you still might want to check it out as you can play the game and see were it went wrong for you as well. Whether you get it on a sale price or by renting the game.
The final verdict
The problem with the game for me is that everything is there for it to be a good game but it is just executed poorly and comes off as rushed. I don't get why everything is so limited and why things that were liked are removed from the 3rd game? Ninja Gaidenat first (Well who doesn't?) but it suffered from repetitive problems like waves of enemies that just keep coming gets really boring the repeated dialogue from enemies gets really annoying and the lack of special magic moves and weapons is a real down point for the game. I love the previous Ninja Gaiden games so it wasn't easy for me to give it such a negative review I was looking forward to this game and it just ended up being disappointing.but this one was just not a Ninja Gaiden game.
If they ever made a 4th game they need to LISTEN TO THE FANS! They would tell you were you went wrong and how you could improve the game. This review and many other reviews are a start and they could read the forums and they will also list positives and negatives. If they listen and improve and add were they went wrong I am sure that Ninja Gaiden 4 (If it happens) would be loved like the old game.
+ Addition of multiplayer adds more replayability
+ Nice detail for character models and sharp looking cutscenes
+ Bosses are pretty fun
- Bad story
- Lack of weapons/upgrades/collectibles and other things that would have increased the game time.
- Repetitive gameplay