NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE ON STEAM

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Killing enemies will satisfy the most primal urges of the player, because regardless of what weapon Ryu is wielding more often than not bad guys will burst inkhổng lồ crimson geysers of limbs & viscera. For Ryu Hayabusa, merely cutting off an enemy’s head isn"t enough; afterwards the body toàn thân must be kicked into lớn the air and then sliced in half for the job to be done correctly. It’s all ridiculously over-the-top, but when you are playing as a ninja with giant metal claws on his feet that cut clear through the torsos of his enemies you can’t help but appreciate the sentiment.

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The most cinematic ways to lớn destroy opponents are the Steel on Bone kills, triggered by dodging và countering a powerful attachồng from an opponent. These cause the camera khổng lồ zoom in on Ryu as his opponent explodes into a messy fountain of gore. Mashing the attachồng button can chain it to other enemies nearby as well, which is not only cool to lớn see but also extremely useful for clearing a room quickly.


Executing long combos và clearing out rooms without taking damage will earn Ryu karma points, an in-game currency used to lớn learn new skills, nâng cấp weapons & Ninpo (magic) và unloông xã costumes. It adds a much-needed sense of progression to lớn the game, allowing you to customise Ryu và max out your preferred elements of his arsenal. You get enough of this currency to lớn get by, but rarely enough lớn unbalance the experience.

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That doesn"t mean that the waves of baddies thrown at you are pushovers. The Ninja Gaiden franchise (both the original series as well as the modern one) is regarded as punishingly difficult & Razor’s Edge is no exception. Blocking and dodging are paramount to lớn victory; blind button mashing is an express ticket lớn reloading your last checkpoint. Far from being the cannon fodder present in other games, Ninja Gaiden 3’s enemies will swarm Ryu, interrupting his combos và attacking from behind. They’re tenacious to lớn a fault, too – slice the arm off of an enemy and he’ll still shoot at you with his good hand. Well, his only hvà, to lớn be precise.


Later on in the game, soldiers are replaced with demons và mutants with often frustrating results: some will blochồng everything while others are able khổng lồ grab you and throw you from impossible distances. This is where combat transitions from tough (but exciting and fun) to a frustrating slog. It really drags the second half of the game down, because rather than wishing for more people khổng lồ fight you’ll just be crossing your fingers that the màn chơi is almost over.

Which leads us to the biggest downfall of Nin-Ja Gaiden 3: there’s not much to bởi vì besides kill guys. Levels rarely allow for any kind of exploration, so it’s often Ryu running down a path into a clearing, killing a bunch of dudes, going down another path into another clearing ad nauseum with the occasional quick-time sự kiện thrown in. There are Golden Scarabs scattered throughout the game to lớn collect, but as the màn chơi design doesn"t allow for much deviation most are just out in the open & you’ll easily find over half of them without even trying.


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Quick-time events are a controversial addition to lớn any game, but luckily Razor’s Edge gets the execution right. QTEs are best when they still make the player feel as if they’re involved, và we defy you lớn have sầu Ryu jump from a plane (with no parachute), dodge two missiles, then land on an enemy sword-first và not feel exhilarated by the experience. Several of the game’s bosses are gigantic (cybernetic T-Rex, anyone?) and will require some button mashing sequences to lớn defeat, but it all feels engaging rather than being a bore.

The story is pretty nonsensical, but the voice acting is phenomenal with industry vets Troy Baker (Snow from Final Fantasy XIII) and Ali Hillis (Liara from Mass Effect, Palutemãng cầu from Kid Icarus: Uprising) lending their voices lớn Ryu and female lead Mizuki McCloud. While the cutscenes don’t make a ton of sense, they’re still fun lớn watch because they’re put together so well.


Exclusive sầu lớn the Wii U release are two levels featuring Dead or Alive star Ayane, the purple-haired kunoibỏ ra who has guest-starred in some of Ryu’s previous adventures. She adds literally nothing khổng lồ the story & is never referenced by the main cast, but she’s much faster and more agile than Ryu, making her levels a fun diversion from the main game. She’s shoehorned in awkwardly but you’ll be glad she’s there nonetheless.

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The Wii U"s GamePad isn"t used in any meaningful way, giving you a các mục of Ryu"s combos and touchscreen shortcuts lớn functions mapped lớn other buttons. However, we"re definitely of the opinion that the increased real estate on the controller feels good to lớn hold during the white-knuckle combat - even better than the smaller Pro Controller, if you ask us.


For those out there who prefer khổng lồ ninja it up in groups, online Clan Battle mode returns from previous releases lớn let you battle against other players. You play as an anonymous ninja, & while the combat mechanics in Razor"s Edge work great in a single-player context, shoving it inlớn a multiplayer setting is kinda like forcing a square peg inlớn a round hole. Nin-Ja Trials mode lets you grab a buddy và try lớn earn high scores in various challenges, which is much more satisfying as it"s just a twist on the game proper rather than a complete re-contextualization that doesn"t quite work.

Conclusion


Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge plays great, with fast, fluid combat that’s gruesome & satisfying. Still, you’ll often wish there was a little more lớn it than just fighting waves of enemies in predetermined spots, và even with the chiến dịch a little over five hours long (excluding cutscenes) it starts to lớn feel a bit tired towards the over. That certainly shouldn"t put you off it, though, as the game is still a worthwhile purchase & a great example of Nintendo’s willingness to shirk their “kiddy” perception.

Good 7/10

Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Nintendo


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Fri 30th Nov 2012

This surprisingly got a decent score. I might get this when I eventually buy a Wii U...& when the game is a lot cheaper.


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Fri 30th Nov 2012

I still think I"m going to lớn get this, but have sầu to wait till next year...At least I have sầu plenty to lớn keep me busy till then.


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Fri 30th Nov 2012

All the flashy graphics, blood, & violence in the world can"t make a game better than the original Ninja Gaiden on NES.


Fri 30th Nov 2012

I doubt I"m getting this. It"s hack and slash, which I"m not inlớn, TONS of bloods and gore, & my parents probably wouldn"t let me play it.

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Fri 30th Nov 2012

This game, according to lớn general reviews consensus, is far better than the xbox360/ps3 version. Well done, Ninty/Tecmo


Fri 30th Nov 2012

Awesome! I bought a copy already và looking forward to it but I"m waiting lớn play it after I finish up a couple of games first.


Fri 30th Nov 2012

Some time way down the line when prices are low. Glad lớn read is fairly decent even thou not a classic at all. Nice. Good Review.


Fri 30th Nov 2012

I haven"t played the original release on 360/PS3, so I really wanted khổng lồ Review this as its own game to lớn see how it stands up. Turns out, pretty well!


Sat 1st Dec 2012

Not for me this one - general consensus is the Wii U has the best version of the game which is pretty decent but only if its your cup of tea.


Sat 1st Dec 2012

Glad khổng lồ know Ryu Hayabusa"s return khổng lồ a Nintenbởi console was a good return, I"ll get this one day and with online, i"ll play this even more (until Monster hunter for Wii U is released in march)


Joe The last time Ryu Hayabusa graced a Nintenvày console was actually in 2008, with the release of Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword on the Nintenbởi vì DS. If you haven"t played it - you should, because it"s a great game.

As a hardcore Nin-Ja Gaiden fan, Nin-Ja Gaiden III was a disgrace unto the franchise và as far as I"m concerned, it doesn"t even deserve sầu to lớn have "Nin-Ja Gaiden" stamped on the box.


Sat 1st Dec 2012

Never played a Nin-Ja Gaiden game before. It"s one of the only true classic videogame series I haven"t played.


Sat 1st Dec 2012


Slapshot I know, that"s why I said HOME console.


Sat 1st Dec 2012


SpaceKappa Haha... I kinda of figured. Dragon Sword is an awesome game & I wish that Team Nin-Ja would have spent their time better và brought a sequel to it to lớn Wii U instead of a port of the worst game inlớn their entire history (which is telling to how fantastic the developer is!).


Sat 1st Dec 2012

Deffo gettin this. love hack and slash games, bayonetta, god of war, dantes inferno etc


Sat 1st Dec 2012

At the very least, I"m glad lớn see a 7 being received as a "good" score. Just goes lớn show đánh giá scores are all about perception — people think of NG3 as a poor game, so a 7 seems high. Other games with superior advance notice get an 8 and people flip out like you slapped their unborn child. My point is... looks fun! Might give sầu it a try.


Sat 1st Dec 2012

Looks like absolute crap. How about Tecmo make something at least similar lớn its roots. Ninja Gaiden was và still is an amazing platformer, even though you have to be REALLY retro to enjoy it. This looks like an over the top parody of what a conservative believes a đoạn phim game is.


Mon 3rd Dec 2012

Great review Joe!! I have sầu khổng lồ admit, I really wanna try this game just because AYANE. Shame you can"t play as her in every cấp độ, but the rest of the game sounds really fun anyway! Will be keeping my eye out for this one!


Ryno_Choryzo same here, ive sầu been too occupied with sonic racing và trine 2, i havent even touched zombie U or gaiden yet.


Thu 20th Dec 2012

Damn, I was really looking forward lớn this và holding off buying a Wii U until January lớn get this and 2K13. Maybe Bayonetta will be better? In truth, thanks to console wars, I was always a Shinobi rather than Ninja Gaiden bạn anyway.


Thu 3rd Jan 2013

This game is really fun!! HARD, but fun!! Adding Momija và Kasumày made the game even better! ^__^


Mon 7th Jan 2013

Yeah. I am glad that Tecmo finally decided to merge the Dead or Alive sầu games with the Ninja Gaiden games. Maybe Ninja Gaiden 4 will vày it more smoothly.


Fri 11th Jan 2013

I"m getting it when I can. And also the original on NES on the 3DS"s Virtual Console. It"ll be good to see from where the NG series has started on Nintenvày to compare it lớn what it has become on the Wii U.


Mon 14th Jan 2013

The Only trò chơi That Actually Looks Good For Once And Plays Well. Well Done, For Once.


Thu 7th Mar 2013

It looks good, but I can"t help but think that this feels like a button-masher kind of game.


Wed 18th Jun 2014

less than $10 for a wii u game that isn"t rated 2/10 or below? I"ll be purchasing a copy very soon.

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Thu 18th Dec 2014

I just picked one up for $13. I"ll probably have lớn wait unlit the new year before I have time to lớn play it.