This is a game that was on a lot of radars, then it got some bad reviews. For those of you who are undecided read before buying.
I have been a fan of the series since way back on the original NES. When Team Ninja decided to bring the franchise back I had high hopes. They pulled Ryu Hayabusa straight from their Dead or Alive series and made him shine. They even threw in a few other characters to tie things together. You got a game that hardcore gamers had been hoping for. When they followed it up with a sequel they delivered again. But for part three they lost Tomonobu Itagaki and Tecmo Koei joined in making the game. Reviews go from praising the game to saying it was reduced to a Dynasty Warriors hack and slash game. I've had fun with the Dynasty Warriors games but I hoped that Ninja Gaiden 3 hadn't been changed that much.
When my copy showed up in the mail it was open before I made it back into the house. It went immediately into my PS3 (I can feel the dirty looks) and I had a few hours to play before I had to cook dinner. Opening the game with a quick time event did not fill me with confidence. When the game actually gets started the let you glide down to the stage (guess someone liked Rocksteady's Batman) and you fight your way through a group of soldiers. Pure numbers, but that's is the case with low levels on most games. Seconds later a big ass mech pops up and I have already been given like 4 trophies. The game is feeling watered down, but it's to soon to believe the bad reviews. You scale a wall, L1, R1, L1, R1, ..... yeah that's not going to get old. And another trophy. Yeah they are trying to make the jimmys feel like they really did something instead of letting us get that feeling from actually playing. I guess that is how they made it more mainstream friendly.
When a soldier decides they are in over their head they beg for mercy, don't worry you don't have to show any. I did start to feel guilty eventually though. But not all enemies go so easy.
The first save point comes in the form of a falcon that makes noise and has a golden glow. No more looking for those damn statues. But it takes making it to the guy in red from the special edition statue before you get to a real fight. The learning curve felt like a major spike. But compared to the hack and slash pace that is a great thing. And the game finally feel normal. You also finally see the curse from the Dragon Blade show up. Some red smoke and you move slow, not what I expected.
Once you hit day two in the story you finally see some enemies that can put up a fight. My hopes for the game picked back up, for a while. You still see piles of enemies, but nothing like Dynasty Warriors. And you do get some battles to show you Hayabusa is a badass. Sadly unlike the other games you learn no new attacks or ninpo the one you have looks pretty nice though.
There is also only the sword and the bow, unlike the option we had last time around. That felt like a major step back. I almost forgot to mention that you no longer have items to bring your health back, it just happens after you clear the combat area. More watering down.
The game is also fairly short. Two days and I was done. The story wasn't bad, but I was far from being blown away. There is a multiplayer option, but I decided not to use the online pass and sell my game to try and get back part of my money.
As much as I hate to say it I give the game just a rent it. If it wasn't Ninja Gainden I'ld probably say flush it.
By: fnjimmy Jun 24, 2011 | 4 Comments
There is no actually footage of my killing in the game. BatRastered was filming circles for some reason, I don't know what the fuck.
This Ninja Gaiden 3 had almost the entire booth to itself. The same booth babe from famous Mecha Nuab pic from E3 2009 was still in this booth. She looked old.
Comments? Please Jimmys.
E3 is so close and with all the hype going in where would you start?
I know that there are games like Twisted Metal, the Dragon Ball Z project, Ninja Gaiden 3, the Darkness 2, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, Dead Island, Battlfeild 3, Need for Speed the Run, Soul Calibur 5, and Hitman Absolution, my first choice is X-Men Destiny. And fair warning everytime I think I'm done another games pops in my head.
I'm a die hard X-men fan so Destiny is a game I want deatils on the most.
I'ld follow it up with Ninja Gaiden 3 since it will no doubt be bad ass.
I wish that Dead or Alive 5 was going to show up, but doubt it very much. So the number three spot would go to Soul Calibur 5.
After that it starts getting harder to put them in order. Twisted Metal has me really hyped, but so does Skyrim. How do you compare car combat to a massive RPG? Street Fighter vs Tekken has to be pretty high on list also, so it would work it's way in. And the Need for Speed game could be a lot of fun or total crap, so it's a gamble. the Darkness 2 probably won't be worth waiting in line to play but it would be worth a look for a fan of the comics. Hitman isn't going to be that different than the other ones, just shinier and with some new places to hunt your targets. Dead Island looks like it will take more than a quick hands on session to really get into it. The Dragon Ball Z game is going to get swamped by fanboys so it would be a must see, but since the wait might take awhile I'ld try to get to some of the other games first. And I'm curious about Skull Girls, but waiting to see more won't kill me. I almost forgot about the new Tranformers game, but that is due to low expectaions and high hope. And that leaves Battlefeild 3. This game already looks so good I'm dying to play it. So it is a must play.
And if there was time I'ld look for the Bleach, Dynasty Warriors Gundam, and Disgaea booths if they are there. But since they are already out in Japan they might not even make a showing. And Cars 2 would make my personal list because my son is dying to play it, but I have it pre-ordered from Amazon with release day delivery so it will be here just before his and my birthdays.
Are there games that I forgot? Maybe a few that you just would love to see, but have no hope for (Darkstalkers 4)? I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of you put up your wishlists so I can see some more great choices. Don't be a jimmy. And if you need help comming up with some games for you list check out this link. http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/05/18/the-games-of-e3-2011.aspx
last time was just a tease, now Yosuke Hayashi has some info for us
Nerd Reactor has a short interview with Yosuke Hayashi the project lead on Ninja Gaiden 3. He says there will be multiplayer online. Not sure what that's going to be, but I'm excited. They also say it'll be on both PS3 and Xbox 360. No new characters, that sucks and makes multi player harder to speculate on. They also want the game to be more brutal, big smile. They have all been gore-fests but they want you to feel what it's like to gut someone. But they say that it'll be a game for everyone that hardcore fans will still enjoy.
Thank you Nerd Reactor for making today even better http://nerdreactor.com/2011/04/04/ninja-gaiden-3-to-be-darker-and-more-user-friendly/
By: DragonKiss83 Feb 28, 2011 | 24 Comments
It's short, but it was enough to make me smile. I've played every game and haven't been let down yet. I've turned off the system mid game, walked out to smoke, and came back and gave it dirty looks. But there was some pride each time you beat a boss, and finishing the game was a worthwile challenge.
So how many of you Jimmys are looking forward to this?
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