Ninja Gaiden 3: Can it revolutionize the hack-n-slash genre?

Posted By | On 21st, Feb. 2011

Ninja Gaiden was probably in my top 3 favorite titles for the original Nintendo gaming console. Ryu Hayabusa and Team Ninja are back once more for a confirmed Ninja Gaiden 3. The project was officially announced at TGS 2010 (Tokyo Game Show) in a closed door event.  Ninja Gaiden 3 is said to take a deeper look into Ryu’s more human side, as the environment is set in a hellish realm. There has been no platform confirmations released.

Let us get started by saying that while the last titles were really good, there is always room for improvement. Something that I think a lot of us would like to see is a little more thought in the story. Fact of the matter is, they have been for the most part just confusing and a bit loose. Ninja Gaiden 3 should be able to build enough hype to be worth a good plot. So let’s hope that the writers really stepped up and will deliver something other than non-combat filler.

Some of the things that Team Ninja did get super right are the difficulty and depth in the fighting system. As previously stated, there is room for improvement. I think we would all like to see continued gore and awesome kills, but also they should take it even a step further. A cool addition could be anything from slow motion kills to maybe even adding button timed combos. Either way, expect some cool improvements in the fighting system as it has proven that Ninja Gaiden is an evolving game.

Also previously stated is a degree of difficulty presented in Ninja Gaiden 2, I think that’s fabulous.  It’s not very often these days you get a game where you actually feel a sense of accomplishment for being successful. As well as knowing that if you’re performing poorly, you just need to keep playing and get better little by little. Hopefully Team Ninja has kept this same high intensity arcade fighting. The absolute relentlessness of the game is what keeps us coming back for more.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 was pretty decent looking, but as more and more games come out over the course of years, you will always notice that the graphics get better and better. Let’s really hope that there is some kind of new visual aspect to look forward to. It would be nice to see Ryu slaughtering monsters with the same eye candy of say that of Killzone 3.

Some will argue that Ninja Gaiden 2 was not as great of a game as the first remake, but without a doubt will consider it a worthy addition to the newly renovated franchise. The stakes are set high as Ninja Gaiden 3 can potentially make or break the series for a while if they do or do not play their cards right. I think there is potential fan base loss coming if Team Ninja doesn’t innovate with a little depth for a story.  Let’s be honest though, most of us get our joy out of the other aspects of Ninja Gaiden.

Although nothing has officially been released on what to expect in the third addition, we can really get our hopes up for all kinds of cool weapons to use. Bows and swords are obligatory, but to be completely honest I’d like to see some real innovation, do something we aren’t expecting to really spice up the already action packed killing.

Taking the fight online is something that can really make Ninja Gaiden 3 a thing of beauty. It was attempted in the last title, but was kind of sub par. Let’s hope they take a little extra time to do something really cool with the multiplayer, possibly more than just co-operative play. Have a little ninja on ninja action possibly, or a battle with some of those very smart looking ladies. It’s a predominantly single player game, so no expansive multiplayer is really expected but it would be a nice addition.

So lets all get pumped up for the third addition to the series and hope that it really continues to advance and build stronger. As of now, it’s all left to the imagination but we are hoping that something comes about soon to give us an inside look at some of the expected updates and advancements in game play. We will be here to keep you up to date with any further news.


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