As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £4.99 (Dynasty Warriors for example). There's a PS Move option too, although I can't see this being anything other than exhausting and painful.
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Today's lesson is this: don't compare Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to Ninja Gaiden 3. Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba has been a busy tweeter, responding to fan reaction to the recent Revengeance E3 traile, and slamming Ninja Gaiden 3 in the process.Click here to read more...
Tecmo Koei have dropped a double whammy of trailery goodness for Ninja Gaiden 3. The first is the game's official launch trailer, with some refreshingly new English language voiceovers. The second is a Japanese dev diary that explains a little bit more about the changes the team have made for this third instalment.
Ninja Gaiden 3 drops on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Europe on March 23rd, with a North America on March 20th.Click here to read more...
It has been revealed that last week Webb Group Limited, the owners of retail chain Choices UK, have entered administration at a time when retail gaming specialist GAME continues to experience stocking issues with future titles.Click here to read more...
We all love to look forward to the coming year with hearts full of hope and reckless schoolboy optimism. And with good reason. We've certainly got a lot to look forward to in 2012, and though we say this every year, the games lineup really does look absolutely spectacular.
However, balance is the key. While we're salivating with lust just thinking about some of 2012's killer titles, we're also more than a little concerned about how some of them are shaping up. Worried, even. Some of these games are looking incredibly shaky or have a mountain to climb in terms of living up to expectations... and though we genuinely hope that we're proven wrong, we just can't shake off some persistent nagging doubts. Join us, if you will, for an unfettered and uncharacteristic celebration of cynicism and paranoia as we round up 2012's most potentially disappointing games.Click here to embark on our cynical voyage through 2012 >>
I've all but lost hope in the Ninja Gaiden series. Once my go-to hack and slasher of choice, the loss of the controversial but undoubtedly talented Tomonobu Itagaki was difficult to stomach, and the paring back on the gore for the upcoming third entry was unforgivable. I even gave it a go over in GamesCom back in August, and found the entire experience utterly uninspired and disappointingly linear. But I digress, Tecmo Koei has unleashed an all new trailer for Ninja Gaiden 3, showcasing the competitive multiplayer mode in action. Which, I must admit, looks interesting, and at the very least ambitious.Click here to read more...
Fancy checking out the first half hour of Ninja Gaiden 3? Well CVG have slung up a thirty minute video of just that. We've got our opinions on things, but we'd like to hear a couple of yours too. Let us know what you think of the vid.
The game drops on PS3 and 360 on March 23rd in Europe, with a Dead or Alive 5 demo bundled in for those who pick up the Collector's Edition.Hit the jump for some Ninja Gaiden 3 goodness...
Oh, Ninja Gaiden. You were once my most beloved hack and slasher, especially with charismatic and controversial studio head, Tomonobu Itagaki, at the helm. But now? I had a go on Ninja Gaiden 3 at GamesCom, and I walked away very unimpressed. It lacks all the charm and verve of its predecessors, and whoever thought a robotic crab boss was a good idea needs to be shown the exit. However, the team over at Team Ninja have big plans for the Wii U version of NG3, which they hope will push the console "as hard as it can".Click here to read more...
We're big Ninja Gaiden fans here at Dealspwn. We weren't overly fond of the schizophrenic second game, which just felt cruel and aimless rather than punishing and peculiar, so the third game in the series finally affords Tecmo the chance to do right by Ryu Hayabusa. We've had a chance to try it out since, and while we're less than convinced, we'll hold our tongues until the final game hits store shelves. Until then, Tecmo has been speaking to Strategy Informer regarding their ambition to move past tired videogame conventions in Ninja Gaiden 3 and make a truly "modern action game".Click here to read more...
Talking to GamesIndustry.biz at Eurogamer over the weekend, Tecmo Koei localisation producer Peter Garza has said that he feels there is a split between Eastern and Western games developers.Click here to read more...
Ninja Gaiden 3 is shaping up to be a bit different, as Jon found out back in August, but now there comes news that an easy difficulty setting titled 'Hero Mode' that allows for semi-automatic blocking and dodging during combat.
Anyone who's relentlessly ground out miniature victory after victory working their way through the previously fiendish games in the series might be a little surprised by this, but it's a move, according to director Fumihiko Yasuda, that's geared more towards newcomers who want to enjoy the story.Click here to read more...
Remember Devil's Third? We previewed Tomonobu Itagaki's latest game since splitting from Tecmo way back last Summer, and since then only a single trailer has been released. To his credit, Itagaki did admit the game was at the 10% mark, as his new studio Valhalla and publishers THQ worked hard to beat the project into shape. However, at the Tokyo Game Show this past week, Itagaki has been shedding more light on Devil's Third to select Japanese magazines, kindly translated by the ever-dependable Andriasang.Click here to read more...
We had high hopes for Ninja Gaiden 3, but so far we're less than impressed. Slashing up soldiers and fighting mechanized spider units feels incongruous for the traditionally fantastical series, and I've yet to see a single leg or arm lopped off with a shower of fluorescent red blood. Hopefully Jon and Matt can get some hands-on and deliver conclusive evidence on Team Ninja's third installment. In the meantime, it has been revealed Ninja Gaiden 3 will feature 8-player online multiplayer on both Xbox 360 and PS3.Click here to read more...
Nintendo finally whisked off the covers blanketing their new console today, revealing the Wii U to the assembled crowds at their E3 2011 conference. The Wii U features a tablet-like controller, which allows you to continue your big screen gaming on the go, should you have to change channel or head out. It has stylus-esque features, allowing you to draw and sketch ideas, mini game features like backgammon, a motion-sensing element similar to the original Wiimote, and a frankly insane feature where it combines with the existing Wiimote to pull of crazy moves, such as striking a golf ball perched on the Wii U controller with the Wiimote itself.Click here for more on Wii U
We expect big things of Ninja Gaiden 3 here at Dealspwn; not least to wash away the still-bitter taste of its lackluster precursor. And without Itagaki at the helm - who, by the way, we love - perhaps the series now has license to roam and expand beyond its gory borders. Or maybe not, if these just released screenshots are anything to go by, featuring fan-favorite Ryu Hayabusa causing all manner of bloody mayhem whilst sporting a particularly demonic right arm.Hit the jump for more
Sony are currently sitting on two of the worst kept secrets in gaming history: the PSP2 and the Zeus 'Playstation Phone' Z1. We've already seen plenty of specs and photographs of Sony's anticipated handheld gaming device, but a new report from Nikkei suggests that the PSP2 will feature 3G support without the ability to... you know... make phone calls. Players will be able to download games and software as well as participate in online multiplayer using this connection, as well as wireless LAN support.
The report also states that a new OLED screen and custom processor will provide cutting-edge visuals.
Psyched for the PSP2? Or will Sony find it difficult to compete in the glutted portable market? Have your say in the comments!
We recently brought you the news that a leaked L.A. Noire trailer revealed the release date for Rockstar's long-awaited title- and Rockstar have now announced that it's right on the money. However, the May 17th launch window has been confirmed as US-only, with us Brits having to wait an extra three days until May 20th.
This officially ends a long and turbulent development cycle including a press blackout that spanned over four years. The leaked trailer will officially debut later today.
When asked to sum up the Ninja Gaiden series in one word, you can bet your bottom dollar that "accessible" won't trip off the tongue. The franchise is known (and indeed, revered) for crushing difficulty and nuanced combat, but Team Ninja sensei Yosuke Hayashi has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3 will appeal to a wider variety of audiences and skill levels. Apparently it will "provide excitement, which is not only from the difficulty". When asked about the planned difficulty level by Eurogamer, Hayashi delivered the following response:
Not easy, but it will enable more people to play. More accessible. We don’t plan to have Ninja Gaiden 3 only for the really good, skilled people.
Hayashi also plans to make NG3 the "number one 3D action game of the time." With Uncharted 3 and Gears Of War 3 lurking in the wings (along with plenty of current offerings cluttering the shelves), they'll certainly have their work cut out. [Eurogamer]
To be honest, we don't really mind... so long as Ninja Gaiden 3 is much less buggy and broken than its hapless predecessor. More QA this time around, chaps!
Blendo Games have announced that their surreal zombie defence title has released today for immediate download. Zombie Atom Smasher tasks players with beating back the undead hordes using satellite-mounted thermonuclear ordnance and powerful mercenary forces.
Excited? You should be. [Blendo Games]
The EA Presser at this year's Gamescom brought us the news that the previously Microsoft-exclusive Mass Effect 2 would be hitting the PS3 early next year. This is great news for Sony fans, but the fact that the storyline is so intimately linked to the events in the original Mass Effect has made many of us pundits wonder whether it's actually a particularly good idea. After all, not knowing the characters, backstory and premise makes Mass Effect 2 nothing more than a serviceable shooter! Not to mention that an original Mass Effect save file governs several key events in the narrative.
However, Bioware Commuinity moderator Nathalie Edelmann has suggested that an interactive Dark Horse graphic novel will bridge the gap- showing players the pivotal events of the first game and letting them choose how to proceed. Not only will this bring PS3 players up to speed, but it will also allow them to make the same moral choices and invest in the characters as much as their Xbox 360 counterparts. Outstanding.
The PS3 version will also contain the Kasumi’s Stolen Memory, Overlord, and Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC packs on the disc.
Nintendo are planning a stonking launch lineup for the Nintendo 3DS next March; including the likes of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Kid Icarus and Super Street Fighter IV... but apparently this isn't enough for Ninty president Satoru Iwata. In order to maximise the list of Western launch titles, he's considering localising a number of previously-unreleased DS titles that have rarely been seen beyond Japanese borders.
The upcoming Fire Emblem remake is a serious contender for a 3DS revamp, as well as 7th Dragon, Blood of Bahamut, Soma Bringer and countless others. Seriously, a quality selection of launch titles will help the new handheld break free of its shovelware-addled reputation. [1UP]
We have a mixed relationship with the Ninja Gaiden series. The original games provided rock hard 2D platforming that put players through the wringer, whilst the original Xbox version provided an incredibly nuanced experience that was challenging without being cheap. Unfortunately Ninja Gaiden 2 turned out to be broken, boring and frequently bad. However, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that the Ninja Gaiden 3 will be a sequel in number only- providing a reboot rather than a continuation of the story.
We're developing it with the idea of restarting at the beginning, saying 'We'd like to make the action game that's most interesting for the current era,' With this meaning, it's going to be a game that's not bound by the past. - Hayashi to Famitsu Magazine
Hayashi also dropped some interesting hints about the latest gimmick... and apparently it's all in hand. Sorry.
He seems to be doing something with his right hand. Also, there's something not normal about this hand. It's covered in blood, but there's something unnatural regarding the blood.
Your guess is as good as mine, folks. Naturally we'll be keeping a close eye on Ninja Gaiden 3 over the coming months- and we'll hear more once their "internal prototype" has been thoroughly tested.