If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is Team Ninja’s attempt at righting a wrong. This enhanced version came out late last year for the Wii U, but now it’s on the PS3 and Xbox 360. I skipped the original so a head-to-head comparison isn’t possible, but I can still tell you if this is worth your money.
Title: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Genre: Hack & Slash
Developer: Team Ninja
Platforms: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360
Release Date: April 2, 2013
- Mindless Action – The combat isn’t extremely complex, but it’s mindlessly fun, bloody, and fast. There’s a decent amount of weapons, upgrades, and moves. It’s easy enough for button mashers (Hero difficulty is your friend), and challenging enough for veteran players.
- Challenges – You can try to beat your high score for one of the 10 chapters and there are crystal skulls that unlock ‘Test of Valor’ challenges. You can also jump online and take part in co-op missions.
- Buttery Smooth – I didn’t encounter any framerate hiccups — the action never skips a beat.
- Four Times the Fun – Hayabusa is cool, but you may want to play as someone with two X chromosomes. Well, you’re in luck. You can also play as Kasumi, Ayane, and Momiji. All of them basically feel the same, but the extra characters are still a welcomed addition.
- Voice Acting – Troy Baker is the new Nolan North! He’s in everything. He’s the voice of Ryu. I said he made me want to play Persona 4 Golden in my Bioshock Infinite review, but now he makes me want to play Bioshock Infinite, again.
- Fuck You! – Prepare to hear that a million times. The enemies repeat the same tired lines ad nauseam.
- Sensory Overload – The action can get out of hand. Some of the enemy encounters could use some tweaking. There’s nothing more frustrating than fighting waves of enemies while getting blasted by off-screen ones with rocket launchers.
- Beyond Pretentious – The game’s antagonist is beyond pretentious. He does a lot of talking, but says absolutely nothing. It’s “blah, blah, blah” this and “blah, blah, blah” that. “The world was created in 7 days” – shut up already. He’s insufferable — do yourself a favor and skip his cutscenes.
- Uninspiring Level Design – You’re essentially just going from one arena to another. There’s some platforming thrown in, but it feels terribly out-of-place. The levels are uninspiring and the average graphics make things worse.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a solid hack and slash game, but it can’t keep up with DmC and Metal Gear Rising Revengeance (2013′s best and brightest). The combat, level design, and production values aren’t as refined. Still, it’s worth a look if you just want to slice through waves of enemies while wearing a ninja costume.
Good – This game probably won’t win any awards, but it’ll keep you entertained, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters – it’s worth a look.