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Ninja Gaiden 3 - Playstation 3

by Tecmo Koei
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews) 58 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • New gameplay mechanics and presentation that places the Dragon Sword in your hands, along with the consequence that come with using it
  • Through a new story and new characters players will learn more about Hayabusa's past and present life than ever before
  • Intense ninja action that will challenge players while remaining accessible for players new to the franchise
  • Franchise first multiplayer options, featuring a challenging set of modes including cooperative and competitive action
  • The "Ninja World" system which lets players control and customize an ordinary ninja to try to advance him
  • A Hero Unmasked: With a new story and new characters, players will learn more about Hayabusa's past and present life than ever before.
  • Cutting Down your Enemy: Through new gameplay mechanics and presentation, players will feel what it's like to cut through an enemy's flesh and bone, along with the consequence that comes with it.
  • High-Octane Ninja Action: Built upon the same intense action that the series is renowned for, Ninja Gaiden 3 will challenge players while still remaining accessible for players new to the franchise.
  • Online Action: A rich and challenging set of online modes are being implemented, giving players the option to play cooperatively or competitively. New challenges, characters and missions await those who choose to join the Shadows of the World online!



Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005DVAB0A
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,729 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation 3

Product Description

Team NINJA's most iconic character is set to be unmasked to the world. One of the most well-known killing machines, Ryu Hayabusa's name and legacy resonates with people the world over. And yet, there is so much that the world does not know about the mysterious man behind the ninja mask. Ninja Gaiden 3 aims to take players on a journey with their hero Hayabusa once more, but this time they'll see more from their protagonist than they ever imagined. For the first time in the beloved series, players will get a look at the world through Hayabusa's torn eyes, and find out what drives him to fight, defend and kill. At the center of the conflict this time around is a masked man whose motivations and goals are unclear. Over the course of the game, more is explained and unraveled which will keep players mesmerized. Through mysterious powers, which is seen through his arm, Hayabusa finds himself changing - and the lines between hero and villain, good and evil, are blurred forever. Featuring a new story, new gameplay and new modes, Ninja Gaiden 3 marks a new direction in this fan-favorite franchise. Team NINJA will change the way fans think about ninjas and Hayabusa in this evolutionary game, and promises a heightened feeling and experience during close combat fighting - the act of cutting through an enemy will prompt an unusual visceral sensation. The game will also feature online multiplayer, both co-op and competitive, that will add a completely new experience to the Ninja Gaiden series. The shadowy world of ninja has never been presented this way, and Ninja Gaiden will never be the same! Pick up the Dragon Sword once more, sharpen its blade and hone your skills. An adventure unlike any other awaits you.

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Ninja Gaiden 3 is an Action-Adventure game in which players take on the role of the iconic video game ninja, Ryu Hayabusa. The Ninja Gaiden game series has a long history stretching from the original 1980's arcade classic, all the way through more recent games developed for Next Generation consoles by the legendary Tecmo-Koei game development group, Team Ninja. Ninja Gaiden 3 embraces the evolution of the series by incorporating gameplay scenarios new to the franchise, such as a closer look at the backstory of Ryu Hayabusa, the blending of realistic and modern combat situations with classic ninja warrior skills, more accessible yet still challenging gameplay and franchise first multiplayer game options.

Ninja Gaiden 3 game logo

Ryu Hayabusa Unmasked

One of the most iconic characters in video game history is set to be unmasked to the world. Ryu Hayabusa's name and legacy resonates with video game players the world over, and yet, there is so much that the world does not know about the mysterious man behind the ninja mask. Ninja Gaiden 3 aims to take players on a journey with their hero Hayabusa once more, but this time they'll see more from their protagonist than they ever imagined. For the first time in the beloved series, players will get a look at the world through Hayabusa's torn eyes, and find out what drives him to fight, defend and kill.

Ryu Hayabusa delivering a precision blow in close combat in Ninja Gaiden 3
For the first time, see the world through Hayabusa's in Ninja Gaiden 3.
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At the center of the conflict this time around is a masked man whose motivations and goals are unclear. Over the course of the game, more is explained and unraveled which will keep players mesmerized. Through mysterious powers, which is seen through his arm, Hayabusa finds himself changing - and the lines between hero and villain, good and evil, are blurred forever.

Gameplay

With new gameplay and new game modes, Ninja Gaiden 3 marks a new direction in this fan-favorite franchise. The legendary Tecmo-Koei game development department of Team Ninja will change the way fans think about ninjas and Hayabusa in this evolutionary game, and promises a heightened feeling and experience during close combat fighting - the act of cutting through an enemy will prompt an unusual visceral sensation. The game will also feature online multiplayer, both co-op and competitive, that will add a completely new experience to the Ninja Gaiden series. The shadowy world of ninja has never been presented this way, and Ninja Gaiden will never be the same. Pick up the Dragon Sword once more, sharpen its blade and hone your skills. An adventure unlike any other awaits you.

Key Game Features

  • New gameplay mechanics and presentation that places the Dragon Sword in your hands, along with the consequence that come with using it
  • Through a new story and new characters players will learn more about Hayabusa's past and present life than ever before
  • Intense ninja action that will challenge players while remaining accessible for players new to the franchise
  • Franchise first multiplayer options, featuring a challenging set of modes including cooperative and competitive action
  • The "Ninja World" system which lets players control and customize an ordinary ninja to try to advance him to the top where Ryu Hayabusa himself reigns

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Ryu taking out mechanized enemies from a distance with a bow in Ninja Gaiden 3
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Story characters from in Ninja Gaiden 3
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Ryu using the power of a katana sword to throw enemies off balance in Ninja Gaiden 3
Multiplayer features and modes.
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Character customization in Ninja Gaiden 3
'Ninja World' customization.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Gaiden 3: We're Sorry April 26, 2013
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (hereafter Razor's Edge), the once exclusive Wii U title, arrives on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 shortly after its release on Nintendo's console, and perhaps, much to the chagrin of Ninja Gaiden 3 owners. It's one thing to have to read about the debacle that was Ninja Gaiden 3, but for gamers who purchased the title at launch, the mere existence of Razor's Edge may have soured any attempt for Team Ninja to redeem themselves.

The plot still centers around a terrorist organization, led by a masked man with a taste for the theatrical, who demands the absolute surrender of all the nations within seven days; if the world doesn't comply, the world will die. And if that wasn't daunting enough for Ryu Hayabusa, the protagonist throughout all the Ninja Gaiden titles, a curse is brought upon him, infecting his arm, and soon his entire being, with the deaths his Dragon Sword has delivered.

However, what could have been a straightforward, effective narrative becomes convoluted, with contrived plot twists, and a perfunctory attempt to humanize Ryu. There isn't anything wrong with evolving a character, but I'm not sure if anyone was asking for the stoic ninja to contemplate what life would be like being a father.

If you're wondering if the derided "choice" sequences have carried over from Ninja Gaiden 3, or any of the life-begging soldiers which Ryu would cut down apathetically, the answer is, thankfully, no.

The campaign does have its moments, mainly with the cutscene direction, and because of Ryu, who's simply a magnetic character. His cool demeanor and ninja excellence are on full display, and occasionally, he exhibits some dry humor as well.
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible, but not worth $60 March 20, 2012
By Drewz
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Had this pre-ordered and popped it in first thing when I got home.

After experiencing what Ninja Gaiden has built itself into since it was first released on the original XBOX, it pains me to say that this Ninja Gaiden is very disappointing. Each installment (including the Sigmas) just got more and more incredible, adding new weapons, missions, playable characters, etc. This game takes all that away. While there are trials (similar to missions), and while there is supposed to be some extra weapons added via DLC at a later date, this game just feels like it has more than abandoned the momentum of the series.

I won't spoil the story, but let me just say I found it to be just as much (if not more) of a throwaway tale as NG2. Combat is much easier on Normal Mode than ever before (you can pretty much just mash square to dispatch most enemies), but a Hard mode is available right from the start for NG fans looking to maximize their challenge on the first play through. There aren't any collectables or upgrades in this game and levels are very linear. Not to mention you can no longer heal, but have the ever-so-popular regenerating health now...

Gameplay is what suffers most from this new take on Ninja Gaiden. You will basically find yourself moving from area to area in a very linear fashion, often being forced to stop and slaughter the same 2-3 dozen enemies you just did only moments before. There are no side paths or any collectables of any kind. Each level typically has 2-3 new enemies in it, but most of the time you'll might find yourself slaughtering repeats as well. Even with new enemies being introduced, it really does feel like you are fighting way too many of the same battles over and over.
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42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster March 23, 2012
By frank
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Most fans of this franchise will already know why my review and subsequent reviews are rating this game poorly. In an attempt to make Ninja Gaiden his own, Hayashi-san has stripped everything out of last generations Ninja Gaiden games, leaving nothing but a hollow, empty shell. Multiple weapons are out the window (yes I know future DLC, regardless that is trash design), terrible level design, shallow gameplay, horrendous story, and otherworldy creatures rarely make an appearance. In fact I would have been fine if they took all this out and filled the void left over with something worthwhile. The fact is that they stripped all these features and have nothing else to show for this game. Even the original score sounds scaled back. I fear for the future of this franchise. Avoid this game until it drops to $20.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Money sucking Tecmo July 27, 2012
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Love NG sigma 1 & 2 and think they are the best action games ever. This game is a big let down. Where are my weapons from NG Sigma 2????? It has all the cool weapons and we can pick the ones we prefer. This game only provides a sword!! This is a huge step back of fun and replay value. Then probably Tecmo heard people complaining and gave us 2 more weapons from free download contents, the claws and the scythe only. However, we can only use them in story mode, not multi-player or ninja trials online. The only way we can use them is to pay Tecmo for the additional download contents. What a joke? Why do we need to pay for stuffs that they should be included? And for sure that those weapons are recycled from NG 1&2 anyway. It's not like Tecmo needed to hire a whole new design team for that.

I know I am more like reviewing Tecmo here, but a great or bad game is depended on what company stands behind the game. And the thing that made me frustrated the most is Tecmo killed a great series and let me and most of its fans down. Thank you for your time and sorry to hear me vent here.
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