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Looks good, plays alright, a good Hack & Slash game if your looking for one on the Wii U,
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This review is from: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge - Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)
I've never played a Ninja Gaiden game before so this was actually my first. Before hand what I knew was that the series had a reputation for teeth grinding difficulty. Not being one for hack n slash games I still ended up ordering it given the lack of games on the Wii U at the moment. After I got it I later learned that is actually a more recent edition of an older Ninja Gaiden 3, which was apparently an abysmal game. I was a little put off by that but was able to relax a bit with the knowledge that this version is apparently a lot better. Though I can't compare and contrast since I haven't tried the original third game.
So right off that bat you are introduced to Hayabusa, a veteran ninja who seems most at peace when he is slicing apart hordes of faceless enemies. Working with the JSDF or basically Japanese military, he goes on the hunt against a terrorist organization that threatens global stability. The story really isn't the strong point as it's plot and characters come across as very over the top bordering on outright cheese. Something that the Wii U version offered that the originals didn't though were side missions where you could play as another character who some may recognize from DOA.
Sadly the tablet is given inventory duty again but I don't think there was much else they could have done with the tablet anyways. At times it pretty convenient to simply swipe to a different weapon set but it seems thats all the Wii U tablet is given. Otherwise the controls are you standard hack n slash, you've got your faster light attacks and slower heavier attacks. You earn points for the amount kills and combos that you pull off and can use these to upgrade Hayabusa for things such as better health, more combos, etc etc. Graphically the game looks great. There is a real depth to it with a nice smooth frame rate that doesn't seem to drop even when things get very hectic. It complements the game play very well since a man cutting apart a battle tank should naturally just look spectacular. It also very violent with enormous amounts of gore to the point where Hayabusa himself will be drenched red.
The game play itself is fun in a God of War way meaning that it's absolutely ridiculous. In the first part you probably cut down about 30 or so terrorists in one sitting. Since it's a Japanese game it also naturally has Hayabusa carving apart battle suits and dinosaurs with his trusty katana. Aside from those, your mostly cutting through hordes of balaclava wearing terrorists who are thick enough to think they can take on Hayabusa with a bayonet despite just seeing him tear apart an Apache gunship as though it was made of tin foil. All grandiose aside, this game is HARD. I usually like to tackle games on their hardest available difficulty first but I had to rage-quit on more than one bit in this one. It got to the point where I ended up bringing the difficulty down just I can manage and even then there were parts (especially boss fights) that were impossible.
-Good hack n slash game play, controls nice with a good distance for dodging (which you may mostly be doing)
-Very over the top and violent, like a lot of other hack n slash games the novelty is part of the charm
-Looks great with wide backgrounds and plenty going on in the foreground where the action is at
-The story is not going to win any awards anytime soon but it doesn't put me off in any way