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Ninja Gaiden 3 - Xbox 360

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  • This game is region LOCKED. 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!
  • 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
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Platform: Xbox 360

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.

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Ryu Hayabusa Returns

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 around 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 blocking an enemy's kick 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 using his compound bow in a fight against an attack helicopter in Ninja Gaiden 3
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Ryu being presented a katana sword in Ninja Gaiden 3
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Ryu using Ki Power channeled through his arm in Ninja Gaiden
Multiplayer features and modes.
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Character customization in Ninja Gaiden 3
'Ninja World' customization.
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Product Information

Platform:Xbox 360
ASIN B005DVAB1Y
Release date March 20, 2012
Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #7,131 in videogames
#545 in Video Games > Xbox 360 > Games
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Product Dimensions 6 x 6 x 0.8 inches
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Platform for Display: Xbox 360
I am a long time fan of this series. I got Ninja Gaiden back in 2004, then when the Hurricane Pack add-ons came out I participated in the Worldwide tournment and placed in the Top 40 and won a very rare Ninja Gaiden T-shirt (that I wear rarely but proudly to this day). I purchased Ninja Gaiden: Black in the waning days of the xbox. I got Ninja Gaiden:Sigma when it came out for PS3 (no controller rumble still bothers me to this very day). I purchased Ninja Gaiden 2 and the resulting Sigma 2. With all those games there was a constant....it was a foundation built by T. Itagaki and his veteran team at Team Ninja. Problem is that he left Tecmo after the completion of NG 2 and successfully sued the Tecmo president at the time. He later formed Vahalla Studios and recruited many of the best to leave Team Ninja to work on Devil's Third. The result of all this shows in this latest Ninja Gaiden game.

Ninja Gaiden 3 has a new lead director in Hayashi and let me just say that in his attempt to more casualize this series, he has stripped everything that made Ninja Gaiden great. All the RPG elements are gone like multiple weapon types with available upgrades. All the different ninpo attacks, which were upgradeable as well. The orb currency system that allowed for weapon upgrades is gone and so is the strategic gameplay that combined the switching between the different weapons and the collection of rare red orbs that refilled your ninpo attacks is missing. Also health orb collection has been switched to an auto health regen system. The move set is substantially small because of the lack of weapons like the Lunar staff, Wooden sword, Vigorian Flairs, Nunchukas, Scythe, Claws, etc, etc. The minimal exploration of chests in previous games is also absent.
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So a brief history. Years ago I bought the first NG for xBox, played it a couple of times, and put it away because I couldn't get past the first level, it was so challenging. Then about a year later I went back and tried it..and beat it, and was hooked ever since. NG2, and the Sigma PS3 games...I completed them all. So when NG3 was announced, I looked forward to it with as much anticipation as Mass Effect 3 (which is a story for another day!).

CUT SCENES/MOVIES

Now I realize what the new development team was trying to do, they wanted to make Ryu a little more human, accessible...but in doing so they completely destroyed his mystique. The endless banter from the NPOs got annoying as well. It's almost like they were trying to make a Devil May Cry game, not a NG game. If they had made Ryu spout wise-cracks like Dante, I really would have been upset!! Not to mention some of the most ridiculous one-liners I can think of: "Oh yeah, I forgot you're a Ninja..."

GAMEPLAY:
Here is the secret to this game: Hold the Lfft trigger, and mash the Attack button..end of story. The beatuy of the counter attack, FLying sparrow, Inuza drop (sp) and other combos are essentially rendered useless as you DON'T EVER NEED THEM.
The great thing about 1 and 2 was that you never knew what was around the corner..was it a boss? mini-boss? a horde of demons? A battalion of RPG soldiers? As such you had to be on your guard. In NG3, the game simply funnels enemies to you..slash them...oh here are some more of the same..slash them..and more...and having to deal with their ridiculous vocalizations.....and why were the developers so obsessed with helicopters in this game??
NO decapitation or dismemberment...
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First off, I'm a huge Ninja Gaiden fan since Itagaki and Team Ninja resurrected the series for modern gaming. I have not only Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2 but Ninja Gaiden Black along with Sigma 1 and Sigma 2. I'm also someone who is a huge enthusiast for this gaming subgenrea. I have Devil May Cry 1-4, Bayonetta, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, God of War 1-3, Ninja Blade, Dante's Inferno and a host of others. I've experience some of the best all the way to the mediocre. I'm not a guru by any means but still an enthusiast. The thing is Itagaki and the REAL Team Ninja aren't there anymore. He and all the leads left because of that fiasco at Tecmo. Love Itagaki or hate him, he really knows how to make these games awesome. But I'm not here to discuss my opinion on difference on the development teams.

I must say that I'm very disappointed with this entry in the series. I've always regarded the original Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2 as the gold standard for this type of game. I'm just quickly getting out the minor details out of the way. While technically, I'm not super impressed, it's not the reason why I'm really disgusted with this entry. The graphics and sounds are fine. Not amazing, but not really too bad to the point that it's hard to look at. Another part of the presentation is the story which doesn't really impress me either, but old or new Team Ninja, story was never their strong point. It was there to give the game structure but not be a majory selling point.

My primary gripe honestly resolved around the changes in the gameplay, which is what made the first 2 entries in the series great. People always complained about the camera, but it was a minor problem at the most. What gets me though is the horrible level design.
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