Yes, Ninja Gaiden 3 Sucks, But You Have No Right to Complain, Here’s Why.

With Ninja Gaiden three coming out in Europe, I thought it was time to take a moment and talk about the games failings and also the primary reason why gamers don’t have a right to complain about these shortcomings. Read on to find out more.

Ninja Gaiden 3 is the first 3d iteration of the Ninja Gaiden series to not be under the direction of Itagaki Tomonubu. Taking over his duties . Taking over his duties is Yosuke Hayashi, who has previously worked on the Sigma version of the series on the PS3.

In the latest chapter, Ryu Hayabusa’s sword is cursed, forcing him to face the consequences of all the lives he has taken. Suffice it to say, I won’t go into the details of the story too much mostly because it has that convoluted, yet makes some sort of sense edge to it that only the Japanese have been able to master. Let’s just sum it up by saying the series takes a bold new direction and with it also comes a new combo system, revamped Ninpo graphical effects, quick time events, boss battles with helicopters and dinosaurs, loss of the limb dismemberment system, lighter difficulty levels, floaty controls and conventional enemy AI.

So according to several reviewers on the net and in print (except for Famitsu who gave it an 8 somehow?), Ninja Gaiden 3 is an unplayable mess that takes a tremendous risk to reinvigorate the franchise and ends up falling on its face. While I’m not going to speak to the quality of the game itself or the fact that I’ve been arguing it would be that way for months now to deaf ears and to no avail, instead I will simply say this,

You Already Knew It Was Going to Suck!

The Ninja Gaiden 3 opening level demo has been making rounds around several gaming show floors since 2010. The demo was released on both PSN and XBL over a month ago. Every single news outlet was claiming that the game looked good, played well, implemented some new features but was not dumbed down for the casual gaming market. 

Except it was!

Fans of the original Ninja Gaiden games may complain about these features but the problem is they should have been complaining about them two years ago rather than singing their praises for the demo and saying the final product would be different.       

Every single person who really wanted to buy Ninja Gaiden 3 has played the demo at least once and tried out the game before buying it. The demo is a perfect representation of the final product, it shows a watered down version of the original two games, displaying all the new features Tecmo has implemented and the full game provides an 8 hour experience exactly like it. If the fans wanted something different, it was their responsibility to pass on their criticisms to the developer so they could make those changes. Even gaming giants such as Halo and Portal have based their basic formula around fan reaction rather than developer preference. They know if you don’t like it, you won’t buy it.

If you’ve played the demo, hated it and bought the full game, you have only yourself to blame. Similarly, if you liked the demo and wanted more, you still shouldn’t complain. On the other side, if you hated the demo and haven’t bought the game, you still have no right to complain because this game wasn’t made for you. I’m not sure who it was made for but you didn’t put down your hard earned cash for it, so don’t bitch about it. Finally, if you didn’t even play the demo and bought the game and are bitching about it, that’s like buying a car without test driving it and if you’re that dumb, you need to have your head examined, no matter how big a fan of the previous iterations you were.

That’s all folks.

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  1. mr x
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:52 am


  2. B1ue
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    No, Ninja Gaiden 3 does not suck

  3. ideal
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 2:10 am

    first time i stumbled upon this site, and i can safely say it\’s shit: it reminds me of a site where wannabe video game reviewers go to write their \”reviews\” and editorials. this article makes way too many assumptions to make it valid, such as the assumption that all ninja gaiden fans had the opportunity to attend a show floor at some of convention. also, shit blanket statements such as \”every single person… has played the demo at least once\” invalidates any sort of argument this idiot makes. even if they had critiques for the game, it takes more than a couple months to fix them, especially if they are pertaining to the actual in-game mechanics. apparently this author thinks it\’s as simple as a copy-paste job.
    furthermore, this article doesn\’t even address the fans who played the demo, hated it, and didn\’t buy the game. how are they supposed to feel? what if they actually did list their complaints to the developers, but their critiques just fell on deaf ears? are they still to blame?
    basically, this article only proves that the attitudes and rationale of \”gamers\” are on the decline, and i, for one, am embarrassed to be associated with such dumbasses.

  4. Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:52 am


    First off, I really don’t think it’s appropriate for you to be disrespecting writers who work hard everyday to offer you their opinions the way you have. Secondly, you may disagree with my opinion which is fine however you should really try to grasp that this game wasn’t made for you. Team Ninja has always said that this game was meant to reach a larger audience (translation the casual market) so it wasn’t made strictly for fans of Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2. So in such a case saying that the demo which doesn’t appeal to the hardcore audience of the previous games should be a deterrent to them buying it is not a valid opinion, well what do you think would be? Also you should know that you really don’t know what you’re talking about as this is the same team that was responsible for creating Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 and 2, therefore they can easily port over the combat system from those two games into the third. I have seen developers create and refine fighting systems in two weeks, you’re actually telling me that a seasoned team at Tecmo can’t do it in two months. You’re telling me that they couldn’t just refine what they’ve already done two times before (three if you count the vita). The only dumbass here is you and your opinions which do not have a factual basis. My article may be minimalistic but it does not make assumptions. All it says is calm yourself the fuck down because shitty games are coming out left and right nowadays and its your responsibility to make sure that you’re smarter than the marketers feeding their shit to you. Obviously you’re not and you’re one of the people who prefer to bitch about it after the fact so maybe you’re right to not want to be associated with a new generation of dumb asses. Trouble is, you already are one. Next time you insult a writer for creating an original piece of work make it constructive rather than spewing your bullshit.

  5. Brent
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This game does blow.I didnt know there was a demo or I’d have played it.Btw,the controls on this game,vs ng 2,cant be the exact same.Cuz theyre less accurate and freeze up sortof.Im taking it back.Ive given it all the time I can waiting on it to get better.

  6. Clyde Cash
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks for this condescending review. Is it also true that casuals enjoy broken controls and horrible framerate? If they do, I guess I should have known better.

    Was the demo supposed to let me know that in master ninja mode, most of the levels have a horrible framerate issue, causing it to be near unplayable sometimes?

    Was the demo supposed to inform me that the control input is sketchy at best and sometimes “freezes up”, allowing you to get hit even though your jamming on the dodge and directional button?

    Was the demo supposed to enlighten me to the fact that every single enemy has an unblockable throw and that combined with the above control input problem, makes the game extremely frustrating and random feeling? Or that later on the game relies heavily on a monkey/snake type enemy whose main attacks are nothing but spammed throws?

    How about that cool mask boss that has 100% uninterruptable attacks and throws, attacks which you can’t dodge in time due to the above input issue, leaving you to get hit every single time you attack him. Was I supposed to know I have to fight this exact same mask boss, unchanged at all, FOUR times throughout the game?

    I could go on and on about all the flaws of this shit game, but the point is that knowing that this game was for casuals or playing the demo would not have informed me of any of the above, and for you to sit there and say it’s our fault for buying it and then getting angry when what we bought is nothing more than a polished turd is bullshit. They whored out the fine Ninja Gaiden name to sell this godawful thing and as consequence sullied it forever as far as I’m concerned.

  7. Posted March 27, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I don’t know if you realize but everything you just said was indicated in the demo. You can argue the cool mask boss, I’ll give you that, but the unstable framerate, the dodgy controls, the rubbish quick time events, everything was in the demo. Even the part about indestructible enemies or enemies that essentially have no tactic feedback to your attacks, in the demo. You can see the ideas circulating around their heads when you play this, everything else is an evolution of it. If the demo was your foundation for a game, could you not see yourself making a game similar to Ninja Gaiden 3, I would. I’m not saying it would be good but this is the end result of the direction they choose.

    When I first played it I knew it was crap, it hit me like a brick just like I knew when I played the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo that they had made the controls a little floatier for ease of input. My point is gamers are punishing Tecmo for trying something different with a series that to be honest reached it’s peak with Ninja Gaiden 2. They failed miserably which is their own fault but sales of the game have already reflected this. Bashing them more is not helping matters. There’s so much hate mongering on this game and part of the blame is on gamers as well as Tecmo. Gamers should have revolted when they played the demo, they should have made it known that these problems won’t stand, that you won’t buy the game because of them. They are so stuck on Itagaki that they don’t realise that this is Tecmo’s attempt to find its own identity outside of Itagaki. It’s wrong yes but tell them why it’s wrong. Don’t hate on them for trying and miserably failing. Additionally, change of release schedules and major changes to a game have been made for a lot less. There was a lot that could have been done to improve this game over the two years the demo was on the trade floor. No one criticized it, said anything bad about it, made comments on how un Ninja Gaiden like it was. They just said that it was good. That part really pisses me off because all of this could have been avoided so easily.

  8. J
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I am enjoying this game an I’m on my 4th playthrough. No, I never played the previous NGs since it frustrates me. This one has story and some character build. For the fans let them play the highest difficulty, the Hero mode is for introducing new players like me so don’t even touch it. As for other things missing there are the free DLCs being released that could probably bring back those decapitations, etc. The reason the sales of this game could get hurt is the same reason why people like me hesitated to get it initially, because of the extremely low scoring and discouraging reviews. But now that I’m playing it I find that if a review is too bad to be true, it is, too bad to be true. I like this game I am hoping for a sequel. I wish I could afford to play the previous NG games but from what I heard there are no Hero modes there.

  9. Jakzutin
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I loved Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2. I did NOT try the demo because I do NOT have any way possible to get my Xbox to Live at the moment. I need to get my head examined? Yes we can complain about this new ¨Ninja Gaiden Modern Derpy 3¨ and that is because it is not our job to design these games, or do we get paid for it? Some of those Ninja Gaiden fans just trust that those guys would make a great game like Ninja Gaiden 1&2. Sure it would be easy if Bob the Plumber would get his job done by his client. Buying a game before you try the demo is like buying a car without testing it first? What?! When you are going to buy a candy bar that costs about 70cent, will you consider it as much as if you would be buying a car? Now you are thinking ¨That is not the same thing!¨, we can change examples candy bar to Ninja Gaiden 3 and change the price to 45-60$/€, still seems pretty dumb, huh? I need to get my head examined? Maybe it is you who need to get your head examined. I mean, you are protecting this abomination that is called Ninja Gaiden 3.


  10. Leibniz
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    What demo mahmood? Youre blaming people for not being lifeless game nerds looking for demos. Is that in some geek SOP your highness? Its still a dissapointing game for the series. What the hell do you mean people shouldnt complain about that? You trying to silence people?

  11. Leibniz
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    What demo mahmood? Youre blaming people for not being lifeless game nerds looking for demos. Is that in some geek SOP your highness? Its still a dissapointing game for the series. What the hell do you mean people shouldnt complain about that? You trying to silence people?

  12. Leibniz
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    What demo mahmood? Youre blaming people for not being lifeless game nerds looking for demos. Is that in some geek SOP your highness? Its still a dissapointing game for the series. What the hell do you mean people shouldnt complain about that? You trying to silence people?

  13. Befizzled
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Hello mahmoods26,
    I recommend you to go back to school and take some writing classes. Awful awful review and awful writing.

  14. Fluroooo
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What a shit review, you think we all went to the conventions to play the demo? I wouldn’t travel to another country just for that.

    Ignorant review, Shit writer, Shit game

  15. NobodyNeedsYou
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Man, you are such a idiot! Ninja Gaiden 3 maybe sucks, but do you think that making a game is so easy? They have to listen to you, make all the changes (also abandon). So all I can say is that you are a SHIT~~

  16. mahmoods27
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The comments on this page are the only thing worth reading. The writers argument are those of a child. Taking the “you don’t agree with me, so fuck you” in the comment section of his own article and then insulting the people who came to read this garbage? That speaks volumes about him, volumes he could not write, because he is not a writer.

    If you write anything on the internet you are a worthless piece of trash, getting paid for your opinions makes you nothing


  17. Doc Magnus
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I appreciate the amount of effort that went into writing this review. I can tell that the writer is passionate about gaming in general and this franchise in particular. However, I will point out that the premise for the article’s creation is flawed. This flaw lies in unproven assumptions, the specifics of which are covered in other comments.

    I came here through a random search of reviews for the game in question. While I think that there are a few valid points in the article, there is also a lot of room for improvement. (Hint: don’t insult your audience -you’ll lose them. No one is going to come back to a review site just to be insulted.)

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