Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z – game review
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z could have been a fun game for all the wrong moral reasons but sadly the game falls short even with its initial impressive looks. The formula they went for looked good n paper: Ninja Gaiden series, comic book looks, a cybernetic ninja vs zombies and stylish action and B-movie humor. It all looked cool but the whole thing doesn’t execute as well as expected. Read on to find out more on what is enjoyable and where the game de-tracks.
Ninja Gaiden series has normally feature Ryu Hayabusa as main hero but this side story features the evil “Yaiba” as hero, who losses a few limbs in his fight with Ryu and ends up getting turned into Cyborg by some mysterious scientist and his sexy assistant. And then they just throw you in Russia amongst a zombie apocalypse to deal with it. Yaiba is not impressed by the idea and woes to kill the scientist as well as use the new life he has been granted to get his revenge on Ryu as well, but after he ploughs through fields of zombie herd to save himself first.
The gameplay is typical hack and slash. You have plenty of variety of attacks from your fast swinging katana, cybernetic arm to area damaging whip which makes up your useful crowd control tools. The game caries a variety of combos for you to try and find out to enjoy new ways of ripping zombies apart and most of time they are pretty satisfying. The game does throw in a few platforming moments but they are not an integral part of experience and thus not really that enjoyable.
The problem with gameplay start with its level of difficulty. Ninja Gaiden series has been famous for high level of difficulty and its no different for Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z. Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls like game make you enjoy this punishment but sadly with Yaiba the feeling is not enjoyable as its not your mistake of missing a dodge or wrongly timed move that got you killed but instead its just the unbelievable amount of enemies that you get to face at a time, plus with the traffic on-screen and comic style visuals and blood splatters it will be pretty hard to even see what you are doing forcing you to do just some random button mashing to get out of the predicaments.
The game does have a side does of platforming but its pretty restricted to specific areas where you have to jump or swing across or throw human grenades on barricades to open areas. In rest of the game you don’t even have jump button which feels down right awkward.
Visually the game is stunning to adopt comic style aesthetics and rocks the cell shading with its B-grade tongue in cheek action. It does make things a bit harder to see and differentiate but it looks pretty attractive. The voice acting of Miss Monday and Yaiba are passable and get the work done as required for a B-rated movie but will not be too much memorable even though Yaiba’s middle finger attitude is what people will appreciate a lot.
The game does have some side modes to play to make the game look like an older 2.5D scroller but since the actual game is weak in many regards so it will be doubtful that someone will grab the game just for that. These kind of additions just make the life of original game longer but in this case many people will never even complete the game in frustration. Although its too late to make many design changes, but developers should consider fixing the difficulty of the game to be more sane through patches to make it worthwhile for those who already invested in the game due to Ninja Gaiden name. But sadly there have been no such news from developer side.
Overall if you really like punishing games and just want to test your abilities of mundane button mashing then its still a nice playthrough due to stylish action and humor of the game but gameplay wise the game leaves many things to be desired.