Ninja Gaiden 3 – see the first 30 minutes

Ninja Gaiden 3 is one of the first big titles of 2012, and the March release is something Team Ninja fans have been waiting for since 2008. Though it may look familiar, the newly rebuilt developer has a few tricks in this sequel, not the least of which is an increased emphasis on story and a new, bloodier approach to doing special attacks. With a more global view on the world than ever before in the franchise, the third game follows Ryu Hayabusa as he battles a strange cult all over Earth.

Our friends at Official Xbox Magazine (OXM) got their hands on a pretty complete looking version of the first stage to the game and gave it a playthrough. Watch as the OXM crew plays the opening level based in London as Ryu stabs away at this seeming army of enemies. You should read their whole write-up here. And if you’re curious what the second stage looks like, we actually played it with a developer as well as giving the multiplayer a spin. Check out level two below:


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  • call_me_curtis - January 5, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Wow that is probably going to be the most dissapointing thing I see all year. QTE's in a Gaiden title? Blasphemy!
  • call_me_curtis - January 5, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    And where the HELL is the dismemberment?!
  • liamario - January 5, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Dismemberment was only in one game and that game was full of bugs and at times, the engine performance was disgraceful. Looking at all the cutting, the lack of dismemberment definitely doesn't look right. My main concern though is the ridiculous slowdown. Even in this video it is quite apparent. And no, this slowdown is not part of the game, it's part of bad programming and a dated engine.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - January 6, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    While these games have always had decent gameplay, their aesthetic and world have been so fucking boring and uninspired that I've never been able to drum up any real interest in them after the first game. The concept of "ninja" in these games reminds me of the 90's post-Ninja-Turtles fad where it basically means "martial artist" and everyone dresses in bright colors.
  • StonedMagician99 - January 6, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    This angers me to a point you would not believe. I am a huge fan of this series, and I was hyped for this immensely. Ninja Gaiden II felt brutal in all the right ways. When you slash someone about 10 times with a katana, a limb WILL come off sooner or later. But not here. And QTEs? I don't mind the finishing moves part, but QTEs are just stupid, especially when it's just dodging a car. To me, this is a dumbed-down Ninja Gaiden, one that's barely NG anymore. Itagaki, the series isn't the same without you.
  • pr0tostar - January 6, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    "I'm fine!" Of course he is! He's in London.. he can go to the pub and have a few pints, numb that cursed arm out.

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