Since landing in 2004, the revamped Ninja Gaiden franchise has gone on to carve itself a loyal fanbase of players hankering for some slick slashing action.
Having sliced and diced his way across every platform going, Razor’s Edge sees series regular Ryu make his debut on the Wii U.
Taking place after the events of Sigma 2, Ryu finds himself afflicted with the Grip of Murder curse, making him feel the pain and suffering of everyone he has previoulsy slain. On the upside, the curse does allow him to teleport and temporarily become invincible. So, every cloud.
Ayane is now available as a playable character having previously been relegated just to a humble cutscene appearance. Alongside her own range of missions, she also has a set of personalised skills, weapons and Ninpo attacks.
Fans of the franchise can get to grips with double the amount of weapons that were available in Ninja Gaiden 3.
Players can now take on enemies with swords, claws, scythes, dual katana, a staff and a Kusari-Gama.For those whose Japanese weaponry lingo is a little rusty, Kusari-Gama translates to ‘chain-sickle’ and is, in a nutshell, a sickle with a chain attached. It’s a weapon addition that’s sure to open up a wealth of gory possibilities.
Lovers of limb removal will greet the game’s return to dismemberment with open stumps as players can fight on in spite of the odd severed arm or leg.
Using the Wii U GamePad, players can switch between weapons, Ninpo attacks and use the device to reference button arrangements that show how to pull off attack combinations.
Players that find crystal skulls will be sent to a mysterious hideaways called Hidden Test of Valor battle arenas. Here they will face enemies galore and classic Gaiden bosses.
The hacking continues post-launch, as additional playable characters will become available as free downloadable content