MCV looks at the latest addition to the Ninja Gaiden series.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be in stores on March 21st.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is the latest addition to the popular and challenging hack-and-slash series, Ninja Gaiden. This game promises to be just as difficult as previous entries.
The title sees players take on the role of ninja Yaiba Kamikaze, who is outcast from his clan. He challenges Ninja Gaiden’s protagonist – Ryu Hayabusa – who defeats him in combat, taking his eye and arm. Yaiba is put back together with mechanical parts and sets out to seek revenge.
Rather than taking on rival ninjas and demons as in previous games, Yaiba will be facing off against a zombie horde. They vary from regular undead foes, to flaming enemies, and other elemental zombies. These play into combat, as foes are only weak to certain weapons.
The title features a new stylised cartoon art-style, which is in contrast to the previous titles more realistic appearance.
In addition to the main game, Team Ninja have included Ninja Gaiden Z – a 3D side-scrolling game, complete with 8-bit cut scenes and UI, reminiscent of the classic Ninja Gaiden titles.
Tecmo Koei is marketing its ninja title by conducting a wide variety of takeovers on specialist press websites.
This is in addition to ads appearing on both Google and YouTube, as well as pre-roll footage and banners.
Furthermore, the publisher will be pushing Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z on special interest forums, as well as over national and regional radio. Tecmo Koei will be promoting the title on social networks and across print publications, too.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a unique game where your character actually prefers running through zombies than away from them.
This is not so strange if you take into account that it is the brainchild of Keiji Inafune (Resident Evil and Dead Rising) and Team Ninja (Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden) – and so plays on the strong points of both: zombies, ninjas and explosive action.
It is a brutally humorous, gore-splattered, visually stunning cel-shaded action game, stylistically reminiscent of gritty graphic novels. Its fast paced action make Yaiba an enjoyable new experience for gamers.
As a plus, fans of the Ninja Gaiden series will see what it’s like to play against Ryu Hayabusa for once.