Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

GAME DETAILS
Released
11 January 2013
Format
Wii
Developer
Nintendo

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Until Dawn
4 Star Empire Rating
Zombi
4 Star Empire Rating
Everybody's Gone To The Rapture
4 Star Empire Rating
Rare Replay
5 Star Empire Rating
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Rare Replay
5 Star Empire Rating
Batman: Arkham Knight
5 Star Empire Rating
Witcher III: Wild Hunt, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Bloodborne
5 Star Empire Rating
Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge


submit to reddit

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (2013)
Review
As a series, Ninja Gaiden is known for two things. One is its maddening challenge, a fiendishness that demands near-perfection of its players, even on the lowest difficulty settings. The other is developer Team Ninja’s proclivity for tweaking each entry as it hops formats. Such is the case for Razor’s Edge, an overhaul of last year’s basic Ninja Gaiden 3 that sees the franchise determined to re-establish its hardcore credentials.

Perhaps fittingly for a title that was originally derided as too easy, the leap in difficulty in this iteration is steep. Now, even the beginning level will see you dying a few times while getting to grips with elite ninja Ryu’s abilities. Survival is dependent on timing, with combat demanding frequent parries and counter-attacks to endure basic enemies’ attacks. Building up Ki energy to unleash powerful ninpo skills now takes longer, removing any over-reliance on the superpowered get-out-of-death-free technique. Playing for just a short time will bring to light just how harsh a trial the game now is.

More impressive is the horde of new content. Popular supporting character Ayane enjoys a dedicated side story, as well as the ability to replay Ryu’s missions in a ‘Chapter Challenge’ mode. Ayane’s moveset proves different but no less brutally difficult to master. Additional characters, a series of ranked online features and customisation options help make this the definitive version of the game.

However, while a perfect reminder that Nintendo’s hardware is no longer just for kids – there are grindhouse levels of gore and violence to be found here – the console’s gamepad proves less than perfect for the game. Touch controls for activating special moves or Ryu’s radar-like Ninja Sense are available but mercifully optional, and after a few gimmicky tries you’ll find yourself defaulting to the more convenient button controls. The wide and hefty pad soon feels ill-suited for the speedy, trigger-reflex battles you’ll be faced with, leading to no small amount of frustration and physical discomfort.

In short, a huge improvement in content let down by iffy controls. Gaiden fans will enjoy immensely, if only in short bursts.


Reviewed by Matt Kamen

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Evil Media: Haunted TVs, Tapes And Tunes
Ten sinister reasons to go off-grid

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)