After the success of Ninja Gaiden and Black, Ninja Gaiden 2 seemed to take a new direction for the franchise. More Weapons, spectacular urban locals and much greater opponent numbers. While this worked, it lost a great deal of the action adventure of the original. On that note, Ninja Gaiden 3 was a horrible disappointment!
Ninja Gaiden 3 was short, about 6 hours of gameplay on normal difficulty, verses the usual 30 or 40. The story was week, although the cinematics and acting were ok. Game play was boring, just fights with an overwhelming number of opponents, which were all too easily dispatched. Very little action reaction and much more combo play, made the fights easy, predictable and boring. Around every corner are another 50 to 100 enemies waiting for you, which take longer than is fun to cut down, but still offer little to no challenge.
The Multiplayer is fun and much awaited, but does not excuse the lack in the single player department.
All in all......a real disappointment. What happened Team Ninja?