Initially had some high hopes for this game. That was my mistake though. Anyway, this is a kind of spin off from Ninja Gaiden, despite retaining the title. I am unsure how this really fits into the series, given it`s rather quirky and profane theme. So you play Yaiba, a recently resurrected Ninja who has been fitted out with some rather handy Cyborg improvements. Ryu Hayabusa killed you and now you want revenge.
If only things were simple but alas no. A Zombie outbreak has taken control of Russia and Yaiba is sent in to kill Hayabusa who is also having a sojourn in the Mother Country. The story line is rather terrible so do not expect anything other than A to B storyboarding and constant use of profanity, as a means to get it straight that the game does not take itself seriously.
The combat is at odds with itself but satisfies the need for Zombie slaying. You will attack with your blade, quick attacks, your fists, heavy guard breakers, and your flail which serves as a crowd control weapon. Not so unlike Belmont's combat cross from Lords of shadow. You can daze foes and pull off some decent finishers, teleport around and even counter attacks. Yeah so it does play like a Gaiden game but then......things start to go pear shaped.
You come to realise that the counter move has a mind of it's own, meaning it is random. Believe me I know my counters for the Gaiden series and this one is terrible. Even worse, the enemies give you notice that they are about to attack and hitting the block button just before their blow lands never seems to work.
The game eventually starts showering the player with sub boss types. These appear all over ensuring you are constantly under seige, taking damage and when you really need to pull off just one decent counter strike.....yep it fails and you may spend quite some time at the load screen. The flow of play is hassled by poor enemy placement and the fact that skill is overwhelmed by enemy numbers. I feel that in some ways button mashing is the key to victory and that should not be the way for a Gaiden game.
One element of the game that does show some promise is the chemical reaction system. You can grab Zombies and disarm the sub boss types to gain additional weapons that you can use so many times before they break. If you hit a flaming Zombie with electricity it starts off a fire storm. These are AOE attacks that can help clear a room. Now these attacks are good but...the camera will often pan out while the screen is literally alight with explosions and chaos. This means that you will lose sight of Yaiba and it becomes a game of where is Wally. I am not kidding, I do not recall any video game that literally loses the player chracter. Poor design there and frustrating....and just try countering in the middle and.....if you suffer from anger issues this game may just send you on a shotgun killing spree.
Frustrating in many places but satisfying in a few.
Im not normally one to write reviews but after seeing this game only got 3 stars out of 5 from most people i thought i would enlighten my fellow gamers. This game is awesome. The artwork is stunning and i often think it looks almost as good as some of my xbox one acrade games!.The only worry is that its pretty hard (not as hard as dark souls but getting there...)so don't get it if you cant stand restarting save points. otherwise, the fighting moves are easy to do, the weapons are really interesting and the enemy's are really well designed, and like most games like this they don't reappear all the time to the point where is just too repetitive. Im surprised more people don't know about this game. for £6 you cant go wrong...