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4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 84
  2. Negative: 42 out of 84
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  1. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I bought this game after seeing the crudely low views for it, i work for gamestop and during my hours i heard this commercial probably a thousand times. the thought of this game made me want to go ballistic, and yet i tried it. The benefit of the doubt paid off, this game is either for the very experienced or the very inexperienced, anything in between is a big NO. its very easy to pick up and play but hard to master. What this game offers is a tremendously personal experience into the mind of creative director Keiji Inafune in one of his first non-capcom games and his influence in this game is very prevalent.
    The games humor is crude, lude, and rude but its entertaining. like if adult swim wrote the games dialogue. Playing as the antagonist is also a weirdly rewarding experience, (I had never played a NG game at the time so i wasnt offended by fighting my hero like some were) especially when hes such an irredeemable selfish jerk, its truly fun to get to know Yaiba. Del Gonzo is an incredibly weak antagonist, very disappointed in this regard but Miss Monday made up for it, sex appeal aside, her dialogue was what really burst my gut! The soundtrack is entertaining but nothing extraordinary. The Biggest flaw with this game is the lack of diversity in the setting, fire and fallen city structures get really old after a while.

    overall this game is closer to a 7 but i feel that a 5.0 for its average is a tad low so i felt the need to compensate. i feel this game is worth your time and worth an experience, but not worth 60$ id say a 20$ max.
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  2. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    A gaiden to the Ninja Gaiden series, which takes some getting used to, but this is an action game that has the play feel of the old Devil May Cry games with a new face. It also has loads of zombie comedy which are quite hilarious if you go into the game acknowledging that the game is meant to be different from your average Ninja Gaiden. This is the type of action game that classicA gaiden to the Ninja Gaiden series, which takes some getting used to, but this is an action game that has the play feel of the old Devil May Cry games with a new face. It also has loads of zombie comedy which are quite hilarious if you go into the game acknowledging that the game is meant to be different from your average Ninja Gaiden. This is the type of action game that classic gamers should drool over. Whether or not a fan of the series it is definitely worth checking out.
    To fully enjoy the game you need to get through the game once and power yourself up to use the vast combos available for a second play through.
    My only real vice with the game is the Trophies are far from creative or interesting.
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  3. Feb 21, 2016
    8
    Grafik: 7/10
    Sound 7/10
    + Cool badass characters, nice cutszenes+anime style, very bloody, a lot of moves/skills, short but good entertaining story - Unfavorable camera angle, hard to master for beginners, sometimes laggy in fights with hoards of zombies Conclusion: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is not so bad as most of the reviewers scored it. It´s a very violent game, with cool
    Grafik: 7/10
    Sound 7/10

    + Cool badass characters, nice cutszenes+anime style, very bloody, a lot of moves/skills, short but good entertaining story

    - Unfavorable camera angle, hard to master for beginners, sometimes laggy in fights with hoards of zombies

    Conclusion: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is not so bad as most of the reviewers scored it. It´s a very violent game, with cool characters and a short story of retribution with 2 members of a ninja clan (one of them is a sociopath). Also the next characters works good in this piece of violence. The sound is good with nice voices of all actors/enemy and the score is techno based, all around a good Ninja (Cel Shading) Gaiden in my eyes, who earned more than a 7.0 Score.
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Metascore
43

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 46
  2. Negative: 25 out of 46
  1. Hyper Magazine
    May 4, 2014
    40
    I can't believe what a disaster this game is. [June 2014, p.64]
  2. May 1, 2014
    65
    It may be overpriced and too short, but Ninja Gaiden Z has a few thrilling moments.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 27, 2014
    45
    Getting your arm chopped off might actually be a better option. Just avoid this. [May 2014, p74]