Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Jan 9, 2014
    80
    Fans of frantic action and beat 'em up style fighting will be overawed by how intense Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is.
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is the game Ninja Gaiden 3 should have been a year ago. Still not perfect, but at least now it's an enjoyable experience rather than a painful one. [Feb 2013]
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    80
    Unfortunately the camera is still poor, however Team Ninja solved some of the problems of Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3/Xbox360). The touchscreen is not really integrated, but the game is challenging with fast action fights and a lot of virtual blood. If you like that, then Ninja Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is your game.
  4. Nov 26, 2012
    80
    In short, if you're looking for a hardcore Ninja Gaiden experience from Ninja Gaiden 3, complete with ridiculous bloodletting and a very challenging difficulty, this Wii U version is your game. However, the inconsistent difficulty and poor camera hamper the experience, somewhat.
  5. 80
    Despite the extreme difficulty, though, I never got to the point of wanting to quit. The game is tough, but fair, and the frequent checkpoints prevent frustration. While it doesn't make much use of Wii U-specific features, Razor's Edge should satisfy if you're in the mood for a challenge.
  6. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    A standout effort as Wii U launch titles go, but it's also a welcome improvement to a game that sorely needed a kick. Team Ninja heard the complaints about Ninja Gaiden 3 and came back with an exceptional revision in Razor's Edge, one that lives up to the high standards set by other games in the series, reinvigorating its combat with fresh variety and a real challenge.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    78
    Razor's Edge is not the old Ninja Gaiden 3. With revamped gameplay mechanics, a new character and a set of new weapons, this iteration is how the original game had to be.
  8. Jan 13, 2013
    78
    This is what Ninja Gaiden 3 should have been when it was first released. Tecmo and Team Ninja have listened to their fans and offered a great game, but it's still far from perfect. If you're going to play the game, make sure you play this version.
  9. Jan 9, 2013
    77
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is not perfect, but it's a great sign for the Wii U as a core gamer's platform.
  10. 76
    Perhaps the biggest perk to the Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3 is the addition of Dead or Alive's Ayane. In the last few NG titles, Ayane made a couple of cameo appearances, but on the Wii U, players can take control of the Dead or Alive mistress in her very own mini-campaign.
  11. Nov 13, 2012
    76
    It's far from perfect and best viewed with "launch goggles" on, but Razor's Edge's unflinching action and unabashed violence is a great sign for the Wii U as a core gamer's platform.
  12. Feb 9, 2013
    75
    A welcome injection of brutality, but Ryu still isn't on top of his game. [March 2013, p.86]
  13. Jan 14, 2013
    75
    Ninja Gaiden 3 is a guilty pleasure. A incredible and sensational mix of wondrous katana fighting, flying limbs and exaggerated finishing moves are waiting for you. Fans of the series will find the game a tad disappointing due to the worthless story and the - in comparison to the other games in the series - way too easy fights. If all you're looking for is a good, but not too deep fighting mechanism then Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will satisfy your needs.
  14. Jan 14, 2013
    75
    Team Ninja has tried to minimize the flaws of Ninja Gaiden 3 with a much better porting on the Wii U, though the structural limits of the original game have remained almost intact.
  15. Jan 14, 2013
    75
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is a much better effort if you look back to last year PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game. Still, Team Ninja ha a long way to go to get this saga back on track to glory.
  16. This is easily the best version of Ninja Gaiden 3, but it's not quite the action masterpiece that fans have come to expect from the series.
  17. Jan 2, 2013
    75
    This version of Ninja Gaiden 3 is the best. It's complete thanks to new modes, Ayane special missions, the free DLC with Kasumi, more violence and, of course, off-TV option and touch assists.
  18. Nov 27, 2012
    75
    It's not perfect, but it's bloody fun when everything is working the way it should.
  19. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    There’s still the occasionally spastic camera to deal with – as if even the game itself can’t keep up with what’s going on – and the feeling that something bad-ass is happening with all those button presses without really knowing what, so if you want nuance, just keep looking.
  20. Feb 13, 2013
    70
    Despite the inconsistent difficulty and the terrible camera, it’s still a vastly superior game to the original release – by a long, long way. It’s infinitely more fun to play, looks and runs better and features buckets upon buckets more blood and gore.
  21. Jan 13, 2013
    70
    Razor's Edge is a better game than the original Ninja Gaiden 3 and a worthy option for Wii U users.
  22. Jan 11, 2013
    70
    The most definitive version of Ninja Gaiden 3, complete with DLCs and limb severing.
  23. Jan 11, 2013
    70
    The best version of the game, but it still has flaws.
  24. Jan 9, 2013
    70
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is a clear step ahead of the mediocre Ninja Gaiden 3. Team Ninja tried his best to improve the original game and the final result is pretty good. Not awesome, but still good enough.
  25. 70
    Team Ninja has done everything to please fans short of making a brand new game, but despite its successes this too often feels like an awkward compromise.
  26. Dec 14, 2012
    70
    The updated Wii U version improves on many issues that irked fans when Ninja Gaiden 3 originally launched, but repetitious battles and a hokey story knock the experience down a few notches. [Dec 2012, p.86]
  27. Nov 30, 2012
    70
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge plays great, with fast, fluid combat that's gruesome and satisfying. Still, you'll often wish there was a little more to it than just fighting waves of enemies in predetermined spots, and even with the campaign a little over five hours long (excluding cutscenes) it starts to feel a bit tired towards the end. That certainly shouldn't put you off it, though, as the game is still a worthwhile purchase and a great example of Nintendo's willingness to shirk their "kiddy" perception.
  28. 70
    At the end of the day if you are a fan of the Ninja Gaiden franchise and were let down with Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3, give Team Ninja another chance, especially if you are looking for a fairly enjoyable action oriented launch title for your new Wii U.
  29. Nov 25, 2012
    66
    Razor's Edge doesn't fix all of Ninja Gaiden 3's problems, but it does make some significant improvements.
  30. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    Even with a few improvements such as additional weapons and more challenging enemies, the Wii U edition of Ninja Gaiden 3 still falls short. Questionable level design, a confusing storyline and strangely balanced difficulty levels are all examples of things that is wrong with this game. With that said, it's better than the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions and can be pretty fun at times.
  31. Feb 9, 2013
    60
    Razor’s Edge delivers more content and more gore compared to the original, but nonetheless the fearless Ryu Hayabusa is still miles away from his former self.
  32. Jan 26, 2013
    60
    This is almost a whole other game than the previous Ninja Gaiden 3, in a good way. The fighting, variation and difficulty level have all improved a lot, but some of the old flaws like boring level design and dull story are still there. Razor's Edge sure is worth playing if you like Ninja Gaiden, but keep in mind that it's still the weakest link in the series.
  33. Jan 21, 2013
    60
    Combat is fast and fluid, but it's also wearyingly repetitive, and even with the new weapons, there's a distinct lack of variety.
  34. Jan 16, 2013
    60
    Razor's Edge has its moments, but they are so few and always the same way that never impresses and exceeds the level of mere satisfaction.
  35. Jan 11, 2013
    60
    It's a more clued-up committee that's in charge for Razor's Edge, for sure, but for a series that once felt like a singular, twisted and brilliant vision it's still a depressing turn. This is a better game than Ninja Gaiden 3, and one that does commendable things in atoning for Team Ninja's past sins - but sadly it's far from a brilliant one.
  36. Jan 9, 2013
    60
    So, there's little doubt that Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge is a superior game to Ninja Gaiden 3, but in a console market that's about to be assaulted by Dante, Raiden and even Kratos, it's seriously lacking in precision and balance. And considering the subject matter, you'd think that would be paramount.
  37. Nov 19, 2012
    60
    Razor's Edge makes a myriad of fractional improvements that address many of the main complaints leveled against the original release. It's a welcome gesture, and one that makes for an improved action game--yet a hundred small fixes are no substitute for a game built from the ground up to be a challenging, fluid, and fulfilling action extravaganza.
  38. Feb 11, 2013
    55
    If you really want to give Ninja Gaiden 3 a shot, Razor's Edge is surely the way to go. Yet, despite the undeniable improvements, we're still dealing with a mediocre action game and a chapter of a (once) glorious series we really hope to forget as soon as possible. Itagaki, we desperately miss you.
  39. Nov 13, 2012
    55
    Nothing this Wii U release does can improve upon the core gameplay, which remains as dry, disaffected, and banausic as ever before. Razor's Edge gives us more, but when the original serving exceeded that which the player could stomach, "more" isn't a very tasty prospect.
  40. Feb 25, 2013
    50
    A failure to inspire.
  41. Nov 13, 2012
    50
    Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge still remains the weakest title in the Ninja Gaiden trilogy, but additions like the Ayane missions and balancing tweaks make the game a decent, gloriously gory action title...The weak story, repeat enemies, and frame-rate issues still hold the bloody title back from the greatness of its prestigious pedigree.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 21, 2012
    10
    When I first played this game on Xbox 360, I really didn't like it. It had a lot of problems and it was overall very disappointing. Well all those problems are now fixed, there's a few extra features, and this game is incredible. The Wii U version is the only version you should play of this game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    9
    its a shame that these new features aren't in the other consoles, then it would have a low score back then, but this game fix all the annoying things about Ninja gaiden 3 & added new features that fans always loved about the series. Features like boss battles from the past, gore, co-op, other playable characters, more weapons & attack. If you haven't gotten NG3 on ps3 or 360 yet & love blood & violence, i suggest you picked it up, for those who have played it already & won't get the game, they'll miss out.

    BTW even though the gamepad doesn't add anything new, the fact that you can play IN the gamepad instead of the tv is enough
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    9
    I love the game, fast fun, challenging, and gory as all hell. Gamers have become a bunch of self entitled cry-babies and if that makes U mad, I'm definitely talking to U. opinions are like @ssholes, we all have em and thats mine...opinion that is. boycott reviews and play games and decide what U like. Full Review »