E3 2011: Ninja Gaiden III Updated Hands-On Preview

Ryu battles past a robot spider tank and faces an enemy behind the whole raid in London.

Last night we got a chance to try out a small sample of Ninja Gaiden III at Sony's post-press event. Today we went to Tecmo Koei directly to get a second helping on the Xbox 360 that included a dessert with our meal. After the previous demo's spider tank boss was destroyed, the terrorist forces from before quickly bum-rushed us with reinforcements. The first few waves were nothing new from what we fought earlier, but soon the militants opted for rocket launchers and bigger numbers. Often the best tactic was to rely on our strongest and most brutal attacks, even if they lacked the grace of swifter combos.

After dozens of fatigue-clad soldiers were dead, the heavily armored riot soldiers became the normal sight--often ganging up in mobs of four, with several of them staying afar to stun our ninja with machine-gun fire. Still, quick dodging and a strong set of counterattacks let us prevail. The enemy resorted to desperate measures and released smoke bombs to hinder the view. The foggy clouds could be navigated by a push of the analog stick, which would give Ryu a sixth sense, spinning the camera in the direction of our next objective. The camera would snap back after we released the stick, causing a slight but manageable amount of disorientation.

After escaping the pea soup, we climbed another set of walls with the aid of our twin kunais. Enemies were on the balcony above firing downing streams of bullets but were eliminated with a few choice ninja star tosses. There were a few more battles through sets of cronies, but finally we made it into the enemy stronghold. Here we moved down the dark and eerily quiet steps. Ryu noted the bloodstains adorning the walls and moved cautiously with blade drawn. In the building's den was a masked swordsman executing the last of the hostages. He soon pointed his blade at the dragon ninja.

The fencer proved to be a wily one, able to dodge all strong attacks and escape even several fast swings. Nearly every connecting blow resulted in a clash of steel and a quick-time event to break free and riposte. After four of these tense encounters, Ryu Spartan kicked the enemy through the room's bay windows. The battle continued in the courtyard as more furious blows were exchanged. Just as the match seemed to deadlock, our ninja protagonist got in a final quick-time event that buried his blade into the masked man's left shoulder and down the right of his chest. The demo faded to black before we could find out if the swordsman survived or wound up missing his better half. We'll know his fate when Ninja Gaiden III is released in 2012.

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15 comments
WarGrad
WarGrad

Looks like I still have time to beat NG Black and NG 2. Beat NG on Xbox 1, got to final boss in NG 2, then hard drive failed. NG Black is so much more difficult.

heilrawk
heilrawk

look like so much chaos in the pic

killaoctane
killaoctane

No more slicing the enemies to pieces? Huuuuuge mistake, that game-play was much more strategic! NG2's game-play on the 360 was epic, it's a huge disappointment that they didn't kept it for this one too, it would've made it the ultimate NG game.... I know they wanted to make something new but obviously they took away one of the most fun parts of the game :(

lambro1
lambro1

@Draconifus Haters gonna hate.

Draconifus
Draconifus

@deadreign & @shaks101 eat my balls fa**ots. no action game can beat gow3. let alone this piece of monkey ninja crap.

DEATH775
DEATH775

The game I've been waiting for. I hope this time the story is better, graphic is better, gameplay shouldn't change instead improve and lastly all the weapons from NG 1 & 2 are available together with new ones. I say HELL YEAH!!!

shaks101
shaks101

@deadreign22 I could not agree more. Ninja Gaiden is the don of Action Adventure games. I have faith that this game will be excellent, only thing I would really say is please make it longer than the first two ! :P

deadreign22
deadreign22

this game beats the heck out of god of war 3

jimmy_from_mars
jimmy_from_mars

I hope DOKU makes a return!! I would LOVE to fight him again!! Even though he's dead.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ Iridescent406 True, and you're entitled to it. Still, I personally think it's a bit early. It's only been a day or two since anything has surfaced. But, to each their own.

alfredooo
alfredooo

They couldn't have ruined the gameplay more.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

@SuprSaiyanRockr - This is based on what Team Ninja is doing with the game, and I think that the gameplay shows enough for me to give an opinion of what I think so far.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ Iridescent406 Why would you write a blog about how wrong it is when we've only seen an unfinished product?

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

i saw them try it out and oh so much blood. I'll wait for Wii U.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

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