Step into a living comic book in this new take on the Ninja Gaiden series. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, Yaiba slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Will you slice enemies to pieces, crush them with Yaiba's cyborg arm or just rip off a zombie’s arms to use as nunchucks?
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Release Date: Mar 21, 2014

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Step into a living comic book in this new take on the Ninja Gaiden series. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, Yaiba slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Will you slice enemies to pieces, crush them with Yaiba's cyborg arm or just rip off a zombie’s arms to use as nunchucks?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP (32-bit)
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 or better
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard audio device
    • OS: Windows® 7
    • Processor: Quad core 2.7 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460 or better
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 5.1 audio device
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Ninja Gaiden is a long-standing franchise that saw its debut in the arcade in 1988, and found its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System home console later in the same year. The series has spanned over two decades and nearly a dozen titles, and it has well earned its reputation for being one of the most difficult game franchises in existence. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is the latest entry, and it's far different from its predecessors.

Rather than playing as Ryu Hayabusa, the series' typical protagonist, Ninja Gaiden Z has you playing as Yaiba Kamikaze. Since this is Yaiba's inauguration into the lore, he's given a thick backstory that boils down to him massacring his own clan after growing bored of his work. Soon after he encounters Ryu and challenges him, to which Ryu slices Yaiba to shreds, killing him. Yaiba is then reconstructed and given enhanced cybernetic augmentations to not only bring him back to life, but to make him an unstoppable killing machine. He then sets out on a mission of revenge against the great ninja master.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z attempts in every manner to be a badass hack and slash game; combining the charm of Devil May Cry with the basic mechanics of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, all wrapped up in a comic book cell shaded graphic style similar to Borderlands. It's vulgar and bloody, it has explicit language and crude jokes. It sets itself up to be a decent title, though grievously it falls flat in all aspects. The jokes and obscene dialogue come off incredibly forced, and the vibrant blood looks like someone took a bucket of red paint and splattered it in random areas. The story, as detailed as it may be, follows a convoluted chain of events that just don't make sense.

Though the worst aspect and biggest downfall of this title is its underwhelming, lackluster hack and slash gameplay. Yaiba can attack with his swords, flail, and cybernetic arm, as well as throw enemies and dash around the battlefield. More often than not you're met with tremendous groups of zombies, generally of the same handful of basic models, and you fight them wave after wave. There's little to break up the monotony save mini-boss battles, execution maneuvers to regain health, and the end level bosses. There are also quick time event platforming sections that feel equally as tired as the rest of the game. It all accumulates into levels feeling way too long, and as a result the game itself is little more than mulch.

Of course you have the fanboys who still bend over backwards to defend this game because "it's not bad just because it's different". That's indeed true, it's bad because it's bad. I have no personal nostalgia or true love for the Ninja Gaiden series, and yes Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is different than any of its predecessors. It's always good to eventually stir the pot and try something different with any series that has gone on for multiple decades. However, in this particular instance it just didn't work out. The game tries too hard to be funny, crude, and obnoxious. It tries too hard to cash in on the over-saturated zombie market. Temco tried introducing a cocky, badass character, and all of these things just didn't work out for them. Here's hoping that some day we get a good Ninja Gaiden title on Steam.

Rating: 2.0/5.0 - It's not awful, but it's not great.
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577 of 963 people (60%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
This game ♥♥♥♥ing sucks, but you know what sucks more? The fact this will probably sell like ♥♥♥♥ and we'll never get a good Ninja Gaiden game on Steam.

EDIT: I love you guys, too. Let's just say this, if you're looking for a bad God of War game, you've found it. Right down to the traversal QTEs. This game is shallow as ♥♥♥♥ in terms of combat. You've got nothing close to "depth" beyond using different elements to hard different types of zombies. You've seen everything the game has to offer within two hours max. The bosses are worse than DmC's. The counter is OP and makes the game way easier. The only two things the game has going for it are the art style and humor. The majority of the humor was already shown in the trailers. So yeah, if you wanna waste $60 or get your friend a joke gift, then this is the game you want.
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49 of 71 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2014
Obligatory header to the review: I focus on four primary areas whenever I review a game: gameplay, story, graphics, and sound/audio/general things that go into your earholes. Gameplay and Story get a rating scale from 1 to 10, and the AV stuff gets a rating from 1 to 5. My philosophy on this is that there are some instances in which a game may not necessarily have that much in the way of gameplay (take Amnesia for example), but the story/atmosphere/whatever it may be is reason enough to pick it up. Also, take the cumulative score with a grain of salt; it's just a numerical feeling about the game as a whole. That's part of why I do these subscores. Also, keep in mind that I'm not going off of school grade based rankings. A 5/10 denotes what I feel to be an average game. Likewise, 7/10 is a game that I think is pretty cool, and something that gets a 2/10 is near-abomination level. Pinning scores to an even further obfuscated rating scale is kinda senseless, but for the sake of my backloggery, I'll repeat again that 1.0-2.7 is a one-star game, 3.0-4.7 is a two-star game, 5.0-6.7, 7.0-8.7, and 9.0-10 are three, four, and five stars, respectively.

Gameplay: I really don't get the hate surrounding this game. Yeah, sure, it's not the same quality of game as the Itagaki-produced games, but it's still a load of fun. The gameplay is best described (in my opinion) as a cross between Devil May Cry and Rise of the Triad (actually, that's fair to say in more respects than just the gameplay). Rather than going with light attack/heavy attack/grab, the game has three different types of attack: shortsword for fast face fu- I mean wrecking; fists for punching things dead hard; and flails, which are essentially the Blades of Olympus. Along with that are some special weapons that you get from executing stronger enemies. These lead into the Element system of the game, which is really vital to grasp so that you don't launch your controller, chair, monitor, PC, and desk out the window. However, even more essential is learning how to counter.
Admittedly, countering is somewhat finicky, but I found it to be a godsend against the later bosses of the game. My biggest complaints, honestly, are the finicky countering and the camera, which can be a huge pain at times. However, those didn't really ruin my day all that much. After beating the game, you unlock Ninja Gaiden Z mode, which is essentially a "Yaiba-lite" version that plays more like a beat-em-up game like Streets of Rage than an actual classic Ninja Gaiden game. This was disappointing, admittedly, but it's still a good bit of fun. Also, no, I haven't beaten it. I'm not good enough to do about an hours worth of gameplay on one continue. But hey, this review isn't about my gaming abilities; it's about the game, and this game is simply fun. While it's not as engaging as Ninja Gaiden Black, I still think this game is a load of fun and will definitely play through it again on higher difficulties in the future. 8/10.

Story: The Ninja Gaiden series has never been well known for being the most well-written, and I think it's about time that they embrace their incredibly camp nature. Spark Entertainment felt the same way, too. The writing most definitely got plenty of laughs out of the 12 year old inside me. The Engrish in the Arcade mode was pretty great, too, even if it is a bit of an easy joke. Unlike gameplay, there really isn't much here to talk about. If you've got an immature sense of humor, you'll probably enjoy the cutscenes and dialogue. Just don't go into it expecting Shakespeare. 7/10.

Graphics: Definitely the most striking aspect of this game. It's got that ultra-cel shaded style in the ilk of games like Madworld, Killer7, and No More Heroes, and it looks pretty dang good when you crank the settings to max. It ran near-perfectly on my GTX 760 at 1080p, max settings, and 60FPS, so if you've got a similar card, you should have pretty similar results. As for the actual art design of the game itself, some of the areas get a bit boring to look at again and again, but if you're spending that much time looking at the scenery, you're not playing the game right. Now, don't think I made those comparisons earlier in this section without intent. This game, much like the prior three mentioned, is pretty dang violent. Absurdly so. However, this helps feed into the campy nature of this game, so I don't mind it at all. Again, this is more proof that art style trumps ultra-high polygon counts most any day of the week. Your eyes will most definitely not get bored, presuming you're actually playing the game. 5/5.

Audio: This game has a pretty rad soundtrack, I must say. The "hard encounter" theme is a bit meh, but there is some pretty good battle music throughout this game. They're songs you probably wouldn't mind working out to, if that helps give you an idea of the kinds of songs in the game. As for the voice acting, it doesn't get in the way. Nothing really that remarkable. Sound design, once again, doesn't really get in the way or make itself known all that much. For some pretty good songs, but not too remarkable anything else, the audio portion of this game gets a 3/5.

Overall: An absolutely gaudy adventure both in style and in substance that I overall had a pretty good time with. However, I'd hold off until this game becomes about $30 or so. Any higher is a bit too much in my opinion. 8/7/5/3; 7.7/10.
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46 of 66 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
i don't get why the bad reviews !
the game is really lots of fun and even funny too.

the game is an action/beat them up (Devil may Cry..etc) but with a sense of humor, the jokes might not be for everyone but they made laugh. the gameplay is really fun though the upgrades could be better, it isn't as deep as Ninja Gaiden or Devil may Cry in terms of combat but it is a lot of fun. the game ran perfectly fine at max settings at 60+ fps from start to finish.

P.S. the main menu's music is a killer, i can't stop listening to it
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
This game taught me not to listen to the nitpicky critics
Is it like the other Ninja Gaidens? No (sometimes change is good guys). Is it fun? Yes, combos for days. Is it worth it off of sale? Nah bruh get it on sale its golden on sale.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
I want to clear something up before I move on here. This game is NOT a traditional Ninja Gaiden game, if you couldn't already tell. I feel as though some people were looking for a Ninja Gaiden 4, a true sequel to Gaiden 2 (because 3 was definitely a different, less satisfying beast). So Yaiba. This game is the extreme opposite of a true Ninja Gaiden game in many ways. However, it is also like those games in many ways as well. Let me explain.

I've played Ninja Gaiden 1-3, beginning from the original xbox. I was never great at them, constantly getting punished just like every other regular joe, but I beat all three. I've read from others that this isn't a true Ninja Gaiden, that it's easier, that it's more or less terrible. Sure, if you were amazing at the first two, maybe this one wasn't that next level of challenge you were looking for.

But let me tell you this. If you are used to the blocking/counter system of games such as mad max and batman, this game will toss you around like a baby back ♥♥♥♥♥. There is little to no leeway in your counter timing, and on top of that the moments when you can block/counter are random and unpredictable. Even the enemies that are predictable are so quick to react it's hard to gauge when to counter. Even on the first level I had a few moments where i found myself getting killed simply because I couldn't react to my opponent's attacks quick enough. Very Ninja Gaiden to me.

Moving on, in terms of the series itself, this is not a progression of the Ryu Hayabusa story, at least as far as I can tell. Quite the opposite. You play as the antagonist (the bad dude) to Ryu in this game. You play as the man who wants to KILL Ryu, and will do what he has to in order to find and defeat him. So no, in that way this is not a typical Ninja Gaiden. This dude is foul mouthed, generally uncaring, sarcastic, and everything that Ryu is not. A large depature from the original series.

The graphics and artwork in this game certainly depict this departure. Instead of a crisp, realistic graphical style, we are given a more vibrant, comic book graphical style. I personally love how this looks and it fits wonderfully with the overall theme of this game. Plus it just looks bad ♥♥♥. This doesn't detract from the gore and dismemberment the series is known for, however. If anything, the game is more gory and vicious than the games before it, and it is super satisfying to watch.

This game is, at its core, a big hack n' slash game. Is that a bad thing? Well, yes and no. In the original games, you were faced with a fair amount of enemies, but they were pretty skillful. If you didn't play just right, you would be dead in a matter of seconds. In this game, the amount of general enemies is basically tenfold. You will be fighting mass hordes of zombies, and you WILL be cutting up said zombies in hordes as well. That being said, you will still get torn up. Why? There may be 20 or more enemies on screen. Although you may be cutting some up, it is almost guaranteed that there will be others that will come at you from all angles, hitting you with stupid little attacks. Some you may be able to counter, but the counter symbols come so quick and randomly that its more than likely the average joe will not be able to stop them before they are hit.

This is where the difficulty comes in. You miss a counter, get hit, turn to focus on that enemy, only to have this happen from another random angle at a random time, within a split second. Let this happen a few times, and you're done. Dying in this game does not come from the fact that you are fighting gigantic random hordes, but from the fact that in these masses you will be hit randomly by one or two enemies enough times to where you will die. In this way it is no different than the original games. The only difference being that those deadly blows now hide in a massive crowd.

At its core, this is still a Ninja Gaiden game. If you've never played a Ninja Gaiden game before, I will tell you now, this is not how the original games were, and you will be sorely disappointed if you go to the others after having played this. The gameplay is still the same, allbeit in a much more "dense" form, but the rest is very much a different story. As an impartial gamer I would take this game as a very over the top, comic, gory, sarcastic hack n' slash romp with a rather tough/tight countering system. As a Ninja Gaiden fan, I take this as being a very interesting view at the other side of the Ninja Gaiden world, with all of the jokes, changes, sarcasm, gameplay tweaks, and graphical changes that come with it. This isn't a "bad" game. It's fun, it's crazy, it's brutal, it's cool. But if you're looking for an advancement in the original Ninja Gaiden series, this isn't it. This is more of a rebel yell from the developers than anything else. Enjoy!

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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
I finished this game today and for being a game where you don't play as Ryu Hayabusa...this game is extremely fun to play. Sure this game has flaws like being extremely easy as heck then getting harder as you progress through just like any other Ninja Gaiden game but for me it was hard to put down no matter how many times I died. So if you like slicing up many enemies and solving many puzzles..then this is the game for you.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
If you can accept the new direction of ninja gaiden, there is a really fun hack n slash with a great b-movie vibe with a colorful new look and feel to a hack n slash.

The story is about a foul mouthed ninja named Yaiba kamikaze who gets killed by series protagonist,Ryu Hayabusa. several weeks later, Yaiba is rebuilt by a corporation so that he can "stop" the zombie outbreak(yes you fight zombies, but I'll get to that later) and Get his Revenge on Ryu Hayabusa. The story is pretty basic and predictable, it ends up being really abrupt near the end.

The writing is something you ethier are gonna love or hate, personally I see the majority of the dialogue to be so bad it's good, and the humor comes from how vulgur the characters are with lines like "He's got some hot woman helping him. I'm sooo jealous. Maybe I'll kill her when I see her. Or maybe we can make out. Maybe we'll have a threesome! I'll do whatever Yaiba tells me to do. I'm so horny...". There are some geniunely funny moments like the introductions of the zombies, which is just slap stick humor at best.

The gameplay of yaiba isn't ninja gaiden, it's more like Devil may cry,rygar, or Lords of shadows. The actual combat consists of 3 weapons which are a flail(basically a chain),Cyborg arm, and your ninja sword. It takes some time for the combat to become really entertaining, when you know how the system works. You can also do executions which will you give you more health(especially usefull when upgrading to do up to 10 executions) and a counter system which when you pull it off is incredibly satisfying though it isn't that well implented as lords of shadows. You can also pick up weapons from enemies by executing them(or a mashing qte) ranging from numbchucks to electro whips to a rocket launcher, which make the combat more interesting because each enemy has their own weakness to certain elements . there is also platforming, which is on rails and quite fun for the most part.

Now the one thing that most reviewers criticize the game is the difficulty, which the game really isn't that hard if you get all the collectibles. Which there are 2 types, the first one being health shards(which combing 4 of them will increase your health),story parts and elemental resistent shards(which makes the game a hell of a lot easier to get through). I HIGHLY Reccomend you get all of them since they will make the game a lot more easier than the reviews are saying are saying it is.
Here is a video of where you can find them.

Now there are 2 flaws with this game, the first is that the game is rather short it took me around 6 hours to finish the main campaign and honestly it could have included a few more levels to make it around 8-10 hours long which would have been the perfect length for this game. The next one is the camera, which is fixed and you can't control it, however it is a improvement over the console version, which apparently is worse.

Overall the gameplay is fast paced,franic, and just good mindless fun.

The visuals are pretty solid, they are done in a cel shaded look which gives the game a comic book look to it, and I ike the designs of the zombies(and yaiba As well), since all of them are Unique, and all look drastically different. Animations are very fluent and fun to look at. The PC version also runs at 60 fps, which helps with your reaction time in the game.

Sound is pretty good, the soundtrack fits the mood of the game and has some killer tracks in there . sound effects are great especially the attack sounds when you hear the crunching sounds of zombies being ripped to shreads. Voice acting is alright, nothing really stand out and half the time I barely noticed it, but what is there is just fine.

In short, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is an enjoyable hack n slash, with a nice look and feel that you don't get from the typical hack n slash. I would reccomend the game when it's on sale, since asking for full price is too much for what is there.

8/10 Good brainless B-movie fun.
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89 of 156 people (57%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
First off don't go into this expecting a Ninja Gaiden game.
From what I've played it's combat reminds me of the Dynasty Warriors/Musou genre. While graphically it's colorful and nice. The gameplay won't appeal to those looking for depth in their combat systems.
If you just want a simple hack n' slash game where you slaughter hordes of zombies you may like this game.
The platforming segments aren't all that hard but were really unneeded.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The Resident Evil 6 of Ninja Gaiden. By which I mean its actually good if you dont go into with the mindset of "THIS ISNT HOW X IS SUPPOSED TO BE"
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7.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
Wider FOV than console.
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Dark Angel
14.1 hrs
Posted: October 7
Awesome Hack n Slash Game, Violent , Cell Shaded (like borderlands graphics) , I reccomend it if you want a Cyborg Ninja, God Of War Clone with Zombies, However Beware , The Boss Fights are Absolute ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t, Played for 10 Hours Straight , I was up till 5:00 AM trying to finish this Game, Died 79 Times on the First Official Boss, Easy at the start but a nightmare at the end, You will truely be a ninja by the time you finish it. I was playing onm Normal Difficulty aswell. Have Fun and Good Luck ;)
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Able to compatible dual shock from this rolling experience
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Knight's Choice
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
not as difficult as the ninja gaiden but a serious fun take on the ninja gaiden world. awesome story, awesome plot, and those cell shade technique. oommpjh
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Sketchy Llama
1.9 hrs
Posted: June 27
Did you ever think, "Hey I need a game that mixes a bit of Far Cry Blood Dragon with God of War and the art style of someone on PCP? Yeah Me either but I'm glad someone did think of it. Game is pretty solid as a beat 'em up with the humor style of Blood Dragon. Not sure if it warrants a full price but if you can get it on sale do so.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: June 23
Classic hack-and-slash action in a cel-shaded/comic-book style. Definitely not a traight-up Ninja Gaiden game, but a superb spin-off, especially when you stop and take the time to look at all the humour (breakdancing zombies, ripping off clown arms and weaponizing them as "nun-chuckles", and so much more).

360 Joypad compatible, and features both a side-scroller version of the game, tons of laughs, and most of all, the ability to play through the game (after completion) dressed as a schoolgirl.
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7.2 hrs
Posted: June 15
Not a bad game but has its issues.

The good:
This is a hack-n-slash game with a combo and counter system, it's fun in the way that you fight a small group of enemies and have some options for killing them. Between areas the story is filled in by brief dialog with other characters over a communications system; it reminds me of early video games back before unnecessary cut scenes were put into games. The story isn't terribly deep but I didn't mind, it's cheap fun. I played through on easy difficulty because I'm trying to cut through my backlog, it was easy but I actually enjoyed it. I guess it took me around 7 hours to complete, but I'm not really sure I completed it...

The bad:
It can be buggy. I'm pretty sure I beat the final boss, but it would crash probably before the final cut scene or whatever was supposed to be shown. I had modified the config to allow higher frame rates and disable intro videos, but I allowed that to be reverted, I checked game cache, and rebooted and the issue persisted. Other than that, if you do run it over 60FPS, there may be some areas you'll get stuck but the game saves so often that you should be able to exit, revert the changes you made to the INI file and continue. In the tutorial (beginning), it stopped letting me block/counter, not sure if that was a side effect of the frame rate mod, but others in the forums have experienced similar issues; fortunately it was early in so I just restarted the game.

If you want it, buy it cheap (less than $10). I didn't have too many issues with it, guess I'll go watch the ending on YouTube.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: May 27
Nice game, just change the camera to "Wide" in the "Game Options Menu" also check your "Codex" frequently, given that the game does not explain many things, and will explain others in... Not... Such a good way. For example grappling your opponents it's far more effectively if you make sure to HOLD the left trigger, instead of just "pressing it" as the game states.

Other than that i frankly think a lot of the complaints about this game coming from the gaming media weren't more than just the "outcries" of some people complaining about the game being sexist, or something stupid of the sort, it's just a freaking game, reduce it to what it is, the main aspect about this game, it's that the story it's not that good, but it's bearable, and the game can be pretty freaking decent in some parts of it's gameplay.
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