This game is great, but it has some flaws. It's still a lot of fun, and the combat is perfect. I also love Yaiba.
Like many Ninja Gaiden games, these kills wont easily be handed to you. You wont beat this game by senslessly mashing your lights and Heavies. You have to have solid execution and knowledge of your combos. When you're surrounded by your enemies, it feels so sweet landing your flail and executing a group of zombies to regenerate your health. You'll be given plenty of unique ways to overcome these obsticals too.
The story is funny and I love the characters. Everyone has a great personality and Yaiba is just a crazy ♥♥♥ ninja ready to destroy everything in his path to get to Ryu Hayabusa. You're just caught in the middle of a great biological mess while berserking toward revenge. I was never bored for a second.
The arcade mode will give you plenty of reason to come back to this game when you're finished with story mode. You'll be given the chance to fight for leaderboards, killing all the monsters you love, using the techniques you've learned from the story. What's not to love?
I'd like to point out that this game suffers from bad camera angles that can hide things from you from time to time, instant death points when you mess up a jump, which can be really frusterating at times, sometimes unforgiving checkpoints that can be annoying, but it's still a great game. These issues are only minor at times and are caused, usually, by poor execution from the player.
I give Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z a 6/10. Great game play, replay value, and a fun story, but has a few issues that can make the game experience frusterating from time to time. I would not pay $60 for this title and I feel it suffered mainly because of it's original price.
P.S. For the love of god, release all of the Ninja Gaiden games on PC!