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?.
If you have the option, definitely play Yaiba on PC. The textures, resolution, and framerate are noticeably better and worth the extra few days’ wait.
Yaiba left behind everything that built the Ninja Gaiden franchise in order to deliver a generic hack and slash experience, long gone are the days of challenging combat with unique enemies and what remains is a tiresome and boring combat with an absurd story to tell.
Yaiba is weird. It’s dumb, insanely frustrating and to be honest, kind of insulting. However, regrettably, it’s also a bit fun.
There are few times where Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z manages to induce positive emotions to the player. Perhaps only in the initial stages, when you do not know what you are going to face, the relatively good cel-shaded graphics or the sometimes nicely done humor. Only for hack 'n' slash fans that check frequently the bargain bin.
Every aspect of the game stumbles in its execution — everything from the controls to the camera and everything in between offers frustration, not joy. Yaiba serves no purpose.
With the amount of great action games on the market there is simply no reason that you should give Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z a try. It is a shoddily made, awful mess.