A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
You play as a ninja assassin, negating any possible positive message for players.
Positive Role Models
The game's anti-hero Ryu mercilessly slaughters enemies (and his history of doing so is mentioned). He's not a role model.
Ease of Play
If players have ever picked up a fighting game before, they'll feel right at home, as the control scheme is rather simple. "Boss" enemies, though, can prove extremely challenging.
Violence & Scariness
The game is a non-stop ride of carnage, with decapitations, blood spurting onto the screen, screams of agony, and a large array of viscous weapons, including swords, steel talon-like claws, staffs, and more. Several kills are shown in slow motion, glamorizing them. The game basically follows a "if it moves, kill it" philosophy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters wear skin-tight clothes to accentuate their figures.
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Harsh language is frequent as enemies shout "F--k you!" regularly. "S--t" is also heard often.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is a violent, gory fighting game that features enormous amounts of blood and human suffering -- often shown in glorifying slow motion detail. Hero Ryu shows no regard for human life and kills without a second thought. There is also rampant harsh language throughout the game.
Is It Any Good?
Ninja Gaiden 3 had plenty of shortcomings when it came out for other consoles and developer Team Ninja takes several steps to correct those in this revised version of the game for the Wii U. But Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is still far from perfect. The fight sequences are full of glorious overkill, which should please fans of blood-soaked fighting games, but it's the reason to keep kids away. It's fast-paced and never lets you catch your breath. Boss battles, though, are still extremely difficult -- sometimes taking up to an hour to complete. And the other battles get a bit repetitive after a while, even as you gather more weapons in your arsenal.
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