Parents' Guide to

Ninja Gaiden 3

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extraordinarily violent and gory action game falls short.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Story-Driven Violence

It's gory for a reason, you're given the burden of killing people who are pretty much harmless to you. Watch some trailers to know a better sypnosis, but the story-driven violence is amazingly displayed.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 18+


This game is really dramatic it has lots of violence in ti its not for young kids at all.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

Love them or hate them, you can't fault the Ninja Gaiden games for lack of personality -- at least not until now. Ninja Gaiden 3 delivers a less complex brand of combat that fails to deliver the thrills and satisfaction found in previous games. The action still flows well enough and has a similar visceral quality, but it feels repetitious and bland. It's also imbalanced; overly forgiving while mowing down minions, then sometimes extremely difficult when going up against level bosses.

The hero is less appealing as well. He seems at once less engaged in what he's doing and more ruthless while doing it. The dialogue is shamefully poor, with writing that often seems like little more than a series of one-liners strung together and performances that fail to match the emotional context of the situation. It's unlikely many players will find themselves even remotely invested in the story. The action game genre isn't lacking for compelling experiences. You can do better.

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