A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
Players step into the shoes of Ryu, a muscle-bound, blood-thirsty ninja, who is recruited to battle an organization set on bringing about an end to the civilized world. NINJA GAIDEN 3: RAZOR'S EDGE improves on many of the shortcomings of its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions and includes a new playable character Ayane for a brief portion of the game. The Wii U Gamepad controller is rather superfluous in this game, not offering any real unique gameplay styles and simply mirroring onscreen choices. From it, players can quickly find attack combinations and access such things as the inventory and upgrade menu. Owners of the (separate) Pro Controller might have an easier time controlling 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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- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information
Self-Direction: achieving goals
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Tecmo
- Release date: November 18, 2012
- Genre: Fighting
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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