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Platform PS3, 360, Win Publisher Temco Koei Developer Team Ninja Release Date 2014-03-18

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z review: dirty rotten scoundrel

Every game needs to give the player a reason to continue. The combat may be satisfying, or perhaps the story ropes you in. It could be that the sense of exploration or discovery is enough to keep you in front of the screen. There has to be something the game provides the player, some sense of fulfillment that gives you an excuse to keep playing. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z offers no such reward; everything in the game's design and execution pushes the player away. The story is nonsensical. The characters are one-dimensional and off-putting. The combat is frustrating. The checkpoints are few and far between. The camera fights you as often as the enemies. The controls are a mushy, lumpy mess. The only emotion I felt upon completing the game was a sort of tired relief at not...

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Tecmo Koei looking at Windows PC options

Tecmo Koei's recent combat adventure Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z was one of the company's rare forays into Windows PC gaming. But the Japanese firm could be looking to expand its presence away from consoles and handhelds. A new update on Tecmo Koei's Facebook page invites followers to speak up about their interest in Windows PC games. "How many of you are a PC gamer here?" asks the update, which has so far attracted over 300 comments. Although Yaiba Ninja Gaiden, reviewed earlier this week by Polygon, was released for Windows PC and consoles, last year's Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate was released for consoles only.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: and now for something completely different

Team Ninja and Spark Unlimited expect negative backlash for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z when it launches later this month. And they are completely at peace with it. A jarringly huge departure from the main Ninja Gaiden series, the game tells the story of Yaiba, a smart-mouthed ninja who is mercilessly cut down by franchise hero Ryu Hayabusa and then made into a cyborg powerhouse. Yaiba meets the comically large-chested Miss Monday, who guides him through a zombie-infested world on his quest to exact revenge on the organization that rebuilt him. But the Ninja Gaiden in Yaiba's DNA extends only so far as the developers' desire to create a challenging combat system. While battling is reminiscent of other Ninja Gaiden games, it's not the same, nor is it an iteration — it's only Ninja Gaiden in...

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Here's a look at the alternate costumes of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the upcoming action game from Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited and Comcept, will feature a variety of alternate costumes on the disc and as downloadable add-ons, according to a new trailer for the game. The Kabuki and Schoolgirl costumes are unlockable in the game. Instead of being a female character, the Schoolgirl is a man wearing a schoolgirl outfit. Three other character skins — Camouflage, Nuigulumar (the protagonist from the Japanese film Nuigulumar Z) and the previously announced crossover from Mighty No. 9 — are available as pre-order bonus DLC. Publisher Tecmo Koei is going both ways with crossovers. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will receive Yaiba-themed skins for Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji in the Special Edition of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is...

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z comic series launches

Team Ninja and Dark Horse today launched the first of a three-part digital comic based on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The comic series delves into the backstory of Yaiba, with the first issue telling the tale of how his sword came to be known as "Heartless." The comic series will first be released digitally, with a full-color print comic to be published alongside the game when the title launches in North America on March 18. The digital comic is now available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play via the Dark Horse App.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer diary explores the origins of the story

The first Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer diary is now out, with a look at the initial concept, tools and plight of the cyber ninja Yaiba, with interviews from Team Ninja and Spark Unlimited. The premiere episode, titled "Bloody Beginnings," includes interviews with the game's three developers Team Ninja, Comcept and Spark Unlimited who have collaborated to create the fusion of Japanese and Western game styles. Featured commentary includes talks with executive producer Yosuke Hayashi, producer Kohei Shibata of Team Ninja, conceptor Keiji Inafune, producer Shinsaku Ohara, lead game designer Cory Davis of Spark Unlimited and lead gameplay engineer George Mawle. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC via Steam on March 4.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z lands a March 4, 2014 release date

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the cel-shaded Ninja Gaiden spinoff from Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune, will be released March 4, 2014. The comic book-styled action game (which is getting its own Dark Horse comic) will be available PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, according to publisher Tecmo Koei. You can check out a video from earlier this year to learn about its development and its cyborg arm. For more on the game ahead of its release next year, be sure to check out Polygon's hands-on impressions of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z from TGS 2013.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z mini-trailer revels in hyperviolence

There's very little point to this 30-second trailer for Team Ninja's Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, but very much bloodshed. The trailer is dedicated to showing off a handful of the game's combat maneuvers in rapid-fire sequence: The "Spinal Zap" electric punch and the "Executed-Pants" groin kick, to name a few. There's also a glimpse at some of the game's more outlandish enemies, like a zombie ninja clown. Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be killing lots and lots of zombies on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC early next year.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z getting its own Dark Horse comic book

The next Ninja Gaiden game, heavily influenced by manga and Western comic books in its tone and aesthetic, is, fittingly enough, getting its own digital comic book series, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse announced its collaboration with Team Ninja and Comcept's Keiji Inafune in time with New York Comic Con today. The three-part series said to reveal "essential pieces" of Yaiba's story will be available to download for free from the Dark Horse Digital Store and the Dark Horse Comics app on Android and iOS. Writers Tim Seeley and Josh Eamons and artist Rafael Ortiz will create the web comic. The series will be released starting this December. An all-new, full-color print comic book based on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will also be released alongside the game, Dark Horse says. Y...

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z launching on Steam alongside PS3, Xbox 360

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, the cel-shaded Ninja Gaiden spinoff from Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited and Comcept, will be released on Windows PC in addition to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, publisher Tecmo Koei announced today. Until now, the company had only confirmed PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. In North America, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available through Steam on the same day as the console versions, a release currently scheduled for early 2014. "Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is an impressive project led by the expertise of Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi and Comcept's Keiji Inafune, with the goal of creating a thrilling new experience for fans," said Amos Ip, senior vice president and general manager of Tecmo Koei America, in a press release today. "We are extremely pleased to offer Y...

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Microsoft's TGS booth will be packed with 29 playable Xbox One and 360 games

Microsoft plans to bring 30 playable Windows, Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to the Tokyo Game Show, according to a blog post by Takashi Sensui, head of the Xbox in Japan. It will be the first time the upcoming console will be playable in Japan. Here's the full, subject-to-change, lineup: Xbox One TitanFall Forza Motorsport 5 Ryse: Son of Rome Crimson Dragon Kinect Sports Rivals Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Killer Instinct FIFA 14 World Class Soccer Xbox 360 Lightning Final Fantasy XIII Returns Armored Core Verdict Day Yaiba: NInja Gaiden Z FIFA 14 World Class Soccer Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 F1 2013 Phantom Breaker Extras Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition Fable Anniversary NBA 2K14 Rock Smith 2014 Band Fuse...

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-03-18
    • Publisher Temco Koei
    • Developer Team Ninja
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-03-18
    • Publisher Temco Koei
    • Developer Team Ninja
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-03-18
    • Publisher Temco Koei
    • Developer Team Ninja
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