Tecmo Koei is finally bringing its beloved franchise Ninja Gaiden to PCs after years of console exclusivity with a release through Steam. The only difference is that this new Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has nothing to do with those games and is not a fair representation of its franchise’s rich history.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is the brainchild of Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi and Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune, a sushi-raw action game which pits the legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, now a full on cyborg, against an army of mindless zombies. No longer does he need to feel threatened by every enemy around him because these zombies are totally brainless and very weak.
I played Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z at Tokyo Game Show and walked away pleased but underwhelmed, thanks to the series’ past of brutally knocking me senseless with its game design. Tearing through zombies makes for a fun little slasher, but Ninja Gaiden has always been about more than cheap thrills.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is scheduled for release in Q2 2014 and will now be released on PCs alongside the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions.