gamers (94%) found this review helpful
Huge NG fan here going all the way back to NES days, played and beat each of the new ones on 360, etc...including the original version of NG3. That being said, we all know that the original version of NG3 was not good. I personally enjoyed the online battles and co-op challenges but the campaign was linear and weak, no weapons, no essence, no ninpo variety, no dismemberment of enemies, etc, etc....many many issues as we know. Plus everyone got bent over if you even wanted new weapons as you had to BUY them as DLC!! So maddening!
Well, so far I have been satisfied with the NG3: RE version. Pretty much everything I mentioned above has been fixed or added to this version. There are more weapons (that are in the game without DLC), dismemberments are back, combos are back, ninpo variety is back as well as upgrading weapons, skills and ninpo. The only things still missing are A) the blue, yellow and red essences and B) the herbal inventory for healing and things like Life of the Gods. Lack of each of these was -1 on my rating so I rated it an 8 out of 10.
If you downloaded and played the demo, anything you unlocked is open in the full version for you. If you played through and stuck with and bought DLC from the original version, that converts and is honored in this version as well so there are perks to completing the original if you did and now moving to the RE version.
So to me, all that being said this version is totally worth it for the price if you are a die hard NG fan as well. I was going to get this version on the WiiU but then I heard that the 360 version will honor the previous DLC so I waited for the 360 version. Also if you have not heard yet, you can play as more characters than Ryu and they have varying story arcs.
Basically, just pretend the first one never happened and check this one out. Still not as good as NG: Black or NG2 but wayyyyyyyyyyyy better than the original NG3! See you online in battle mode! \m/
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I'll likely end up keeping this title. The game is pretty fun and offers players some improvements over the original NG3--see Wiki for a complete list of differences.
Gameplay is fast and furious and the difficulty is often unforgiving. It's a bit unfortunate that so many reviewers penalize this game because of its difficulty--the NG franchise has always been known for its tough titles, so why be surprised? Fortunately there are still a few durable gamers out there that are willing to play it all the way through.
In my opinion, this is the best Ninja Gaiden title since NG: Black for the original Xbox. I'll admit that it's not for everyone. But judging by the high saturation of easy action games and an ever-growing casual gaming community, that's not such a bad thing these days. Few people will be able to say they beat this game on normal--or harder--difficulty.