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GF Rating
6.0

1340 ratings

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

N3 is OK, BUT N2 is much better.

posted by MrSche (MEMPHIS, TN) Apr 7, 2012

Member since Jun 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

N1 sigma and N2 were both great games. I think N3 Lacks what both N1 & N2 had...and its probably because Itagaki left team Ninja. They should have mixed N1 & N2 together and kept that recipe. N3 isnt as bad as the reviews claim, and I think the reviews are more out of anger for not keeping the original brutality and difficulty the previous NG games had. NG has never been big on "story", and N3 tries to focus on that. RYU was always been the silent killer that massacered anyone in his path. When you give a game character a " personality ", it takes away from the gamers experience of BEING THAT CHARACTER, unless hes given moral choices like Commander Shepard in Mass Effect. Its like Link from Zelda...you feel as if you are actually LINK because Link doesnt have much of a personality himself...so you re able to incorporate your own thoughts into his descions.
The gameplay of N3 is greatly watered down, yet still challenging. You cant severe a limb from your enemies, although there seems to be just as much blood. The combat is much easier, due to complaints from the series being TOO HARD. I can almost press 1 button now and clear out a group of enemies, without blocking once! The fighting seems very repetitve because you seem to fight the same group of soldiers section by section. Ive yet to encounter the mutants and strange beasts N2 had. RYU is more of a mercenary military lapdog instead of a lone fearless warrior this time. But Im only at the second stage at this point, and by the time many of you read this, I may change my rating ( I doubt it ). To sum it up...N3 is OK. Its not bad but not great either. They took away what made it GREAT. No level up system, the cutting of limbs, the enemies, the weapons, and the graphics...N1 & N2 had a very polished feel..N3 looks hashed. Worth buying? YES, WHEN ITS $20 in the used section. Until then, this is a RENT ONLY release.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

disappointing but not that bad

posted by mardar35 (UPLAND, CA) Mar 29, 2012

Member since Mar 2012

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

compared to ng 1 and 2 this was a bit of a letdown. but i don't think the game was a bad as most gamers thought. could or should it have been better.....absolutely. the controls were good, smooth gameplay although the camera angles were frustrating, the plot was good, a little generic but good. it also seemed like team ninja was in a hurry to get this game out on schedule.

overall, not the best game i've played but definitely not the worse.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Repetitive

posted by pswilliams986 (ROCKY POINT, NC) Mar 26, 2012

Member since Oct 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Its extremely repetitive. It overuses certain game play elements like slowing Ryu down when is arm is in pain, climbing up walls with L1 and R1 and escape scenes. The combat is just as repetitive with only a few ways of using melee moves and only one ninpo technique.

This game does not deserve the 3 that IGN gave it though. I consider a 3 a game that's barely playable due to major glitches and what is playable is either boring or frustrating. A 3 is harsh even for something like Duke Nukem Forever in my book. That being said, I wouldn't suggest anyone go out and spend $60 on this. Personally I won't even buy it when there are used copies for $5 on Amazon. This is a fun rental though. The gameplay is decent to blast through all at once on a weekend or something, the story is mindless fun and graphics are smooth and colorful. Its not something you spend money on, but as a game you can rent, beat and return in two days its not horrible.

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