If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Team Ninja has always been a bit of an odd duck in my opinion. I mean, they're the only developer that I can think of that puts as much time and effort into modeling blood and ninja swords as they do into boob-jiggling physics. But I guess it makes a certain amount of sense when you consider their largest franchises are respectively, a game where two combatants beat each other to death in a one on one fight to the finish and a game where those same combatants put on tiny bikinis and frolic around in a lush jungle paradise ... to the death!
But leaving poor DOA out of it, Team Ninja is also the studio that resurrected the much beloved Ninja Gaiden franchise and brought it into the modern age. So now, roughly twenty-two years after our initial introduction to Ryu Hayabusa and his demon killing adventures, Team Ninja has given us our first look at the much anticipated Ninja Gaiden 3:
Previous entries into the series have always been both praised and vilified for their higher difficulty level. Ninja Gaiden demands a high level of concentration from the player, but equally it rewards that investment with bloody awesome action. But the real story here is the potential reveal of Mr. Hayabusa's face, something that has been hidden from us until now (edit: hmmmm, so that's not right. We've seen his face numerous times, but up until now he kind of looked like a generic karate man. I'm hoping the glowing eyes means something more interesting than 'brown haired Asian dude').
Will this game finally bring us a story we can get invested in more than, you know, not at all? Or is this going to be Other M all over again, where a classic character is lessened by the reveal of their personality? Personally, I can't wait to see if Team Ninja is going to push the franchise out further, or just rely on cheap reveals of classic mysteries to move another million units.
What do you guys think? Is this franchise still relevant? Does all that blood get your, uh, blood pumping? Or is this just another series finally being driven into the ground until it's eventually 'relaunched'?