Ninja Gaiden 3 review round-up: Worst game ever, or best Gaiden yet?

Team Ninja delivers the most Marmite game of the year so far...

Depending on who you listen to Ninja Gaiden 3 is either the greatest entry in the series yet, or the worst addition to the genre ever.

In CVG's Ninja Gaiden 3 review our reviewer Andy Hartup said while the action sequel is not quite as accomplished as Bayonetta, "it's the best Gaiden yet."

Surf on down to IGN's Ninja Gaiden 3 review and they'll tell you it's "a gash on the face of the franchise" and should be avoided like the plague. Ouch.

Obviously, two reviews aren't enough to paint a balanced picture, so we've gathered up as many we could find and stuck them in the list below along with the score, and a short excerpt from the review. Hopefully that will give you a broader range of opinions to base your purchasing decisions - and expectations - on.

We'll be regularly updating this round-up with more reviews as they come out, so keep your eyes peeled.

  • CVG: 8.0 - It's less hardcore than previous games, making solo play enjoyable, but the online mode is a misstep. Still, while it's not as accomplished as Bayonetta, it's the best Gaiden yet.
  • IGN: 3.0 - Ninja Gaiden 3 is a gash on the face of the franchise and one of the worst games the action genre has yet suffered. It has no consideration for its fans' wants or what a new audience may have enjoyed. It's a nightmare that's as easy as it is uninteresting, and it abandons what used to work for awful new ideas that don't work together. Under no circumstance should you ever waste your time on this self-indulgent and abysmal wreck.
  • OXM UK: 8 - Ninja Gaiden serves up some Hollywood setpieces with a rock-solid combat system. Forgive the hyperactive cameraman and choose the right difficulty, because the wrong one will ruin your game
  • OXM US: 8.0 - Given the rare and tumultuous circumstances that led to such turnover at Team Ninja, it's fair to wonder what Itagaki's Ninja Gaiden 3 would've been like. Still, this version of Ninja Gaiden 3 - the one created by Yosuke Hayashi and his crew - is what we get, and it deserves praise for being a great way an Xbox action fan can spend $60. It may not live up to the series' impossibly high standards, but it's still a gem in its own right.
  • Metro: 8/10 - An impressively courageous reboot that channels the hard-edged heart of the series while discarding its more antagonistic baggage.
  • VideoGamer: 5/10 - You can probably wring out a decent afternoon with Ninja Gaiden 3 providing you're not expecting it to be as good as its predecessors. There are the origins of a fast, exciting new combat system buried underneath all the mess, and the gorgeous animations and zippy takedowns provide an immediate buzz. Yet its problems vastly outweigh its positives, and it's hard to come away feeling anything other than disappointed. This was supposed to be a bold new beginning for the series, but ultimately Ninja Gaiden 3 feels like a false start.