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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Gets Simultaneous Steam Release

/ Oct 9th, 2013 No Comments

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

PC Users can purchase Team Ninja’s Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z the same day as console users in 2014. The latest Ninja Gaiden game will launch simultaneously on console and Steam in early 2014. Previously announced for release on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Tecmo Koei confirmed a Steam release of Yaiba alongside its console counterparts. 

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja’s latest addition to the Ninja Gaiden series. The game pairs Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi with Comcept’s Keiji Inafune. In the gamer world, the man who took over for Tomonobu Itagaki and the man who created Mega Man. The game intends to reinvigorate the Ninja Gaiden series with a new take on the popular hack-n-slash action franchise. It blends cybernetic implants and weapons with zombies and new styles of gameplay.

The game follows Yaiba, a ninja that Ryu Hayabusa sliced in half, who is brought back to life thanks to cybernetic technology. Now Yaiba is out for revenge on Ryu but must fight to stay alive against an onslaught of undead warriors. Ninja Gaiden Z features new artistic stylings borrowing from the graphic world of comic books. Yaiba will have a multitude of options available to him when dispatching enemies whether it be turning his hand into a chain saw or severing limbs to use as nun-chucks. 

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

[adsense250itp]Our Take: This news is unsurprising. Most games get a day and date release on both console and PC (unless it is GTA V then it’s anyone’s guess). It is good to see Tecmo Koei throwing Yaiba on Steam since it will help the look and frame rate of the high speed action game. At E3, Tecmo Koei had a playable demo out for attendees and it ran pretty well. Ninja Gaiden never quite re-captured the lightning in a bottle that it achieved in its original Xbox game. Every sequel seemed sillier and resulted in diminishing results. Yaiba revitalizes the series with action that feels fun and inviting. It is clearly a different take on the series but one for the better. In the demo there was the same sense of jocular frat boyish jiggle-physics type jokes that fans expect from the series but the tone and stylized nature of the game help it sell better. Yaiba feels like a fun grindhouse flick melding ninjas and zombies like Lollipop Chainsaw but without tank controls. The game had a few technical issues but nothing that made it unplayable. Any of the little performance issues likely can be sorted out by playing it on a good PC rig.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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