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E3 2013: Hands On With Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

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The Ninja Gaiden franchise gets a new gloss with the upcoming Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. And the “Z” in the title stands for “Zombies.” You see, Yaiba is a far different beast from previous Ninja Gaiden installments because you’ll be playing a character that Ryu Hayabusa killed. Yaiba is a bad guy of sorts who sets out to avenge his “death.” You’ll control Yaiba but rather than hacking and slashing ninjas, you’ll be destroying zombies. And it’s actually pretty cool.

At E3 I got to play a demo of the game and had a lot of fun severing zombie limbs for the better part of 10 minutes. Right off the bat you’ll notice that the art direction is more of the cel-shaded anime style. It gives off it’s own distinct vibe and is actually quite pretty to look at. Oh yeah, and it is completely out of its mind over-the-top.

Yaiba is a brutal and bloody good time. The title character moves around nimbly as he slashes the undead until fountains of blood spurt into the air. When you pull off certain remarkably devastating moves, the camera freezes to show just how devastating the move was. You can rip the arms off of certain zombies and use them as nunchucks, other zombies can be snatched up and used as a club. Towards the end of the demo, a certain zombie’s head could be used as a flamethrower. It’s pretty damn ridiculous but a load of fun.

It’s apparent that the humor in the game is going for over the top as well. Yaiba communicates with a young lady about his mission and the banter between the two is pretty humorous. And then there is a sequence where you throw a zombie into a bus and the undead drive the bus into a pair of giant woman legs that are spread wide open. A shower of panties commences and the demo comes to an end.

Yeah. It’s pretty out of its own friggin mind.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z drops in the 4th quarter on current gen systems.

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