Each edition of So I Tried… I will try a game that I have never tried before. Will I find something new to love? Will I find something new to despise? I'll take a full half hour, no matter how bad it gets or how badly I do, to see if this is the game for me. This time I went for the Xbox 360 version of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.
What I thought it was
A tough as nails game about a ninja killing things. I knew that Team Ninja are well regarded; people clearly like the series enough for them to make sequels. But apart from suspecting that it's a trilogy of games rebooting a SNES title, anything I did know about the game I've long forgotten as the only reason I have it is because it was a backwards compatible Game With Gold title on my Xbox One.
What it actually is
A third-person action game putting you in the gi of Ryu, a ninja sent on a mission to London to rescue some hostages. It's incredibly violent, a fact that I remembered about the game when, within 10 seconds of taking control of Ryu I ripped a man in two with a sword. My suspicions of difficulty were proven true when, on the easiest difficulty, I was almost killed in almost every fight I got into. The combat felt pretty button mashy, even after I had unlocked a few new moves, but that's not a bad thing in my eyes. I can never get a decent combo in the Batman Arkham games… Oh, and there were tons of Ninja Gaiden titles before the reboot, on the NES, Master System and Game Gear.
Will I keep playing
Yes, I think I will. I certainly didn't uninstall it in frustration, so it obviously wasn't too difficult, though it certainly suggests that it will be more challenging as it progresses. I got to destroy a spider-tank thing as a mini-boss, so that's always a positive in my book. There was wall climbing, too, though no sign of a grappling hook. I'm keeping my hopes up for that, as Ryu has a wingsuit and multiple weapons at his disposal. I just hope that I improve in combat - the opening part has half a dozen enemy types, I've no doubt that will increase…