Ninja Gaiden Master Collection Review (Xbox Series S)

Our Ninja Gaiden Master Collection Review takes on everything this collection has to offer, the three titles from the series which are included are NINJA GAIDEN Sigma (released in 2007), NINJA GAIDEN Sigma 2 (released in 2009), and NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge (released in 2012). Become the ultimate ninja and defeat deadly enemies!

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Ninja Gaiden Master Collection Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 12.9GB download size. (4.3GB per game)
  • 3 separate game downloads.
  • 3000 Gamerscore. 1000 Gamerscore per game.
  • Ninja Gaiden Master Collection contains- Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge.
  • Japanese or English voice. (available in every game as an option)
  • Hack and slash ninja gameplay.
  • Controller settings- Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, rebind buttons.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma modes- story, Ninja trials, and survival mode.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma has 3 difficulties- Hero mode (autoblock attacks and a lot easier), normal and hard.
  • Tutorial tips as you go.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 has a Prologue cutscene.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 game modes- story and tag mission.
  • Really fast loading times across all 3 games.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 has four difficulties- Hero mode, normal, hard, and very hard.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge has 3 difficulties- Hero mode, Normal and hard.
  • Each game comes with all previously released DLC-like costumes and events.
  • Very fast and very gory combat.
  • Full gore and dismemberment.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge uses a Karma system. You earn Karma from kills and use them to buy new skills.
  • Combo counter in Sigma 2 and Razor’s Edge.
  • Tips pop up on the screen.
  • End of chapter breakdown of kills earned Karma and time completion.
  • Quick select and use/equip for swapping weapons and using items.
  • Camera reset button.
  • Savepoints that also heal.
  • Each game has a unique skill tree to unlock new abilities for you and your weapons.
  • Learn new attacks and styles by finding them in the game.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge uses a crow as your save point and he can heal you.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge will give you a breakdown of performance after every group encounter and reward you with Karma and health.
  • Some amazing set pieces.
  • Strong stories in all 3 games.
  • You can feel the advancements as you play through the games.
  • A lot of quick-time events.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge has chain kills whereby you kill all injured enemies in a row.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge has 3 game modes- story, Ninja trials, and chapter challenges.
  • Hidden Collectibles in each game for additional rewards or bonuses.
  • Big boss battles.
  • In Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge you can bring up the combo/move sheet.

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Ninja Gaiden Master Collection Review Cons:

  • The first Ninja Gaiden has a terrible tutorial and no way to check controls.
  • All games are separate.
  • The camera is still an absolute bastard to control mostly in part of the game speed.
  • The graphics on the earlier games look hazy and not as crisp as you would expect.
  • Difficult games even with hero mode.
  • No gore options in any of the games.
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma is very clunky against the other two games.
  • No new enhancements like quicksaves.
  • Learning when and how to parry and block is really difficult.
  • It can be hard in a battle to distinguish who is who.

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Ninja Gaiden Master Collection:

Official Website.

Developer: Koei Tecmo

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

Ninja Gaiden, the name alone would instill fear into gamers, not because it was bad, no far from it it was because it was so bloody difficult. Ninja Gaiden games have always looked beautiful and performed like it was a 60 fps test game, it was silky smooth and made games like Devil May Cry look slow in comparison. Enter the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection and we have not one but 3 games in one package! As with collections like this you get good and bad ones, here is no different. The first one has not aged well, it looks kind of last-gen and uses a weird blurry filter to mask a lot of the jaggies and performance issues. Ninja Gaiden one is still good to play but it’s clunky and doesn’t have many advancements as you can expect, you are thrown in with little help and it is by far the hardest but not the shining jewel in the collection. Ninja Gaiden 2 is better than the first as it builds upon the mechanics and adds in a lot more like combo systems, better controls, and a camera that can deal with the speed of it all a lot better. It’s still a slog but again purely because coming back to older games is tough, you expect certain things or the game to be a bit more accommodating. Ninja Gaiden 3 is the best performing and best one to play which is understandable as it is the newest of the trio. I spent the most time with 3 as the story, the visceral combat, and general performance matched my expectations and pushed me harder than the others. Hero mode is a new mechanic for all 3 games where it makes enemies a tad easier and when on low health you will auto block all attacks, it’s handy but doesn’t necessarily fulfill what it is claiming. I was a little bummed out that this collection was all 3 games as separate downloads with no link between them, you do get a fourth download of an art book and soundtrack but I was hoping for more museum-style entries and maybe some behind the scene or stories on the game creation. But for the price point and age of the games it’s not a bad collection at all and to be honest, even if you only play one to death and dabble in the other two you still get a lot of games and a lot of badass ninja action!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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