I didn’t think that it would be possible for a game about cyborg ninjas battling zombies to be too edgy for me. “Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z” looks vibrant and beautiful, but below it’s candy coated exterior is a rich nuggety center of immaturity.
Slated to hit American shores on March 4th and in Europe on February 28th, “Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z” is a the product of a three way partnership between Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Comcept. As an offshoot of the Ninja Gaiden series, the game features all the bloody hack-and-slash action fans of that series love.
However, where Ryu Hayabusa is a reserved and dignified ninja, Yaiba is the kind of ninja you won’t take home to mother. In the trailer below you’ll hear Yaiba spouting off lines like “Take a suck…” and “sugar tits.” The over-the-top attitude is supposed to be hilarious, but it all comes off as feeling forced and grotesque. Check it out for yourself below.
In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players battle fierce zombies as YAIBA, a cyborg ninja brought back to life with cyber-technology, who will do anything for revenge. Brandishing his deadly ninja sword and the mecha weapons integrated into his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.
Despite my grievances with the dialog choices, I can’t deny that the game looks beautiful and fluid. I’m interested in still trying it out, but this might be one I have to play on mute.