Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is one of the last significant non-eighth gen games launching in the spring quarter for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is a no-holds-barred, third-person slice-and-slash title that focuses on over-the-top zombie madness, and the latest developer diary delves into the variety of personalities and humorous concepts circulating the undead hordes that players will face off against in the upcoming title.
Key members of development from Comcept and Spark shed their insight on the game's design and the “artistic direction” they took for the title, in both the way its portrayed visually and the way gamers interact with the overtly comical atmosphere.
There's very little to talk about that isn't already discussed in the video... I mean, there are various zombie types that may or may not extend the game's life with gamers who care a thing or two about getting in a few farts and giggles right before slicing a zombie into enough pieces that it makes Raiden's mincing skills look amatuer, and it has Kojima and crew getting the giddy jiggles in their pants.
However, beyond the brainless sword and cyborg-arm action presented in most of the other trailers, I do wonder if the game will have any sort of life outside of what's been promoted? Gaming Blend's own Ryan Winslett had some good things to say about the game after spending some time with the team at last year's E3, however it's hard to say that beyond the flashy trailers and the comical zombies, there's a steady $60 title hidden away under all the comic-book-style panache and torrent of disembodied splashes of red goo.
On the plus side, at least legendary game designer Keiji Inafune has taken some liberties to add some unique modes and features to Yaiba that may appeal to some gamers, such as the side-scrolling Mighty No. 9 mode, mirrored after the company's upcoming Kickstarter project:
I guess we'll find out if this stylized, alternate-take on the classic Ninja Gaiden franchise will help infuse some much needed life into the third-person hack-and-slash genre. If you're interested in getting your hands on the game, you won't have to wait too long for this title to drop on a console (or PC) near you.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will shuffle and scoot its way onto a retail shelf (or digital distributor) just a week after the launch of Titanfall on March 18th. Need more info? Feel free to hit up the Official website.