Team Ninja lead explains why Ninja Gaiden 3 doesn’t allow freeform dismemberment

Tuesday, 20th September 2011 06:39 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Team Ninja lead Yosuke Hayashi defended the studio’s move to not feature frequent decapitations and other freeform dismemberment in Ninja Gaiden 3. Something which was present in its predecessors.

He told that it was done intentionally, however not in order to soften the impact of the violence in the title, but to enhance it.

“For Ninja Gaiden 3, we wanted to focus on the act of cutting someone down, and what it’s like to actually kill someone with a sword. Once you start lopping off limbs, your enemy goes from being a living thing that you’re killing to just a thing.”

Hayashi went on to explain how it’ll make the players actually feel like cutting through real-people.

“When you’re actually cutting into a person, and you feel them getting scared, and the blood is spraying right on you, you hear their dying breaths in your ear — that’s the kind of visceral violence we’re going for in Ninja Gaiden 3.”

Hayashi warned that the game was not meant for people who would sympathize with their enemies as Ryu Hayabusa isn’t a nice guy, and there’s no easy way out for him.

“Ryu Hayabusa is a dark hero,” Hayashi explained. “If people want to take the easy way out or a cleaner way out — not killing people — that’s not what the story is about and what Ryu Hayabusa is about. To be a dark hero, you have to do bad things in order to do good.”

Ninja Gaiden 3 is in development for PS3, and Xbox 360 and is due out in the first half of 2012.



  1. Lord Gremlin

    Still makes no sense. Still – game will flop. Ninja Gaiden without dismemberment (or decapitations like in NGS1) is like canned beans… Without beans. Makes you wonder what was actually canned.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. XaosWolf

    This is sounding like we’re going to be guilt-tripped every step of the way in this game.

    As much as I love the Ninja Gaiden series, I would not want to play ANY action game where it seemed like someone was following me around “Tut”ing every time I take someone down. =/

    #2 3 years ago
  3. minxamo

    Aren’t these the guys who are bastardising Devil May Cry?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Noddy Jnr

    No This is Team Ninja, they make Dead or Alive. Ninja Theory is making DMC, they make Heavenly Sword and Enslaved. Both good games. So have faith in them for DMC.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: Logic won’t work on those people.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Ninja Gaiden 2: Uber gore, bouncy boobs and many weapons. Sure, it wasn’t as great as NG Black but it was still a decent NG game.

    They’ve removed all that for NG3, so good luck with your game. They’ve lost of fan already.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    The first Ninja Gaiden (next gen, not the retro game) didn’t have dismemberment at the core of its combat.

    Just sayin’.

    This idea seems interesting, if they can pull it off. As long as the fighting is solid, that’s all that really matters.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    I really liked the 10 minutes video of this game during TGS. The QTE’s actually don’t seem to show any buttons on screen so that’s gonna be more challenging and i really liked what i saw.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    @6 agreed i dont think il ever buy this

    #9 3 years ago

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