Tecmo Koei has announced Ninja Gaiden 3, revealing one image which teases what we can expect from the sequel.

Attending a behind-closed door reveal earlier today, the image of Ryo Hayabusa holds secrets of the game to come. Ryu is pulling off his mask to represent a more human side to the series' protagonist and the idea that players will discover more about him.

Ryu also has blood on his face, representing a more violent and bloody experience to Ninja Gaiden 2.

You can also see a reflection of a person in Ryu's eye, perhaps suggesting an inner darkness which he is trying to contain - the likelihood is this darkness will manifest itself with new abilities.

The flames represent Ryu's descent into a hellish realm and the hell he plans to unleash on his foes.

We've also noticed something peculiar looking under the right eye that looks too specific to be just a blood smear.

The game's currently without a firm release date or platforms.

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Given the recurring theme of the Fiends in both 1 and 2, I would suspect that in the third installment, Ryu, who has Fiend blood (per his conversation with Doku in NG 1) will become a Fiend. How he will remain one of the good guys though I do not know. I do remember at the end of NG 2 though, that there was some sort of enlightenment Ryu achieved after defeating Genshin and planting Genshin's sword in the Ninja graveyard (I think that's what it was). Perhaps this is the key. The Fiends and those of the Dragon lineage do share the same blood lines after all (The Book of Fiends). Maybe Ryu is destined to play some role similar to the role of Anakin Skywalker, where there is a balance to be brought about. Who knows...
Posted 10:23 on 28 December 2010
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guyderman@ clangod

It sounds sad but it's the lack of gore that has put me off buying Sigma 2 - the blood was OTT on the 360 outing (the way it should be). Will still pick it up soon especially now that it's so cheap. It just seemed like such a strange decision to make!
Posted 09:44 on 15 November 2010
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Well I recently (within the last week) bought Sigma 2 and I'm loving it. There are little niggling things which hold it back from being a phenomenal game but it certainly is no slouch. One example would be the apparent lack of detail or decoration in the environments however the vistas when you do get to see them are great. I know it's probably trivial so apart from that and some camera problems I would highly recommend it.

So far I haven't found it that difficult but I'm not playing on the Warrior difficulty. I'm playing on Acolyte.

It is a game that some players will find repetitive but all in all what hack 'n' slash game isn't to some extent? There's also a lot less blood in Sigma 2 compared to the earlier outings so I hope this is reversed significanlty in the 3rd. it's not a ninja game without lots and lots of blood...

Judging by Sigma 2, I cannot wait to see what Team Ninja have in store for Ninja Gaiden 3.

Show Spoiler I also chose to play the game with Japanese voice acting and English subtitles. The crappy American cheese that is meant to pass for voice acting only makes the whole thing stink. I recommend this approach to anyone playing these games for the first time
Posted 00:29 on 13 November 2010
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darthleroy@ guyderman

Actually this might be Team Ninja's first multi platform game.
Posted 15:55 on 12 November 2010
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Yes, Ninja Gaiden 2 is hard but that's what makes it fun. I love the DLC. I picked a copy of Ninja Gaiden 2 unopened and still with cover sleeve an original wrapping for $2.00 at a thrift store. But the funny thing is that it was everything 50% percent off day so I got Ninja Gaiden 2 for $1.00.
Posted 15:52 on 12 November 2010
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great news. it is by far my favourite game series. played all of them on all consoles
Posted 15:50 on 17 September 2010
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Wido@ Get2DaChoppa

First Ninja Gaiden was hard as nails. Gaiden II was just as bad, but Team Ninja toned it down in the difficulty department which people can enjoy.

Old video, but Angry Video Game Nerd on about Ninja Gaiden.

I noticed the father of Ryu is called Ken, when the latest Gaiden games. Ryu father is called Joe.

Never have played that Gaiden game. Might have to try and find it on a download.
Posted 18:43 on 15 September 2010
Get2DaChoppa's Avatar


Loved playing the first 2 games, hard as sh*t though, wouldn't expect any less from this installment.
Posted 18:27 on 15 September 2010
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Hell yes. Got quite a few Ninja Gaiden games. Even if they are remakes and added bonuses. I have got them. I got Sigma 1 & 2 on the PS3 and Gaiden II on the 360. Got the original Ninja Gaiden and Black on the original Xbox.

Cannot wait to hear more news about this!
Posted 18:27 on 15 September 2010
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guyderman@ SexyJams

You can pick Sigma up on PS3 for about a fiver on Ebay - I thouroughly recommend it mate. Gaiden on the original Xbox was one of my fave hack & slash games ever - and sigma is a graphically better version with a few tweaks - it's awesome!
Gaiden 2 isn't as good as the first but still well worth checking out - I haven't tried Sigma 2 yet but from what I've heard it's better to play the 360 version for all it's gory glory!

EDIT - I presume it will be 360 first and then a year later we'll see sigma 3.
Posted 16:46 on 15 September 2010
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This'll be my first Ninja Gaiden game.
I've always wanted to play the previous games because everyone kept saying how damn hard they are.
I love hard games :)
Posted 16:30 on 15 September 2010

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Release Date: 23/03/2012
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