Koei Tecmo have some of the most iconic franchises of all time under their banner, but few stand up to the legacy of Ninja Gaiden. Before the Souls franchise came along to make gamers cry into their controllers, Ninja Gaiden was the top dog, offering supremely challenging Ninja-based swordplay, and now the most recent games are coming to modern platforms, releasing for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the 10th of June.
The Ninja Gaiden Master Collection comprises the three mainline 3D games, made up of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, with most of the previously released game modes and DLC costumes arriving in one thrilling collection.
The Ninja Gaidne: Master Collection allows fans and newcomers alike to experience the tale of “super ninja” Ryu Hayabusa as he battles deadly fiends causing chaos around the world. Ninja Gaiden Sigma, originally released in 2007, set the standard of high-speed action for the series – introducing dual-wielding weapons, and a Mission Mode alongside its gripping Story Mode.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, originally released in 2009, continued Hayabusa’s journey alongside characters Ayane, Rachel, and Momiji, with four difficulty levels testing players’ battle techniques with every heart-stopping fight.
The latest entry, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, originally released in 2012, upped the challenge with powerful new enemies and fiercely violent depictions, as well as bringing Kasumi into the action, making it the series’ most alluring white-knuckle experience to date.
It’s possible that many players might have come into contact with Ryu Hayabusa and his ninja pals in Koei Tecmo’s Dead or Alive series, with the most recent entry, Dead or Alive 6, launching in 2019. We handed it a 7/10, with the action remaining as good as ever, but the continuing question mark about the series’ objectification of women hanging heavily in the background.
We absolutely can’t wait to return to the world of Ninja Gaiden, and Ryu Hayabusa’s tale, in June.