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Published April 11, 2018

Ninja Gaiden games are known for having two things, action and Ryu Hayabusa. I have been playing Ninja Gaiden games since the early 1990s and I can say without a doubt that I do indeed love the games because they are action-packed. The first Ninja Gaiden game that I’ve ever played on the PS3 was Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, I fell in love with the game and it became one of my favorites.

Love this game!

When I first heard about Ninja Gaiden 3 on PS3, I didn’t think much of it; I verbally spat on it to be honest. When I played it though, I was blown away. There was so much about the game that I misjudged and I deeply regret it. The game takes an interesting turn after the first mission but there’s so much more to it than what Ryu has and does not have at his disposal.

From experience, Ninja Gaiden 3 was a great game that I definitely enjoyed playing and would definitely play again on a rainy day or if I was snowed inside my house or any other time as well. Here’s my review of Ninja Gaiden 3 and the awesomeness that it is!

Kick ass game, BUY IT!

Adventure without the Dragon Sword

Now, the first thing that gamers will notice is that Ryu is running around without his Dragon Sword after Day 1. To be honest, this was a bit of a deal breaker for me because I’m used to seeing Ryu with his trusty sword. However, after playing the game up to Day 5; I didn’t mind so much because the Jin-Ranmaru Katana and Blade of the Archfiend rivals the Dragon Sword’s power so I didn’t mind at all that I didn’t have it.

Ryu didn’t get the Dragon Sword back until Day 8 (last day) and it was in a cutscene. The enemies were not any more difficult using the two substitute swords than they would’ve been if Ryu had used his Dragon Sword all throughout the adventure. Make no mistake, Ryu doesn’t have his Dragon Sword but that does not make him any worse for the wear; he does just fine especially after he gets the Blade of the Archfiend.

As a person who adapts to change easily, I can say that the creators took this game in a whole new direction, and I liked it; I did not once feel like I wanted to quit or take the game back to Disk Replay where I got it.

Continuous Ultimate Technique requirement

In previous Ninja Gaiden games for the PS3, gamers had access to the Ultimate Technique which would have Ryu subjecting his enemies to a flurry of strikes. In Ninja Gaiden 3, when you combo’ed your enemies especially if you’re using the triangle button to help pull off the combo, your arm will glow red and when you press and hold triangle button, you’ll do the ultimate technique continuously.


This move has gotten me out of trouble more than one time; take advantage of this because enemies, especially the ones on Day 4, will be asking for it and their difficulty will warrant it. The game gives you the ability to wield the Ultimate Technique over and over which is very handy if you are losing health or are feeling outnumbered which you will eventually be as you progress.

To me, I loved using this because the chimeras on Day 4 were among the toughest enemies I faced all game and felt that it was a great way to level the playing field.

Grip of Murder

At the end of Day 1, Ryu is cursed with the Grip of Murder which basically hinders him and slows him down to a crawl; almost. However, it was not that bad. For one, Ryu was practically invincible as it seemed like enemies were afraid to go near him and the ones that did were chopped down instantly with no damage to Ryu. Also, the curse, when it reared its head, did not seem to last very long.

This is another aspect of the game that I thought would be a deal breaker, but it turned out to be the opposite. While the Grip of Murder did not give Ryu more strength, it made his enemies afraid of him to the point where they were trying to keep their distance to keep from getting killed.

What I also liked was that enemies did not take advantage of Ryu’s weakness while the Grip of Murder was active; some enemies fled and gave Ryu room to stumble about in peace. I was really surprised when I saw this when the Black Spider Ninja Clan invaded. The Grip of Murder made the game more interesting.

Only one Ninpo

Any gamer that has played Ninja Gaiden Sigma I & II know that the game gave gamers access to various Ninpo. Ninja Gaiden 3 only gave Ryu access to only one. I liked that the game did this for two reasons. One, it increased the challenge factor. Two, the game wanted you to know upfront that the Inferno Ninpo was going to be the only one to be used throughout the game and you had to make the best of it which I did.

I loved using the Ninpo, it was great

I didn’t mind this because when you used the Inferno Ninpo, your life was automatically refilled at the end of the dragon animation which was kick ass because using the Ninpo this way ensured that you were never going to truly die. The Ninpo put a fine point on the word, immortal.

Also, the Ninpo did an excellent job clearing out the enemies on screen; it was like you could breathe a sigh of relief when you were able to cast the Inferno Ninpo because you knew you were going to get healed afterward.

Overall Difficulty

Ninja Gaiden 3 is not difficult by any means, it was challenging at times sure, but it was not hard to play nor did the challenge factor make the game unplayable. The difficulty was just right and I’m going to be the first to tell you all that the game is a great addition to any PS3 game collection.


Ninja Gaiden 3 PS3 plays a little differently than its predecessors but the overall difficulty and the use of one Ninpo made the game fun and money well spent. Despite the fact that Ryu goes through his entire adventure without his Dragon Sword, the substitute swords that he got more than made up for it. Also, continuous use of the ultimate technique allowed Ryu to kill off his enemies in style which made the game that much more enjoyable. Get this game, and play it; you will not be disappointed, I wasn’t.

If you have any questions about my post or want to message me regarding the game then please feel free to leave me a message below and I’ll get back to you before the day is out.

I hated not having this, but I loved the game nonetheless!


  1. ArieArie

    Great review! I never really gotten much into the Ninja Gaiden series, but I have been thinking about giving it a try, as it would be great to try these games out!

    In terms of the main weapon changing here, I can see why some fans may be a bit turned off, but it is nice to know that the other 2 weapons are up there in terms of quality.

    I heard that these games can get quite challenging though, although I see you mentioned here that this one is not that hard.

    Would you recommend I give this one I try if I have not gotten into any of the other games? If not, which game in the series do you think is the best place to start for newbies?

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      First off, thanks for the compliment on my post; I appreciate it. Second, if you’re going to start anywhere when it comes to NInja Gaiden for PS3 then I suggest Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 with Ninja Gaiden 3 on second base. The reason I say Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is because you can adjust the difficulty and even if you play it on normal, you still won’t have that hard a time playing the game; the bosses are not that challenging except for maybe the boner rigamortis boss on Level 7 but pump arrows to the bulb on his chest using your bow will end him; just bring more than a few elixirs for insurance. I’ve beaten that game dozens of times and I still do this when I fight it because boner rigamortis can drain health quickly. Don’t hesitate to reach to me if and when you do get the game, I’ll be here for help if you need me.

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