SIT BEHIND YOUR MASK, CONTROL YOUR WORLD

Speaking of the game’s story, the developers are, of course, keeping mum on the plot, but Yosuke Hayashi, the leader of the game’s development crew at Team Ninja, did reveal that we will see a different side of Gaiden hero Ryu Hayabusa than we’ve seen before. “Ryu has previously been this masked ninja who’s gone around, doing what he’s been told to do,” Hayashi explains. “But for Ninja Gaiden 3, we are looking at unmasking him, and showing the person behind the ninja mask. So we’re making Ryu into a Japanese dark hero, and you will see, through playing the game, what being a ‘Japanese dark hero’ actually means.”

Though it apparently doesn’t mean, “a guy who slices off limbs,” as Ryu’s slashing attacks now just produce Jackson Pollack-esque spurts of blood, not the loss of an arm or a leg. As a result, enemies no longer keep on fighting after they’ve been de-limbed like they’re The Black Knight from Monty Python’s Holy Grail (a staple of Ninja Gaiden 2 on the 360 but not Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on the PS3).