|Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z|
|Platform||Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, iOS|
|Release date|| NA 18 March, 2014 |
AU 20 March, 2014
EU 21 March, 2014
JP 27 March, 2014
|Genre||Action-adventure game, Hack and Slash|
|Rating|| ESRB: M (Mature)|
OFLC (NZ): R18
|Media||Digital Download, Optical Disk|
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a spin-off game in the Ninja Gaiden Series developed in tandem by Comcept, Spark Unlimited and Team Ninja; directed by Keiji Inafune. The game was released for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows platforms on March 18, 2014 in North America, March 20, 2014 in Austraila and March 21, 2014 in Europe.
Unlike most Ninja Gaiden games, the primary character is a ninja named Yaiba Kamikaze, who was killed in a battle against Ryu Hayabusa. After being found by a mysterious organization, Yaiba is brought back to life as a cyborg in order to hunt down zombies, with support from Miss Monday, a scientist from the organization. As Yaiba goes into his mission, he also seeks his revenge against Ryu for their previous encounter.
The gameplay in Yaiba employs the Unreal Engine in a manner similar to other console action games, running at 30 FPS. The main enemies in the game are zombies that Yaiba has to fight in order to move on. His main weapons are an unnamed katana and his cybernetic arm, though he is also shown to use pieces of zombies as weapons.
The "Ultimate Technique" mode seen in other Ninja Gaiden games has been replaced by a mode called "Bloodlust" which, when activated, allows Yaiba to decimate multiple enemies around him in quick succession.
The game will also contain some kind of retro style Arcade "Ninja Gaiden Z" Mode.
In the bonus costumes trailer, Yaiba states that "When you're as good as me, you don't even need to use ninpo", suggesting that Ninpo will be unavailible in this game.