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By Spencer . September 22, 2011 . 5:00pm
Ryu has more tricks up his sleeve than katana combos and an ultimate technique. Ninja Gaiden 3 has ninpo too and the build at Tokyo Game Show let players transform into a fire dragon. Use this ability and you’ll kill everyone nearby and absorb their life. Sounds like a great ability, but Team Ninja’s game may make you regret using it.
The Tokyo Game Show demo took place in London, one of the early levels in Ninja Gaiden 3. I played the demo on hard, but the machinegun carrying soldiers were no match for Ryu. Sliding closed distance and set enemies up for quick dismemberment. After a few slashes, Ninja Gaiden 3 switches into QTE mode for bloody finishing moves. The feeling was similar to the E3 build with one noticeable difference.
Enemies drop their guard, cower in a corner, and say "please don’t kill me."
Ryu has an option to mercilessly slaughter unarmed foes or leave them be. Frightened enemies don’t even try to fight back, they crawl away if you try to approach them. I suppose a callous player would chop them into pieces. I tried to leave them alone, but special attacks like ninpo don’t discriminate between enemies trying to kill you and enemies begging for their lives.
Therein lies a dilemma. Should you use Ryu’s full arsenal and kill somewhat innocent guys with automatic weapons or hold back powerful moves and spare digital lives? It appears this is one of the consequences of violence elements head ninja Yosuke Hayashi wants to tackle in Ninja Gaiden 3.