Fire? Electric? No, These Aren’t Pokémon. They’re Zombies In YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z

By Ishaan . August 23, 2013 . 10:00am

YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z isn’t just a ninja game, it’s a ninja game with zombies. There are different kinds of zombies in the game, too, and this morning, publisher Tecmo Koei shared details on the zombie enemies you’ll encounter as you play.



The Infected (Normal Stiff):

Most of our ex-neighbours and friends stink. You might have thought they stunk when they were alive too, but now their odour is unmistakeably horrible.


They seem to be stronger, faster, (a hell of a lot) uglier and stupider than they were in life and if you have keen sense of smell you might be able to avoid them- for a minute or two.



Electric Infected (Electric Stiff):

These electricity-charged stiffs seem to be producing their own electric power. It’s actually amusing, but if these guys were contained they could actually produce free electricity for all!


However, given the fact that almost everyone is dead or hiding, TV and microwave ovens should be the least of your worries. Remember high school physics and either try to ground them or drown them. Either way you won’t have much time to act.


Burning Infected (Fire Stiff):

Don’t approach them unless you’re cold or tired of living and want to leave life in flames. They are ever-burning, glow in the dark, hideously disfigured and smell disturbingly like BBQ.


Toxic Infected (Bile Stiff):

If you are an optimist who believes the army will come to this city’s rescue- don’t be. Those idiots already came and skilfully managed to get themselves infected WHILE WEARING THEIR SUITS.

So now they are trapped in there, feeding on their own flesh and producing some sort of green toxic bile that looks extremely disgusting and highly corrosive.


The Priest (Scorcher):

On the other hand, if you look to the clergy for an answer to your prayers- look again. They are nowhere to be found. Apart from this one priest that roams the city with a scorching censer- hopefully reading everyone their posthumous last rites, but most likely wreaking vengeance on whoever he thinks is wicked and sinful; so pretty much everyone that walks past him.


The Brawler (Shredder):

The rich and famous did not escape this scourge either! Local celebrity and world famous ex-boxer and MMA fighter Vseslav Degtyarev has fallen victim to the infection and is now laying his award winning punches to everyone in range. Yes, some might judge him for that brief assault case, or for the fact his career didn’t end in the most pleasant note, but look at him now! Strong as ever! Agile as a panther! Quick as a.. quickly rotting undead thing.


The Terrible Two (Baby Bruiser):

To be honest, no one really knows what this is. It seems to be some sort of experiment gone wrong as it has two heads and is slightly over-sized. It also seems to be hungry all the time and does cry a lot when it doesn’t suck on some poor passer-by’s bone marrow.

As it’s the size of a truck you’ll probably see and hear it long before it sees and hears you, but there’s nowhere to left hide, is there?


YAIBA: Ninja Gaiden Z is being developed by Spark Unlimited in collaboration with Team Ninja and comcept’s Keiji Inafune, who came up with the zombie idea. For more of Inafune’s thoughts on zombie (he also came up with the idea for Dead Rising while at Capcom), see this post.


YAIBA will be released in early 2014 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


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  • KuroNathan

    Any news on if these are shambling slow types or run at you crazy fast L4D types?

    • Byas

      My guess would be the fast types, as the normal ones description says: “They seem to be stronger, faster…”.

  • Sergio Briceño

    O_O They look like awesome character designs for a not so cartoony game.

    • 60hz

      not sure what you mean… the game has a comic book look and these designs look comicbook-like (not cartoony) – what am i missing?

      • Sergio Briceño

        What I meant was, that if those character models and the game both looked more realistic, I’d like them better. undead and demonic creatures have become boring to look at in the last few years when it comes to videogames.

  • 60hz

    low expectations for this one, though the art looks cool, wasn’t convinced that the gameplay was interesting/inspired in the last vids shown

    • Kevin Schwarz

      Yeah, the “vengance” story is not that original, just the art looks different from the series.

      • 60hz

        totally hope i’m wrong though – i love a good ninja game :-D

  • Göran Isacson

    I have to admit, I did give a dark chuckle or two at the descriptions. Wonder if they’d be as fun to fight as to talk about, however.

    • British_Otaku

      The little writing that I’ve heard related to this game has been quite amusing, though most of it is Tecmo’s stuff above in this article and this trailer:

      Hot sauce and my balls.

      Of course, anyone who expects Ninja Gaiden’s best here instead of something like Lollipop Chainsaw and MadWorld (lots of humour, silly as hell, not much depth or challenge) is going to be disappointed.

      Ninja Gaiden 4 will come out on the next generation of systems after the Vita gets Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Sigma Edge Plus.

      • Göran Isacson

        Yeah, I’m pretty much setling in for that too. Ever since I heard it’s gonna be a bit more like Dynasty Warriors than Ninja Gaiden I haven’t had superhigh hopes for the combat. It’s gonna be functional and serve the games purposes, but it’s not gonna be something you beat on Super Ultra Hard Mode without ever taking a single hit to impress all your gamer buddies with.

  • Joshua

    It’s good to know that Pokemon is the only franchise allowed to have elemental damage, since it not only invented the very concept but has also been the only series to use the mechanic in the past 10 years.

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