Ninja Gaiden has a certain reputation. Before Dark Souls existed, Ryu Hayabusa’s adventures were considered “unfair” or “challenging” depending on who you asked. Also anchored in the general consciousness of most adult players: Ninja Gaiden (and thus also the Master Collection) should by no means belong in the hands of children, in the fast-paced battles against the defensive enemies, the blood splatters by the liter. The three-pack software package for PC and last-gen consoles contains the more modern Ninja Gaiden titles from the 2000s, not the NES classics – but you can download the latter in many download shops for little money. And now to the topic: What is the Master Collection good for?





If you look around you will find treasure chests with useful content: healing potions, new techniques and so on.  Seen here: Ninja Gaiden Sigma.



If you look around you will find treasure chests with useful content: healing potions, new techniques and so on. Seen here: Ninja Gaiden Sigma.

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The chronologically first game in the collection is Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Without the addition of Sigma, it was released in 2004 exclusively for the Xbox, a year later it was re-released with adjustments and the title Black, in 2007 Black was released with new content and changes for the PS3 – that’s Ninja Gaiden Sigma, which is in the Collection is stuck. Even today it is still a pleasure to fight and jump around nimbly as Ryu Hayabusa from a third-person perspective. The adventure has withstood the ravages of time! Technically everything runs smoothly, the optics are sharp, the controls precise and satisfactory. If you have a thing for Soulslike games, but also appreciate Bayonetta and Devil May Cry, you’ve come to the right place. The worst aging phenomenon is the somewhat nervous camera.






The plot is not a highlight in any of the three included games.  Fans of the Dead or Alive series are looking forward to appearances from Ayane and Kasumi.



The plot is not a highlight in any of the three included games. Fans of the Dead or Alive series are looking forward to appearances from Ayane and Kasumi.

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The second part of the modern Ninja Gaiden series was also initially released without the Sigma subtitle exclusively for a Microsoft console, this time the Xbox 360. The Sigma variant in the collection is the revised version that was later released for Playstation 3 was released. In principle, the sequel does not differ much from its predecessor, only that Ryu Hayabusa now ends up in locations all over the world, such as Venice or the USA. Sigma 2 is also full of depictions of violence, but the whole thing seems less realistic due to the exaggerated staging of the moves.





As far as the optics are concerned (also in intermediate sequences), all three games can be shown.  However, the Master Collection does not run smoothly all the time.



As far as the optics are concerned (also in intermediate sequences), all three games can be shown. However, the Master Collection does not run smoothly all the time.

Quelle: PC Games




Again you meet Ayana in this game. Does the name sound familiar to you? The young lady and Ryu Hayabusa both belong to the permanent inventory of the fighting game series Dead or Alive by the same developer. Although the content of the Sigma 2 is not much less successful than its predecessor, there are occasional performance problems in the Master Collection. The frame rate drops now and then, which is generally annoying in an action game. At the same time, the resolution of the game graphics leaves a lot to be desired in some areas. However, it is by no means impossible to enjoy Sigma 2, and thanks to a large number of modes there is a lot in it (the online part, however, has been deleted). However, one also has to state that this implementation is not the ultimate or best version in which one can experience the game.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge





Beware, Blood: Ninja Gaiden Sigma and the other two titles are not for everyone.



Beware, Blood: Ninja Gaiden Sigma and the other two titles are not for everyone.

Quelle: PC Games




Razor’s Edge arrived in this country via detours: In 2012, the Wii-U-exclusive title did not receive USK approval, so German ninjas initially received nothing for two years. Was it worth the wait? Razor’s Edge doesn’t quite come close to the qualities of the two Sigma parts, it is significantly more brutal than the previous Sigma 2, and also noticeably more difficult. On the other hand, it is not controlled as precisely as the two direct predecessors. And the plot – well, that was never necessarily the strong point of the series anyway. In short: Razor’s Edge is certainly not the best of the modern ninja games, but it is also not to be despised completely.

As with Sigma 2, there are a few technical shortcomings in the Master Collection: Occasionally, the frame rate causes difficulties, which can lead to screen death, and Razor’s Edge does not always look as sharp as it would live up to its name.

The ninja gaiden games – especially the first in the modern franchise – are still a fun (if gory) pastime to this day. For Sigma alone, it is basically worth buying the collection, it really is a great adventure. The additional modes, exams and more complete the package. I only wish that technically everything would run as smoothly as hero Ryu himself.

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (PC)

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (PS4)

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (NSW)

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection (XBO)

Ninja Gaiden Sigma runs smoothly and has aged well
Lots of additional content included
(Mostly) precise action with ambition
Some exciting locations
Part two and three are also mostly entertaining
Frame rate fluctuates
Partly blurred surroundings
Camera sometimes makes it difficult to get an overview

Nice collection of three action games, technically but not quite perfect

The action turns up earlier in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and you’ll soon find your first alternative weapon: a fighting staff with an impressive range. [Quelle: PC Games]

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