You know how you sometimes like bad movies because they are “so bad they are good”? It’s an entire industry of films, like…I don’t know…Pacific Rim? Skyscrapers? Well, the “so bad it’s actually good,” the voluntary guilty sin, also works in the gaming industry.

We’re talking about games like Deadpool, Aliens: Colonial Marines, the MDK series, and, of course, Duke Nuke ‘Em.

Remember this?

I don’t remember either. But “Hail to the King, baby!”

Now, if you’re a true masochist, the sort of person that plays bad games only for the pathological self-loathing, I have something for you.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is back

Koei Tecmo is relaunching Ninja Gaiden Z in the US. It means we’re about to get serious of poorly-developed games. Titles so bad they could be part of anyone’s nightmare modern console games rankings.

Yaiba: Ninja Giaden Z
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: IGN.

If you don’t know the title, I’m guessing my morbid passion has sparked some interest in you. Let me help you.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is a third-person hack & slash arcade game. It was published by Tecmo Koei and developed by Spark Unlimited in 2014. The game came out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows platforms.

The arcade follows the ninja Yaiba Kamikaze in a loosely-set plot. As the game develops its story, you will surely be wondering why you are a cyborg, why you hate Ryu Hayabusa, and why you are fighting zombies…in Russia. It’s something about revenge…clan wars…it doesn’t matter.

The title is also a sequel of Ninja Gaiden Z.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. GameGator.

The game got 20% on most rankings, while Metacritic and GameRankings where much more compassion with its about 44% score. The game had even been added among the 100 worst games of all time by GamesRadar in 2014.

Why is it so wrong?

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z follows a simple, clear area-go through door-clear next area pace. It’s dull and repetitive, and the only break between settings is cutscenes that range between cheesy and funny to borderline cringe.

The storyline is poorly paced, even disorganized. The gameplay, while it might be fun and addictive, is randomly punitive and offers but a small improvement system.

Overall, the game takes everything we love from the Ninja Gaiden series and makes an effort to ruin it. For example, there are no longer other weapons, arrows, potions, or magic.

Where will you find it?

Koei Tecmo plans to launch the game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows computers. However, unless the studio makes some serious changes, there’s no reason to think it’ll be just as bad as before.

If you want to see for yourself, take a look at the trailer below. See for yourself why we think so lowly of this game.

And, in case you’re wondering why I wrote about this…I said it in the beginning: it’s so bad it’s good.  At least it’s okay for a lazy Sunday or a Monday afternoon break.




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