So there are some things that really do suck about the game. The framerate is god awful in some spots which is a real bummer and the actual "motivation" for the overall plot that you find out about is SUUUUUUUUUUUPER dumb. BUT having said that what matters in the game the combat is still fucking fantastic. Its different than the past games but you shouldn't try to play it like the past games. You can't constantly spam Wind Run and Flying Swallow or abuse Ultimate Techniques or Wall run jump people to death and honestly I think thats a good thing. It makes the ground combat more about timeful dodges and learning to use new techniques and moves on people rather than relying on a few standbys. Mind you... I played the game on hard. And thats where anyone that wants a sense of challenge should play. In fact... I'd say its as hard as the original in some spots. You can't spam items as a crutch to help you through tough boss fights. No, you have to develop strategy and execute.
If thats the one thing I really like about Ninja Gaiden 3 its the complete dismissal of the items and item system. You can't use items as crutches you have to actually figure out how to beat enemies. And even though the Ultimate Techniques and Ninpo are VERY powerful room clearing moves in some cases they outright lock your ability to earn them in some fights forcing you to do it the hard way. I'll do a full review and post it on the site I write for and really get into the details but needless to say Gaiden fans that are willing to accept it for what it is can still find pretty damn thrilling combat. And even though there is no gore I have to say I think its the most brutal of the games the stabbing and cutting really FELT significant this time and thats a plus. If your interested in a full review keep tabs of my update stream on GB as I'll end up posting the link to the full review when it gets posted. =)