Today, we’re not talking about Ryu Hayabusa himself, but how to be the top ninja, just like Ryu Hayabusa. Yes, I’m talking about this “Shadows of the World” mode in the game which the player takes on the role of an unknown ninja, taking on trials and challenging other players online to earn Karma and become an ultimate ninja. Online play requires broadband network access and a PlayStation Network account for PlayStation 3 version, or a Xbox Live account for Xbox 360 version.
In the menu of “Shadows of the World” mode, you have:
- In this mode, you have Solo Trials, which you can play it alone; or you can partner with players around the world to take on the trial in Co-op Trials. By clearing Ninja Trials and certain in-game actions (for example: defeating enemies with Ninpo or Ultimate Techniques), you will earn Karma. By reaching certain levels of Karma, this will raise your ninja’s level and increase the kinds of action he (yeah, he) can perform.
There are many stages you can pick and I have only played the London stage so far. I enjoyed having this co-op battle with some journalists during our media event few weeks ago. But if you asked me, I personally prefer Clan Battle more, which is what I’m going to talk about next.
- This mode allows up to 8 players split into 2 teams (Clans) and fight each other. While all Clan Battles start off as team matches, there will occasionally be orders given during the match which change the rules. Apart from showing my love to this mode, I also want to take this opportunity to explain 4 things which you can see from the screen.
1. Health / Ki Gauge
- Your current Health and Ki. When your Health bar is almost drained, you can perform Harakiri (ritual suicide) to “die with honour” – oh yeah, by cutting your own belly, you can prevent your rivals to get the score. I love doing that – only in the game though! As for Ki, when it’s full, you can perform Ninpo!
2. Battle Info
- The score and log of events during the match.
3. Karma Info
- Karma the player has obtained.
4. Shadow Contract
- A contract for a particular job the player is to fulfill. This will be changed from time to time!
- Change the appearance of your ninja.
- Display your current status.
- Well, the title says it all.
I’ve tried this mode and had such great fun back when I was in San Francisco with @cr and @rc, just how amazing their Twitter names are!! Ninja Gaiden 3 is coming in North America on March 20 and Europe on March 23, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. More info, make sure you visit the official site @ http://bit.ly/ninjagaiden3 – any questions, tweet @inspchin away!