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Team Ninja Nixes Decapitation In Ninja Gaiden 3, Explains Decision

by Jeff Marchiafava on Aug 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Ever since the Ninja Gaiden series made the jump to 3D, Team Ninja has been unapologetic about the amount of gore packed into each game. Ninja Gaiden 3 will continue to provide visceral, bloody combat, but don't expect to see any more heads or limbs hit the floor.

According to a recent report from IGN, no matter how much slicing and dicing Ryu does in Ninja Gaiden 3, his vanquished foes will remain in tact. Why has the developer chosen to eliminate decapitations and limb removal from the series? "We don't think people want to see that anymore," the developer told IGN at Gamescom, adding, "They've already seen that."

A short and sweet answer that we expect fans of the series will thoroughly disagree with. What do you think? Are you tired of watching heads roll? Or has Team Ninja lost its way since the departure of Itagaki? Share your thoughts in the comments below.