The first Ninja Gaiden 3 review has been published online, and it's a shocking 3/10 from IGN.
The review calls Team Ninja's latest hack-and-slashfest a "a gash on the face of the franchise and one of the worst games the action genre has yet suffered."
Ninja Gaiden 3 aims to humanise the series' protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa, who has spent the last few games wantonly cutting through anything and everything in his way. According to IGN's reviewer however its this "admirable ambition that's ultimately responsible for many of the sequel's numerous failures."
He goes on to call out the game's "shallow combat, a misguided narrative focus, and awful pacing cripple what could" as its low points, and ends by advising readers to avoid it at all costs.
"It has no consideration for its fans' wants or what a new audience may have enjoyed. It's a nightmare that's as easy as it is uninteresting, and it abandons what used to work for awful new ideas that don't work together. Under no circumstance should you ever waste your time on this self-indulgent and abysmal wreck," concludes the review.
Ouch. Keep an eye out for our Ninja Gaiden 3 review, which will be up shortly. [UPDATE: Our Ninja Gaiden 3 review is live - and it's a rather more positive 8/10.]