Team Ninja toned down the blood and gore for Ninja Gaiden 3, again, completely failing to identify what makes cutting fools in Ninja Gaiden so satisfying. It seems almost asinine to say it but given the direction taken with NG4 it looks like we have to, in the next game we want all the way crazy violence: blood, guts, gore, decapitations and more blood! No self-respecting ninja would have it any other way.
We don't mean to sound like bloodthirsty animals, but we're bloodthirsty animals so more gore the better. Ninja Gaiden 2's combat was savage and oh-so-satisfying specifically because blood gushed from anything we touched with our sword. The Obliteration and Ultimate techniques were our particular gory highlights.
The weapons with which you dice your foes with are another of Ninja Gaiden 3's disappointments. Ryu only has one weapon throughout the entire game; which is all the more lame when you think about the nine different weapons featured in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. Fortunately, the Falcon Talons and Eclipse Scythe from Ninja Gaiden 2 will be making a return as free DLC, which is nice. Next time just get them in there from the start Team Ninja.