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Itagaki: Devil's Third Won't Be Tear Your Hair Out Hard

Devil's Third has a lot of promise. But Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive guru Tomonobu Itagaki goes a step further...okay, many steps further.

The notorious "bad boy" of the industry told Edge that his new hectic third-person action/shooter will quite possibly be the "best game of all time." Not exactly known for modesty, Itagaki first clarified that Devil's Third wouldn't be frustratingly difficult, as his Ninja Gaiden titles have often been in the past. THQ game testers are helping him to curb his desire to create break-your-controller challenges. He even went so far as to apologize for the final boss in DoA4: "I'll apologize for it. I'm the one who did that, and I'm sorry." He won't back off on NG, though, as he said those titles were intentionally difficult because they were revivals of classic games for "old-school gamers." As for the current project:

"For Devil's Third, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. We've got support from THQ's testing team, and we're going to work really closely with those guys to balance out the game. It's going to be the best game ever."

Yeah, well, we'll see about that last part. By the way, if you have the capability when the game finally reaches us in 2012, you can play the game in 3D on the PlayStation 3. You should be ready to go by then, right? 3D HDTV, glasses and everything? Anyway, it's just good to hear that Itagaki hasn't gone crazy with his new game...not sure we could handle NG-level difficulty in a action extravaganza like that.

Tags: devils third, devil''s third, itagaki

8/3/2010 10:23:44 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

CharlesD
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 11:09:18 AM
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Never did play the Ninja gaiden series but I find it rather funny that he apologized for the final boss :) As for devils third, "best game of all time" may be a bit much but I'll keep an eye out for it.

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frostface
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 11:24:46 AM
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Best game of all time may be a stretch but hey, who knows, 2012 release, a lot can happen between now and then. I just wouldn't hold my breath on it being 'The' best!

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Hezzron
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 11:29:29 AM
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So he goes from apologizing for past games, to declaring his next to be the best ever?

Is he full of $#!? I wonder?

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Shams
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 12:38:19 PM

NG2 was my favorite 360 game, and NG/NGB/NGS was certainly one of the best games of all time (it had 2 remakes), so, I wouldn't be surprised...Ok, maybe a little.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 11:44:39 AM
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All talk from what i have seen of it so far it just looks like an ultra violent version of infamous, though i shall wait till further gamplay demonstrations to truely decide what i think of it.

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chewy102
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 11:57:48 AM
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Id rather have more hard games than another shooter. But not cheap hard like NG2, more like Demon's Souls hard. Something where it kicks your ass and leaves you wanting more without the game having to pump the difficulty without warning or sending wave after wave of spam happy enemies.

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Shams
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 3:04:18 PM

Try NGS2 on Master Ninja Mode.

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chewy102
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 6:39:00 PM

Shams

I tried NGS2 on master (beat it on normal and most of the co-op missions) and it's nothing but cheap shots. I can handle being spamed with those gun using ninjas (can't remember the name, elites maybe?) from the start. But being spamed by off screen rockets/kuni that take 1/4-1/3 of your health each is to damn cheap to be called a good challenge. If you don't have the level memorised it's only going to be trial and error until you do.

To me cheap difficulty = laziness. When a game has to spam HP killing attacks (exploding kuni, rockets or nades for example) to be hard it can't be called a challenge IMO.

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Shams
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:49:20 PM

You don't have to be precise to beat it on Warrior Mode (or Acolyte). In Mentor mode, you will watch your inventory more closely. But in Master Ninja Mode, items or not, you have to figure out the exact strategy (of which there are couple) to any given battle in order to it make through.

Trust me. The game isn't cheap, nor is it broken. There is a strategic solution to every problem. You just have to be patient enough to figure it out. And it handles very differently from the original. Spam attacks have been reduced, and difficulty in many cases has been increased.

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___________
Thursday, August 05, 2010 @ 4:14:29 AM

how are the rocket guys cheap, there easy as long as you know how to dodge them properly.
NG is so good, because every other action game is press this button as many times as you can, button mashers intentionally.
NG is not how you press a button, or how many times its WHEN you press a button.
you have to time everything perfectly, otherwise it wont work.
like counter attacks, they wont work if you press the button too early.
thats the whole point, being a ninja is all about Patience and lightning reflexes so of course ninja gaiden is going to enforce that!
thats what makes it such a great game!

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 12:19:28 PM
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"Itagaki: Devil's Third Won't Be Tear Your Hair Out Hard"- Good because everytime I buy a game of his, I get an extra wig along with it. XD

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Sol
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 2:38:36 PM
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I don't know, After beating Ninja Gaiden 2 I started to welcome the challenge. It's refreshing to play a game that'll beat the hell out of you instead of the other way around. I am tired of games lacking challenge.

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 3:58:45 PM
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Well best game ever is subject to personal opinion, but I highly doubt I'll feel that way. I've never been a big fan of his games. Not a hack n slash fan or a fan of baldness by stress.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 4:15:01 PM
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I don't kno if it's just me but i didn't find NG series to be hard... But mayb that's just me b/c i luv em since the NES era

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 4:19:09 PM
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I do like all is games(His action game anyways)... But i do think he is kind of an Ass and I also don't like his I'm The best games creator ever attitude either

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Vidius
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 3:16:50 PM
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"It's going to be the best game ever." My foot up his arse! Lol, he does seem arrogant for someone promoting his games. Right?

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Banky A
Thursday, August 05, 2010 @ 1:23:54 AM
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I looks like GUNZ Online. Good to me.

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___________
Thursday, August 05, 2010 @ 4:11:19 AM
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thats disappointing i loved the brutality and unforgiving nature of ninja gaiden!
it really made you think twice about what you do, and it made your reflexes lightning fast!
i love it when games make you think about what your doing, think should i use a health pack now because im almost dead, or should i wait one more hit so i get that little bit more health risking that maybe that one extra hit could kill me.
its all about sratergy, and thats what made ninja gaiden so much fun!
not to mention its combat system, its by far the best kicking the crap out of DMC, GOW, bayonetta, darksiders and DI!
no action game is better than ninja gaiden, so Itagaki has his work cut out for him!
though, if anyone can beat ninja gaiden its the creator of ninja gaiden!

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