Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has some special zombies

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Look, Zoe finally became Batman

Zombies: Can’t un-live with them, can’t enjoy some brains without being one of them. This generation finally saw nazis replaced as the defacto video game bad guys with the walking dead, an idea that has already been run into the ground and resurrected. But the upcoming Ninja Gaiden spin-off Yaiba has some different ideas in mind for what makes a zombie fun.

“I feel there are two sides that make zombies interesting when it comes to movies and games,” Ninja Gaiden Z creator Keiji Inafune said to SiliconEra.

There is a drama aspect like you would see in The Walking Dead, which has elements of tension and fear, but there is also humour and that’s what makes working with zombies a fun theme.

Personally, I like the humour aspect, which is why both of those games have humour in them. I love zombies and I have my own rules for what zombies can and cannot do. Zombies can’t run. They aren’t intelligent, and so forth. For this game, those rules don’t apply.

The zombies that appear in Yaiba are different from other zombies. We loosened the mould of what zombies can and cannot do. That leaves a lot of freedom for us, Team Ninja, and Spark to input lots of ideas. Certainly, there will be humorous ideas that come from that. I hope you look forward to different kinds of humor in this game.

I played an early version of the game at E3, and Inafune is spot-on with those comments. These ain’t your momma’s shambling dead. The Yaiba variant are fast, strong, agile and goofy and help to serve as comic relief for the fast-paced action of the game.

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And compared to the usual tone of zombies that refraaaaaaaaaaaain from such shenanigans, it’s refreshing.

Last Updated: July 18, 2013

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  • Hammersteyn

    Darryn seems scared of Zoe, he covertly trolls her by putting messages in the header.

    • Darryn sacred of anything bigger than he is. Ergo; everything.

      • Hammersteyn

        You’re saying Zoe is bigger than Darryn?

        • John Ambitious

          This I have to see

        • Zoe

          larger than life, baby!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          • Hammersteyn

            I heard the are releasing a new album if it matters, never liked them that much…


          • John Ambitious

            I have no opinion about them
            But I like to leave a comment just to let people know.

          • Hammersteyn

            Good to know, still their songs were better than some of todays stuff.

          • John Ambitious

            You mean to tell me that people actually think Justin Bieber is music?

          • Hammersteyn

            I don’t think he’s a real boy.

          • John Ambitious

            Could be a real girl

          • Hammersteyn

            That would make it woman abuse if someone ever hit her o_O

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Can’t say I’m hype for that lol

          • Hammersteyn

            Me neither, they had their time in the sun.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Yeah, I won’t mention that I used to know the lyrics of most of their songs…oh wait….

          • Hammersteyn


    • Lourens Jordaan

      Well spotted. And well done Darryn!

    • Zoe

      darryn is a troll. also, he knows how much i covet the role of batman. 🙁

      • Hammersteyn

        Well get you there one day, promise.

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    Grundy no fight girls! … Epic Header.

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