N3 demo is up, sample the mediocrity
Already victim to unimpressive reviews and sales in its homeland, Ninety-Nine Nights is about to hit American shores. Soon we will finally have a mindless slasher to compare with Dynasty Warriors 5 -- and Kurosawa fans may shudder when they learn that the game's "story" was inspired by Rashomon. But why wait for the full release when there's a demo up right now? Go forth loyal X360F readers and partake of this demo (available in all regions). Upon its completion return here and tell us what you think. Was it mindless fun, or just mindless?
[Thanks, Julian Weisser]
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
7-28-2006 @ 10:07AM
Gotta say, it was mindless fun for me :) I will be picking it up upon release!
7-28-2006 @ 10:24AM
Mark Felps said...
I played it for about ten minutes before leaving for work today. It's definitely not anything new if you've played any Dynasty Warriors title (although the waves of orcs are fairly impressive), but sometimes a fella needs to slaughter several thousand foot soldiers for no apparent reason, and it certainly scratches that itch.
If you like Dynasty/Samurai warriors, you'll probably dig this, otherwise it's just sort of pretty to look at.
7-28-2006 @ 10:56AM
I found the demo fun. Nothing beats a good hack and slash game to pass the time. Graphics are decent too.
7-28-2006 @ 10:59AM
"Was it mindless fun, or just mindless?"
7-28-2006 @ 11:36AM
Okay, I am sick and tired of Engadget being Nintendo fans and trashing Sony, and then saying that a game sucks because they don't like that genre of gaming. It is an okay game, get over it. Don't cry because it has 1% difficulty. A 12 year-old is telling you this. A 12 year old. So stop crying. It was a fun expirience, and I hope to play that kind of enjoyable game more often. It had an interesting storyline, and it was easy on the eyes. The graphics weren't next-gen 'zomg h4x!' good but they were fine. So quit crying.
7-28-2006 @ 11:52AM
Hmmm. I may like it then because I've never played Dynasty Warriors. Maybe I'll leave work early today to play it. =)
7-28-2006 @ 11:59AM
... This isn't Engadget.
And I don't think mentioning the game's poor reception in Japan is saying anything bad about this game.
The truth is, there are hella way too many Dynasty Warrior games, and this is the same genre. They simply posed the question- "Is this the same stuff, different day, or is this something new and better?"
I haven't played it- just moved and ethernet isn't reaching the living room... yet. Would anyone say it's worth the hook-up to get?
7-28-2006 @ 1:05PM
Anthony D said...
The demo sucks!! Another bargain bin title no doubt!! DL Table Tennis, mucho better-o!!
7-28-2006 @ 1:12PM
It's OK, a lot like Dynasty Warriors. It's understandable why it would've have done fantastic in Japan. It's nothing significantly new or special.
7-28-2006 @ 1:39PM
nothing beats killing hundreds of guys with anime chicks after a long days work in tech support.
7-28-2006 @ 1:43PM
Julian Weisser said...
At least people will be able to try it before they waste $60! I played it for less than 20 minutes and I had had enough. A big (more like HUGE) disappointment for those who thought it had a killer app. potential...
7-28-2006 @ 2:02PM
I liked the demo very much. I might pick this one up when it comes out.
7-28-2006 @ 2:42PM
C. Grant said...
ixBI0SHOCKxi: worst. logic. ever.
You're reading a site called Xbox 360 Fanboy, grab a clue. Youre 12 you say?! I would have never guessed.
7-28-2006 @ 3:29PM
As a 23 year old I was never even exposed toor remember system shock, so why is some 12 year old naming himself after the quasi-sequel?
Also, go back to Halo2 and screaming pwned, let the adults have our 360 fun until Halo3.
7-28-2006 @ 5:27PM
No wonder the Xbox 360 is doing bad in Japan. They like crappy games like this peace of crap. The voice actors suck. The graphics are ok, the point of the story, to hack your way through 5000 orcs or something? Boring.
Hey Japan, your mom called and wants you to take your game back.
7-28-2006 @ 6:48PM
dan s. said...
The XBLM is becoming a nice place for watching pretty videos or playing pretty no-brainer games for trippy kids. The graphics are so nice and the content is free.
As for actually buying stuff, like this game, nein.
7-28-2006 @ 6:56PM
Matt T. said...
I personally didn't like it, Their were stupid objectives, such as Run all over the map to find the gay Goblon Wizard and the AI was brain dead,If I unselected a army,I could not reslect them. Also the just stood there,I never saw them kill 1 goblin.Gameplay was alright ,so were graphics.MAybe when it is $20,I'll give it a shot.
7-28-2006 @ 9:13PM
I really liked the demo, but I have never played Dynasty Warriors...so, it was new to me.
7-28-2006 @ 10:07PM
It's a graphically gorgeous representation of the xbox360 hardware although i can't help thinking having 200+ sprites with the same intelligence wandering towards you in anticipation of being another victim of hack and slash button bashing is going to get very boring, very quickly.
I know i was supposed to utilise my small army of armour clad warriors but they just seemed intent on delaying the enemies until i was ready to jump in and slay them myself.. another situation in a string of similar franchises where i feel like even though i'm in the third person; my character is the first and only in the game.
I'd be prepared to be proved wrong with the full retail version but i fear my fix was satisfied with the demo alone.
7-29-2006 @ 1:58AM
Yes, yes we like how there are a hojillion enemies and our characters are godly powered but could you maybe evolve the backgrounds and objects out of PS2 quality?
Not bad though, I had more fun with this demo than Table Tennis, for all the hype all I wanted to do after playing it was play real ping pong.
I hope Devil May Cry 4 comes to the 360 because a great game like that (assuming it's more like 3 than 2) is wasted on Sony.
In conclusion, Ninety Nine Nights demo is alright, and I want Devil May Cry 4.