If you jumped on the web today to check out the reviews for Ninja Gaiden III, which hit shelves at midnight last night, you may be in for some disappointment: A number of review sites are withholding their reviews due to complications with the game’s Online Pass system. It appears that a significant number of players and review outlets are having difficulty accessing Ninja Gaiden III’s online mode, being greeted with an error when the Online Pass key is entered.
Issues with Online Passes are nothing new—we saw a few printed sideways with Battlefield 3 and there are always little hiccups (I had to enter mine three times with Mass Effect), but the problem with Ninja Gaiden III seems to be more widespread than that. Game Informer and Destructoid are both sitting on their reviews due to Online Pass issues, and quick Twitter search pulls up hundreds of gamers locked out for the very same reason.
This is a pretty big screw-up, especially when many fans were wondering why Team Ninja shoved multiplayer into Ninja Gaiden in the first place. These launch-day issues surely won’t build confidence, and the game’s extremely mixed reviews aren’t helping either.
Have you picked up Ninja Gaiden III? Any issues with online play?