Gamers are criticizing the PC version of Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection; partly over the limited resolution that can only be changed via text document.
The game’s reviews on Steam are currently at mixed, with 69% positive out of 215 user reviews. One of the main reasons for this may be the games rather basic graphical options.
On the Steam page (under the Deluxe Edition section), the page explains players not only need to set the game to full screen by maximizing the window, but to change the resolution they need to manually enter it in the text field of the game’s properties. You can find the instructions below.
PLAYING IN FULLSCREEN MODE
This game can be played in Fullscreen mode.
To do so, launch the game, and then click the maximize icon in the upper-right of the title bar. To return to Windowed mode, press the Esc key while in Fullscreen mode.
CHANGING THE OUTPUT RESOLUTION
When the game starts, it determines the resolution that is most appropriate for your environment (either 1920×1080 (1080p) or 3840×2160 (4k)).
You can also set a specific resolution for playing this game.
Note: The resolutions below are supported.
1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080, 3840 x 2160
To configure the resolution, open the game’s Properties from your Steam® Library.By entering “720p”, “1080p”, or “4k” in the text field of “LAUNCH OPTIONS”, you can fix the resolution to the corresponding value.
By setting the game to a low resolution, you can reduce the processing load.
The reviews criticize the game for being a lazy port; a sentiment our own review of the Nintendo Switch version shared. “Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection can only be recommended for playing the first two Sigma games,” our review notes.
“Even then, the port quality is a bit on the rough side for Sigma 2. The first game is the undisputed champion of the bunch, and will test the mettle of any action game fan. As far as compilations go, Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is very bare-bones and reeks of laziness.”
Along with being unable to change resolution in game; other criticisms of the PC version include the lack of 1440p and keyboard support, and decent G-Sync and refresh rate. Other reviews had noted the high price considering the quality of the port, and recommending the Xbox versions of the original releases via backwards compatibility.
The inclusion of the censored Sigma 2 was also criticized. It was 2009 PlayStation 3 port of Ninja Gaiden 2; adding new content, but censored the blood in favor of purple smoke or energy, and dismemberment could only occur with non-human enemies. Koei Tecmo later stated this was because they lost the data of the original- and uncensored- Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden Black, and Ninja Gaiden II.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is available for Windows PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.