I really want to like it, i do. But this is by far the worst NG game yet. It still NG3 underneath, the core of it is unchanged. All they have done is added in things on top to make it more appealing. The combat will still be slow and clunky, the input delay will still be there and so will all the hordes of cut and paste enemies.
NG has never been known to have a good story, but in this game its completely incomprehensible (it makes no sense whatsoever). There are fiends in it with absolutely no reason for them to be, they are just sort of "tacked on".
Not like in previous games where they had a reason to be: The awakening of the Archfiend Vazdah, The Vigoorian Emperor wants the Dark Dragon Blade, The fiendish awakening, book of the fiends etc.
Hayashi has a reputation of fixing things that don't need to be. Just refine either NGB or NG2 and stop adding in stupid crap that no one cares about. At least this one has blood and decaps etc.
I already bought NG3, finished it and returned it. I put in about 100 hours trying to like it, but i just couldn't fight any more helicopters or dinosaurs anymore. It will take a lot for me to part with my cash again unless the reviews for this game are off the chart.