Even those used to Koei Tecmo’s PC ports will be surprised by the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is out now. Among its release platform is PC through Steam, making it the first time that the legendary action series has made it onto PC officially.
A few hours before the game went live, Team Ninja updated the game’s Steam page with an unusual guide, one I don’t think I have ever seen for any other game. The guide covers two aspects: playing the game in fullscreen mode, and setting output resolutions.
Now, you may be wondering; why need a guide for any of that when you could just tweak it in-game? The bad news, dear reader, is that Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection has no options menu. To the extent that, if you want to play the game in fullscreen, you need to click the maximimise icon in the window itself, you know, like you would with a web browser or any other app.
“This game can be played in fullscreen mode,” the guide reads. “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.”
But that’s not all. Because there is no way for players to tweak these standard settings in-game, there is also no way to set your resolution. The only way to do that, is to enter your resolution into the game’s properties on Steam. Making matters worse, the game only supports three standard resolutions: 720p, 1080p, and 4K – that’s it!
“When the game starts, it determines the resolution that is most appropriate for your environment,” it says.
“You can also set a specific resolution for playing this game. 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.”
This is especially frustrating because people thought Koei Tecmo had moved past those days of barebones PC ports. The PC port for the original Nioh was rough, but it is miles better than Ninja Gaiden. Even still, Nioh 2 on PC improved over its predecessor, with support for higher framerates, ultra-wide resolutions and Nvidia’s DLSS.