very good game, challenging and one ups the original. Gameplay and controls are easy to master, although the NPCs are a bit strange and cause for frustration on the Professional difficulty level, this game provides many hours of solid entertainment. A true master uses the Katana. Some of the funnest parts were waiting in corners and shooting multiple gaurds in the head just to let off some steam. I did have a problem with the Gamecube version, when I attempted to go through to the India level, there were some loading problems and I couldn't continue the game. Hope it was a one time problem. I was Very miffed.