This game is hard-no getting around it. The sword play is challenging and Ryu's moves are complex and simple all at the same time which can be maddening as mastering the moves becomes that much harder. The camera has taken a downturn from previous installments, which causes a rating of 8 as cheap deaths that have nothing to do with skill start to abound. The backgrounds do not quite live up to the recent sharpness of games like Devil May Cry 4, but the scenery is well rendered and nice to take a look at.
If you can get past the moments of frustration (save points heal Ryu now) and work on Ryu's moves, the regenerating health system - after a fashion at least as some damage sustained is permanent while the rest is recuped after the current action sequence - makes things a bit easier and the game becomes enjoyable. Many times the animation/eviscerations made my jaw drop and I want to see more and more as Ryu leaps around the rooms.
Ninja Gaiden 2 is a sequel to what is arguably one the best games to come out of the last generation of consoles, Ninja Gaiden. Well I'm here to tell you that if you are a fan of the original, then you won't be disappointed!
First off, I have to get this out there, the camera will annoy you at times, and there isn't an open hub-style world to play in. This time around, you fight through a series of 14 chapters, each with it's own unique scenery. There are two difficulties that are initially available, Path of the Acolyte (Easy Mode) and Path of the Warrior (Normal Mode).
The AI in this game is about the same as the last, maybe a little more brutal, as the enemies lose limbs, they become more desperate to take you down and will attempt to blow you up with them! Fear not, for you have the ability to perform a sort of fatality move that quickly finishes them off! The enemies also attack in greater numbers which only increases the difficulty! (If you don't know already this game isn't a walk in the park)
The bosses in this game are arguably less interesting to fight than the bosses from the last game, and several of which will either have you laughing at how easily you beat them, or wanting to rip your hair out because you can't beat them.
But, it isn't all bad, almost every weapon is unique and it is possible to play through the entire game using just one weapon, but what would the fun be in that? There are eight unique weapons to choose from, each with their own huge move list!
The graphics are great, probably not the greatest I've ever seen, but compared to the first game its a big step up.
Overall the Game is great with a few flaws, fans of the first game will love this, newcomers will find that the game is easy to pick up and play without fear of being lost as far as the story is concerned. This game is definitely worth at least a rent, if not its a definite buy!
ninja gaiden is the game i have been waiting on.. this game is really a great game a few things are wrong but with all the action in this game and the graphic on my tv. this games blows me away.. i rent from game fly all the time and i have never clicked KEEP IT this fast before .. i freaking love this game the bosses are like really big and for the most part pretty hard to bet also.. that's what makes this game the .. and for the added bonuses if you have surround sound just sit back crank it up and be ready for a butt kicking like never before.. bottom line is i love this game and very happy to be a game fly member ..