posted by GlassDarkly (STEVENSON RANCH, CA) Apr 28, 2014
Member since Sep 2012
If this was a Genesis game back in the day, it would be seen as a classic. That's how I view this game, and that's why I enjoyed it, although I have some criticisms.
At it's core, it's a somewhat simple beat 'em up, which is fine by me. Levels are simple, fast, and fun, and the enemies somewhat varied.
The game also has a decent sense of humor, which is welcome.
The downside is there's a sudden spike in difficulty around the 4th level (when you fight Ryu), and then the last two stages of the game just drag on, because they just throw more of the same enemies at you. I would have liked more variation.
It took 4-5 hours to beat, which is fine by me. I wouldn't have dropped $60, but for $20 or so, worth it. It's got that old-school feel that I like.
I played this game an hour, maybe less. It just did not grab me. They only lure this had was using Ryu Hayabusa and the name NINJA GAIDEN, but this is NOT NINJA GAIDEN....NOT EVEN CLOSE. Its fast action fighting, but that's about there is to this. Its chaotic nonsense with an almost non existence lack luster story. The cell shading graphics didn't add much to the excitement either. The controls are wonky, and the upgrade UI is confusing. I packed this up and put it back in the mail the same day.
The thick lines and heavy colors give the game a pleasant art style but quickly becomes overwhelming when the action gets intense. A collection of mediocre ideas executed with a minimal amount of effort. Try this if you are bored or curious but don't expect anything special. Just go play Bayonetta instead.