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Ninja Gaiden 2 is the true sequel and first next-gen installment to the critically acclaimed series.

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Pros

Obliteration techniques are very satisfying

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Unrelenting enemies force you to come up with innovative techniques and strategies

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Super fast action

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Large variety in weapons

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Starting the game over with an upgraded character makes for awesome replayability

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Great level progression, no backtracking

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Excellent continuation of an already excellent series

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great for achievement hounds

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Cons

Still too difficult for casual players

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Still has camera problems

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Big slowdown in some specific instances

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Enemies can be TOO aggressive

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Unpolished experience

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Bosses are cheap and require the use of exploiting moves

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Ninja Gaiden 2 is the true sequel and first next-gen installment to the critically acclaimed series. This game features the return of Ryu Hayabusa as he travels the world and kills a ton of monsters and bad guys along the way. The core gameplay remains largely unchanged from the first 3D Ninja Gaiden with a punishing difficulty, fast action, and an unparalleled variety of killing moves. Most changes in the game are an enhancement and amplification of previous designs, moves are more brutal, the action is substantially faster, the game is gorier, and the harder difficulty is even harder.

Story

Ninja Gaiden's story is largely uninspired and quite silly, intentional or not. This time around the Black Spider Clan is attempting to ressurect the "arch fiend" to take over or destroy the world, and only Ryu can stop them. The story is told through a combination of in-game cutscenes and full motion cinematics, and works largely as a little filler to drive Ryu from one slaughterfest to the next.

Gameplay

The first 3D Ninja Gaiden game gained notoriety for the huge move-list and brutal action. In NG2 Ryu has 7 melee weapons available to him, each with one or two level of upgrades and a move-set with dozens of combinations. There are also 4 projectile weapons, including the popular boomerang shuriken, and the return of the ninpo (magic) arts for clearing rooms of enemies.

One of the bigger changes to the game is the introduction of cutting off limbs. From the surface this appears to be a more cosmetic change, but in the higher levels of play and difficulty the severed limbs and accompanying obliteration techniques become very important.

Another significant change comes in the way you can change your weapons and use items. The previous games required you to enter a menu screen and select your items from there, now you can select items just by using the d-pad which is a more streamlined process.

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Omar
07/09/2008 12:44

After playing and beating this game over the past 2 weeks, I have to say it's pretty friggin amazing. Yes there are some technical glitches, and yes the bosses can be annoying... but man when it's good the experience is completely unmatched. Slicing and dicing enemies and whirling around as a tornado of ninja death is one of the most satisfying things you can do in games.

There's a scene in Chapter 10 where you fight your way past dozens of ninjas up a huge flight of stairs. One of the best moments in any game ever. SO AWESOME!

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Anonymous

11/08/2010 09:51

your comment about the part in chpt 10, i agree completly thankyou for that.

Omar
06/16/2008 11:40

When this game first came out the early reviews were pretty negative lamenting the "horrible" camera and tired gameplay. But then I played the demo and it's just so darn fun it completely overshadows any of those shallow criticisms. I think if you have issues with Ninja Gaiden's difficulty then you won't be to appreciate the experience. But for those players that "click" with the game, there's nothing better than NG, and NG2 takes the experience to the next level.

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