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GamesRadar: Ninja Gaiden II Review

It's unflinchingly hard, unapologetically cheap and just when you think you're getting good with the combos, a multi-boss sequence demoralizes you in that way that you've come to expect from the series. There's a fine line between challenging difficulty and blood-boiling frustration. Depending on who you are, Ninja Gaiden 2 will either respect that line or slice it up into tiny pieces and force feed it to you with bits of broken glass.

So those who aren't down with the difficulty level are going to want to play a game that utilizes the Xbox 360's potential with a balanced difficulty level that compliments the solid gameplay - and thereby restore self esteem - leaving Itagaki's insatiable bloodlust to the hardcore crowd that loves it so.

You'll love:
- Gory, slice and dice combat
- Easy-access sub-menu
- Punishing difficulty makes victory that much sweeter

You'll hate:
- Horrible camera that gets stuck behind things
- Lousy level graphics that don't jibe with the pretty-looking gore
- Punishing difficulty makes victory nigh-impossible (Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma, Xbox 360) 7/10

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Ri0tSquad  +   2815d ago
Wow, that seems really low for a NG game.
But I'm still buying this. Big fan of the series.
Rikitatsu  +   2815d ago
LOL Itagaki !!!!
He was Dissing DMC yesterday , Now look LOOOOOOL his game got 7/10

Itagaki FAILS

Kamiya FTW
sonarus  +   2815d ago
Haha Cue the fanboy randomness.

I have no doubt NG2 will be better than DMC4. DMC4 is honestly one of the worst games i have played this gen. The combat is super boring and the unnecessary load times feel too last gen. DMC4 is a perfect example of how graphics aren't the only thing that make a game next gen. The game would have been 10 times better without so much loading.

After reading the review, its appears games radar is only b1tchin over the difficulty
mikeslemonade  +   2815d ago
"Lousy level graphics that don't jibe with the pretty-looking gore"

Another mediocre looking game on 360.
xboxftw  +   2815d ago
"Another mediocre looking game on 360. "

DOnt say 360 isnt competiting with ps3 in all areas. They are trying to cover the mediocre range as well.
gaffyh  +   2815d ago
sonarus - you obviously don't know what a good game is if you honestly believe that NG is better than DMC. When we all know that Ninja Gaiden is pretty much a Devil May Cry clone, with a mediocre story, more repetitive gameplay and slightly worse graphics.

Also your point of load times making DMC4 last gen is ridiculous, every game needs to load, where do you live? In the future where games never need to load??? Even Ninja Gaiden has slow load times, it's just not mission based.
juuken  +   2815d ago
I love how Itagaki made this game sound like a godsend.

It still looks pretty good for me but I've officially made up my mind.

Not getting a 360 for this game.
dan-boy  +   2815d ago
lol @ juuken
as if you would get a 360 after reading some of the comments you make on here about it?!

i wont be gettig NG2. i don't like devil may cry(over hyped trash!), run/jump/hack/slash repeat over and over, and NG2 is exactly the same...except they have made it hard to frustration levels, and i dont want to destroy one of my controllers because they've made the game too hard to compenste for the lack of everything else.

mikeslemonade: surely you're not under the illusion that every game on the ps3 is AAA??? for a system with a limited library, it's had a fairly high ratio of flops already..lair, and the much touted, now swept under-the-carpet haze spring immediately to mind. and just look at the 12 fanboys who've agreed with you! lololololol you've just got to love, and the saddos that dwell on here.
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juuken  +   2815d ago
dan-boy, if the 360 wasn't a piece of crap hardware, I would have gotten that first. I chose the PS3 for reliability so um...loool? The 360 does have a really good library and I was considering that when I made a choice for a next-gen console. But I also saw that the PS3 has free online service and it wouldn't break on me in a month, so I went with it.

This game tempted me to get a 360 but I officially made up my mind. I'll wait and see if a PS3 version comes. If it doesn't, then God of War III for me.

And the reason why I'm so against the 360 is because of the fact that 1. It's coming from a company that runs its stupid mouth 24/7, 2. It's unreliable, and 3. Paying for Live is an utter ripoff.

So to say I wasn't considering a 360 would be stupid. I did say in my profile that I would have supported MS as well if they weren't a bunch of douchebags.
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dan-boy  +   2815d ago
just read your rant there...i believe you lol. i could almost feel the anger flowing through the monitor lol. you say all that but then pretend that you were "going to get one" lol
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juuken  +   2815d ago
Amanosenpai  +   2815d ago
@gaffy @sonarus
Agree with sonarus... Im not a DMC hater, actually ima fan of the series and thats why i can easily say: DMC4 SUKED...

NG (a nes franchise) is not a copy of DMC... for real. Anyway, if you compare DMC"4" (DMC 1, 3 are true masterpieces) with NG... ill give my vote to NG on the next gen terrain.
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Rock Bottom  +   2815d ago
7 ?!!!!!!
This review is retarded.

"Punishing difficulty makes victory nigh-impossible" !
Most people now days can't take a challenge, what good is game if you can through it from start to finish without dieing?

NJ is one of the few action games that offers a real challenge now days, and that alone is a good enough reason for me to own it. >_>
yesah  +   2814d ago
@ dan-boy
i dont know if its the "lolololololol" or the lol after every three words. But your comment make you seem like a serious douche
LJWooly  +   2814d ago
The camera... I hope it's really not that bad. I'd hate for it to ruin such a fast-paced game.To be honest, they should have had the camera nailed, it's pretty damn important in a third-person action game.

Seriously, though, I'd still buy it. I really liked the first one. Didn't love it, but I liked it. At the very, very least, it'll be worth a rent.

Btw, dan-boy, I agree whole-heartedly with yesah. You only need to put "lol" once. We pretty much get the picture, that you're laughing out loud, after reading it the first time. Why you felt the need to finish every sentence with it, is completely beyond me.
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Scrooge  +   2814d ago
I'm anxious to see what gamespot will give this game. I still trust their opinions even though they've been 'X'ed by every Sony gamer.
Condoleezza Rice  +   2815d ago
"Horrible camera that gets stuck behind things "
And this ^ ,is exactly what I was afraid of.

Looks like it will be a rental for me.
InMyOpinion  +   2815d ago
Sounds like something that should not be acceptable this generation.
boodybandit  +   2815d ago
Why is the camera still a problem?
You would think devs would have figured a way to fix this by now.
Kleptic  +   2815d ago
yeah wasn't it marginally fixed for Sigma? (over NG and NGB)...once I inverted the horizontal motion for Sigma, I never found too many issues with it...

one of the reviews pointed out that Ryu just moves so fast anyway, that there really isn't a way to make the camera perfect...but its annoying some reviewers more than others...

as it stands now though, this is averaging lower than Sigma...while I didn't enjoy DMC4 either...Itagaki is simply a douche...
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End Of war 2  +   2815d ago
well not to mention this si not a great western game and is getting quite nice reviews on th epar of msot ps3 games that they claim are aaa UNCHARTED GOT MILLIONS OF 8/10 AND 7/10 HAZE NO COMMENT,unt3 6/10 7/10,rachet got 7s amnf 8s tbh not many ps3 games get 10/10 or 9/10 its an xbox trend that ps3 fans seem to think inclcudes there exclusive ( only ps3 mulipats get 10/10) this game will scare the same as the old ninja gaiden andwill be a immense game i wil lbuy this day 1
power of Green  +   2815d ago
We deserve backlash due to us making fun of PS3's supposed AAA's getting 4's, 5's, 6's and 7's.

This won't stop millions of NG2 fans from doing what it takes to play this game. Who actually though a good story could come from JAP devs?. We already knew it would have the busted camera system the action in modern NG titles is beyond what any camera system can handle thus far.

Media has been harsh on PS3 games maybe they feel this will even things out. Most the things this game is getting docked for were expected.

Obviously this is why so many PS3 fanboys are in here surprizingly they're not talking too much Sh8t! maybe because they know NG2 will be popular regardless and the fans and new fans will digggg it regardless of the reviews or it could be that some of their titles were complete flops and below average titles in there genre's and don't have any room to really talk.
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AngryXbot  +   2815d ago
POG you are truly delusional.
The 3 NG games (NG, NG Black and NG Sigma) combined sold like crap. So who is this "millions of NG fans" you are talking about?

They have to resort into releasing NG on the DS to make some money out of it. How sad is that.

As for this topic, another overrated 360 game revealed.

This score is spot on. Ever since I saw the footage and pictures, I realised this game is nothing but a 7.
Thoas  +   2815d ago
@Power of Green and End of War 2
LMAOOO you guys are like M$ on damage control for the Zune and you guys are talking out of your asses like Shane Kim has been. NG2 AAA?? I think not HAHAHAHAH at least you have Viva Piñata, Banjo Kazooie Too Human and Gears of war 1.5 left for 08'.
juuken  +   2815d ago
....PoG must be off his meds again. >.>
yesah  +   2814d ago
@ 1
Wow....what a spaz.
themyk  +   2814d ago
i'm so glad pog showed that video. it's like i've said all along. the 360 exclusives look just like semi hi def versions of ps2 games. i love how the bots need as much blood as possible in there games just goes to show that they really are mostly 15 to 16 year olds.
graphically that game looked like sh1t.
Fishy Fingers  +   2815d ago
Disappointing to say the least. I really hoped it wouldn't suffer the same camera flaws I saw in the last installments.
Brian5247  +   2815d ago
LenHart  +   2815d ago
mega flop
hahha poor x360
pwnsause  +   2815d ago
Ouch, and Itagaki was talking trash about DMC 4 the other day and how his "subordinate" made such a bad game on the PS3, ROFL, his subordinate can make a better game than him, Karma's a Bi**h isnt it

BTW, im actually surprised that Bloodmask submitted this article ROFL
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BIoodmask  +   2815d ago
I personally don't care
about the camera. I am sure it is the same as the one in Ninja Gaiden Black. I didn't have a problem with it. I knew this game wasn't going to score very high anyways, just for the simple fact of the punishing difficulty level.

NG is the last of a dying breed of games that actually take skill to beat. That is all that really matters to me. NG was the best action game I played on the original Xbox.

Disagree button over here ------------------------------ ---------------------------- -----------------------------|
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Fishy Fingers  +   2815d ago
You don't care about the camera? Even though it's a problem thats repeated throughout the series, don't you wish the could of sorted this known problem for the final NG game?

I believe it's platform of choice/exclusivity has clouded your real opinion. That or your just far to forgiving.

(btw, I didnt disagree, its your opinion and that's fine)
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Superfragilistic  +   2815d ago
I'm with you Bloodmask
I just finished reading the review and almost two pages of three is devoted to complaining about the difficulty and Itagaki being a sadistic bastard. Ironically, that's the very thing I love about Ninja Gaiden! No other game challenges me as much, and whilst not fun for everybody, it's exactly why Ninja Gaiden Black is my favourite action game of all time.

The camera being an issue sucks and should've been fixed. But then it was an issue in the first and I barely noticed thanks to the flawless gameplay. As long as that's the case here, I'm happy. :)
RememberThe357  +   2815d ago
I don't want to sound mean or anything, but...
If you guys need that much of a challenge from a videogame you really need to get out more. You could be spending your time a lot better than perfecting your NG skills. It just a thought, and I don't mean any disrespect, just looking out for my fellow gamers.
Superfragilistic  +   2815d ago
No disrespect taken. I'm an elite athlete and gaming is a way to relax whilst still satisfying my competitive nature.
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felidae  +   2815d ago
i trust IGN a little bit more on this.

can't wait ...
poos3  +   2815d ago
HAHAHA RIGHT OUT OF 2 REIVEWS 1 GIVES IT A 7 AND IT A FLOP ??? HAHA WHAT JOKERS THEY SAY THE GAME IS TO HARD HAHAHI LOVE THE NEGETIVE IN THIS REVIEWS THAT THE REASON IM BUying it cause of the negetive points i like hardcore games that why i have a 360 +)not rachet and clank /uncharted games that have 0 gameplay depth +)
Brian5247  +   2815d ago
That's it. Try to gouge the flames of suck by dissing PS3's games.
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Erotic Sheep  +   2815d ago
If I'm correct the Gamespot complaint about Ratchet and Clank was because it had too much variety and different gameplay styles.. unlike your "0 gameplay depth".

OUCH! I slightly owned you there
yesah  +   2814d ago
your name sounds alot like pvssy, are you calling yourself a pvssy?
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ilkercruiser  +   2815d ago
Looks like GamesRadar is a BIG GOW & DMC fan!
Cant you make a BETTER EXCUSES to harm Ninja Gaiden ?
* Camera is always a problem in NG series
* Difficulty is always very high in NG series
* Graphics are not lousy or etc, go to an oculist
Close_Second  +   2815d ago
I said it with Haze on the PS3...
...and that is exclusives should be a showcase of the platform it was built upon. A reason for those who don't own that console to think "damn, maybe I should have got that insted of the one I did buy".

Although NGII is by no means a Haze (i.e. a bomb) its still a shame it was not worked on to ensure it was flawless for its release. NG on the Xbox was one of the best, NGII on the 360 won't be. Shame that another console exclusive has not quite lived up to the high standards expected of it.
Kleptic  +   2815d ago
its a matter of expectations anymore...I won't comment on Haze, I have not played the finished game yet, but it has a much higher user score than review score...I am pretty confident that its no where near as bad as IGN said it was, but that its also no where near as good as the hype surrounding it was..

but look at NG2...what exactly did it improve on? didn't fix the problems with the original apperantly has some pretty poor environment detail...and it has the exact same lame save point stuff that we grew out of just after Super Metroid (the last game where that crap was acceptable for me)...

yet it keeps all the good stuff of the first one also...and adds a very extreme layer of gore...that is really it though, a few new weapons, and a new weapon leveling system, and thats doesn't look much different than Sigma, doesn't play much differently apparently, and only adds some new environments and that what everyone should of been expecting?...

to me, no...expectations are higher than ever for games because games are getting better than ever...This is the generation that hopefully weeds out the annual crap sequels to crap franchises (looking at you Vegas and NFS)...NG2 is by no means in that category...but its also not one of the best games on the didn't push anything in any way whatsoever...and its always frustrating when a top name exclusive doesn't do that...
DC RID3R  +   2815d ago
Docking points because of Itagaki and his fanbase?

Gamesradar really have sunk to a new low :[
-EvoAnubis-  +   2815d ago
Why must every review of an exclusive game turn into the same "mine is bigger than yours" argument?
I mean, really. Isn't this somewhat absurd? Let me guess what happens next . . . PS3 Fanboys scour the internet, looking for the lowest reviews of this game from the most obscure "who-the-hell-are-these-g uys" site they can find, the 360 Fanboys will retaliate by pointing at the Haze reviews, and then someone will bring up MGS4, and then the usual madness will occur from there.

This is entirely too predictable and stupid. Everyone just enjoy your games! Why is that so hard? Why is it that the enjoyment for some people is inversely proportionate to the "other guys" disappointment in their games?

Some of you guys are idiots. I'm just going to flat out say it.
turbogeekx  +   2815d ago
VMAN_01  +   2815d ago
God Of War 3 will be epic, I'm defintely skipping this one.
ilkercruiser  +   2815d ago
Remember that God of War got several 6s and 7s in the reviews...
boodybandit  +   2815d ago
It's comments like yours that will fuel another war
when GOW3 is released and it (if) doesn't live up to expectations. If memory serves me correct that person that created God of War is making 3 but another team is. I would hold my tongue is I was you and this coming from a huge GOW fan.
Kleptic  +   2815d ago
David Jaffe made the first God of War with one of the SCE's several California based studios (was it Santa Monica?...can't remember)...Jaffe did not make the second directly (helped apparently), Corey Barlog took over as the lead designer/creative director for it instead...

Jaffe is not in the driver's seat again for GoW III, but I don't think Barlog is either...but its the same studio, and the same execs overseeing the development process...its a long ways off, but will most likely be quite awesome when I finally drops...
steck67  +   2814d ago
I too think GoW 3 will be better than NG2, but to me, NG2 looks awesome. Dont know why you would skip NG2 to get GoW3 which releases a year or maybe more later than NG2's release.
Kausdt  +   2815d ago
Wow, this is really low score. But personally I didn't find camera awful at all in first Ninja Gaiden and difficulty level is just great for me, so I guess that leaves poor graphics?
mistertwoturbo  +   2815d ago
Gamesradar is a bit inconsistant

Here's what they said about Ninja Gaiden Black

"Many of those Xbox people moaned and groaned that it was just too hard and as a result a lot of players lost interest and put the pad down a few levels in"

Then they cry about how hard Ninja Gaiden II's difficulty is. Down with corporate paid reviews that are done by idiots.
heyheyhey  +   2815d ago
the game doesn't deserve that

the niggles mentioned are the kind of niggles found in the original, and that didn't get a 7/10

although Itagaki really should've straightened those out
THE TERMINATOR  +   2815d ago
7/10 Gamesradar
8.7 IGN
Not looking good is it bots.
Though Gamespot will probably give it above 9 but we all know they talk out of there ass.
mesh1  +   2815d ago
So those who aren’t down with the difficulty level are going to want to play a game that utilizes the Xbox 360’s potential with a balanced difficulty level that compliments the solid gameplay - and thereby restore self esteem - leaving Itagaki’s insatiable bloodlust to the hardcore crowd that loves it so.
lim_ryan  +   2815d ago review

1. Horrible camera that gets stuck behind things
2. Lousy level graphics that don't jibe with the pretty-looking gore
3. Punishing difficulty makes victory nigh-impossible
ilkercruiser  +   2815d ago
I've just smelt a sony money for this review
Look at NG Sigma Review (9)(Awesome)
There are 3(three) negative points there
Look at NG2 Review (7)(Good)
There are 3 negative points there again
But 2 points removed due to sony's request :)

And the funny excuses
* The game is hard (LOL at this! what do you expect, ever played a NG?)
* Camera Problems (What a big problem to remove 2 points...)
* Graphics are awful???! (Then Other sites lying about GFX, you are saying right)
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REbirth  +   2815d ago
don't be stupid...
this is a review...and yes if the game is not perfect and have problems...lot of them u already said 3! why would it deserve a better score? becus u loved the prequel? thats not a excuse...

DMC2 received very bad reviews too...but them DMC3 exceded the expectations...the problem of some sequels is that they can't be as good as the original...and sometimes persist with some problems that should have been corrected!
mistertwoturbo  +   2815d ago
lol first it was the "Microsoft paid for the lower reviews" and now it's Sony? Damn fanboy logic is hilariously stupid.
juuken  +   2815d ago
...Give me a break.
macalatus  +   2814d ago
Undeniable proof why 7-year olds aren't supposed to use the Internet.
kindi_boy  +   2815d ago
big big big fan of this franchise can't wait to get my hands on this.
actually all NG ALL of them on ALL consoles are fuc*ed in the cam department, still can't find a single action game that comes close.

can't wait JUNE....JUNE....JUNE.... damn June has alot of good titles...
my list.

1- NG2
2- MG4
3- BF Bad company
5- Civilization Revolution (June No?)
6- Mass Effect (PC)

MK_Red  +   2815d ago
WTF!? I know the game has camera issues and overall isn't the masterpiece that NG Black was but 7/10!!?!
nemey  +   2815d ago
im with u dude
7 is overrated... i know NG camera issues
i play the 1st NG and NG camera issues was big
then i play NG black i was in stage 12 so on until i saw
NGS i was omg this the best NG ( they fix som camera issues )
still any speedy game camera had issues.

whatever the score is i will get NG2
foodbox  +   2814d ago
No you dont "know the game has camera issues".

They are reviewing the PREVIEW BUILD, not final code.
REbirth  +   2815d ago
haha...7/10 for a sequel of one of the greatest games in the original Xbox!
if the Haze is a flop this is a much bigger one!

eat it xbs360 fans!
Boldy  +   2815d ago

And Haze has a 56/100 on metacritic so I fail to see how a 70/100 is worse than a 56 unless were goin golf score.
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REbirth  +   2814d ago
the question is not the meta score...
haze is a 1st game! we just had a expectation we didn't love any other prequel!

now ninja gaiden has a name! and this 1st sequel isn't the expectation, THATS why is a much bigger flop! but the media don't see that cus it is on 360!
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Stinky Nugz  +   2815d ago
god of war the sh1t ninja 2 garabage
The Wood  +   2815d ago
story is important to me
as ive aged so story has become even more important just like the films and tv shows i like. Either way 360 owners should get this game if their fans of the series. The reality is both consoles need a few more challengers to this and god of war. Devs need more encouragement. I don't want these games to die out like point n click adventure games did *curses lucasarts*

all the different review scores coming in dont mean sh*t to me..... just play games. We can fight another day
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