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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

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Ri0tSquad2900d ago

But I'm still buying this. Big fan of the series.

Rikitatsu2900d ago

He was Dissing DMC yesterday , Now look LOOOOOOL his game got 7/10

Itagaki FAILS

Kamiya FTW

sonarus2900d 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

mikeslemonade2900d ago

"Lousy level graphics that don't jibe with the pretty-looking gore"

Another mediocre looking game on 360.

xboxftw2899d ago

@mike
"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.

gaffyh2899d 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.

juuken2899d 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-boy2899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

as if you would get a 360 anyway...lol. 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 n4g.com, and the saddos that dwell on here.

juuken2899d ago (Edited 2899d 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.

dan-boy2899d ago (Edited 2899d 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

Amanosenpai2899d ago (Edited 2899d ago )

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.

Rock Bottom2899d ago

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. >_>

yesah2899d ago

i dont know if its the "lolololololol" or the lol after every three words. But your comment make you seem like a serious douche

LJWooly2899d ago (Edited 2899d 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.

Scrooge2899d 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.

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Condoleezza Rice2900d ago

And this ^ ,is exactly what I was afraid of.

Looks like it will be a rental for me.

InMyOpinion2900d ago

Sounds like something that should not be acceptable this generation.

boodybandit2899d ago

You would think devs would have figured a way to fix this by now.

Kleptic2899d 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 22900d 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 2900d ago (Edited 2900d 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.

AngryXbot2900d ago

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.

Thoas2899d ago

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'.

juuken2899d ago

....PoG must be off his meds again. >.>

themyk2899d 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.

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