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GameTap: Ninja Gaiden II Review 9/10

The only other gripes about Ninja Gaiden II are the recycling of bosses and fighting two different bosses back to back. The former isn't totally bad since you should already have a good idea of how to beat them, but it's disappointing in one of those "No, you should be dead already" kind of ways. As for the latter, this isn't necessarily a complaint about difficulty as it is about convenience. One of the worst feelings in the world of video games is to spend thirty minutes or so fighting a tough boss, only to realize that you have to fight another boss right after that without a save point in between. So, don't even think of turning off the system to go do something else. You're going to have to beat that second boss unless you want to have to go through the pain of fighting the first boss all over again.

It's these very moments in the game that caused GameTap to say, "You have got to be kidding me," but the aggravation only made the sense of accomplishment that much greater. And that is perhaps Ninja Gaiden II's greatest asset--not the pretty graphics or the gratuitous violence. And if you're one of those people sitting on the fence about this game because the original was so hard, don't worry. While Ninja Gaiden II is a difficult game, it's also far more forgiving than the original (particularly on the acolyte setting) and it gives you ample opportunities to beef up your skills and become a master ninja.

Pros: Excellent gameplay; nice variety in the later levels; great difficulty curve.

Cons: Story isn't all that interesting; camera can get in the way; few framerate hiccups here and there. (Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma, Xbox 360) 9/10

Condoleezza Rice  +   2819d ago
Narrowing it down
The general complaints thus far seem to be:

Hopefully the FrameRate problems aren't persistent throughout the entire game,i.e Only occur in very specific and uncommon situations.
sonarus  +   2819d ago
I don't know why so many people fuss over frame rates. The only time i seem to notice is when i look for them and even with that, i have never found a single game that i couldn't play thru the frame rates. Unless the game was crap in the first place.

GTA4 to me has some of the worst frame rate issues even on both versions (yes i have played both). Its hard to tell which is worse without comparing side by side which i didn't do but trust eurogamer say its worse on the PS3. Once the physics gets out of hand, the frame rate chugs heavily on GTA4 but hardly anyone whines about it...why? because its still a great gaem
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Superfragilistic  +   2819d ago
Besides the frame rate issue which I hope are just symptoms of the review build, the other complaints are entirely predictable across all reviews.

- Camera
- Story
- Difficulty

And yet the original had all these same "issues" and is a benchmark in the action genre. It's a hardcore title no doubt, and that's exactly why I love it! :)
Condoleezza Rice  +   2819d ago
@Sonarus:It all boils down to the game
My biggest issue with NG isn't the FrameRate,no,it's the Camera.

In games such as GTA4,the frame rate dipping isn't such a big issue as you can still pull off the core game play mechanics,which are;jacking a Car and driving it,shooting,and running away.But in a game like NG where timing and execution are absolutely critical to your success,you can see why hiccups and stutters during the heart of the action are a big big problem here.

Like I said,hopefully the FrameRate problems aren't persistent,if they are,then tbh I'm going to be even more disappointed.
mistertwoturbo  +   2819d ago
"timing and execution are absolutely critical to your success"

Amen to that. A solid frame rate for me usually offers a better gaming experience. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to pull off a move but won't because the frame dips when you're trying to do it. Then of course it applies to those games that require the timing and precise movements.

For example like a fighting game, who in the hell would want to play VF5 if the frame rate stutters? It probably wouldn't be too fun.
mikeslemonade  +   2819d ago
Pretty dissapointing when they were touting about a lock 60 frames.
power of Green  +   2819d ago
So far it seems to be far from the flop PS3 fanboys were hoping for with that score of 7".

I'd probably be looking for payback too! if I was a rabid PS3 fanboy upset looking for ways to redeem Haze or atleast saving some face.
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Whoooop  +   2819d ago
Are you prepared to comment on the "Bioshock Confirmed for the PS3"?????

At least rant about PS3 getting leftovers or something...

no??? :(

Skip_Bayless  +   2819d ago
Only Power of Green is dumb enough to use Gametap as a reliable source for game revews.

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Vito_corleone  +   2819d ago
So far it seems to be far from the AAA-game 360 fanboys were hoping for with that score of 10".

I'd probably be looking for payback too! if I was a rabid 360 fanboy upset looking for ways to redeem NG2 or atleast saving some face.

No, not gonna sink to your level. You truly are a pathetic beast of a girl.

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Hatchetforce  +   2819d ago
I will be honest about a title, good or bad. Look at my comments concerning Haze.

That said, Gametap is not a reliable source for reviews. It is in their best financial interest to rate games high so using them as some sort of marker is absurd. For any game. NGII may be great.

I don't think I will buy it as any game that has a design flaw like the camera is purported to be would't be to my liking. It's one thing to have to work to beat a game, I don't need to be unfairly hamstrung.
Sir_Ken_Kutaragi  +   2819d ago
Give it 10/10!!! ;-D It still won't stop PS3 kickin xBox 360's @ss! in sales EVERY month!!! ;-D

+Please Sir Vito_corleone;) make xBot Lemmings swim with the Fishes!!! ;-D
Vito_corleone  +   2819d ago
If the moneys right Kutaragi, if the moneys rigt. ;)
Sir_Ken_Kutaragi  +   2819d ago
@Vito_corleone ;)
I'd pay you any money you want!!! ;-D
+you can have 1st go on the PS4 i'm making!!! ;-D
poos3  +   2819d ago
hahah fanboys the 360exclusive can never flopp like haze /lair /uncharted/haevenly sword, warhawk, and ,many man ymore that were average at best for the genre and also ofc they would moan at the camamra /diffulty as the 1dst ninja gaiden wasthe 1st to take it to new heigths lie what itagki did with the xbox 1 game it was revolutionary so ofc it will acore better even if its not a great game just liek halo 1 comaprd to 3 halo 3 is a much better game than halo 1 but halo 1 was the 1st and will alwys be loved same with ng2
condilca rice no 1 has mentiion the story only the troll review wich said it was not great liek any hack and slash with depth has a great story ( gow had 50% gameplay and 50person real time events but i must say i like god of war even ho ive never played the game and its not really a true hack and slash its look sliek a blast the cutscenese and not to mention i love kortos cause he is a black dude and he is bad ass but ng2 /ng1 will alwys have better gameplay than god of war
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power of Green  +   2819d ago
Just look at this man

So the camera is flawed so what!. lol
Hatchetforce  +   2819d ago
"The camera is flawed so what?"

You are kidding, right? No of course you are not. Not in the middle of your fanatical rage. You must have 50 posts in the past 30 minutes trying to do NG Damage Control. What a joke.

The camera matters. Alot. It's like a chick with a great body and a butt ugly face. You can only do her under restricted circumstances for so long and pretty soon you just can't deal with looking at her anymore.
digger18  +   2819d ago
What I don't get is, why can the PS3 pull off a solid 60fps at 1080p in NGS and NG2 can't do a steady 30fps???

Whats the screen rez for NG2?
mesh1  +   2819d ago
very veyr easy bgs is an xbox game that useds last gen gameplay while ng2 as you have read in the review when you start fighting enemeis the defference is startling to sigma the amount of effwects +lighting + characters put sigma to shame sigma is very staticng2 the effects are mind blowing . but TBH YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT YOUR JUST A SONY TROLL I JUST HAD TO FEED YOU SO YOU CAN STOP CRYING FOR MORE FOOD
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Hatchetforce  +   2819d ago
Oops! Your one bubble has popped. It's like watching pogs head explode as he tries to save the SS NGII from going down, torpedoed by the submarine known as Camera and her sister ship the deadly hunter Framerate.

Mess Effect got a pass on something used to damn other games, frame rate. NGII isn't going to be that lucky. But then again, it is what Itagaki deserves for being an ass.
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DC RID3R  +   2819d ago
if you're a pu55y, this game isn't for you!
Dark General  +   2819d ago
Well said, sho nuff.
mistertwoturbo  +   2819d ago

Anybody that can withstand Ninja Gaiden's difficulty without wanting to throw the controller at the screen gets my respect.
AngryXbot  +   2819d ago
Riiiiggghhhtttt...Who are these xbots trying to fool.
You know, its statistically impossible for all hyped 360 games, which every gamer can see how cheasy, chidlish or unrevolutionary, to score higher than most PS3 exclusives.

Especially when the latter has better developers working on them, higher budgets and established nameholds.

Why is it that cheasy dialogs in Haze were punished severely but cheasy dialogs in NG are hailed. A game that features a ninja, the CIA and some chick with big chest, a shallow non existant story. Thats the game we are talking about here.

On a different console, said game would receive no higher than a 7.

And meanwhile people wonder why 360s dont sell. Keep up with the lies yo. The inferior brands name is already at rock bottom, so I guess people dont really care lol.
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ilkercruiser  +   2819d ago
Ninja Gaiden 1 had camera problem too
We cant change the reversed looking in NGB, if this reverse option become changble , camera will not be a problem for me.
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1stKnighT  +   2819d ago
YES! I love that they kept the high difficulty. It's not easy being a ninja ;)
J@D  +   2819d ago
o.O ?

*Personal though*
Now the game is classified to hold:
*framerate drops
*Camera issues
*and graphics similar to Ninja Gaiden Sigma

and the new problem:
*Turn the some xbox360 fan to believe they are Ninja o.O

What on the world is going on...? o.O


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Logipuh  +   2819d ago
When did a challening game become a bad game?
Finaly a review which don't pick on the difficulty. NG is hard, but fair. It's not like the bots are cheating and such, it's just the player who isn't skilled enough og hasn't learned Ryu,'s and enemies' moves. I can agree with the annoyance of the exploding boss, but the rest of the fighting is down to pure skills and not crazy button-mashing and luck!

I had few problems with the camera in the first game. Most enemies makes sounds when they attack, so you will in most cases know when to counter / roll away.

Frame rate issues can be a little problem in a game where timing is so essensial. But as far as i have read, this only happens once in the game, where around 100 enemies attacks Ryu at the same time :). Furthermore, roumors has it that the problem si fixed in the gold version.

I liked the story in the first game, and will proabably find this one good enough too. At least it isn't a story we have heard before :D. If a game has e great story, itæs a big plus. But a great story is very rare nowadays, and it's all gameplay for me.

Why hasn't anyone mentioned the length of the game? The game was supposed to be quite long compaired to other action games. Many will try to play through the game twice, it's a lot of unlockables and something simular to the mission mode in NG:B.

Why hasn't this games maxed out the gameplay-ratings? No action games like this has such a deep fighting-system with so many cool moves with great pace and great animations. Put on top OT and cool gore, and you have the full package. I really can't understand how the gameplay can be much better?

Ninja Gaiden was in my opinion the best game for the xbox, so no bad review can make me not getting this game. I really hope the game sells good, so they will make another one :).

Sorry for my bad english ;)

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