Four years ago the Ninja Gaiden franchise was brought back to high acclaim. It featured a blistering level of difficulty that felt only too familiar to old school gamers, and had a level of graphical detail typical of the high standard that we have come to expect from Tecmo's Team Ninja. While good, this sequel - Ninja Gaiden II - doesn't quite live up to those standards.
Still, the game is fun to play, largely due to combat. There are a wide variety of enemies to fight, each enemy with its own way of fighting, giving players reason to find and work out patterns of attack. Combat never ends up becoming stale for the player. Get past the flaws and Ninja Gaiden II is still a worthwhile game, particularly if you enjoy a good old-school fight.
Reviewer: Matthew Theroux