Anthony Swinnich reports:
''Action games have become plentiful in recent years, but a new series has yet to join the genre's holy trinity. A game like Heavenly Sword just doesn't provide the same visceral feel of God of War or the tactical joy found in the combat options in Devil May Cry 4. The point is that it's not really such a big deal if a series doesn't step up as long as the big three continue to provide quality adventures. Ninja Gaiden II proves to be a worthy installment in this storied franchise despite it's occasionally infuriating difficulty and tendency hew closely to antiquated design principals.''