We're all fond of the Ninja Gaiden series here at AT. Challenging isn't the proper word to describe the original. It was beyond that. It was a terrific game, with enough heart and soul, cool characters, kick-ass boss fights and, above all, some honest-to-God frustration. Not the kind that makes you spit on the game and toss it out the window (although 2lions almost did that at one point), but rather the kind of frustration that makes you sweat and curse until you finish every task the game has in store for you. Realizing that you've been enraged every step of the way, you just go with the flow because every level, every boss fight, every enemy encounter eventually proves to be a rewarding experience. That was the main attraction and those qualities returned in Ninja Gaiden 2. The sequel wasn't a perfect game, albeit it retained the difficulty aspect, which was always a traditional element in the series. Ninja Gaiden 3, on the other hand, takes things in a slightly different direction.