Some mistake being hardcore with just buying every game in an entire series and trying to convince everybody in earshot that the "just don't understand" the entries that are horrible. Not every franchise is genius from start to finish. And SEGA's Shinobi is included in that. After the back-breaking Shinobi release on the PlayStation 2 -- a deliriously hard game that was a lot of fun -- SEGA tanked out with the sequel Nightshade.
With gaming dollars not going as far as they once did, thanks to the rising costs of games and systems, you can find real bargain fun in retro. (There are some yesteryear classics you will have more fun with than a $60 game like Turning Point.) But even retrogamers need to be conscious of their cash, so IGN have compiled the five Shinobi games in the long-standing series worth your money.