Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword DS

  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2008
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
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  1. JoeStass
    Sep 17, 2008
    7
    Easily one of the best looking games on the DS, NG:DS does not disappoint in terms of graphic presentation. The control system is nearly flawless and the attacks you'll be completing on screen feel very satisfying when mixed with the sound of the slash. This game easily would have been a must buy and a 10 on the DS... if there was just more to it. Paying $35 for a game you beat in 6Easily one of the best looking games on the DS, NG:DS does not disappoint in terms of graphic presentation. The control system is nearly flawless and the attacks you'll be completing on screen feel very satisfying when mixed with the sound of the slash. This game easily would have been a must buy and a 10 on the DS... if there was just more to it. Paying $35 for a game you beat in 6 hours is not my idea of fun, no matter how great it looks. Also, while the combat does feel very satisfying the whole game through, it also feels very lacking in depth. In fact, if the game were any longer, you'd probably just grow tired of it. This is definitely one of those games where you'll just want to go in with a few friends and take turns playing it. If you get 3 friends to join you, you can all still beat it in one day! Expand
  2. UwePoll
    Mar 31, 2008
    6
    Initially, It feels like Ninja Gaiden. And It looks like Ninja Gaiden. But once you really get your teeth into it, it doesn't leave quite the same taste in your mouth as the real deal. This time around, the adventure is structured in a much less cohesive fashion, the enemies provide almost no resistance individually, and the puzzles are so obvious it's almost insulting. But worstInitially, It feels like Ninja Gaiden. And It looks like Ninja Gaiden. But once you really get your teeth into it, it doesn't leave quite the same taste in your mouth as the real deal. This time around, the adventure is structured in a much less cohesive fashion, the enemies provide almost no resistance individually, and the puzzles are so obvious it's almost insulting. But worst of all, the combat system completely lacks the subtle nuances and depth of the original, making the whole affair a long-winded, repetitive hack and slash like so many others. While this is a decent game on its own merits, I'd advise sticking to the various versions of the original, and completely avoid Dragon Sword, until Ninja Gaiden 2 is released. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#27 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. GamePro
    80
    As a standalone DS game, Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword is an amazing adventure almost at the level of "Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass". [Apr 2008, p.79]
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    86
    As an example of how to forge a modern action game for DS, Dragon Sword has no equal. [Apr 2008, p.80]
  3. Nintendo Power
    85
    At approximately five hours, Dragon Sword is a bit on the short side, but I have a tough time complaining when those five hours are so tight and extremely polished. [Apr 2008, p.84]