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  • Summary: (Also known as "Ninja Gaiden 2") In Ninja Gaiden II, gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with peril and danger. Ninja Gaiden II features an all-new gameplay engine, a new auto-health regeneration system, levels, adventures, enemies and thrilling combat with an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise. Assuming the role of a ninja warrior, players experience an all-new combat system that requires skill and mastery of their full arsenal of weapons, including Obliteration Techniques that allow players to quickly and stylishly finish off an opponent. In addition to the variety of brutal new primary weapons and enhanced versions of previous favorites, Ninja Gaiden II features unique acrobatic combat and attacks used not only by Ryu Hayabusa but also by his formidable enemies. The new auto-healing system in Ninja Gaiden II, featuring semi-permanent damage restored at save points, is the natural evolution of the franchise's distinctive gameplay and introduces a new twist to managing health. With a newly implemented auto-healing functionality and save-point system, as well as an extensive story mode and multiple difficulty levels available from the start of the game, the gameplay of Ninja Gaiden II is both accessible to more casual players and challenging to even the most demanding gamers. [Team Ninja] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. 95
    NG2 is the perfect fighting-action game, it is the ultimate gaming challenge for 2008, and it's one of the best looking 'gore games' ever created. If you want to know why Master Ninja level NG players give no respect to anyone who hasn't achieved this level of action-gaming perfection, you must become one yourself.
  2. It provides a highly enjoyable single-player campaign, and improves upon a standard set by the first 3D Ninja Gaiden game four years ago.
  3. Upgraded graphics and improved gameplay solidify it as a legitimate marquee next generation title. For those who are not particularly partial to the hack and slash action genre I would recommend you hold out. Ninja Gaiden fans should purchase Itagaki-san’s last chapter immediately and those who do fancy the genre should do the same.
  4. Visceral action supported by one of the best combat systems that you can find. But it fails to offer anything new which, alongside the lack of polish and a better balance of the difficulty, makes this sequel pretty much more of the same. [July 2008]
  5. Ninja Gaiden II is essentially a much prettier version of Ninja Gaiden with a few tweaks and a slightly less punishing challenge level (at least on the normal difficulty levels – there are two unlockable difficulties that give me nightmares). For fans of the original, there’s nothing here to prevent you from loving this one as well.
  6. Despite the addition of execution moves and a recharging life guage, the series' renowned(and reviled) difficulty is left mostly unchanged. [Aug 2008, p.80]
  7. An acceptable update in terms of presentation, but regretfully somewhat lacking in the new gameplay features the move to a new generation should demand. Regretfully, it is far from the spectacular game many hoped it would be when it was first announced. It grasps on too tightly to what came before, refusing to give gamers the freedom other games in this generation have offered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 88
  2. Negative: 13 out of 88
  1. DanielV.
    May 27, 2008
    Unlike most people I enjoy hard and challenging games not 10hrs easy fest that everyone loves paying 60$ for lol therefore NG2 gets a 10 from me for trying and challenging and entertaining gameplay. Expand
  2. Jun 20, 2011
    60+ houers and still playing!
    Blood,Fast Action,Many Wepons,Massive Combos,Story is **** but its not story
    you want from that kind of games.
    PURE FUN:)
  3. MarcH.
    May 27, 2008
    This game is going to be awesome and thin coming from team ninja always is, the only people that hate ninja gaiden games are the ones that suck at them Itagaki is right games now adays hand themselves to the player and anything that doesnt people instantly write off as bad tomonobo Itagaki is the man Expand
  4. PhilG
    Mar 6, 2009
    Ninja Gaiden 2 can be a punishingly hard wake up call for gamers pampered by some modern games which have become really too easy. But if you work at it and be patient, you'll discover one of the greatest action experiences this console generation and Microsoft's answer to God of War. Those looking for story are clearly thinking of some other game and should look elsewhere. If you aren't here for ninja action and brutal violence, you've got the wrong mindset going in. Please note any scores below maybe a 7 are just from people too noobish to handle any game harder than the Sims though I will admit it doesn't have so much a difficulty curve as a difficulty level which it stays at beyond the first level. Expand
  5. DanA.
    Jun 3, 2008
    Giving this game anything under an 8 (Which represents being above average, yet not amazing) is ridiculous. 1up comes in with a 67? That's moronic. Games like 50 Cent Bulletproof are 67 material. Ninja Gaiden II is a smooth, fluid, sweet action game with good platforming elements. It's not as well done as the first (which is a 10), but it's certainly not some standard game worthy of anything below an 8. Expand
  6. DavidO.
    Sep 23, 2008
    This game is a complete piece of trash! Everything from production to creation sucks! People who rate this game above 7 are getting paid to rate it high! First of all, NGB I have completed it in Master Ninja, I started this game on Warrior Path. The gameplay was fine, but too easy for me. ENOUGH! Even reviewing this game is a waste! I'll just get to the bad points!!! *Graphics sucks! *Gameplay is farked! *Enemies are so cheap, you see ninjas throwing explosives tards ALL OVER THE SCREEN! *SO MUCH ENEMIES ON SCREEN AT ONCE IT CAUSES THE GAME TO SLOW DOWN!!! *You have enemies that can gang bang you to death, but when you fight a boss, you can EASILY triumph over a weak boss! Basically boss battles are easier than enemies! *Puzzles are farking annoying has hell! The puzzles are way worst than NGB! *Controls are farked too! They are so unresponsive! Worst is when you try to dash when you are in a block mode, you have to tap the direction pad multiple times just to make Ryu dash! *Game has no storyline! *You download additional content such as costumes, updates/patch or mission mode and they will completely mess up your game save which leaves the game unplayable! Many people still can get pass Chapter 10 because of this. *Costumes look like crap! where is Fiend Ryu!??? *Leaderboard is a piece of crap...when browsing through the list, it will crash on you! *Achievement list sucks asz! There are so many that can be said...I advise people not to buy this piece of shiz! The game is not challenging or hard...it's just frustrating! If you want a challenging game, go play Ninja Gaiden, Black or Sigma! It's like Team Ninja did this on purpose! Expand
  7. HansG.
    Jun 2, 2008
    Just like SIgma, nothing new. Graphics look dull. Don't buy it, buy sigma.

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