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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 87
  2. Negative: 13 out of 87
  1. 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:)
  2. Aug 25, 2013
    another hack n slash masterpiece first the graphics of this game are just amazing one of the best the game play is flexible and never fell repetitive a true masterpiece Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2014
    This game is a fantastic experience to play through. The game-play is quick, visceral and bloody, introducing a new feature called an "Obliteration Technique", allowing for brilliant finishing moves. Combat is fast, and the different weapons and the ability to level them up adds so many layers and variety to fighting. Graphics are still good, even when made in 2008, and there is more lip-syncing here then some games coming out nowadays. Great enemies and simply awesome boss fights, varying environments, from South American forests to Venetian canals. There really aren't many problems with this game, apart from the rather non-existent storyline and the slightly annoying camera. But the core game is so good you'll forgive all it's mistakes. A must-have for all action lovers. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    " Japan is dead " that's what many western videogame companies and designers may say , and let's be clear , Japan made many of the best known videogames out there but of course , they have lost a little of that glamour that made them stand in top for a long time . So for anyone skeptical of Ninja Gaiden II no need to worry , because the game plays fantastic and it really leaves you with a lot of pleasure killing, slicing and dismembering enemy's with a tone of dread that will make The Joker cry by how exaggerated Ninja Gaiden is . There's also a variety of weapons making every murder pleasant and jaw-dropping . Expand
  5. Jun 10, 2013
    Upon its release in 2004 the first in the revamped Ninja Gaiden series quickly established itself as the best action game of its generation. This follow up may not be a huge leap forward but it certainly refines the graphics, gameplay and controls for a new audience to appreciate.

    As the last of his clan Ryu Hayabusa must defeat the Black Spider Ninja Clan and all manner of supernatural fiends in order to prevent the resurrection of the archfiend. To be honest the story actually makes little sense but that is not really the point of the Ninja Gaiden series. Few games, if any, can match the sheer excitement of its combat as weapons clash and limbs are severed. A better learning curve this time around makes it easier to pick up the complexities of its controls and putting together combos will soon become second nature. Despite this the game remains a challenge even on the easiest difficulty setting. Unless you are a gaming pro you will certainly perish a number of times and patience is a must if you are to complete the game.

    The only minor niggle in an otherwise faultless game is the camera which doesn't always provide the player with the best angle to see oncoming attacks by default. The camera can be manipulated by the player but doing so in the heat of battle takes a little practice. This rarely detracts from the player’s enjoyment of the game however in what is one of the best action game available on any console.
  6. Mar 8, 2013
    Its follows the first Ninja Gaiden. Many combos, brutal, fast paced and rewarding.
  7. Jun 18, 2013
    I found the game okay, apart from the fact that Team Ninja had the stupid urge to make it even on the Easy difficulty insanely difficult, the bosses, the characters were really grotesque and well designed, adding to the game's realism. But the main part was that despite the game's consistent choice of combos is what made me give an average overall review for this game. And because of the insane difficulty on all difficulties and cheap death frequency, this resulted in me raging for hours and days to finish this game,and the first time I've struggled so much in a game. Frame and the game camera were VERY problematic! Expand

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