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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] Expand
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. StevenG.
    Jun 2, 2008
    True gamers only!
  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. JT
    Jun 4, 2008
    Ok, first thing about the camera that every single review is killing NG2 about -- did any of you people play the first NG??? The camera is EXACTLY the same. I mean exactly. Surely it is a bit quirky as always, but it works. And sure enemies try to attack you as you walk around corners before you really see them, but after the first time if you just expect it you can always avoid those sneak attacks. Everything looks better from the gore to the ultimate techniques to the ninpo to the enemies. The new weapons are all fun to use (I never used anything besides the sword in NG1). The bow is way better. The new stuff like the falcons talons and the ability to run on top of water is awesome. The obliteration techniques are cool-looking and really useful. Nothing seems cheap to me after the first three chapters. Now, the first time I fought Alma in NG1 and didn't even hit her once for the first two or three tries, that was cheap. This game is awesome. If you loved NG1, you will love this game too. If you're new to NG, just play the entire game once. I hated NG1 the first time because it was so difficult, but before the game was even finished I was saying it was one of my favorite games ever. Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2010
    As a hardcore player of ninja gaiden 1 i gotta say this has some really good improvements,in graphics,new weapons,new moves enemies etc..

    Only thing i didn't like is that some of the places are really small to fight while there are 6 enemies around you and a camera that avoids you from seeing them or the player,but this rarely happens so overall i think it's a great game.
  5. OReynolds
    Jun 13, 2008
    Ninja Gaiden 2 is perfect if you're stuck in the house on a Sunday afternoon with nothing better to do. Just put this game on and you can easily have fun for an hour, or maybe longer. It's the perfect hack 'n' slash game, featuring gallons of blood just waiting to be spilled by the blade of your sword. You play as Ryu Hayabusa, who's task it is to... erm... OK, so the story is complete crap, and after completing the game, I still have no idea what it was about. Thankfully however, you can skip cutscenes and dive straight into the action. It's not all good though. A very poor camera system which hindered the first game is back with a vengeance, and it's possibly even worse this time. On more than one occasion you'll find your view blocked from the camera, which basically has a mind of it's own. Then again, it's understandably very difficult to keep up with the fast pase of the combat, and would possibly have benefited from being further away from Ryu, giving an overall better view of the proceedings. Anyone who's played the first Ninja Gaiden game knows what to expect from this one when it comes to difficulty, but for newcomers, it's a pure slap in the face. Even on the easiest setting, you'll find yourself staring in disbelief at the screen as the words "Game Over" are splattered on the screen countless times, especially on boss fights. It's absolutely relentless. Thankfully, there is a great deal of skill needed, and the main reason you'll keep dying is that you simply aren't good enough yet. You'll get better, and this makes for an extremely satisfying game. Overall it's definitely not without it's flaws, but NInja Gaiden 2 is a fantastic game with gorgeous (mostly) graphics, smooth gameplay and huge replayability due to the higher difficulty settings. If you're a serious gamer looking for a challenge, definitely check this one out. Expand
  6. Kyuud.
    Jun 7, 2008
    Please listen ninja gaiden fans, this game is a total disappointment!!! countless camera issues, tons of enemies attack you once from all ranges, terrible lock-on system, and many other issues ... Its predecessor was simply million times better! the game aint worthy of the title ninja gaiden. but well, if you want to play it just for fun, you might like It for the super fast action it delivers, Its great graphics , many weapon loaded with so many kinds of moves, combos and stuff. anyways in total I give it a 7. Expand
  7. HansG.
    Jun 2, 2008
    Just like SIgma, nothing new. Graphics look dull. Don't buy it, buy sigma.

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