Ninja Gaiden Black Xbox

  • Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2005

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 100
    If it were simply the original Ninja Gaiden with just some mission modes tacked on, it would still be worth full price. But chiming in at around $30 with new missions, new difficulty settings, new cinemas and new costumes to unlock -- on top of the already-awesome, original game -- it's practically a steal. Uncompromising and unabridged, Ninja Gaiden Black shows you how reissues could and should be done.
  2. Prepare to be challenged like you've never been challenged before to complete an action-adventure game. If you make it through Ninja Gaiden Black, be proud, because it definitely is one of the hardest games to complete that you'll ever play.
  3. This is probably the best thirty bucks you'll spend on a game this year in terms of bang for your gaming buck.
  4. No one ever said that being a ninja was easy, but I can tell you for certain that being a ninja has never been this much fun. Don't wait, get your mitts on this game immediately.
  5. If we were stuck on a desert island with a TV, an Xbox and a generator, Ninja Gaiden Black is the only game we'd need. It really is that good! [Official UK XBox Magazine]
  6. The hard-as-nails Ninja Gaiden is back, with improved camera system, a new mission mode and bonus game. At a budget price, you'd be crazy not let own this gem.
  7. The new content alone more than makes it a worthy purchase even for those who have played the original release. A year on, Ninja Gaiden is still an extraordinary game. Game of the Year? Insulting. Game of the Generation.
  8. The most notable addition over the first outing is the aforementioned Mission Mode, though since it does not become available until completing the game once, many players are likely to throw in the towl long before even seeing this new content. Some might call it a feature, but it seems more like punishment.
  9. Just beware that you have to run through the game to unlock the new mission modes, but if you're a big fan, you will probably welcome the idea.
  10. It's not very often I can recommend a game with virtually no reservation, but Ninja Gaiden Black is one of those few titles that everyone with an Xbox should at least play and probably own.
  11. Game Informer
    Even if you already have a copy of the original game in your library, Black is an absolute necessity. [Oct 2005, p.140]
  12. It will go down in gaming history as a classic that defined its generation.
  13. Kudos to Tecmo and Team Ninja for adding some great enhancements to an already great game. We just wish they would have released it like this in the first place.
  14. 100
    While most of Ninja Gaiden: Black is the same as before, the little additions that have been added make a world of difference, especially for those hardcore gamers looking for more punishment. And if all that content isn't enough, you even get the old school arcade Ninja Gaiden, too.
  15. It's also a lot more difficult than its predecessor, so if you didn't feel challenged enough by the prequel, this version promises to bludgeon the hell out of you.
  16. But this new installment seems bent on achieving nothing less than perfection by using last year's game as a starting point and fine-tuning its few issues, while also adding lots of new options and content, such as a lengthy series of stand-alone missions that emphasize the game's unbelievably intense, brutal, lighting-fast combat.
  17. 100
    It's amazing that Team Ninja was actually able to take one of the best games ever to hit the Xbox (or any console) and make it better in nearly every way.
  18. The quick reaction time that Ryu has when you press a button is simply amazing and truly feels like you are playing with a ninja.
  19. 94
    I don't think I can possibly convey how much of an adrenaline pumping experience the new Mission Mode is with mere words. It has to be experienced. The missions are unadulterated action and if that's all there were to the game, I'd still recommend it.
  20. Everything the original was but better. In fact, Ninja Gaiden Black proves to be one of the best action titles of this generation.
  21. An incredible game, but there are other, cheaper options that are available to cash-strapped gamers.
  22. Official Xbox Magazine
    Black does what the original did best, and hits the elevator button and ascends to an even higher level. [Nov 2005, p.134]
  23. Play Magazine
    It is arguably without peer, the ultimate game for the audience open to its madness. [Oct 2005, p.56]
  24. 85
    Making Ninja Gaiden harder is like ordering waffles fixed with broken glass, with a helping of broken glass on the side. It's downright tasty at times, but you better have a taste for it before scarfing it down.
  25. Fifty segment Mission Mode, four difficulties, and a complete arcade ROM equal marathon game sessions in Ninja Gaiden BLACK.
  26. 97
    Ninja Gaiden Black may very well be the pinnacle of video gaming this generation.
  27. One of the greatest action games in recent memory. Upon further examination, it may be one of the best of all time.
  28. On the enemies, you can see individual scales shining perfectly in each light source, see through their translucent wings, and be dazzled by their massive energy attacks.
  29. This has to be one of the slickest, brutal, most breath taking games I have ever played! Frustration factor can be high when you start the game, but once you stop button mashing and start using the combo system as it was meant to be the game becomes very rewarding.
  30. 90
    The action is superb, with silky smooth combos, lots of movement options, and intuitive control. The graphics are still tops on the market. The quest is fulfilling and varied.
  31. 100
    For the price you simply will not find a better deal this year. Even if you beat the first game to death including both Hurricane Packs, NGB is still worth owning.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
#4 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. Jun 12, 2011
    Good gameplay, graphics, a kick-ass character, challenging. A gamer's game, and the best title for the xbox.
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    Damn good **** game. Fun, badass, epic, challenging. This is one of the best games of the past generation for sure, I just recently re-playedDamn good **** game. Fun, badass, epic, challenging. This is one of the best games of the past generation for sure, I just recently re-played and I got my ass handled to me good, but God damn once I got the hang of it again.

    There's not much that can be said, the game is not for the casuals, its awesomeness can only be truly seen by hardcore gamers.

    Solid 9 out of 10.
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  3. Dec 7, 2015
    este es un remake del juego de 1988 para nes: ninja gaiden. siendo este un remake mas sangriento, oscuro y adulto, esta bastante extraño eleste es un remake del juego de 1988 para nes: ninja gaiden. siendo este un remake mas sangriento, oscuro y adulto, esta bastante extraño el resultado, siendo que el juego de ninja gaiden tan genial e inocentemente dificil que jugabamos en nuestra infancia, se a tornado un juego de ninja gaiden muy genial pero oscura y sangrientamente dificil y visceral, los graficos estan muy buenos y son bonitos para la vista. el juego es divertido a mas no poder pateandole el trasero a un monton de alienigenas y ninjas robot aunque si eres un novato en los juegos hack 'n' slash no te gustara debido a que puede ser tan dificil que termines rompiendo el mando de la frustracion como en el juego original. siendo este un juego exclusivo de xbox, es bastante interesante como de tantos juegos mediocres de la platarfoma como conker live and reloaded, este resulta ser un juego fresco, genial, epico, divertido, dinamico, sangriento, y dificil. este juego es uno de los mejores remakes que se han hecho en la historia por no decir el mejor, y a demas la banda sonora estilo devil may cry es genial. en conclusion este juego es excelente y se merece un esplendido 10. Full Review »