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Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ninja Gaiden first debuted in the 1988 and now the young ninja returns. As Ryu Hayabusa, you seek revenge after the Vigor Empire massacres your clan. Skilled in battle actions and ninja moves, you are well prepared to hunt down the Holy Emperor and reclaim the magic sword "Ryuken." Ninja Gaiden features killer gameplay, stunning graphics, and new weapons such as the Dragon Sword, warhammer, shurikens, and nunchakus. Plus, there are massive levels filled with enemies and Xbox Live feature will enable future high score tournaments and downloadable content. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 89
  2. Negative: 1 out of 89
  1. From start to finish, the main element that propels Ninja Gaiden above all others in the action genre is the dazzling combat-based gameplay.
  2. The actual fighting in the game is flawless...One of my favorite games of all time and easily my favorite game on Xbox. [Grade = A+]
  3. People are saying this is the best game of 2004 so far. I would go a bit further and say this is the best game of the last year because, if no other reason, the game play is simply amazing. The movement physics are ultra smooth and fast paced.
  4. It has a surprisingly deep combat system, highly responsive controls, graphics to die for, and audio to both dot the i and cross the t.
  5. No other game manages to deliver on the potential of controlling a ninja with this much flair and authority - it is, no bullshit, one of the finest action games ever made. Sever my spinal cord if I'm lying.
  6. 90
    Though i wouldn't expect anything less from the makers of "Dead or Alive," Ryu's animations are brilliantly motion captured and suitably fluid.
  7. Most of the visual beauty takes a back seat to a bad camera and fairly repetitive gameplay. To be blunt, the camera system in Ninja Gaiden sucks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 105
  2. Negative: 12 out of 105
  1. CalagoH.
    Jul 19, 2005
    This game is without a doubt the prettiest graphics on Xbox.although the camera sometimes sucks it can be forgiven because of the smooth gameplay.{but be warned rent this game before you buy it because it is crazy hard} Expand
  2. PeterS.
    Mar 22, 2004
    The best Game & I play a lot of Games.The camera is not too bad.
  3. JordanK.
    Mar 1, 2004
    This game im really xcited about!!!i cant wait till it comes out.i was in love with dmc 1&2 and chaos legion,i wished it was ninja games like this that came out 1st on xbox so i can already play it.the visuals rock my world and should do yours!:) Expand
  4. Patrick
    Jul 21, 2004
    This game is incredible. As (most) everyone else has said, it is beautiful and fluid, and one of the most challenging games of its kind in a long time. While it is difficult throughout, and there are occasionally points that can be frustrating, it hearkens to the olden days when games were tests of skill. It is exceptionally satisfying when you defeat a difficult boss, and usually if you are inventive enough you can discover "easy" ways of accomplishing this. While the replay value of this game is arguable, as for myself I can say that its one of the few games I own that I felt compelled to play through a second time and find every last secret. I never had any trouble with the camera angles as some have stated, and I would recommend to those that are starting out to get accustomed to using the camera manipulating power of the R button. Overall this game is outstanding and definitely one of my favorites of all time. I recommend it to anyone, as long as you make a pledge to yourself to not quit when you get stuck on the first or second boss (it gets better!) Expand
  5. Mike
    Mar 7, 2004
    I can understand C=50 as a general rule, however it is not correct for the "Gaming Age" site and so should not apply in this case. For a start they clearly state that they *never* give A+, therefore C would not be the median. I'd say that C- would be closer to 50 than 42. Expand
  6. SteveP.
    Apr 5, 2006
    I am usually very confident in the games I buy, but this one not so much. I heard really mixed reviews about this games, good things like
  7. TuomasK.
    Feb 27, 2004
    Bad control, bad game. The visuals lack the polish of MGS2 or Getaway, and those are PS2 games. A Disappointment of a year. Buy Tenchu:Return From Darkness if you want good ninja action to yuor Xbox. Expand

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