• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
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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(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
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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. 90
    Ninja Gaiden II is not perfect but it's one of the best action games since the original and an absolute joy to play.
  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. Ninja Gaiden II is a fun, brutal and violent game.
  5. Fans of high-speed action titles can't go wrong; in fact, they'd be foolish to look anywhere else for anything better this generation. It's just disappointing that Ninja Gaiden II -- which is said to be the last in the series -- isn't quite the flawless masterpiece I’d hoped for
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    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: 73 out of 108
  2. Negative: 16 out of 108
  1. TimC.
    Oct 10, 2008
    10
    Probably the best action game to date. Hard as nails and rewardingly stressful. This title is all I play.
  2. Jun 20, 2011
    10
    THE BEST ACTION GAME ON XBOX 360!!
    60+ houers and still playing!
    Blood,Fast Action,Many Wepons,Massive Combos,Story is **** but its not story
    THE BEST ACTION GAME ON XBOX 360!!
    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:)
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  3. RobertC.
    Jun 5, 2008
    9
    This game is pure carnage! If you're a fan of fast,furious and bloody battles then this is a must play. Not to mention the enormous boss This game is pure carnage! If you're a fan of fast,furious and bloody battles then this is a must play. Not to mention the enormous boss battles. I've played through chapter 8 and for me the game is actually improving over time. The story is pretty straight forwar so far. Some disillusioned poor saps are trying to resurect a beast called the "ARCH FEIND" so they can i guess share in world domination. So all you do is chase these said foes arround to try and stop the resurection from taking place.Verry simple but effective.I kinda like the simple story telling here,it gives way to the more important brutal action that takes place at a blistering mind numbing pace.Action fans check this out and begin obliterating at once. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  4. PabloT
    May 26, 2008
    9
    Ninja Gaiden is a master piece of action game, but, the problems of last NG continues like cam and a bad story, just that for my rating 9, Ninja Gaiden is a master piece of action game, but, the problems of last NG continues like cam and a bad story, just that for my rating 9, cuz another things has add to new game like bloooood yaa, limbs etc etc about corpses and weapons variety! This is Ninja Gaiden, thank u Itagaki-San! Expand
  5. JacquesN.
    Sep 6, 2008
    8
    I really dont know where some people get the idea of this game being lame or boring. This game has a lot of interaction and makes you want to I really dont know where some people get the idea of this game being lame or boring. This game has a lot of interaction and makes you want to keep on playing even though the game is not forgiving. it is a serious challenge and hard to play but a lot of fun. great story and the camera is the only let down down how ever you get use to pressing the right trigger to reset the camera. problem solved. This is a really addictive game and can not be put down until finished.Not even because you want to finish it again with new weapons and new difficulty. Expand
  6. Kyuud.
    Jun 7, 2008
    7
    Please listen ninja gaiden fans, this game is a total disappointment!!! countless camera issues, tons of enemies attack you once from all 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
    0
    Just like SIgma, nothing new. Graphics look dull. Don't buy it, buy sigma.

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