• Publisher: Tecmo
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2005
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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 203 Ratings

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  • Summary: In Ninja Gaiden Black you can reprise the role of Ryu Hayabusa, ninja extraordinaire. This sequel to Ninja Gaiden supplies a new story and new missions, plus two more difficulty settings and cinematic cut scenes that provide background about the protagonist. Ninja Gaiden Black alsoIn Ninja Gaiden Black you can reprise the role of Ryu Hayabusa, ninja extraordinaire. This sequel to Ninja Gaiden supplies a new story and new missions, plus two more difficulty settings and cinematic cut scenes that provide background about the protagonist. Ninja Gaiden Black also incorporates the additional content from Hurricane Packs 1 and 2 and includes unlockable content such as the original arcade version of Ninja Gaiden. Ninja Gaiden Black includes online features for keeping track of karma points on the online leader board. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 70
    On the technical side of things, Ninja Gaiden Black has a problem that wasn't present in the original release. The game is prone to bouts of slowdown at impromptu moments and these aren't particularly hectic instances either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
  1. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    Good gameplay, graphics, a kick-ass character, challenging. A gamer's game, and the best title for the xbox.
  2. DavidS.
    Apr 22, 2008
    10
    How come 9 out of 10 people think this is such a great game????? How come nearly all gaming websites gave this game great ratings???? How How come 9 out of 10 people think this is such a great game????? How come nearly all gaming websites gave this game great ratings???? How come the bad reviews are all the same???? " It's too hard" i'll tell you why because NGB is a true gamers game not pokemon or mario bros thats why. Quit crying because you suck at this game and get some skill. NGB is my favorite game of all time and is a true gamers game and NG2 will be the same. Expand
  3. ZaheerS.
    Sep 22, 2005
    10
    Ninja Gaiden, already one of the best XBox games around, provides fodder for Tecmo to expand even further and come up with one of the best Ninja Gaiden, already one of the best XBox games around, provides fodder for Tecmo to expand even further and come up with one of the best expansion/remakes of all time! The additional content is spectacular, and with the reasonable price its a must-have for people new to the game, and even most of the Ninja Gaiden veterans out there. (Plus there's an easier difficulty for all you quitters out there!) Expand
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    10
    I just replayed Ninja Gaiden Black (now in 2019 - normal mode) on my old Xbox (1gen, still working, yeah!) and it did not loose any of itsI just replayed Ninja Gaiden Black (now in 2019 - normal mode) on my old Xbox (1gen, still working, yeah!) and it did not loose any of its quality, even this many years later with so much more games out there. Im not as a good Ninja Gaiden player as i was with 12 years but I still got it ;).
    The original "Dark Souls" i can say today.. No just kidding, its a hard game for sure, but as soon as you "get it how its done" and beat the first boss the feeling is amazing and its entertaining as fu**. I remember replaying NGB at least 8 times when I was young. Not only because its the best Xbox game there is, side to side with Halo 1 & 2, but also because it has a high replay value. Not only cause of the different difficulty levels, but also because of the Golden Scarab collection, the rewards and the new, stronger enemies. Plus the graphics were insanely good for that time, even though today its not that of an eyecandy anymore. And the Cutscenes... damn! Really one of the best games I ever played... and I played a lot of games. 10/10 for this masterpiece!
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  5. ElijahG.
    Jan 18, 2006
    9
    A fantastic game that is a must own for the x-box. Everything about the game is great. It's the ultimate action adventure game.
  6. Jun 10, 2012
    8
    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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  7. GlennM.
    Nov 1, 2005
    0
    This game is completely pointless. If the only point of a game is the fact that it is challenging - who cares? I played for about an hour and This game is completely pointless. If the only point of a game is the fact that it is challenging - who cares? I played for about an hour and a half over 3 sessions and I feel absolutely no desire whatsoever to play again (the 3rd session I forced myself to play just to give it one more chance). What a disapointment. Time for ebay. What a waste of time and money! Expand

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#6 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
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#4 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005