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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 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
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: 40 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Jun 12, 2011
    Good gameplay, graphics, a kick-ass character, challenging. A gamer's game, and the best title for the xbox.
  2. ZakS.
    Dec 14, 2005
    Well, I really don't know where to start! I mean, i only borrowed the first NG, but NGB is much better. The gameplay is awesome, the graphics detailed to every minute pixel, and the stroy is just awesome. The sounds, the gameplay, and the difficulty gives this game excellent replay value! For someone who likes martial arts, and some good storylines, this is a MUST! Expand
  3. V.K.
    Nov 13, 2007
    Unbelievably smooth game play and great graphics.
  4. Jay
    Oct 17, 2005
    This game is brilliant. Everything is top notch from the visuals, sound, contols, story, etc. I take one point off because the camera can be a little troublesome at times but its not that bad. The rest of the game easily makes up for it. As you probably already know by now it is a hard game but thats what holds the appeal for so many. If you are willing to put the time in to practice and make yourself better the game becomes a flat out joy to play. Its the only game that made me want to play through it again the instant I beat it. And it has many difficulty levels to satisfy anyone. The included Ninja Dog mode makes the game very beatable for anyone with a attention span geater than a goldfish. It can be frustrating but keep at it. With the added content for this version and $30 price tag its a no brainer for anyone who likes well constructed video games. And when I say no brainer I mean you would have to be a moron not to pick it up or at least rent it. You know who you are. Expand
  5. ShaneS.
    Jul 17, 2006
    First off, the game's not that hard. There IS an easy mode. You just have to know the code to unlock it. This is one of those rare games where the game guide is a must have. The bosses work in much the same way as boxers from Punch Out. They all have a weakness to exploit. It's just that the weaknesses in the bosses of NGB are less obvious than those of Punch Out. Overall the game is of superb quality. It's only downfall is that even the easy mode can be a bit tough for some. If you can beat RE4 on Professional, then you can beat this game on Easy Mode. Otherwise go run and hide back in your shelter of games that just roll over and die for you. Expand
  6. DigV.
    Oct 31, 2007
    Do not play Ninja Gaiden Black if you can't handle its difficulty.Quit whining. This game isn't for Sally and Suzy. Kozars like you can go play Ratchet and Clank with all the little tykes.I like the fact that the first two red ninjas can send Ryu back to hell on the most difficult first board I've ever played in the history of my 20 years of gaming. We need more Master Ninja difficulty settings in all our games. Expand
  7. GlennM.
    Nov 1, 2005
    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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