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Ninja Gaiden (NES)

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Written by  :  Ivan Obretenov (9)
Written on  :  Mar 27, 2012
Platform  :  NES
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Summary

Amazing and hard as hell...

The Good

Oh..my..god. This is a masterpiece. Everything about this game reeks of awesomeness and here is why:

Gameplay: The game perfectly does what it is supposed to. It is a side-scroller about a ninja who tries to discover the truth behind his father's death and ends up fighting a demon. Actually, the story is much deeper but I don't want to spoil anything. Gameplay is fast and smooth but the game is EXTREMELY difficult. I decided to put the difficulty in the "I liked about this game" because it is a fair challenge. There are no bad controls or stupid glitches that contribute to the game's difficulty so if you're really good at video games, you may beat it after several hours.

Graphics: Not only does this game play nice but it also looks pretty. It is one of the few NES games which have beautiful cutscenes which actually kind of feel like watching a mini-episode. Graphics are gorgeous and everything represents perfectly what it's supposed to be. The levels are nicely done and there is a nice variety of them.

Sound and Music: I am speechless. This game has one of the coolest soundtracks i've ever heard. Each soundtrack fits perfectly the level it was made for and immerses you in the gameplay. Simply put, the music keeps you in its grip from start to finish. The sound is also worth mentioning. Though there isn't much of a variety of sounds during gameplay, they are well chosen. The explosion heard when you slice an enemy is quite satisfying.

The Bad

Gameplay: At times I wanted to kick a panda. This game can be frustrating as hell due to its difficulty. In the end you have to beat 3 bosses without dying once, otherwise it sends you way back. It took me several hours to beat it and I think I deserve a medal.

Graphics: No complaints.

Sound and Music: Absolutely no complaints.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a hard, yet fun game then...GET THIS GAME, I ORDER YOU!! There is no excuse to miss out on this game if you own a NES. If you want to put your side-scrolling skills to the limit, next to some amazing 8-bit music that Ninja Gaiden is your dream come true.