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Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360)

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Ryu Hayabusa is back in the sequel to the popular revisitation of the Ninja Gaiden franchise. Ryu embarks in a race against time to avenge his clan against the Black Spider Ninja Clan to prevent the resurrection of the Archfiend and the destruction of the human race.

He has new abilities and gameplay features at his disposal, including auto-healing, an all-new combat system that requires mastering a full arsenal of weapons, as well as upgrades to weapons from the previous game. Combat is bloodier than before as Ryu can amputate limbs from his opponents (which may make them even more dangerous), or finish them off with an obliteration move. Starting with low level moves, new abilities and weapons can be acquired and upgraded. As in the earlier game, by defeating enemies Ryu absorbs essences that restore ki or provide cash. These can also be drawn in deliberately to unleash more powerful attacks. Although the fighting is hectic it requires the player to use a strategic approach, mixed with blocked stances and dashing away.

Ninja Gaiden II also features a new save point system, various level of difficulties, leaderboards to show off combos attacks and high scores, and a replay feature to share and upload online to show off player combat moves. There are four difficulty levels and the story is advanced through cut-scenes. There are also minor puzzle elements involving finding paths or keys.


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Vgames Jul 01, 2008 92 out of 100 92
Planet Xbox 360 Jun 04, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
GamesCollection Jun 08, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) Jun 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Thunderbolt Games Jun 28, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Games TM Jun, 2008 7 out of 10 70
1UP Jun 04, 2008 B- 67
EL33TONLINE Aug 20, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
DarkZero Jul 09, 2008 6 out of 10 60


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1001 Video Games

Ninja Gaiden II appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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