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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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Middle East Gamers (MEgamers) Aug 01, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
GameZone Jun 03, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN May 26, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 26, 2008 8 out of 10 80
AusGamers Jun 12, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
JagoGame.com Jun 20, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
Peliplaneetta.net Jun 10, 2008 71 out of 100 71
Softpedia Mar 05, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Gamekult Jun 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Aug 24, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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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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