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Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

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Written by  :  MasterMegid (897)
Written on  :  Sep 30, 2006
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Summary

A Fun If Somewhat Overrated Game

The Good

In 2004, Ninja Gaiden made it’s long awaited return. To Microsoft’s power house console the Xbox. And while it is a fun game it is hardly the best Xbox game. Or even best ninja game.

In Ninja Gaiden, you are once again Ryu Hayabusa. When Ryu’s village is attacked by demons seeking an ancient and powerful sword, all of his clan is murdered, he of course seeks vengeance. However vengeance is only the begging. Ryu travels to the city of the evil doers and from here finds new equipment slays hundreds of enemies and uses all his ninja skills.

The plot in Ninja Gaiden is pretty good. And unfolds at a nice pace. It may not be 100% original, but seeing as this is an action game, that is not to bad of a things. Ryu, has many weapons at his disposal, his katana, surikens, axes, etc. Combos can be racked up easily past 100, and your success in battle often depends you skill with the combos.

Boss fights break up the game. And often require a certain strategy and weapon to win. And are often the best fights in the game.

The graphics are mind blowing! They are easily up to par with Xbox 360 games. The details are astounding, as are the lighting effects.

The music is very good, and often fit’s the game well. Like the rocking beat that plays as Ryu takes on tanks, that’s right tanks! The sound effects are loud and impressive. And the voice acting is Hollywood quality.

The Bad

This game is tough. Not impossible, just challenging. And oddly enough, the boss fights are often easier than fighting the hordes of foes. Which does not make a whole lot of sense.

This game is overrated. And that is putting it mildly. Despite the many flaws this game still manages to receive 9’s and 10’s from ass-kissing reviewers.

They game is also very short, at least there are cool unlockables.

The Bottom Line

A fun but flawed game. I would not recommend paying full price for this one.