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Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

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Written by  :  Jason Wilkinson (7)
Written on  :  Oct 16, 2006
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Summary

Great game, but has its flaws

The Good

The story was great and the graphics were even better. It was a fun game to play.

The Bad

The controls in the game is very bad. At times the button functions are not synchronized correctly and the camera angles get it the way. This game is not very ninja-like, but rather is a very hard button masher. The game itself is mostly difficult due to the camera angles. There really was nothing new or innovating about the game. Being a ninja game it could have incorporated more stealth to the game play, maybe by adding specific levels dealing with stealth and specific levels dealing with only action. Some spawn points of various bad guys are questionable in terms of game design. People complained about the first Hitman's games save option being difficult and in Ninja Gaiden the save points are also in questionable locations.

The Bottom Line

This is a fun game. It has a great story and is a challenging game even in the normal setting. It has some flaws, which can cause the game to be frustrating and it's not exactly innovating in terms of game play. Some will love it, some will like it, and few will hate it.