Ninja Gaiden Black is, simply put, the definitive action game experience. It’s incredibly hard, it’s lightning fast, it’s very violent, and most of all it’s fun. With five difficulty settings across sixteen chapters, five costumes to unlock, over a dozen weapons new and old, great cinematics, and a fifty-level mission mode (each with five difficulty settings), this is a game you can keep coming back to for a long, long, long time. It’s true that it suffers from graphical slowdown in places, and that the game is so hard it may alienate new players, and that the story can be indecipherable if you don’t pay attention and is still stupid if you do, but this is still the best and purest action you can get, no questions asked. If you can beat the Master Ninja difficulty in the main quest, you’ve done something Biblical. Buy it. Buy it now.