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Game Vortex (Oct, 2008)
The Legend of Kage 2 provides exactly what you would expect from a new version of a classic arcade title, without falling for any of the tired conventions these days that say every old-is-new game needs techno and light trails and fever! modes... Purists might feel that too much has changed for this to be acceptable as a retro title, but they're probably too busy in their parents' basement rigging up an old Commodore-64 to a vintage arcade cabinet to fully appreciate the leaps and bounds gaming has made since the Reagan presidency... Those of us looking for simple, easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay need look no further.
Worth Playing (Nov 07, 2008)
Overall, I have to say that Legend of Kage 2 is surprisingly well-made, especially by a company known for recent gaming catastrophes. (Don't think I've forgotten Turn It Around or Furu Furu Park, Taito.) Engaging gameplay, a plethora of unlockables, and above-norm production values really give this title a boost to propel the franchise into this millennium. It's true: Ninja don't need orange jumpsuits to be cool.
Game Shark (Oct 23, 2008)
It’s just enormously cool that this title exists, despite the fact that the only other title in the series is a 22-year old NES game. It’s stylish, fun, and offers a very solid retro experience. If you’re looking for an old-school action game that serves up substance and challenge without getting to Mega Man 9 levels of brutality, you should pick this one up. It’s a steal at $20, and well worth a place in your DS library.
80 (Jan 18, 2009)
Retro-Spieler sollten ohnehin nicht lange warten und sich "The Legend of Kage 2" sofort und ohne zu überlegen zulegen, solange man es noch irgendwo auftreiben kann. Mit 3D-Effekten und digitalisierter Grafik verwöhnte Spieler sollten lieber erst einen Blick auf dieses Spiel riskieren, bevor sie eventuell total unglücklich und depressiv werden. Ich mag das Spiel sehr und vergebe daher acht Punkte. Leichte Abzüge gibt es für das doch etwas schwache Leveldesign und die geringfügig humpelnde Steuerung.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 01, 2008)
All in all, Legend of Kage 2 is a great pickup for those amongst us who long for the old Nintendo sidescroller games, admittedly not a complicated game, but a darn load of fun.
GameZone (Oct 24, 2008)
It’s not the sort of game that’s to everybody’s tastes, but for the old-school gamer who’s finished Contra 4, Legend of Kage 2 delivers a dose of good old-fashioned platforming action. Don’t worry if you don’t have nostalgia for the original — Kage 2 deserves to be played based on its own merits.
GamesRadar (Oct 07, 2008)
The controls work mostly well, although there are some hang-ups with jumping higher than you want, accidentally sticking to walls/ceilings, and the biggest annoyance: being unable to jump immediately after attacking, which leads to frustrations during boss fights. Still, these issues can be compensated for, and don’t hinder the experience too much. With the bounty of acrobatics at your disposal, Legend of Kage 2 should fill your ninja-fix. That is, if you can handle being bitch-slapped by the difficulty.
games xtreme (Jan 08, 2009)
If you like no nonsense arcade action with a difficulty curve that'll keep you coming back for more punishment each time, then sure this game was made for you. If however you're the kind of gamer who likes the odd dabble with brain training then all I can say is this is most certainly not for you.
GameSpot (Oct 30, 2008)
The Legend of Kage 2 falls just short of being a great action game; some of the levels could have been made denser, and the core experience longer, and it doesn't really innovate. Still, it's a surprisingly welcome revival thanks to unlockable bonus treats, great bosses, and a worthy modernization of familiar run-and-slash action.
Cheat Code Central (Oct, 2008)
In spite of the game’s flaws, The Legend of Kage 2 still offers a fun bit of side-scrolling action for hardcore DS gamers. Though the game’s story is quite short, you’ll rarely see everything there is to see in a given level the first time through. Chapter bosses, though a bit drawn out, are fun and rewarding to defeat. The gameplay gets a bit repetitive, but there are incentives for exploring every nook and cranny of the game. You’ll also unlock a few extras, and at $20, Kage 2 is a pretty decent bargain. Casual players will likely give up midway through the second chapter, but for those folks who like it rough, you’ll get a good and mostly fun challenge from this game.
GamingTrend (Oct, 2008)
I enjoyed The Legend of Kage 2 despite its flaws. I was willing to overlook its deficiencies, and it was an entertaining diversion. Still, the punishing difficulty and incredible shortness make it difficult to recommend. But if you're jonesing for some hot ninja-on-ninja action, you have some spare money and would like to test your gaming mettle, The Legend of Kage 2 is not a bad place to spend a few hours.
Frictionless Insight (Oct 26, 2008)
Fans will be glad to know that there are still plenty of opportunities to throw shuriken from the tops of trees, but personally I felt let down by the whole thing. The Legend of Kage 2 should have been a remake – then I could enjoy the game for what it is (or, more accurately, what it was). If this was truly meant to be a modern sequel, there was potential to do so much more than provide me with endless, simplistic platforming. Kage is a familiar friend, but he's still telling the same old stories.
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 18, 2008)
While it’s great that Taito has decided to revive its classic titles on a new platform, it didn’t put enough effort into making this into something truly memorable. The Legend of Kage 2 may have missed its mark, but we can always hope for something better next time.
GamePro (US) (Oct 20, 2008)
While it's not terribly original or striking in any way, The Legend of Kage 2 is a fun game that comes at a price which makes recommendation pretty easy. $20? Who needs pirates, anyways? The Bottom Line: Budget priced ninja platforming with some dual-screened heights to scale? Come for the boss battle, stay for the-oh wait, you beat it. Not a bad trip, though, and I prefer quality over quantity any day. Two playable characters and ninjutsu ? la carte make The Legend of Kage 2 worth checking out if your Tokugawan soul burns with everlasting passion.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 23, 2008)
Despite a couple of unusual tweaks, Legend of Kage 2 is an unabashedly conventional action game , the kind that we don't often see anymore. Fans of the original Ninja Gaiden titles will adore this less difficult throwback. It's not incredibly long, but considering the budget price, it's worth a look from anyone who enjoys an old fashioned, slice-and-dice kind of action game.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 06, 2008)
It's the sequel you never knew you wanted; it's The Legend of Kage 2! While it's not especially deep and you can beat it in three short hours, there's no denying that this Taito sequel scratches that nostalgia itch you have. Better still, it retails for a mere $20. The Legend of Kage 2 may not be the perfect 16-bit revival, but it's definitely worth checking out for those who love fast-paced ninja platforming action!
1UP (Oct 07, 2008)
As a sequel that gamers didn't even know they wanted, Legend of Kage 2 justifies its existence by delivering traditional ninja action. A bit more ambition could've made this a true classic (how about some Wi-Fi co-op?), but as it stands, it's the next best thing to cramming GBA cult classic Ninja Five-O into your DS.
60 (Nov 03, 2008)
Legend of Kage 2 is an attempt to stay retro but current enough to appeal to today’s generation that ends up falling flat. It looked like it set out to bridge the gap that the current Castlevania franchise has done so well but in the end this just ends up looking, feeling, sound, and playing like a game that should’ve been released six years ago when the GBA was still the handheld king. Legend of Kage 2 had a lot going for it but it sadly falls flat and just feels old and dated, then again it is on sale at a budget price. So you can just chalk this up to a case of getting what you paid for.
UOL Jogos (Oct 28, 2008)
"The Legend of Kage 2" é um lançamento estranho, uma continuação tardia de um jogo que nunca fez grande sucesso. Antiquado, evoca a sensação das aventuras 2D da era do Super Nintendo e do Mega Drive, com gráficos e sons típicos daquela época, com ação direta e razoavelmente divertida para os saudosistas. Já os mais jovens ou os que não guardam amores pelo passado não devem encontrar maiores atrativos, visto que o jogo não traz nenhum grande elemento moderno ou extra que prolongue sua vida útil.
De todos modos, si quieres echar unas partidas rápidas y recuperar el estilo de juego de hace años puede que te cunda la compra, aunque no deja de ser un juego perfectamente olvidable.
Modojo (Oct 16, 2008)
Whether or not you agree, of course, depends on how much you love classic video games. It's ugly, but Kage feels like a Shinobi clone and that's not a bad thing. We just want a little more from today's releases, even ones priced $19.99. But for what it is, Kage 2's blade is sharp enough to cut into our game time.
IGN (Oct 20, 2008)
For the most part Legend of Kage 2 has its charms, but it just feels a little too much like an awkward throwback. While it's nice, for better or for worse, to see games embrace a game with a look and feel of a classic SNES game, these types of games still need to focus on tight gameplay. And that's where Taito's revival hurts the most: it doesn't look great or sound great, but ultimately Legend of Kage 2 doesn't play that hot either. It's good for a quick romp but it's certainly nothing special.
55 (Dec 03, 2008)
Wer beim Gedanken an das Original feuchte Augen bekommt, wird mit der Rückkehr des sprungkräftigen Ninjas sicher seinen Spaß haben. Allerdings währt die Freude nicht allzu lange, da geübte Spieler die 13 mickrigen Levels nach wenigen Stunden bereits gemeistert haben. Bis auf die teils überraschend fordernden Bossfights gibt es kaum Stolpersteine auf dem von öden Kulissen, dämlichen Gegnern, magerer Technik und einer belanglosen Rette-die-Prinzessin-Story gesäumten Weg. Ein zweiter spielbarer Charakter, zusätzliche Schwierigkeitsgrade sowie andere Extras motivieren höchstens Hardcorefans zu weiteren Durchgängen. Ansonsten hat man sich an den schon damals gewaltigen Sprungmanövern schnell satt gesehen, hat ebenso schnell die wichtigsten Fertigkeiten und Ninjutsu-Künste freigeschaltet und seinen Retrohunger schnell gestillt. Ein routiniertes Comeback, das sicher schlechter, aber auch deutlich besser hätte ausfallen können...
gameZine (UK) (Dec 17, 2008)
Overall, the gameplay will and can appeal to everyone. It’s not too tricky to get into and as suggested, it harkens back to the days of Shinobi, meaning its appeal may lie mainly with older gamers. But to me its faults narrowly outweigh its pros, if only because, as a part-time gamer I found the game far too difficult. You need the patience of a saint and reflexes of a cat to complete even the most basic of levels and whilst I’m not condoning games you can complete with your eyes closed, being able to get past the second level without having to dedicate 3 hours and countless continues should be a pre-requisite. If you’re avid and love a challenge, then go for it. If not, give it a miss.
Ich habe mir extra von Markus den Klassiker am C64 noch einmal zeigen lassen. Das Bittere: Dort hat mir das Spielen mehr Freude bereitet als auf dem Nintendo DS. Woran das liegt? Ganz einfach, der Schwierigkeitsgrad des Vorgängers ist um ein Vielfaches höher geraten als bei der aktuellen Nintendo DS-Version. Dadurch hatte der Titel aber auch eine erheblich längere Spieldauer und mehr spielerischen Anspruch zu bieten. Die öden 13 Levels im Spiel sind nun nach wenigen Stunden durchgespielt. Zwischendurch hatte ich den Eindruck, dass ich auch einfach so durch die Umgebungen hätte rennen können, ohne mich den Feinden zu stellen. Nur in den Bossgefechten kann Legend of Kage 2 für schwitzige Hände sorgen, denn bis man die Schwachstellen gefunden hat, vergehen einige aufregende Momente.
55 (Dec 11, 2008)
On peut vous révéler le pot aux roses : The Legend of Kage 2 est la suite d'un jeu d'arcade sorti en 1984. Si Taito a bel et bien dépoussiéré sa licence pour l'occasion, le jeu reste tout de même très classique dans le fond comme dans sa forme. Proposant une aventure courte et un gameplay old-school, The Legend of Kage 2 reste donc avant tout destiné aux nostalgiques des jeux d'arcade d'antan.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 12, 2009)
Finally, the sheer number of mindless enemies you slash through will dull your senses and turn your brain into mush. More is not always better, and too much of anything is just boring. Apparently the Kage 2 developers didn't get the memo.