Conclusion: Although not without some issues (some of these technical), Top Spin 2 delivers a somewhat satisfying experience that will most likely please fans of the sport. The next-gen quotient could have been higher (the online area is fairly weak), as Top Spin 2 sometimes seems like a slightly better version of the original. A bit more thought put into the gameplay definition of “next-gen” would have paid large dividends.
Excerpt: Ryu has been entrusted with his father’s sword, the Dragon Sword, which is an heirloom passed down from generation to generation of the Hayabusa clan. His father is off continuing his quest for enlightenment and power in the sacred woods, and has decided to entrust Ryu with the holding of this powerful sword.
Conclusion: purchased online via Xbox Live. If you’ve bought both Ninja Gaiden and each of the Hurricane Packs already, there’s not much new here. But for gamers such as me who didn’t play Ninja Gaiden when it first came into the gaming realm, Ninja Gaiden Black is the perfect collection of the entire Ninja Gaiden experience.
Excerpt: It calls you. It owns you. It slaps you down, kicks your ass and makes you its dog (its Ninja Dog) and does it in the most unapologetic and matter-of-fact fashion imaginable. It is also the most exciting, frenetic, and rewarding gaming experience in recent memory; the kind that comes along so rarely and keeps you coming back to it time and again for one relentless beating after another.
Excerpt: It’s beginning to really grate on me now. Picture the scene. I’m sitting in a dark room with only the warm glow emanating from the TV as my sole source of light. My teeth grinding through sheer frustration and my palms, sweaty from the numerous encounters I have guided lead character, Ryu Hayabusa (from DOA fame) through. However, my progress has come to a complete standstill, I seem to have hit that mythical brick-wall.
Excerpt: This game is a great successor to the previous title. Just some quick advice on this one, read the manual first. This game has so many moves that if you start playing without knowing the moves ahead of time, you'll make life a lot harder for yourself. This game is hard enough even knowing the moves. The gameplay is very much like Onimusha. Multiple enimies, watch your back, block a lot and try to kill before being killed.
Summary: Ninja Gaiden is undoubtedly a fantastic game - but flawed. Everyone will enjoy the game and should definitely try it but how long they are willing to commit to the game all depends on how short their fuse is due the inconsistency of several areas of the game. It should be taken into consideration however that no game is perfect and Ninja Gaiden is far from bad. It provides an exciting, fun and very challenging gaming experience true to it's roots.
Excerpt: Ninja Gaiden, the commercial and critically acclaimed cut and slash action game, took the action genre by storm with its unique and innovative game play, killer story and mind-blowing graphics. Now gamers can experience even more of Ryu Hayabusa's deadly artistry in Ninja Gaiden Black, the next instalment in the Ninja Gaiden series.
Conclusion: Over All, A very good game. Those who wanted a full on assault Ninja title disregarding the over-used stealth aspects, this is a must buy. The intricate combat, the wonderfully fluid techniques to keep it motivating, the special effects, the difficulty, the graphical nature, the atmosphere and settings and wondrous characters in this fantasy world distinguish this as one of the best action titles around. Very recommended.