I have wanted to pick up a copy of "Ninja Gaiden" for more than a
year, but I have been expecting a Platinum Hits version to come out
and one never has. So, I found someone on eBay willing to give
a copy up for $20...and, now that I have survived playing through
about six levels on the Normal difficulty setting, I am going to
hide it in a box, never to be seen again.
"Ninja Gaiden", full of fantastic graphics, great moves, and
maybe the best player-to-controller interface on Xbox, is far and
away the hardest video game I have played since I bought the system.
How hard is it? It took me two days just to beat the first of
its 20+ levels. I must have spent a few hours trying to beat
the first boss. And, the levels don't get much easier after
that...certainly, I believe that with time, I could beat this game.
But, do I have 50 hours to invest in an action game? For an
RPG, that's the minimum to get through a long quest, but for a
The game is unforgiving in its steady waves of enemy progression
and volume; simply, you are always fighting three or more ninjas at
once, and all of them are as adept at dodging or parrying your sword
moves as you are to theirs. Worse, because they do not possess
anything resembling honor, you will regularly find yourself fighting
one ninja while another is sneaking up to slash you through your
backside. Your health (realistically) drops in large chunks
every time you take a hit; health paks do NOT abound in the levels
themselves, unless you can find secret areas. And, the bosses
are Mike-Tyson-in-"Punch-Out!" hard.
When I had almost no life, I would look forward to the challenge
of playing a game like this; now, with only an hour or two a night
to play my games, "Ninja Gaiden" is a time investment I am not
willing to make. Maybe on a snow day...
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience