Ninja Gaiden (2004)
Ninja Gaiden is a 2004 action-adventure hack-n'-slash video game developed for Xbox by Team Ninja and released by Tecmo
Why It Rocks
- Amazing graphics for its time, not to mention it has more realistic violence by comparison to many other games released around 2004
- Interesting world, taking place where it's like a mix of feudal Japan and modern day, which is an interesting and original aesthetic for the game.
- Awesome music
- Amazing, fast-paced hack-n'-slash gameplay, requiring quick movements from the player and timing their attacks just right rather than go slashing with reckless abandon.
- Loads of projectile and handheld weapons to unlock, each with their own combos.
- Interesting storyline.
- Decent voice acting.
- Insane level of difficulty that fans of Dark Souls or this series will enjoy. Difficult, but not unfair or impossible.
- Awesome boss fights.
- Rather than rely on stealth and platforming, this game relies on skill.
- YOU CAN BLOCK BULLETS!
- Black and Sigma (the latter released for the PS3) include new content that wasn't in the original and that's a whole lot of fun.
- Plenty of extra content throughout.
- Although not too reliant on it, you can climb and jump walls like a ninja (of course). These segments are awesome.
- Huge variety of enemies, ranging from common soldiers (who have guns and some skill), to more skilled rival ninjas, and monsters called "fiends".
- Some side-quests.
- Ninpo moves are awesome.
- Sigma has a few graphical issues, such as blood staining the air on a non-existent surface.
- The Bow and Arrow, unlike many of the other projectile weapons, goes into a first person mode and requires precision aiming, which makes it near impossible to use effectively during close-quarters combat.
- The camera can be frustrating at times, getting stuck in a precarious position and making it harder to see and fight back against already difficult enemies.
- Some of the aforementioned combos can be pretty difficult to perform due to the confusing patterns.