275w ago - The September issue of EGM brought our editors face-to-face with some of Japan's most celebrated game developers, including PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya. Previously responsible for Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, and Okami, the former Capcom designer talked at length about his upcoming action game Bayonetta -- as well as his feelings about his competition. You can check out the full, extended interview in all its sexy glory right here.
You might recall our other big interview with former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki, where the Ninja Gaiden creator unceremoniously rocked a Ninpo on Okami. In case you were wondering, here's why:
"I've never played Ninja Gaiden, and to be honest, I'm not that interested.
"The quality that gets you interested in something is that you feel something for them. Like on TV, or a movie, or a song, or whatever. You just feel something, and you get pulled into it, and then that's how you pick something up. But Ninja Gaiden just didn't have that power, so that's why I wasn't interested in it.
Kamiya also explained his opinion that the industry has failed to exceed the groundwork he laid with original Devil May Cry, complaining, "I don't know why the baton was dropped, but it is very true that I don't feel...
278w ago - If you're one of the people experiencing the freezing problem in Ninja Gaiden II since the last title update was released, we have the temporary fix for you! According to a majority of the people having this problem, you can play Ninja Gaiden II without any problems by deleting your hard drive's cache and playing the game offline. It might take some time for Tecmo and Microsoft to come up with a patch, so this solution might help you.
By deleting your game cache in your hard drive, all of your game updates will be erased, forcing you to download them again the next time you sign into XBOX Live. Here's how to delete your game cache:
Please be reminded that once you do this, you won't be able to play the Mission Modes while you're offline with your game cache being cleared!
- Go to the system blade and Select MEMORY
- Press Y and then press X, X, LB, RB, X, X. A confirmation message will appear asking you if you want to perform a maintenance on your hard drive. Choose Yes, and there ya go!
278w ago - On July 25th Microsoft released Ninja Gaiden 2 DLC that included a Mission Mode for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Due to reported achievement bugs and freezing issues this download was removed from Xbox Live on the same day it was released. The content reappeared on July 30th along with a system update that was supposed to fix the previously reported issues.
Since the system update, gamers (including those of us in the IGN offices) have still experienced reoccurring freezing issues during cutscenes which render the game unplayable. Today we received an official response from Microsoft regarding the issue:
Microsoft is aware of the issues that players are experiencing with the title update to "Ninja Gaiden II" and are currently working to resolve them with Tecmo/Team Ninja. Please stay tuned for a new update. We thank you for your patience!
What can gamers do right now to continue playing the title? Microsoft recommends that players clear their Xbox 360 cache and remain offline until a new patch is announced. Clearing your cache will NOT remove any achievements or save data however it will delete all system updates including those for other games. It will also delete the Mission Mode and not allow online leaderboards. Once gamers are able to return online with each game they will be prompted to...
284w ago - Ninja Gaiden II has become a significant title over the past few weeks. If you've been following the gaming news you would have heard of Tomonobu Itagaki's departure from Tecmo as a result of some alleged incidents within the company.
So, in a way, Ninja Gaiden II has become Itagaki's swansong title; as the last game made by one of the bigger gaming personalities out there.
Once again you're thrown into the shoes of master ninja, Ryu Hayabusa - member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. That's pretty much all you need to know about the story. It's a nonsensical mess, only really serving to move Ryu from location to location.
But this doesn't affect the game in any way. If you come into NGII expecting a deep and engaging narrative, you're in the wrong place. NGII is all about chopping people up. The story just gives you a reason to.
The original Ninja Gaiden had little story, yet it was one of the best action games to greet the big black box way back in 2004. It managed to maintain the intensity when it made its way onto the PS3 - in the form of Ninja Gaiden Sigma - a few years later. NGII sticks close to its predecessor's winning formula, providing high octane action with a stiff difficulty curve.
However, NGII has dumbed things down a bit to appeal to the mass...
289w ago - Ninja Gaiden 2 is the first game all over again, only faster and with a fancy new combat feature where you can hack off enemy limbs and execute elaborate finishing moves that differ from weapon to weapon.
It's every bit as hard as its predecessor and then some with two unlockable difficulty levels in addition to the two defaults. The only problem is that Ninja Gaiden 2 looks just like Ninja Gaiden Sigma on the PS3 with barely any improvement in graphics and no Rachel segments to switch things up.
The gameplay is still ridiculously hard, take it or leave it (and most of us will leave it) and Ryu Hayabusa is still the baddest of badass ninjas out there. But something about Ninja Gaiden 2 just feels stale; and combined with some technical flaws, the game doesn't really feel fun, even after you've mastered the combat system and resigned yourself to losing boss fights over and over again.
Like Xbox's Ninja Gaiden (and its upgraded forms, Black and Sigma), Ninja Gaiden 2's plot takes a backseat to the action. Some S&M chick named Elizebet is after an artifact that awakens/pisses off the Four Greater Fiends from the Underworld.
The nefarious Spider Clan attacks the Hayabusa clan, who just so happens to guard said artifact. Combat ensues, stuff gets burned to the ground, and...