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Preview: Ninja Gaiden II for X-Box 360

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326w ago - How do you make what is possibly the greatest 3D fighting game engine ever seen, and then get the camera utterly, utterly wrong? Ask Team Ninja. In Ninja Gaiden II it has produced a masterpiece of flowing and vicious combat that is - though not ruined - severely hampered by the most basic of design flaws.

In their own ways, both of those aspects are incredible. Levels move from big fight to big fight, each one held in differently proportioned locations and with a subtly different blend of enemies. Every one its own challenge, every one a little design lesson of its own.

Enemies have more guard bypasses than the original (some of which are so brutal they'll remove more than half of your health), move around you more intelligently and attack without mercy. If you get caught out and don't respond quickly, Ryu will be dispatched within a few seconds in a swift combination of attacks from multiple foes.

Getting surrounded by more than two or three (which happens easily with the sheer force of numbers NGII throws at you) will almost certainly see you losing a great deal of health, if not collapsing in a bloody heap.

Just as well that Ryu's been in training. He's much more effective than his previous incarnations, possessed of a dizzying range of stylish, efficient and very...
 

Ninja Gaiden II Finally Arrives on the X-Box 360

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327w ago - Ninja Gaiden II makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox 360 as the blockbuster action-packed sequel to "Ninja Gaiden." It features a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for Microsoft and Xbox 360 by Team NINJA and legendary game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of the famed "Dead or Alive" franchise.

In Ninja Gaiden II, gamers must guide Ryu Hayabusa on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Armed with an assortment of ninja weaponry, players must help Ryu skillfully maneuver through a world fraught with peril.

Ninja Gaiden II will feature an all-new gameplay engine, a new auto-health regeneration system, levels, adventures, enemies and thrilling combat, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise.

Key Features:

Exhilarating ninja action. Assuming the role of a ninja warrior, players will experience an all-new combat system that requires skill and mastery of their full arsenal of weapons, including Obliteration Techniques that allow players to quickly and stylishly finish off an opponent.

In addition to the variety of brutal new primary weapons and enhanced versions of previous favorites, Ninja Gaiden II will feature unique acrobatic combat and attacks used not only by...
 

Metal Gear Solid 4 to Punish Ninja Gaiden in Sales?

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328w ago - Two agents of destruction (Ryu and Snake) seeking for retribution, set out in their quest to meet their destiny and conquer their fears in the month of June, but it seems Snake's saga is going to chip Ryu's "gaiden" (Japanese for the continuing saga) into a million pieces even prior to its release.

Sony did something similar with Heavenly Sword releasing it on September 12, two weeks before Halo 3 and although it was a new IP with excellent production values, it did not quite make the grade that it was expected to initially (in terms of sales).

It took the game a considerable amount of time to hit a million copies. Had Sony delayed the game till October it would have fared much better in the absence of Grand Theft Auto 4 which was due to be released in 2007 at that point of time.
 

Are you saying 'Ninja Gaiden' correctly?

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354w ago - Today's new pronunciation video from MTV Multiplayer is a threefer, with Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki explaining (in Japanese no less) how you pronounce his name, "Ninja Gaiden" and "Helena" from Dead or Alive 4.

What's wonderful is that these are all phrases that you could have the chance to use in your everyday life, such as "2008's game of the year award goes to Ninja Gaiden 2," or "Come on up and get your award Tomonobu Itagaki!" or "Excuse me, Helena, but your breasts are obscuring my view of the acceptance speech."

D'oh! I was actually pronouncing it wrong all these years
 

Ninja Gaiden 2 Screenshots

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356w ago - Ninja Gaiden 2 makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox 360 as the blockbuster action-packed sequel to "Ninja Gaiden." Ninja Gaiden 2 features a new and improved game engine, developed from the ground up exclusively for the Xbox 360 by Team Ninja and legendary game developer Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of the famed "Dead or Alive" franchise.

More screenshots can be seen here.
 
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