Ninja Gaiden II

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a game by Team Ninja
Platform: XBox 360
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
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Ninja Gaiden II
Ninja Gaiden II
Ninja Gaiden II
Ninja Gaiden II

The tough-as-nails action platformer and undisputed king of character action games is back with Ninja Gaiden II. Join Ryu Hayabusa in yet another hyper-violent hack-and-slashing adventure, complete with the same challenges and over-the-top action that fans of the series should expect from the series.

The same tight controls and fluid gameplay that made the first game such a hit are back in this stellar sequel. In many aspects, Ninja Gaiden II is the natural evolution of the series formula, aided by the power of an entirely new generation of consoles to achieve a much higher visual fidelity.

More is More

If we had to sum up what Ninja Gaiden II is in a single word, that would be "more." Not only does the game feel like a much more refined 3D action experience compared to the previous Ninja Gaiden title, but the addition of a truckload of new moves and stylish new Ninpo abilities gives the game an edge over its predecessor's gameplay.

Think of an even more stylish Devil May Cry 3 – one where your every move could easily be your last. The combat in these games has always been a bit more technical than what we've seen from Capcom's demon-hunting franchise, which also means that the difficulty remains appropriately high.

Against All Odds

Unlike the previous game, Ninja Gaiden II has adapted its difficulty levels to appeal to a wider range of players. This doesn't necessarily mean that the game is much easier than its prequel, but the difficulty selection is a bit less archaic this time around.

Even the lowest difficulty setting can be punishing for the less skilled players. Fortunately, the game rewards careful observation and trial-and-error gameplay. This is one of those games, like the Dark Souls series, where you can actually see yourself improving in real-time.

Players looking for a formidable challenge should aim to finish the game at least once, as there are two unlockable difficulty settings that can make your life hell if you're not prepared.

Ninja Style

Though the visuals have been somewhat improved over the original, Ninja Gaiden II still retains a rather simplistic presentation. It's understandable: this is a game where flashy moves and spectacular performance matter much more than the visual spectacle.

However, one thing that fans of the series will be quick to notice is that the game has taken its gore to the next level. While there were some violent scenes in the previous game, Ninja Gaiden II can be a veritable bloodbath at times. Gory executions and violent finishers are dime a dozen this time for Ryu Hayabusa.

Depending on the console – or your rig – you might notice some minor slowdown during the more violent sequences. Though this should have been expected when the game was released, it's baffling to see that the engine still struggles to display these scenes after all the updates and re-releases. Maybe the inconsistent performance is yet another layer of difficulty that Ninja Gaiden II throws at players.


Ninja Gaiden II is a step up over its predecessor in many areas, as long as you don't mind a few performance hiccups and a weaker plot.


  • Inrecidbly precise controls
  • Fast-paced action with lots of possible combos
  • Better visuals and animations


  • Somewhat uninteresting plot
  • Minor performance issues during busy action sequences

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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