The bloody sequel to the Ninja Gaiden series is a predictably formidable challenge, with the added bonus of now being able to pull your enemies apart, limb by limb.
It is currently available from Play.com for £11.99 which is a pretty good deal, as, despite it having been spotted cheaper before, the next retailer I could find to actually have the game in stock is selling for £18.48.
Once again you play as Ryu Hayabusa, the only ninja who seems to think that stealth and sneakiness are for losers, making your way through a storyline with as many twists and turns as a bowl of spaghetti. There's a kidnap plot, the usual supernatural beast shenanigans, that naughty Black Spider Ninja Clan, “Greater Fiends”, the “Arch Fiend” and even the CIA get involved.
Of course, the chances are you have not come to a Ninja Gaiden game for the narrative. If you are looking for fast, furious and very messy combat then you are bound to have a blast with NGII. The fighting actually feels even better than before and the Unfortunately the great fight sections are hampered by an appalling camera that can really screw up your game at times.
Ninja Gaiden II does not feel like the joyous success of its predecessor – it lacks the great pacing and the visual flair - but it is still a great game in its own right with plenty of replay value if you fancy torturing yourself with the ramped up difficulty options.
Thanks to Lalajaackson from Hotukdeals!