Ninja Gaiden II, hard AF

So, I own both Ninja Gaiden Black (original Xbox) and Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360) and they are both hard AF!!!!!!!!!

I'm a 35-year-old adult gamer who has played and beaten countless action games in my life, many of them in the Devil May Cry and God of War format. In fact, I somewhat seek this genre out as I love the violent kills, the multiple enemies and the upgradable weapons. To me, it doesn't get much better than hacking and slashing your way through hordes of enemies in style and trying to find new ways to string together long hit streaks.

HOWEVER, the Ninja Gaiden series is really tough!! Some games will have multiple enemies appear around you, but they are usually lumbering and dumb enemies that take maybe one or two hits to kill.

In Ninja Gaiden II, the AI is a step above the rest. These enemies block and counter-attack in addition to flat-out attacking you and they don't typically take turns facing you one-on-one. Seriously, if you don't have the block button held down the majority of the time, you're not even going to make it through the first stage. And that's on normal difficulty.

Ninja Gaiden II is one of those games that has been in my collection for a long time and just sat there collecting dust until recently because I knew how tough it was and I just didn't want to subject myself to that kind of abuse.

How are you supposed to enjoy yourself in a game where you are blocking 90 percent of the time? In some Action games, you can use the block button to counter an attack from an enemy, but you don't spend your whole time blocking.

On my first play of Ninja Gaiden II, I lost a good chunk of my life in the first few battles because I wasn't blocking enough. I'm not one of those gamers who complain about dying but goes through the game aggravating a number of enemies at once.

I often go through carefully and quietly, but in Ninja Gaiden II that doesn't matter. One second you're walking through an empty room, the next second you're facing a small group of enemies all at once, some with projectile weapons and others with melee attacks.

Then, the game has the audacity to say, "hey you're not blocking enough, block more to stay alive" while you're getting hit by the guys throwing projectiles that are conveniently out of reach, while you try to cope with the melee guys prodding and poking at you with their death sticks.

Maybe I'm just not the right mentality for a game like this, but what happened to the quiet and reserved approach to action games? I don't need to kill everyone in the room at once, I'm just trying to get from point A to point B. I'd prefer to take my enemies out silently or one at a time.

I'm going to keep playing, I just wanted to rant in here and say Ninja Gaiden II is hard AF!!!!!

Submitted February 07, 2018 at 04:39AM by lsmucker


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