First of all, let me acknowledge the game from a graphical point of view –
this game certainly raises the bar for any game out there. The level of detail
is just astonishing on each and every set piece, may that be the sublte ripples
on the water when Ryu waddles through it…or even the dry ‘skin’ of that
monstrous axe-weilding zombie. Everything looks absolutely fantastic. And
that's just for the in-game graphics, the FMVs are another story (jaw still on
The controls are very responsive and tight. It really feels as though you're
slicing through that darn black ninja that just threw you an explosive shuriken
earlier (thanks to that force feedback). Executing various combos or
wall-running around a corridor is a breeze.
The sound deserves a high praise as well and really sucks you in. Thanks to
it's Dolby 5.1 support, listening to that winged skeleton dinosaur roar in
your face is oh-so sweet.
All that said, Ninja Gaiden really (REALLY) deserves all the praise it can
get. Thanks to Team Ninja for bringing us the most breathtaking (and
challenging!) game to date. If you don't already own an XBOX –
it's absolutely worth buying it just for this game and if you DO have an XBOX
but haven't decided already on getting this game…WHAT THE HECK'RE YA DOING
THERE READING THIS FOR?! GO AND BUY IT NOW!!!