Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox is such a good game that I still play it to this day. The first time I played is when I rented it, and I didn't get nowhere. Then I heard from TechTV about how to actually be able to play the game- by actually using your head to think of when and where to attack, that I really got into it. The first thing is that this game will be VERY difficult on your first round. It took me about 5 tries to beat the first mini boss. After that, it became second nature and I got through the game. There is a little story, but it is not integral and really doesn't have an impact on what your doing. It's just all about the gameplay. It is fast, fun, and seriously addictive-but I haven't gotten addicted..I just love to play. The enemies in later levels are awesome, and about mid-way through the game was when I would play all the time. It's just great. If you miss the days when games had a real challenge, and love ninjas fighting enemies like a bada$$, then you will have no hard feelings on this masterpiece.