Simple concept. The game has some glaring drawback and design failure. Either it is rushed, busted, broken, or all that jazz, but when all things are considered you didn't give the slightest of fucks because the game was a joy to play for one reason or another. Because sheer badassery. My pick: Ninja Gaiden 2
Was it rushed because Itagaki said fuck it, you're not paying me my money Team Ninja, I'm just not going to finish the game? Fuck yes it was. Some of the level design is just fucking unbalanced, and other are fucking lazy. That cave worm shit? it's the most disgusting green ever. What type of green? Sick baby poop green. Yeah I know, fucking gross.
I might even concede to the fucking casual pansies who can't learn how to left trigger the camera, that the camera is a bit of a hassle in NG2 (no dice on NG1, you just suck if the camera bothers you, suck less you human sack of garbage). But the combat?
Fucking awesome. Pure badassery at its finest. Tons of variety in weapons (falcon talons, dual swords, LUNAR STAFF THE GOAT, the vigorian flails, that fucking sythe? So good. No game last, not one single video game could match that sheer blood splattering, brutal satisfaction you get from killing a mother fucker in Ninja Gaiden.
Bayonetta? Fantastic combat, but it's more about style and combo strings
Devil May Cry 4? same as above, but shittier pacing and level design
God of War? lol bitch we're talking about good gameplay.
Ninja Gaiden 2's rough edges don't invalidate a combat engine that is flat out one of the most satisfying gameplay engines in the genre. What it lacks in the crazier custom combo strings of say a DMC3, or the wicked style of Bayonetta, it makes up for it all with a combat system built for you to kill enemies quickly and efficiently. It becomes more about learning to deal with a variety of aggressive and difficult enemies, and less about some scoring system.
Plus Master Ninja aka I hate my life the difficulty mode? still complete and utter bullshit, but incredibly satisfying once you conquer it. A representation of your own will power.
You people: This isn't system wars material.
I was getting to that. Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden 2 for the 360 are the real versions of these incredibly satisfying action games. Sigma games were pussified bitch fests made for the school girls that are play station owners. The rightful place for this series is actually on the PC, where satisfying games with depth would actually be rewarded with success.
So what's your game SW? What game do you enjoy in spite of an obvious design failure.