I've waited this long... I finally got around to playing it... and... well, you see the score.
duraxx wrote this review on .
Gameplay: 7/10 The easiest way to breakdown the gameplay is pros v. cons. Pros: Combos are easy to learn and extremely fun to pull off. Hacking up the variety of monsters rarely gets old. The feeling of beating the challenging enemies is a great reward. Fun/fluid platforming mechanics. Interesting RPG elements (leveling up weapons). Cons: Terrible camera which is non-player controlled (the only control is to press the R-trigger to recenter it). This makes the game very difficult as enemies can be right next to you w/o your knowledge. Uneven difficulty ramps up and drops randomly (middle level bosses are harder than later ones). Boss battles are frequently matters of patience, not skill (one in particular is nearly 20 minutes of jumping forward, striking, jumping away, avoiding attack, and repeating). Save spots are inappropriately placed causing repeat play of the same area (especially before boss battles). Nearly broken spawning mechanism causes enemies to appear upon hitting a "trigger." An example: after a tought battle you can go around a corner only to have the camera flip around so you accidentally end up walking back around the corner, causing the enemies to respawn (and possibly kill you). Disjointed and empty plot. Graphics: 10/10 Beautiful in 2004. Beautiful now. The environment, the enemies, Ryu, the cutscenes, the action, all fantastic.
Sound: 8/10 The voice acting is fairly lame, and the soundtrack frequently seems out of place (heavy metal in an egyptian level...hmm... sounds like Warrior Within). The combat sounds are awesome, especially the sounds of limbs being severed and blood gushing.
Value: 7/10 The game is fairly short (with the creators expecting about 1/2 an hour/level w/ a total of 15 levels). Most of the time spent on this game will be in dying, throwing your controller, picking it up, then reloading. Also, the game just isn't much fun. It feels more like work, and at least at work, you get paid. The unlockable extras (original Ninja Gaiden) make it more palatable.
Tile: 6/10 This game let me down in so many ways. The devil may cry series & the Prince of Persia series simply do the same type of gameplay mechanics better. This game feels like a chore to play, and I'm only going to beat it b/c I have to, not b/c I enjoy it. Do yourself a favor and buy the entire Prince of Persia series. Hopefully, team Ninja will fix these issues for future editions so that the game will truly earn an excellent score.