Ever since playing Shinobi and Ninja Gaiden as a kid growing up on the old school systems, I have never really been a fan of the Ninja Vs. Alien / Monsters kind of games. And then even after growing up, I still was definitely not into the newer versions of Ninja Gaiden because of their difficulties. To me, those games were made retardedly hard for no reason, to the point where the fun was taken out of the game because you had to worry about how hard the next boss battle was gonna be. This game however hanged that. To me this game is like a mild cross between God Of War and Nona Gaiden. The button sequences are fun, the combos are great, and the story is good. You can't really ask for more. My only gripe with this game is that it is waaay to short. If they would have added a few more levels to it, it would have gotten a 10 from me. But overall its a really good game, and I would recommend that anyone into the Ninja Gaiden series should at least play it once before saying its not good.