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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword Of Chaos / Ninja Ryukenden 2: Ankoku no Jashin Ken
TM & © 1990 Tecmo, Ltd.
Reviewed by Kitsune Sniper
As the sequel to 1989's smash hit, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden II had a lot to live up to. For a game made and published in 1989, Ninja Gaiden II is one of the venerable NES's best titles, and a quick play can show you why.
The original game had as its main feature the narration of its story through Cinema Scenes, a feature rarely seen back then, featuring good graphics and a compelling storyline. The sequel starts one year after the original ends, with the appearance of another bad guy that threatens to awaken demons in order to take over the world. But who is Lord Ashtar, and what are his true intentions?
This time, Ryu has some new abilities up his sleeves [um...like he had any]: He can split up into three beings, and his attacking ability increases when he does. And he gained the ability to climb walls and throw special attacks when he's holding a wall.
Music & Sound: 8
A little history:
I'd heard about Nintendo's opinion on video game violence, and was quite surprised to see that much blood [hell, any quantity of blood] on an NES game. Also, the game pulls no punches on the subject of death, having Robert T.S., Ashtar, and others being slain in the screen. I guess that they overlooked that in the censoring revision.