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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

Ninja Gaiden DS Game I don’t have too much to say on this game since I just started it, but if anyone is on the fence about trying this game, I would definitely push you towards the “get this game” side. The DS controls are great, using the stylus to hack and slash could never have been done better. If only the Wii could have controls as smooth as these for sword slashing games.

Ninja Gaiden XBox Game One of the few things that gave me a laugh is that the game starts off in the exact same village as the Xbox Ninja Gaiden game. Both villages have the same structure, but seen at different angles (DS has a pretty fixed camera for each little area). This isn’t much of a big deal, I’m just wondering if each new game, like Ninja Gaiden II, is going to start at the same village. As you can see to the right, this is the same bridge seen from the Xbox version in the DS version above.

The controls mainly use the stylus, with the exception of holding down any button to block. While blocking, you can also roll. The combos are pretty lenient so they are not ultra-difficult to do, and makes mixing up the gameplay much more fun.

Update (04-28-2008): A month later, I’m still not done but a good way through it. The game is outright ridiculous. There are these areas once you beat a level that are “here is an endless horde of enemies to slash for eternity” all for a ton of souls and these wooden cards that I haven’t figured out yet. The Ultimate Technique (I have no idea if that’s the real name) charges up faster if there are souls around. So I just use the fire ball to kill the first group of enemies, then I charge up with their souls, kill the next group, rinse and repeat. It’s easy as hell once you get the hang of it, but it feels so bad ass to just endlessly dominate them.

The boss fights are not very challenging, but still a lot of fun. The game was definitely made for not only the M rated audience, but for all DS owners, so this makes sense. There’s no real blood and all the enemies look like monsters (not a single human enemy, just humanoids at most). This is FAR different from the Xbox and PS3 Ninja Gaiden, as well as II coming out soon, which are blood festivals.

I’ll probably post something once I beat it, but so far, I think this is one of the best games for the DS by far.

Screenshots are from Gamespot and MyCheats.

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