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Master ninja Ryu Hayabusa goes on a quest to recover a stolen sword and avenge the slaughter of his clan.


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Cast overview:
Ryu Hayabusa (voice)
Rachel (voice)
Ayane (voice)
Doku (voice)
Gamov (voice)
Murai (voice)
Muramasa (voice)
Narrator (voice)


After Ryu Hayabusa's village is destroyed, he embarks on a journey of revenge and to take back the Dark Dragon Blade from the Vigoor Empire. Will Ryu be able to find the Vigoor Empire and destroy them once and for all and claim the Dark Dragon Blade? Written by kong_oliver@hotmail.com

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3 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Ninja Gaiden Black  »

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"Ninja Gaiden" means, literally, "Ninja Sidestory". See more »


Murai: The Dark Dragon is MINE!... No objections, I presume?
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Followed by Ninja Gaiden II (2008) See more »

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Had to rage-quit because of it's difficulty but... That aside it's actually pretty good
25 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

This may sound like a completely schizophrenic review but I have had... probably the most extreme love/hate relationship with this game as possible. On one hand it's extremely fast paced, the sword combat is very high octane and it just gives you this rush of adrenaline and enjoyment through it's own game-play that when you do beat a difficult section it is immensely satisfying, the boss fights are excellent wherein the fast paced game-play continues along with having to be strategic. If there's any game wherein I would say immerses you into feeling like a Ninja with the reflexes it would be this one... Then there's the difficulty, not only does this game have you feel as though after a while you have the reflexes of a Ninja but also the patience of one as well. Some of the standard enemies take a lot to put down because of their durability, strength or speed. The health power-ups you can only buy at fixed points, you can only save at fixed points and the game seemingly never gives you the health orbs (the game when beating enemies gives you orbs of currency, magic and health) when you desperately need it, and yet hands them out like candy when you haven't taken any damage. The point where I gave up is where after fighting an entire building full of enemies I only had one health power-up left, then there's a portal where you fight 6 enemies, a boss, 6 enemies with someone throwing fireballs at you, another boss then another boss that throws fireballs at you while spamming enemies all in one perfect marathon. I also saw that that ISN'T the final boss and going back re spawns the enemies you just fought beforehand. I'll also say I HATE the camera on this game, while the camera is moved as you pull the right thumb-stick into whatever direction you want, it fixes you on a first person view unable to move without being unable to move the camera. The only way to move the camera in a way that doesn't involve that is pulling a trigger which pulls the camera to be directly behind Ryu. It's awkward to say the very least. I'll also briefly touch on the story, There's 2 swords, one of extreme evil and the one that can stop that evil, Ryu Hayabusa holds the latter and must protect the evil sword from falling into any hands as demons are rising and trying to take the famed sword away from the Hayabusa clan. I'd recommend it to those with a high tolerance for difficulty, it can actually get fun and I mean really really fun and when you take down some of the bosses it's so satisfying. The best way I can describe it is that I have a very love/hate relationship with the game.

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