Ninja Gaiden 2 Review

So after my Ninja Gaiden 3 rant a few weeks backs I decided to go back and see if Ninja Gaiden 2 still holds up.The last time I played it was when I was fifteen so who knows.

You play as Ryu Hayabusa, a member of the Dragon lineage.
After an attack on Hayabusa village(no really that's what it's called) an artifact gets stolen that can bring back the arch fiend..oh ya I guess I should mention that the demons in this game are call fiends,alright moving on.
Ryu sets out to reclaim the artifact and that's all the story that you get.
The Ninja Gaiden games have never been for good story's and the same holds true here.

The reason you play these games is for the combat.if you have never played a Ninja Gaiden game before it may just look like a bunch of button mashing but nothing could be farther from the truth.
If you try to button mash the game will pound you into the ground..and then laugh at your corpse.
You will need to use a mix of light and heavy attacks to win in a fight.if you really want to get good at this game then my advise would be to just stick with one weapon and master it.
The list of combos for just one weapon in this game is insane,taking a full minute to scroll down the list.It can seem intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it it's the most fun you will have playing a game.If you hit an enemy with a heavy attack it will take one of his limbs off which will leave him open for an obliteration technique and you get to witness the most gory kill's in the industry and now that I think of it..Why was I playing this when I was fifteen.

Its not all perfect, the game has uneven difficulty.One minute you will feel like a master ninja,slicing dudes left and right,but the next you will watch you heath bar get drained but one of the bosses cop out screw you attacks.There are also some attacks that can't be blocked or dodged if you are to close and considering you fight with melee weapons you probably will be.
There is even a boss in the game take explodes when you kill it taking you down in the process...good luck figuring that one out.This is the kind of game that actively hates you it will do its best to make you want to throw disc out a window.But I like a good challenge so when ever the game asked me "are you sure you want to continue" it felt like it was taunting me.

The game engine is starting to show its age,with bland textures and constant frame rate drops.Not the kind that make the game look like a slide show,the kind that make it go into slow motion.
This will happen if the game has to process more than five guys on screen at once which doesn't help at the end of the game where you have to fight off over a hundred guys at once.looks cool at first but when you're trying to finish a game for review it starts to get frustrating.

In closing I think that the game is still a blast to play just don't go into unless you willing to let the game destroy you when you start.
also if you have never played a game like this before just stay away...far far away.