Posted: April 30
definitely worth $30. I always wanted to try this game and didn't because of the lousy reviews. However, I'm glad I bought it. The gameplay is solid. I like the progression system and the combos feel good. It doesn't have 3000 combos, but it has enough where you will pick a few of your favorites and then learn a couple more to add some diversity when fighting foes.
The game is really well balanced if played logically.
You have to strategize when to execute enemies to keep your health up and to acquire limited use but devestating weapons. Which brings me to an important point. There is a lot of strategy involved in this game. I don't think most reviewers who were wanting it to play exactly like Ninja Gaiden Black got this important point. The player has to carefully plan how to approach the easier battles to be prepared for the larger battles involving many tough enemies on the screen at once, or some really tough bosses and mini-bosses.
For example, I had my rage meter maxed out and executed the fire bomb guys to make sure I got some health and picked up the bomb weapon because I knew I would fight the mech dog, which is extremely hard to beat just using my standard attack arsenal. However, with the 100% plus rage perk, and the bomb launcher equiped, I made short work of this otherwise impossible foe in 10 seconds. This is becuase I got my a$$ handed to me the first two times around and realized I needed to use some common sense and logic and smart battle preperation to win the fight. It really is a great system which is rewarding when used correctly.
My two gripes are the game takes a really long time to load when you die, which means I found myself giving up and walking away a few times because I got tired of running to a tough enemy, dying after 10 seconds, then waiting a minute for the game to load, only to die 10 seconds later. The second gripe I have are the numerous bugs that will make you want to punch your monitor. But really, aside of the long load time when you die and some really stupid bugs, the game is great, especially for $30.