Not Just Shogun Souls
HIGH The feeling of one-shotting a boss.
LOW Lots of re-used environmental assets.
WTF How does something that small have a tongue that huge?
HIGH Landing a well timed Power Blow that destroys the opponent—not to mention everyone and everything around them.
LOW Inconsistent netcode often leads to irritating online matches.
WTF Virtua Fighter characters made it into the series before Rachel and Momiji did? Seriously?
HIGH Swooping down onto an enemy battleship before destroying the entire fleet.
LOW The versus multiplayer is intolerably bad.
WTF "Hello Canna, I'm Ryu. It means 'Dragon.' Now, shake this scabby corrupted hand of mine. I said shake it!"
HIGH The responsive combat controls.
LOW The haphazard and awful excuse for a story mode.
WTF The sheer number of women getting backhanded.
HIGH When the game starts inverting and magnifying gravity.
LOW The cut-scene preceding a major boss encounter that depicts Samus as a sobbing child.
WTF Could you have maybe let me use the Varia suit before I spent all that time dying from heat?
HIGH The volleyball's not horrible.
LOW Everything else.
WTF All this emphasis on skin, and you can't zoom in any further?
HIGH Pulling off the dual-sword finishing combo that turns your opponent into the second-best thing since sliced bread.
LOW Stupid, pointless fetch-quests.
WTF Big-boobed sidekick gets her own helicopter and a bazooka, while I get little throwing stars and arrows.
In the hierarchy of videogame fighting titles, Team Ninja's Dead or Alive series (DoA) has always languished somewhere near the middle of the pack. Known more for its jaw-dropping visuals, scantily-clad female combatants, and the phenomena of "breast physics" than its fighting engine, the games have always been looked down upon by fans of loftier fighting series like Virtua Fighter, Soul Calibur, and even Tekken. However, that hasn't stopped the franchise from developing a loyal following.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Violence, Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity
Ninja Gaiden has become some strange sort of initiation rite for self-proclaimed hardcore gamers. "You don't like it? You're simply not good at it!" seems to be the tagline. While that might be true in some cases, it's also a very annoying rhetorical trick to turn every criticism of the game into a proof of the reviewers assumed wimpness.