After demonstrating NG2 to Anders V.M. on Acolyte difficulty, I decided to restart the game on this difficulty. I reached level 6 on Warrior difficulty, but it just wasn't fun anymore. Maybe I'll resume the game on Warrior difficulty later on. Acolyte roughly corresponds to playing God of War on hard difficulty, except for the NG2 bosses, the difficulty of which vary wildly.
NG2 may not be a good-looking game overall, and indeed, the game contains some real eyesores, and all surfaces seem to be made of the same plastic material as Ryu's suit, but there are a few highlights towards the end of the game. Chapter 10, which many has seen in the trailer released before the game, is a Lovecraftian subterranean world of grey stone in improbable geometrical shapes, with winged monsters hovering in the air above. Very nice.
Completed the game on Acolyte difficulty.
Chapter 12 takes place inside Mount Fuji, which has erupted as a volcano. The insides of Fuji is a horrible nightmarish hell of lava and impossible shapes of rock and huge, snake-like tentacles winding themselves high into the air, joining at a huge pulsating dark heart. Crushed buildings stand teetering over the edges of the burning lava lakes, a bit reminiscent of Gears of War 2. This level has that finished, polished look, that the rest of the game is missing. One of the things that impressed me the most about the original Ninja Gaiden was the end bosses. Surrealism was applied to enable an even greater climax towards the end. The same effect is achieved in Chapter 12, when I now delve even deeper into the heart of the mountain; I am met by a hazy wind-swept forest, bathed in a blinding blue light - unlike anything I've ever seen in a game. Wonderful. But I must go now - I am attacked by robotic tripod ninjas :). Of course, the graphics is not what NG2 is about. It is about dismembering hundreds upon hundreds of evil ninjas.
Completed the game on Warrior difficulty and got the score: 19728474.
completed on Warrior difficulty - Play Time: 21:26, Karma Score: 19,728,474 (Lesser Ninja). With the training from playing on Acolyte difficulty, Warrior wasn't too hard. The bosses are still unfair, but some resource management takes the edge off them (saving Lives Of The Thousand Gods for boss fights is imperative). The fighting system is well worth playing the game again. There are still several weapons that I never really used.
Bought this on Xbox sale for 43 DKK.
I can't download this from Xbox Live for some reason. I should really have this in my collection, so I bought it used from Play.com for 35 DKK.