Friday 18 March 2022

Ninja Gaiden (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega CS, SIMS
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1992

Ninja Gaiden is an action game that's completely different from the 1988 NES title of the same name.

+ Awesome wall jumping feature adds a cool parkour element that wasn't fully realised in the NES game.

+ Being able to destroy everything on screen at the expense of losing some of your life bar is usually only seen in beat-em-ups.

+ Diverse locales and lots of verticality to the stage design to mix things up.

+  Levels usually offer some freedom in how you tackle certain sections and the ability to grab ledges aides player tactics.

- However, there are many repeated stage segments and uninspired layouts that are filled with overused flying bird enemies.

- Some areas rely heavily on trial-and-error, particularly when enemies fall out of the sky and land on top of your sprite.

- Cut-scenes aren't as cinematic as the NES game, music isn't as impactful and bosses are nowhere near as epic.

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