Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Was Ninja Gaiden hard, or am I just really bad at games?

There's no denying that video games of the late 80s and early 90s on the whole were much more difficult than they are today. It may just be because I was young at the time, or maybe I'm just bad at games, but there are titles in my NES library that I STILL haven't beaten. Not because I haven't had time to beat them, but because I can't beat them. They are just too hard....too hard without a Game Genie. Ninja  Gaiden is one of those games.

One of the most difficult aspects of Ninja Gaiden was the requirement of such precise platforming and combat to traverse the environment. Each enemy is placed in such a diabolical location, such as right at the end of a particularly difficult jump, so as to challenge you to get the timing just right. Oh did I mention that there are no save points in this game, so if  you die, have fun starting on level one.

That's not to say that there isn't a lot to like about the game. The controls are spot on so you know that if you died, that was on you. Each level is lovingly crafted with unique enemies in each area to challenge the gamer. I would recommend the game to anyone looking to challenge themselves. Just don't break any controllers, they didn't do anything to you after all.

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