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This thread is in response to a review for Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos on the NES. You are encouraged to view the review in a new window before reading this thread.

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Author: drella
Posted: July 06, 2009 (11:33 AM)
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This would be a good review without all the irrational anger. Your talking points are better illustrated for sure, even if some are direct rebuttals to message board posts, so nice progress.

"Better games confront you with tricky enemies."

This would be a great place for an example of a better pre-NGII game that has enemies more along the lines of what you like/expected. I'm trying to figure out why you're so dismayed by the enemies (the respawns suck, but I don't think there's a fundamental difference between NGII's drones and Contra's or Castlevania's or Super Mario Bros') and I can't quite understand from either review. Getting this point across to the reader more effectively would make both stronger.


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Author: drella
Posted: July 06, 2009 (11:49 AM)
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Also, have you ever played Ninja Spirit? I think it's something you'd like a lot more than the Ninja Gaiden trilogy, even if similar in concept.


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Author: zigfried (Mod)
Posted: July 06, 2009 (01:55 PM)
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The writing quality is shabbier, and the tone is so dismissive that it's hard to consider this a credible opinion (deriding NES music as "beeps and blips" is lame), but the few arguments you do make are fundamentally stronger.

Even with the "I wouldn't care if it were fun" disclaimer, incohence of levels is normally a weak argument (how many 8 and 16 bit games weren't incoherent?) but since you talk about the story -- and even mix a bit of it into the middle -- it's understandable for someone to expect a degree of coherence. Otherwise, why bother having a story? That's an example of completeness helping to support your case.

Although personally I think the progression from city to train to mountains makes sense. He caught the train at the edge of town and rode it all the way to the mountains. But hey, that's just my take on it.

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Author: randxian
Posted: July 06, 2009 (06:06 PM)
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My biggest problem is how this is obviously a continuation of the other thread.

I think transferring fights and disagreements from message board forums onto reviews is just silly.

Otherwise, I do enjoy the edgy humor. I think you could build on that if you didn't make this all about getting back at the people who "trashed" your original review.


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