Put down your Scene It controller and zip up that haz-mat suit because Ninja Gaiden 2 will be painting your HDTV various shades of crimson starting June 3rd. That’s right, the sequel to one of the most difficult games of the last generation (and this generation, ironically) will be landing on the shores of North America in just over two short months. But, we already knew that, so this is more of a confirmation.
Ninja Gaiden Black, and its better looking brother Sigma, are shining examples of how to make a difficult game that still manages to be enjoyable. So it’s a bit of a shame that PlayStation owners won’t get to enjoy the sequel, but with Microsoft publishing the game it looks like that’s a fact that PS3 owners will just have to swallow.
Highly regarded developer Tomonobu Itagaki’s labor of love promises fast-paced action, buckets of blood, and all the mind-numbing difficulty spikes you’ve come to love (or loathe) from the series for so many years. Don’t let that scare you off though, because Ryu is now equipped with an auto-healing system that will keep certain levels of damage semi-permanent, while allowing some injuries to be repaired at save points. It’s nice to see Team Ninja finally jumping on the bandwagon of regenerating health levels, and I promise I won’t crack a joke about them churning out three games that are so difficult it makes my eyes bleed. Ahh, I can’t hold it in any longer! Team Ninja, welcome to 1999… That said, I can’t wait to get my hands on this bloody fine looking title.
[See also: Ninja Gaiden 2 gallery]