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June 30, 2008 - Matt Phillips
I recently finished the game “Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword” for the Nintendo DS. I loved it (thank you Lisa). The Ninja Gaiden series is one of the best franchises in video games, and this episode is a great addition.
I enjoy playing DS games (and other portable games) more now than ever before. It is much more difficult for me to get into lengthy console games when the kids are constantly getting into trouble. It is nice to have the portable system that can be played for shorter periods of time and be quickly put away. It also helps that the portable games are generally less difficult or in depth. I can complete a game on the DS while only playing for twenty or thirty minutes at a time. Some console games can have hours upon hours of seemingly continuous play to finish the game. I used to have the time and patience for that kind of play; I don’t anymore. That makes shorter games perfect for me.
Another great thing about this game is the cinema scenes. The cut scenes are well rendered. The story plays out like a comic book with lightly animated panels. As soon I saw the first cut scene, I thought back to that time many years ago that I rented the original Ninja Gaiden for the NES. This was the game that made cut scenes a staple of video games. Dragon Sword has that same feel, without the insane difficulty level and no saving.
Finally, the controls of the game are very good. This game makes great use of the touch screen. The DS is held on its side, like a book, for this game. All the action occurs on the touch screen, and there is a lot of action. This is one game that gives the stylus a workout.
I recommend this game for anyone at any skill level. Hardcore gamers will find it easy to play through, but it is a very fun game to play.
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