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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)
alaScore 89

59 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the graphics and controls, whereas some have doubts about the value for money and gameplay.

action, controls, graphics

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

 

If you're in the market for an action game that wrings the most out of the Nintendo DS's visual and sonic capabilities, you need look no further than Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword. It is possibly the most technically proficient title available for the...

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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Review

 

An ambitious title, that seeks to bring awesome action into a stylus controlled adventure.

There are also multiple difficulties but they are more in the vein of older games where nothing is really different on the higher difficulties, I think. Lastly, there is some about collecting wooden amulets that apparently does nothing. No Skulltula...

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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Review

 

Ryu Hayabusha slashes his way onto the DS in a highly accomplished but all too brief adventure...

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword stands out on its own for the group of DS owners not interested in brain ages and rearing virtual pups. Replicating the intensity of its elder brethren Dragon Sword does exactly what you'd expect from a Team Ninja title,...

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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

 

Moves

Ryu can perform more complex moves such as the Izuna Drop and the Ultimate Technique. The Izuna Drop is a devastating attack that is performed by sliding the stylus downwards to stun your foe, upwards to send the enemy into the air, then upwards again...

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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword

 

Your stylus slash through demon like blade of katana!

Vicious, fast-paced combat ; One of the best-looking DS games yet made ; Plenty of unlockable content ; Online ranking system

Repetitive combat ; Some misplaced save points ; Online ranking system for the hardcore only

Sounds like hardtime longcore gaming has come to the DS!

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Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword

 

Ninja Gaiden has come a long way from its arcade roots. Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox still has a reputation as one of the hardest games ever made. The franchise has been added to the DS lineup with the aptly titled Dragon Sword. The game delivers a solid...

DS controls are integrated perfectly, and they don't feel gimmicky ; This game looks incredible

Level and boss design can be monotonous

While not perfect, this is by far one of the best action games I have seen on the DS. It is well worth picking up for the unfamiliar, as the simplified controls make the difficulty a little more tolerable.

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Review: Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

 

I was a big fan of Ninja Gaiden. As a result, I was happy to hear Itagaki was testing the series on the Nintendo DS with Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (huh; look at that, another DS game with "DS" in its acronym). Dragon Sword is a game that mixes a lot...

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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review

 

Ninja, scribble thyself!

It's a shame that Dragon Sword is such an uneven game. From a technical standpoint, it's very impressive and whatever problems that occasionally pop up with the control scheme are balanced out by the fun of slamming your enemies to the ground with an...

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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword Review

 

When I wanna train my brain or a virtual puppy, I know the Nintendo DS has got my back. However, if I'm craving a more action-packed portable experience, one where I can lock and load with guns and grenades blastin' or maybe lop off some limbs, I'm...

Like Brain Age, Dragon Sword requires you hold the DS horizontally, like a book. This seemed a strange fit at first, but soon made sense when I witnessed Ryu bouncing from screen top to bottom like a Red Bull-fueled Mexican jumping bean; a vertical...

Product Specifications

In ancient times, humans lived in peace with dragons. But then came the Dark Dragon, a malevolent giant that wasted no time in plunging the Earth into an abyss of darkness. Their strength drained by the evil of the Dark Dragon, the remaining dragons placed their last hope in the hands of the humans in the form of one of their own fangs. Thus was born the Dragon Sword, a formidable weapon inhabited by the very essence of the powers of the dragons. It was with this sword that the humans were able to defeat the Dark Dragon. In the countless millennia since, the dragons have long since perished. But their spirit remains in the form of that sword, now carried by the descendants of the humans that fought by the side on that fateful day. Long ago, the Dark Dragon plunged the world into an era of chaos. Upon this eventual defeat, an enchanted sword known as the Dark Dragon Blade was created from its bones. This dangerously powerful weapon, infused with the malevolent spirit of the Dark Dragon itself, was entrusted to the care of a bloodline of humans known as the Dragon Lineage. However, evil beings, enthralled by its immense evil power, stole the Dark Dragon Blade. And once again the world faced the threat of eternal darkness .a young Ninja named Ryu Hayabusa, survivor of the Hayabusa clan and descendant of the Dragon Lineage, took up his family legendary birthright, the Dragon Sword, to face this threat alone. At the end of an intense battle, Ryu shattered the evil Dark Dragon Blade into countless shards with blow from his Dragon Sword. Six months have passed since what is now known as the Dark Dragon Blade Incident.

Game

Context:Fantasy
Elements:Action - adventure
ESRB Rating:Teen (13+)
Online Play: Yes
PEGI Content Descriptors:Violence
PEGI Rating:16+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren gem

Header

Compatibility:Game console
Manufacturer:Tecmo
Model:Dragon Sword
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Ninja Gaiden

Miscellaneous

Package Type:Retail

Software

Category:Games
Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - action