Zero Punctuation: Ninja Gaiden 2

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yourkie1921:

Jer-oh-me:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee's voice growing sharper, more angry, and way way way faster? I just rewatched one of the old videos and was struck by the difference in pace and tone.

How old? His first 5 reviews were all made before he discovered a fast talking brit living in Australia capitalizing on his accent and location would get more viewers than a normal talking person who just happens to be british and live in Australia.

He is selling himself out then. He should be a game reviewer first and foremost, Added comedian routine that has depth shows off professionalism. Gay jokes don't.

Great as always Yahtzee, good job.

And I thought he was losing his charm but the "In this new age of casual and mainstream gaming, linear games are about the spectacle" bit, altho...modern gaming is about graphics after all :P

Bulletinmybrain:

yourkie1921:

Jer-oh-me:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee's voice growing sharper, more angry, and way way way faster? I just rewatched one of the old videos and was struck by the difference in pace and tone.

How old? His first 5 reviews were all made before he discovered a fast talking brit living in Australia capitalizing on his accent and location would get more viewers than a normal talking person who just happens to be british and live in Australia.

He is selling himself out then. He should be a game reviewer first and foremost, Added comedian routine that has depth shows off professionalism. Gay jokes don't.

The trouble is I see the great stallion as more than a "reviewer", Xplay lasted about 2-3 years before it got so corporate it was just not fun to watch, now with subtle changes (like opening ending bits) and his slight change of tone now and then.....it feels like hes already starting to sell himself off and not remain a creative game fan who rags on the industry even when he's raving about it.

Bulletinmybrain:

yourkie1921:

Jer-oh-me:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee's voice growing sharper, more angry, and way way way faster? I just rewatched one of the old videos and was struck by the difference in pace and tone.

How old? His first 5 reviews were all made before he discovered a fast talking brit living in Australia capitalizing on his accent and location would get more viewers than a normal talking person who just happens to be british and live in Australia.

He is selling himself out then. He should be a game reviewer first and foremost, Added comedian routine that has depth shows off professionalism. Gay jokes don't.

Well, I'm sure if someone told you that you could make more money by doing something you're good at already and maybe changing something about it, you'd jump on it. He's not selling himself out until he starts appearing on random commercials.

I've watched the earlier reviews and noticed the speed pick up and attributed it to added confidence, really. As far as the anger goes, he just seems pissed about the games he's been reviewing.

I'd say it being developed with a Western Audiance in mind makes it say a hell of a lot more about us, because this is what they sum up American entertainment culture with: Blood, tits, and no real plot = American Entertainment Gold = Shitloads of money from America's compulsatory spending frenzies.

Bulletinmybrain:

yourkie1921:

Jer-oh-me:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee's voice growing sharper, more angry, and way way way faster? I just rewatched one of the old videos and was struck by the difference in pace and tone.

How old? His first 5 reviews were all made before he discovered a fast talking brit living in Australia capitalizing on his accent and location would get more viewers than a normal talking person who just happens to be british and live in Australia.

He is selling himself out then. He should be a game reviewer first and foremost, Added comedian routine that has depth shows off professionalism. Gay jokes don't.

I didn't think he was trying to show off professionalism until the new video start was put in. Remember the tomb raiders review, he normally goes for cheap laughs, gay jokes are in that general area. And how does talking fast with a british accent make you less of a game reviewer? I guess we could blame him for being in Australia if the rest of the escapist isn't in Australia, since they are in a bad place for videogame reviews since they ban video games (yes, I don't feel the need to add anymore detail to that. If they've ever banned a single game that is still banned I would spend every cent I have to get out of there if I were a videogame reviewer), and wait longer for games. But his accent doesn't effect anything.

The trouble is I see the great stallion as more than a "reviewer", Xplay lasted about 2-3 years before it got so corporate it was just not fun to watch

AHH!! I know, Morgan needs to hit Adam more often.

now with subtle changes (like opening ending bits) and his slight change of tone now and then.....it feels like hes already starting to sell himself off and not remain a creative game fan who rags on the industry even when he's raving about it.

He's still doing that. And the last game he reviewed that he liked was painkiller and he was ragging on the gaming industry in that review

Well, it's hard to NOT rag on the gaming industry these days.

yourkie1921:

Bulletinmybrain:

yourkie1921:

Jer-oh-me:
Is it just me or is Yahtzee's voice growing sharper, more angry, and way way way faster? I just rewatched one of the old videos and was struck by the difference in pace and tone.

How old? His first 5 reviews were all made before he discovered a fast talking brit living in Australia capitalizing on his accent and location would get more viewers than a normal talking person who just happens to be british and live in Australia.

He is selling himself out then. He should be a game reviewer first and foremost, Added comedian routine that has depth shows off professionalism. Gay jokes don't.

I didn't think he was trying to show off professionalism until the new video start was put in. Remember the tomb raiders review, he normally goes for cheap laughs, gay jokes are in that general area. And how does talking fast with a british accent make you less of a game reviewer? I guess we could blame him for being in Australia if the rest of the escapist isn't in Australia, since they are in a bad place for videogame reviews since they ban video games (yes, I don't feel the need to add anymore detail to that. If they've ever banned a single game that is still banned I would spend every cent I have to get out of there if I were a videogame reviewer), and wait longer for games. But his accent doesn't effect anything.

The trouble is I see the great stallion as more than a "reviewer", Xplay lasted about 2-3 years before it got so corporate it was just not fun to watch

AHH!! I know, Morgan needs to hit Adam more often.

now with subtle changes (like opening ending bits) and his slight change of tone now and then.....it feels like hes already starting to sell himself off and not remain a creative game fan who rags on the industry even when he's raving about it.

He's still doing that. And the last game he reviewed that he liked was painkiller and he was ragging on the gaming industry in that review

I understand hes still raging, but the blood is in the water and the cooperate leaches will drain him dry and say 5ish years, 1-2 to get a real show..er...V show(sorry I couldn't help that one ^_~) 1-3 to to be drain dry from the experience, even if he dose not go fully mainstream he will change but change how who knows, for now hes still good enough for my not to get my nazi gamer pantsu in a bunch ^_~.

This is my least favorite zp review =/

I didnt care for this one that much maybe cause the last one was so good and made this one look really bad in comparison.

you should review BRAID for the Xbox 360 Arcade, its one of the best games ive seen in a long time and i think its something you would actually enjoy.

I understand hes still raging, but the blood is in the water and the cooperate leaches will drain him dry and say 5ish years, 1-2 to get a real show..er...V show(sorry I couldn't help that one ^_~) 1-3 to to be drain dry from the experience, even if he dose not go fully mainstream he will change but change how who knows, for now hes still good enough for my not to get my nazi gamer pantsu in a bunch ^_~.

What do you mean by blood? Putting in an attempt to be funny?

yourkie1921:

I understand hes still raging, but the blood is in the water and the cooperate leaches will drain him dry and say 5ish years, 1-2 to get a real show..er...V show(sorry I couldn't help that one ^_~) 1-3 to to be drain dry from the experience, even if he dose not go fully mainstream he will change but change how who knows, for now hes still good enough for my not to get my nazi gamer pantsu in a bunch ^_~.

What do you mean by blood? Putting in an attempt to be funny?

Perhaps, but hes been elevated from a well known reviewer/ranter on a barely mainstream site to a published on TV reviewer/ranter on a simi popular site(focusing on the TV/Xplay showing his stuff, the site is fine and all), the blood (his fame/corporate "standing") is in the water and now its only a matter of time before he burns himself out, albeit he has further to fall than a ok to good TV show like Xplay WAS, what I am getting at is that hes been "made" start the clock! Intros/outros were first to go whats next and how much will be lost before he falls?

Perhaps, but hes been elevated from a well known reviewer/ranter on a barely mainstream site to a published on TV reviewer/ranter on a simi popular site(focusing on the TV/Xplay showing his stuff, the site is fine and all),

I know, I watch xplay every tuesday for the preview (I used to watch it every day). I don't think other people advertising him is such a scary thing.

is in the water and now its only a matter of time before he burns himself out, albeit he has further to fall than a ok to good TV show like Xplay WAS, what I am getting at is that hes been "made" start the clock! Intros/outros were first to go whats next and how much will be lost before he falls?

outros are still here. I don't think we can rely on that happening for a while.

Intended difficulty defending bad design choices? For shame. It's relatively simple to make a game difficult by neglecting to make things work right. The best challenges are difficult because of the design, not in spite of it.

Another great review! HAR HAR HAR - Sorry :)

The end was enough to win an A+ or may a S+.

Who wouldn't love to watch a fascinating dustbin?

kill they ass!
win!

lm2f:
i was expecting runescape after the cohan review oh well

I think we'll both be waiting a while for that one lol
Never reli liked the NG series, was a good game on the NES but that doesn't count for anything these days

As hilarious as always, I'm loving the new intro. The only thing I can think of that sucks is that we Aussies have to wait for America to get to wednesday or thursday before the new episode is posted. Damn you America!!!!

Just a note to all the people whining about this review purely because they liked the game... Deal with it.

Yahtzee had a damn valid point about difficulty VS poor design, even if he could have gone into more depth. No one who played Ninja Gaiden 1 could possibly like 2, because it was better in almost every way. The boss fights were less about luck and more about actually planning a strategy, the balance was mostly more spot on, and the game was harder. Not more bullshit, just harder.

Case in point: The fight/s with Alexei in NG2. They were utter RUBBISH. If you tried to do ANYTHING strategic against him, he'd throw a bunch of projectiles then grapple you in the middle of you dodging or blocking them. It was almost impossible to avoid unless you just plain got lucky.

Now, I must've tried this fight about 50 times before I gave up and went for a Video Walkthrough off Youtube. You know what the strategy was? "Button mash". That's about it. You just get up into his face, spam attacks, and when he teleports, run up to him as quickly as you can and repeat. You can basically stunlock him, and not even take enough damage to need to heal.

NG2 isn't hard. It's just stupid. It still takes just as many tries to beat a stage because you need to get lucky as hell, but you take less damage because of that. It's hard, but in an accessable way. It's hard in a way where a hardcore gamer and a casual gamer would probably have the exact same amount of trouble with it.

And that's why NG2 sucked... Hm... I think I went off-topic a bit.

Now now now... while I agree that there is a simplicity to NG2 (and let's just not even touch the "plot"), the game is almost tongue in cheeck about its rediculousness. Frankly, it was fun and not as frustrating as the original. Perfect? Hardly. Still, to say that it "sucked" is a bit of hyperbole.

Seems some reviewers are annoyed by the fact that they've played for an hour of two without actually dying. Tsk tsk, you lost in Ninja Gaiden...

This was the best one in recent memory. "Kill they ass" is the funniest thing I've ever heard/seen. I hope that gets on a t-shirt :P

Pirates suck monkey spooge. Rot in hell ninja haters. Nice review though.

Shinkada:
No one who played Ninja Gaiden 1 could possibly like 2, because it was better in almost every way.

While I'm all for people having different opinions on things, this one line right here has got to be the dumbest thing I've read in a while.

Who the fuck are you to decide what people like and what people don't like? Yes I'll go on record and say that on the whole Ninja Gaiden/Black/Sigma are better than Ninja Gaiden 2. Balance and polish, as well the openness of the first game put it above NG2. But there are certain things in Ninja Gaiden 2, that people might enjoy more than in Ninja Gaiden, like the new weapons and much more polished combat and obliteration techniques.

Yes, the game is broken and could've been left in production a bit longer. Yes, Ninja Gaiden 1 as a whole is better. But to say that anyone who liked the first game couldn't possibly like 2, is just really just a narrow minded generalization.

"Frankly, fuck you, if you want a story. Here's your story. Demons over there, KILL THEY ASS."

I ROTFL at that one. This is probably one of the best Zero Punctuation Rants I've seen yet.

It does look pretty cool

thats pretty funny how he just randomly made fun of link

y8c616:
hahaha i love the little dig at the wii at the start:)
oh and i wish yahtzee would stop ripping mgs4; yeah, the cut scenes may bore a newb, but its entirely necessary for die hard fans of the series.

Your just bullshiting around if the "hardcore" nerd fans of MGS wanted to spend a few hours on story then they should have it as optional or just put it on a website advratize it in the game and then have only the MGS junkies go and read it. They probobly don't even care if its cinimatics or words as long as they get there precius story and the "n00bs" who actualy wanted to play the fucking game in the first place can go have their "above average steal shooter".

Only thing I'd have to disagree with is your statement on the claws. They're probably the most worthless weapon in the whole game. Lunar staff will get you through anything. I beat every boss fight with it.

have you gotten through the whole game?
If you have, then you didnt mention that the last two or three levels are just chocked full of repeat bosses.
which really dissapointed me :/

For those who complain about the difficulty in Ninja Gaiden 2. there is only one answer: you suck... like the game.
Gotta love the cia uniform part but she is so schmeeeexy that I have to admit being the target audience as well.

Ninja gaiden 2 is loads easier then the original. Even on way of the ninja or normal mode its a piece of sake in comparison.

lol if u thought ninja gaiden 2 was hard you should played ninja gaiden black, 2 is like a walk in the park compared to it. some of the normal enemys were harder than the bosses from ninja gaiden 2.

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