Ninja Gaiden II

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Tough and very violent hack-and-slash adventure.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While Ryu's goal is to save the world, he's also seeking revenge for his clan in Japan.


Action is quite brutal. Ryu uses swords, staffs, throwing stars, exploding knives, and scythes to slash through enemies. Expect to see opponents have their heads, arms, or legs chopped off. You may even see chunks of flesh flying after certain attacks. Blood is splattered throughout the floors and walls of the locales. This game is definitely not for the squeamish.


Some of the female characters dress provocatively, showing lots of cleavage.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intense combat game is extremely violent. The main character uses weapons like swords, staffs, throwing stars, and exploding knives to kill opponents. The attacks are pretty gory, as enemies are often beheaded or maimed. Expect to see chunks of flesh flying and lots of blood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypeatorama May 3, 2012

A Great Gore Feast

Ninja gaiden 2 is a great game but only for mature teens. It contains excessieve blood and gore, also a breif minute of nudity in chapter 10 or 11. This is a gr... Continue reading
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byvfghdghfddg August 23, 2009

good for older kids but not for anyone younger than 16

It's a good game with an interesting plot but extremely gory and containes scenes were there is partial nudity so it shouldn't be played if you can... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan December 26, 2014

Really a great game

Great game for 15 and above but not for anyone under 15 not extremely gory just contains blood and gore with some intense violence
Kid, 12 years old April 27, 2010

Very challenging

Limbs are dismembered, blood is spurted, and it's worse than Gears of War. You will have to sit through constant fast paced and challenging battles Continue reading

What's it about?

Ryu Hayabusa returns to the Xbox in NINJA GAIDEN II, a challenging hack-and-slash adventure for the 360. Ryu's goal in the latest chapter of the long-running series is straightforward: Save the world. He'll accomplish this by defeating a series of demonic fiends scattered across the globe. The game takes players through a variety of locales, from canals in Europe to the metropolises of New York and Tokyo.

Ryu vanquishes enemies -- ranging from ninjas to werewolves -- with a flurry of combos executed by linking together light and heavy attacks. You'll start out with a sword, but can upgrade to staffs, scythes, and \"talons\" fitted to your hands and feet. Ryu also has a secondary attack in the form of throwing stars, bow and arrows, or exploding knives. If enemies overwhelm Ryu, he can use Ninpo -- magical attacks in the form of fireballs or whirlwind blades -- to thwart his foes.

Is it any good?

The combat in Ninja Gaiden II is intense, and incredibly violent. It's common to see opponents' heads, arms, and legs chopped off. Blood soaks the landscapes after heavy battles. With certain weapons, chunks of flesh fly as you pummel enemies. Enemies are also relentless. During a couple scenarios, enemies with their legs cut off would crawl toward Ryu, grab him, and deal heavy damage with a suicide blast. The action is dizzying, especially for the camera, which struggles to keep up. After a quick flurry of attacks, the camera settles into an awkward view, leaving you prone to blindside attacks. Fortunately, this setback is easily forgiven when you consider the game's robust combat system and variety of difficult foes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of the Ninja Gaiden series, which started on the Nintendo Entertainment System. What has made this franchise so successful? Do you prefer the older versions or the series' latest reincarnation? Also, why do you think ninjas are popular figures in movies and other video games?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Release date: June 3, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Mature
  • Last updated: March 1, 2019

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