#48 -> Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Ryu Hayabusa, skilled Ninja, passionate hero. With cinematic cutscenes, overlooking the cheesy narrative, you will enjoy an old-school effort at vivid storytelling well executed on this late-1980s title. Accross the landscapes of the first game, Ruy Hayabusa jumps and slashes with his sword in a game where every control can be tweaked until the perfect jump-slash movement is mastered, maybe even after clinging to a wall as a flying creature approaches. Diagonally launching flame and or rebounding shuriken are among the many special items that can be obtained throught the levels, each with its own control that can be mastered to defeat the difficult foes that await you. And when you think you're getting the hang of the game, you find yourself at the last level possibly throwing the controller across the room when defeat against the final boss throws you back to the begining of the ever-difficult final stage. With blood-pumping music and excellent visuals, controls that never aged, you will find yourself enjoying every moment of this game tailored for the most adept action-game fanatic. Ninja Gaiden for the NES gets my #48 spot.
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