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Lookee what popped up on IGN this morning.

As if Ninja Gaiden needed to get any better, Team Ninja's stellar action title is getting some renovations in early August. In conjunction with the Master Ninja Tournament, Tecmo is releasing Ninja Gaiden 1.1, downloadable over Xbox Live for free. All you need is a Live subscription, a copy of Ninja Gaiden, and the desire to kill again.

Ninja Gaiden 1.1 will be used for the second round of the Master Ninja Tournament, but can also be used offline without any need to ever touch the popular online tournament. Once downloaded, you'll need to start a brand new game to enjoy all of the improvements to Ninja Gaiden.

And oh those improvements. Check out everything Ninja Gaiden 1.1 has to offer:

New Enemies: As you can see in the latest screenshots, there are a few new, mammoth enemies added throughout the levels. There are no new levels, but just imagine some of those old areas now having all new, tougher baddies. And, from what we hear, there are more enemies than what we seen in the screens.

New Bosses: As if new enemies weren't enough, there will also be some new bosses. The story and structure of Ninja Gaiden will not change, so it's anyone's guess where these bosses may show up. They could replace old bosses or be added on top of previous boss battles. We don't know the particulars, but we can promise that they will be tougher than what you've previously faced. Oh crap.

New Weapons: There are three new weapons available in 1.1. From what we understand, they will likely be available in the shop during the course of the game, but it's possible that one or more of them may be hidden in the game or earned from defeating bosses. The Bo Staff is featured prominently in the new screens, but don't worry, we'll have info on all three new weapons soon enough.

Improved AI: Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki wanted to add some extra challenge to an already difficult game, so the AI has been improved to make all enemies smarter. Expect an even greater challenge, no matter what difficulty setting you choose.

New Camera: Now we get into what makes Ninja Gaiden 1.1 a landmark Xbox Live download. Hearing the complaints of fans, Itagaki redid Gaiden's camera. You'll now have full 360 degree control of the camera. The camera will also be smarter, so you shouldn't have to worry about it being in too close or at the wrong angle when in a fight.

Action Engine: How do you improve Ninja Gaiden? Make it faster. Yes, you heard that right. When you download Ninja Gaiden 1.1, you'll get all of the above improvements, plus an upgraded engine that makes the action even faster. What will be faster? Everything. Ryu, the enemies, and most importantly the combat. All of it will come quicker requiring even greater reflexes. Think back to what it was like playing the "slow" version of Ninja Gaiden and imagine tossing shurikens while running along walls and battling four of those annoying brown ninjas at once. Now speed that up. Hear that sound? That's your brain about to explode.

Ninja Gaiden 1.1 will be available in early August for Xbox Live subscribers who own a copy of the original game. An exact date and details on the second round of the Master Ninja Tournament are forthcoming, but remember that there's absolutely no need to be a participant in the tournament in order to enjoy Ninja Gaiden 1.1.

We'll have more on Ninja Gaiden 1.1 and the Master Ninja Tournament very soon. And if you're wondering if this is it for Ninja Gaiden downloadable content, keep in mind that there is a third round of the Master Ninja Tournament still to come. Could we see Ninja Gaiden 1.2? We sure hope so.

http://xbox.ign.com/articles/525/525886p1.html?fromint=1

Now don't say they never give you anything ;)

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My experience of Ninja Gaiden:

Wow, this game looks fantastic, hey it's not as tough as they say, I'm kicking ass

Reach first boss: Die

Start again, exactly the same conclusion.

...and again

and again

Get fed up and give up. So yes, they should make it much harder, it's clearly too easy in it's original form.

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Fucking hell, I didn't see this coming.

Sounds brilliant - I'll hold off re-playing it until that pack comes out, then.

The only thing is, I actually love the game as it is (camera and difficulty included), so I'd like to have the option to chose between versions 1.0 and 1.1 (kind of like you could with Megadrive Street Fighter II: Champion Edition and Hyperfighting)

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Reach first boss: Die

Start again, exactly the same conclusion.

...and again

and again

Block, keep a fair distance from him and be patient. When he does the charging move towards you, jump in and get a nice combo on him then back off again. Rinse and repeat.

Not the most interesting method, but it works.

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Wow, faster and harder eh! That's what I thought was missing from the game, a real challenge ;) At least they seem to have sorted the camera out, pity I've traded it in for Mario Golf.

Heh :D I'm surprised they aren't putting an easy option in for all the whining saps though, as it seems to be the main criticism of the game.

The bo looks nails.

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Nice one. I thought all the Ninja Gaiden LIVE features would be rubbish. This sounds superb. Now I have to work around the issue of having an NTSC copy on a PAL X-Box... :D

Yeah, me too... ;)

I could always buy it off my friend, who's given up at chapter 9 after breaking a controller.

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Heh ;) I'm surprised they aren't putting an easy option in for all the whining saps though, as it seems to be the main criticism of the game.

:D To be fair I did make it past the first boss, but it never really seemed to get much easier to me. This was partly due to to rubbish camera though, but as I'm not on live then this upgrade wouldn't have helped me much anyway. I shall chalk this game down to experience, when people say it's a hard game next time I will believe them!

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I rented it, played for a little while, died and had to restart the game and sit through the entire unskippable opening sequence again.

Luckily my 'zero tolerance' kicked in and I never played it again. Saved myself hours of frustration and tedium. Go me!

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I rented it, played for a little while, died and had to restart the game and sit through the entire unskippable opening sequence again.

Luckily my 'zero tolerance' kicked in and I never played it again. Saved myself hours of frustration and tedium. Go me!

You're the greatest, Clive. ;)

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I rented it, played for a little while, died and had to restart the game and sit through the entire unskippable opening sequence again.

Did you even try to skip it?Because you can...Tip, Push start.

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Did you even try to skip it?Because you can...Tip, Push start.

Yeah you can skip it. I know because I watched it all when I first switched the Xbox on, then it started to play it again when I started a new game. Obviously I skipped it.

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Did you even try to skip it?Because you can...Tip, Push start.

I definately couldn't skip it because I remember mashing my pad and screaming 'NOOOOOooooo!' in angst. I'd never got to a save point y'see, so when I started again it forced me to watch the intro again because it didn't have any record of me actually playing the game.

I could be wrong though, I'm sure I pressed every button.

That aside though, my version had the worst v-synching (or what ever it's called) I've ever seen in a videogame. Mix that with that fact that it's got apparently impossible bosses and I just didn't have the heart to carry on.

The question begs though, why did I bother renting it in the first place? Perhaps I haven't quite banished that oldskool, hardcore, sadistic gamer inside me.

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Was it just me who found it got a lot easier towards the end (except the cheeky nibbling ghosts before you realise you can use the fire wheels on them)? The last boss was a joke, especially when you stocked up on items, thinking it was going to be a nightmare.

People with import copies: you can change the region of your Xbox by using Configmagic.

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