Ninja Gaiden 2 however, has real-time weapons change, much better combat than DMC, and a character that is unmistakably male.
Look, watch the gameplay demonstration. Weapon change is handled with the D-pad now. Ninja Gaiden's combat is clearly more advanced via including combos that put DBZ to shame. Also, Dante looks like Ellen Degeners.
I have and that doesn't change the fact that the weapon change is a clunky menu and DMC4 let's you change weapons witha simple button press, and change styles on the fly mid move with the dpad. XYXXYXXYXYXXYXX versus actually making your own combos with complex button inputs? I'll take DMC.
Dante becomes playable after a certain point in the game and has his four styles present and correct, but the real interest is in his outstanding special weapons: Gilgamesh is a melee weapon which puts spinning blades on his feet and hands, and allows vicious pummeling attacks (including a shoryuken). Lucifer causes Dante to sprout grey skeletal wings and shoot out red ‘demon blades’ that hover in the air and can be controlled and used to surround him – or made to explode by dropping a rose.
But the best, by far, is Pandora’s Box. This is a small briefcase with at least five different uses: it can be thrown like a boomerang into enemies, while opening it stuns anyone nearby, and it can even transform into a machine gun or a huge rocket launcher with several different additional forms, including a laser. Then there’s the last function, which sees it convert into a mobile missile battery surrounded with cannons (featuring a seat for Dante in the middle), which can float around raining nastiness on to anything that even looks at it the wrong way.
That sounds like a horrible set of gimmick weapons. Like they put every bizarre novelty-weapon-James Bond villain in a blender and poured the result onto DMC 4.
I*t's Funny how DMC3 was universally panned for being too Hard and yet the Ninja Gaiden ffanboys like to perpetuated the myth that it's somehow easy or that the enemies just stand around. Sure the basic ones do.