Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Team Ninja, Ninja Gaiden 2 is on our most wanted list for next year... if it makes it (and hopefully it will). To help you through the cold winter nights here's a batch of exclusive shots and video for the game to help you understand why we're so excited - and it's not just because we get off on the sight of limbs flinging with abandon into the sky. The sequel has you murdering rival ninjas in real-world environments including settings in Tokyo, Venice and Times Square in New York, though Dagenham Market is yet to be confirmed.
The fighting system has been enhanced with improved enemy AI and new moves. Enemies can perform co-operative attacks, while Ryu will get a new Obliteration technique - a series of fatal blows delivered if you hit Y immediately after removing an enemy limb. The Xbox original is still one of our favourite action games and we've got high hopes the follow-up will be able to pack a mighty punch when it arrives in late 2008. You can find more on Ninja Gaiden 2 over at the game page.