Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Butt-Kicking Ninja

When you're a ninja, your job is slicing large evil people into large-evil-people cutlets. Motivation is not a problem. In Ninja Gaiden (Xbox; $49.99), the latest installment in a venerable series that began on the old Nintendo Entertainment System, you play a limber little guy wearing a purple pantsuit who's on some major quest, the point of which is not easy to understand--dragon this, family honor that and so on. Whatever. You won't get bored unless leaping into the air, running along a wall, doing a somersault, tossing three shuriken (ninja throwing stars) at a guy in samurai armor and then...

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