The staircase is pretty infamous in Ninja Gaiden 2, to the point it even got a little feature in the Stinger Article about it. Now this is of course also minor self-promotion (haha), but I'm curious what people's opinions are on a section like this.
Basically, the game breaks here. In an attempt to give you a feeling of making that final climb to the boss a door closes and you have to accend a staircase with huge waves of enemies to the point that the game runs at around 11 frames per second (at least according to my recorderr). The designers put their desire to make a great action scene above making one that, well, works. I find this quite refreshing, especially today, where everything has to be fair and honest. The game doesn't hold back here, with so many IS ninjas you can easily be juggled or stunlocked from 100 to death in seconds. It is unfair, broken, badly designed even thanks to the stairs messing with inputs and attacks ... yet I love it and it is my favorite moment in the series.
Any other takes?