I've beaten Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, and Shinobi (Playstation2 version) several times, as well as Vanquish on both normal and hard mode, and everyone says how challenging those games are. How hard is this, 2, and 3 compared to those games? Will someone like me be breaking controllers while playing this game?
This game is difficult but definitely manageable and extremely rewarding for players willing to invest in learning the combat system. This is probably the most polished game I have ever played in regard to reliable, responsive controls.
A word of advice: this game is good but Ninja Gaiden: Black is much better. It is a remake of NG with a mission mode and additional weapons and enemies thrown in. The board there is still somewhat active if you need any help getting started.