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Published April 14, 2018

There are many games that have simple button presses that allow them to perform any action the gamer requires and there are games that have combos that are activated through pressing multiple buttons or combining certain actions. Awhile back, I didn’t believe in using combos because they were, I felt, were useless and did not have as much of an impact as I thought.

However, after using certain combos in certain games like Castlevania Lament of Innocence or Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, I began to realize the importance of combos and why they are always going to be a much-needed aspect of the games in which they are in. Also, I found that combos are not just for use against your enemies but they are also good in life-saving situations.

An example of this is if you’re using a combo to get your character out of a sticky situation like if they’re sandwiched between two enemies that are hard hitting yet predictable. A solution would be to take advantage of their predictability by launching air combos or combos that have area effect range ergo killing one and picking the other off while attempting to heal.

Combos are there for a reason, abuse them and own; it does not say not to. Having said that, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to combos.

Combos that keep you safe in Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Combos are not just good for inflicting damage on your enemies in the shortest time possible, they can also be used as a means of inflicting damage and getting away; take the boss in Ninja Gaiden Sigma for example; take the Violent Gale combo. Alma, a boss you will fight on Level 7, is very strong not to mention agile. Inflicting damage on Alma using the Violent Gale combo will ensure that you inflict damage and make a getaway so you’re not the victim of her lethal onslaught.

The True Dragon Sword’s combo are handy for dealing with Galla (red dragon monsters) on Stage 18; I’ve used it plenty of times because the combo make quick work of the Galla not to mention allows you to get away unscathed or far enough away where you won’t have to worry about them retaliating. The Flying Swallow is another combo that should be abused, jump toward an enemy and press Triangle button; handy for dealing with Alma at the end of Stage 17.

Chain Barrier combo using light magic will heal Gabriel and destroy his enemies

In Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Gabriel gets to access many combos the more he progresses through the game. The combos in the game are the most lethal ever created in Castlevania history and have killed many a monster, light and shadow magic compliment the combos in the game making them the ideal weapons to use on enemies.

One combo in particular, Chain Barrier, can hit enemies from the front from and back. Now, combine the combo with light magic and you have just doubled your health restoration. While this might seem a little excessive, using this can save your life not to mention help you establish some breathing room in case you want to start another combo like Shadow Flame.

Many combos in the game can be used to effective restore your life meter to full if used in the right way with the right enemies using light magic. The Erosive Chains combo uses both light magic and timing in order to effectively pull off; mastering the timing can make all the difference when using this combo as well as the Chain Barrier.

Use the triangle button in combos in Ninja Gaiden 3 to fill the Ninpo meter to cast Ninpo and get a life refill

Ninja Gaiden games on the PS3 has always been revered for their combos and Ninja Gaiden 3 is no exception especially if you use the slide (L1) to stun the enemy then combo them. Another aspect of this is using the Slide to distract the enemy then using your combos to fill your Ninpo meter, but pressing triangle while doing your combo will help increase your Ninpo meter.

In doing this, you’ll be able to pull off your Inferno Ninpo which will give you an instant life refill which will come in handy when you hit a rough patch. I’ve used this plenty of times in order to save myself from death so it definitely works; timing is the key.

I encourage you to use the aforementioned tip to fill your Ninpo meter as much as possible because you will need it when you get to a place where enemies are tough, the Black Spider Ninjas are among the many you’ll use this on because they can surround you almost instantly with no real means of escape.

Saber Slam & Repulse combo – Star Wars the Force Unleashed

This is one of my favorite combos, Saber Slam and Repulse. In Star Wars the Force Unleashed I & II, you’ll have access to the Saber Slam which is done by pressing Square three times, and Circle then use Force Repulse to deal your enemies damage and give yourself some breathing room.

The reason I abuse this combo is because enemies like stormtroopers are not very keen on letting you live or giving you a chance to breathe; this combo is also good for a quick escape like if you need to regroup.


Combos are lethal weapons that should not be used lightly by any means, games like Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Star Wars the Force Unleashed have more than shown gamers that combos are indeed necessary in order to survive and put some distance between them and their enemy.

Also, combos can also be used to fill and in some cases, refill certain meters like in Ninja Gaiden 3 thus allowing you a chance to inflict max damage on your enemies and refill your life as well. Learning the timing to using the Erosive Chains and Chain Barrier combo in Castlevania Lords of Shadow is a great way to size up bosses and enemies.

If you have any questions or would like me to address any concerns then please feel free to contact me or leave me a message below and I’ll respond to you promptly.


  1. Kyle Kyle

    Oh man! I thought i was the only one to use the saber slam and repluse combo! lol I called it the “Get away from me and let me breathe!” combo. Most people just button mash through the game, but i find it best to see how the sabers and powers can interact.

    • Rodney McGill Rodney McGill

      Hey Kyle, man you hit the nail on the head. Whenever I play both Star Wars games, I ABUSE the Saber Slam and Repulse combo; I love that combo! I do it on every enemy group that I see. To me, it’s a way to get more into the game experimenting with saber combos and certain force powers. Star Wars forever!

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