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  • Summary: As menacing demons and monsters fill the city of Tokyo, panicked government officials call upon the extreme cunning and power of a new ninja talent named Hibana. The amazing skills of this young female fighter earned her respect at an early age and she was offered masterful training from oneAs menacing demons and monsters fill the city of Tokyo, panicked government officials call upon the extreme cunning and power of a new ninja talent named Hibana. The amazing skills of this young female fighter earned her respect at an early age and she was offered masterful training from one of the Oboro Clan's most esteemed warriors. With sharp precision and incredible speed, Hibana battles fierce enemies atop a moving fighter jet, trucks, and more, while narrowly dodging enemy missiles. Her mastery of the ancient Tate Attack allows her to slay an unlimited number of enemies at once. With the Stealth Dash, she leaves her shadowy likeness behind as she runs circles around her lumbering enemies, which confuses them and makes them vulnerable to her fatal sword blows. Hibana alone must power through 13 incredible, destructible environments to defeat hordes of Hellspawn newly awakened by the ancient Akujiki curse. [Sega] Collapse
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. After spending a fairly short amount of time with the game, I found the controls very smooth, but what really makes this game such a blast to play is the inventive combat system.
  2. PSM Magazine
    80
    Improves on "Shinobi" in every respect, resulting in a fast-paced, pure action game with a fresh feel to its gameplay that's unique in a genre lacking in new ideas. [Apr 2004, p.32]
  3. With an improved control scheme and fluid action, the game fixes the problems plaguing the first title. Unfortunately, the action is broken up by unnecessary and frustrating platform challenges forced upon by linear level design.
  4. Two words: bottomless pits. That foul design element, which should have been eradicated from gaming's lexicon decades ago, shows up in Nightshade - and with maddening regularity. [Apr 2004, p.88]
  5. Yes, the addition of checkpoints eases the frustration, but only a bit. This is a series that can absolutely end up being great, but to get there, it still needs a better scope on varied (and, hopefully, jaw-slackeningly beautiful) level design and for the love of God, Sega, fix that damned camera.
  6. 60
    The final problem for me is that Nightshade doesn't provide nearly enough of an incentive to rise to the challenge.
  7. Everything just ends up being so boring and predictable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. KyleD.
    Oct 9, 2004
    10
    I think this was a great addition to anyone who loves games like onimusha and such. and the person who gave this a 2 can't even spell SHINOBI.
  2. Rockernightrider
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Sega ubber alles! nightshade is so almighty bad ass beat-em-up! nigtshade rules !
  3. Rockernightrider
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Sega ubber alles! nightshade is so almighty bad ass beat-em-up! nigtshade rules !
  4. Nancy
    Jul 19, 2005
    7
    It's still a great game but it got overly complicated from its predecessor with so many things you have to find inorder to unlock stuff It's still a great game but it got overly complicated from its predecessor with so many things you have to find inorder to unlock stuff plus getting all the scrolls and health power-ups etc. I would have liked to see it more like Shinobi simple hack and slash ninja action! Expand
  5. Sp!racy
    Sep 11, 2007
    7
    An above average follow-up to Shinobi. Nightshade's visuals and control scheme are tops, however the camera option could of been better. An above average follow-up to Shinobi. Nightshade's visuals and control scheme are tops, however the camera option could of been better. I hate having to readjust every five minutes while leaping from truck to truck in stage 6 and then again in stage 9 and 10. The difficulty ranges from managable to "my god!! what have i done to deserve this!", which isn't so bad if you have patience and above average reflexes. I'm not too keen on the "gotta catch em all" philosophy for unlocking bonus items, but that's another issue altogether. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    May 13, 2004
    5
    First, they make blue hedgehogs that run, and now they're making a ninja game. Of course they have experience (from Shinobi) but they do First, they make blue hedgehogs that run, and now they're making a ninja game. Of course they have experience (from Shinobi) but they do not show it at all in this game. It is too repetitive and frustrating. If you want a good ninja game, I recommend Ninja Gaiden. If you want a good Sega game, you should check out Panzer Dragoon Orta or Jet Set Radio Future. Expand
  7. GiuseppeA.
    Mar 13, 2004
    0
    Junk !

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#90 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004