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  • Summary: Left to avenge his Clan after a sinister force is awakened in Tokyo, Hotsuma must confront demons from his past and defend his role as Leader of the Oboro Clan. Drawing off the ancient traditions of Ninja magic, Hotsuma uses wall running, shuriken attacks, and the coveted Akujiki Sword to fight the deadly masked foes that stalk him. With the special Stealth Dash technique, he creates ghost-like apparitions that confuse his enemies. He can then strike with a lightning-quick "Tate" in which his blade moves so fast the victims don't even realize they've been struck until they fall to their death. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. 100
    An exemplary model for anyone who misses the constant, uninterrupted gameplay that made great 8-bit and 16-bit games the classics they have become.
  2. Perhaps the best and certainly the most unique thing about the game is Hotsuma’s thirsty-for-blood sword, which keeps the action at a brisk pace by forcing gamers to keep moving and keep killing.
  3. An extremely difficult, linear, yet well-polished game. While it has its flaws, the game design is excellent, and the graphics are nice.
  4. 71
    If it looked nicer, and was a bit more player friendly, I'd probably be buying this one. But as it is, it feels like the developers just wanted to make this hard enough so that you couldn't beat it on a rental time span.
  5. Ultimately devolves into the same hack-and-slash tedium seen in the old Sega Genesis games that inspired it. [10 Jan 2003, p.77]
  6. There are plenty of cool moves, and the lead character is lots of fun to control, but boring level design and highly repetitive gameplay steal a lot of this potential hit's thunder. [Dec 2002, p.40]
  7. We're hugely disappointed in this utterly botched effort by Sega. What should have been the revival of a classic franchise has been turned into a poor rip-off of a Capcom title that wasn't even the dog's bollocks in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    HACK AND SLASH GOODNESS! This game did NOT make it to the Dreamcast, however it made up for it by being on the PS2 instead (marking the start of hack n slash games across all other 6th generation consoles). This is now on PSN , so I recommend purchasing it.
    The storyline CAN be a bit slow if you're not too speedy with finishing each level (the story is divided into cut-scenes that are shown AFTER completing a level).
    The camera can be annoying. The game CAN be hard, but REMEMBER that without this game, alot of hack n slashers like Ninja Gaiden / Bayonetta wouldn't exist (Ninja Gaiden: Black Edition even nodded to this game via an unlockable costume).
  2. UltimateShinobiFan
    Feb 11, 2003
    This game is awesome, any shinobi fan would be open minded to this, this game may be repetitive as hell, but yet it is fun as hell, great controls, amazing game play, and a little flawed, but just enough for you to have fun, the first two levels are kind of lame, then it gets reallly fun and challenging. Reviewers gave this game low scores because those sissies, claimed "it is to hard", my ass dude, i am playing the game on hard mode, and it is a decent difficulty level. If you watch this game, you may think it looks repetitive but don't let looks decieve you, trust me, i was disappointed when i sawa my friend play it, but when i put my hands on it i was in love with the game. Crappy level desighns, Bleh, seriously, as long as you know where to go you guys should not even care. If you are a real shinobi fan you should really try this one out. It is a great thrill and an amazing, underrated game. Buy this one, or at least give it a rental. Expand
  3. Ninrin
    Jul 31, 2003
    The other shinobis compared with this new shinobi game are just one piece of s**t.
  4. KennyS.
    Feb 28, 2003
    This game is very good. To all those who say its repetitive i think you're just trying to insault it for its difficulty. Yes this game is a challenge but that's what real gamers want. If u want a tough great looking hack and slash no nonsense game buy shinobi if you want to be a sissy or complain bout difficulty go play solitare you spinless coward. Expand
  5. NinjaMafia
    Aug 11, 2003
    This game is an extremely hard, extremely stylish action game. However, don't compare this game to Devil May Cry. Shinobi has a deeper storyline but not DMC gameplay. Okay first the graphics in this ame are okay. The enviroments were a bit repetitive but the character models looked good to me. The sound is a mix of old music (when I say old I mean like stuff you would hear from an SNES) however that brought back some nostalgia. The gameplay may seem repetitive but it is really fun, for me anyway. You can perform a four hit combo, run on walls (which we all know I love) use Ninjutsu (magic) and do a special move called Tate(pronounced Tah-Tay) Tate is basically what happens when you kill four or more enemies in a very fast time, it will go into a cutscene like thing of you doing awesome ninja poses as the enemies fall literally into peices. the Tate will give you more souls to feed your sword and also while killing the enemies, it will power up your sword. Your sword does need souls or else, after a while, will start to drain your life. This feature is suprisingly well put in. The game has enough replay value to keep some people going, like me. First there are two unlockable characters, although they don't have a story of the one, and second, you can unlock movies, art, an extra stage and stuff like that. Overall, shinobi is an awesome game that may not appeal to some people because of its somewhat monotonous gameplay and bad graphics. But people who can look past these problems with have mad fun. Expand
  6. FlameSniper
    Nov 25, 2002
    I loved the prequels because of the cool graphics and great handling. I never got bored. Shinobi for PS2 hasn't got the innovations and graphics that kick me from my seat. Well, the camera angle is very frustrating. You can adjust it yourself but when you try to adjust you're most likely hit by the enemy already. Weak graphic, good handling, bad camera, too hard but challenging nevertheless. Expand
  7. GrahamGreene
    Nov 17, 2002
    Seriously people, who would pay $49.99 to play as some gay ninja who wears skin-tight clothing and a mile long scarf that he probably stole from Santa Clause? Kyle B, even though your taste in games is clearly shitty for giving this "game" a 10, you aer smart for at least writing SOMETHING on this game. I suggest that you (Kyle) just read and not play video games, you're clearly way too sophisticated for us gamers. Unlike Tarik T and Vern V (if those r ur real names) who mispell everything and write shitty one-liner reviews like sentence one of both their reviews. And how dare Tarik T compare Devil May Cry to this worthless piece of repetitivness. On top of you two both having shitty ass taste, you both can't write a goddamn review. I wouldn't spend shit on a game because two idiots said it was the shit. Why don't you two go back to playing Antz Extreme Racing and let the big boys play the real stuff. Expand

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