Shinobi PlayStation 2

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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 toLeft 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
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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. An extremely difficult, linear, yet well-polished game. While it has its flaws, the game design is excellent, and the graphics are nice.
  3. Game Informer
    80
    If you want nonstop action with the right amount of difficulty and ingenuity, toss back a few shuriken with Shinobi. [Dec 2002, p.117]
  4. netjak
    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. PSM Magazine
    60
    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]
  6. 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: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    10
    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 startHACK 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).
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  2. UltimateShinobiFan
    Feb 11, 2003
    10
    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 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
    10
    The other shinobis compared with this new shinobi game are just one piece of s**t.
  4. SIN
    Mar 19, 2003
    9
    A lot of people don't know how to rate games. Basing the game on how hard it is is just stupid. The only reason people say its hard A lot of people don't know how to rate games. Basing the game on how hard it is is just stupid. The only reason people say its hard because the games that are made nowadays are just plain easy. For anyone who "claimed" to play the original Shinobi and said this one was to hard is full of sh*t. THe original shinobi was hard too and did not give me problems. I have this game a 9 because it is a good actions game. Its just hard enought to keep you from beating it in one try. I've tryed a lot of actions games and just destroyed them in a few hours its good to see shinobi is a hard. There are some flaws but its a good game for those who need something to spend a lot of time on Expand
  5. KevinB.
    Jul 11, 2006
    9
    well look at these losers...EuroGamer? who the hell is that? yeah the game is extremely difficult and the music? well its kinda crappy...but well look at these losers...EuroGamer? who the hell is that? yeah the game is extremely difficult and the music? well its kinda crappy...but that didnt stop me..i played my own music and spent months on the game and beat it...i was dancing around for at least 30 mins..its extremely rewarding as the masters at gamepro says it is. Expand
  6. TheMACHiNESMiTH
    Aug 25, 2004
    8
    This game is TrueOlDSkool! Lets face it..Gone are the days when games used to be played for the sake of being just played. Nowadays Everyone This game is TrueOlDSkool! Lets face it..Gone are the days when games used to be played for the sake of being just played. Nowadays Everyone wants an interactive story that keeps changing every 5 secs. and will ultimately lead to the end of the game within, oh say, 5 hrs? The game is to REMIND you...This is how it all began! The Old HArdcore amongst us (me included!) will definitely remember the helicopter boss from the original or the Spiderman/Bot thing crawling on the walls...(sigh) Graphically not too hot, but lets face it compared to its 2-d counter parts its evolved a million years! The tunes all typical of the era back then (but again evolved to suit todays game music standards) BUT the Movies "Ay Mon! Tis the True Spank Business!" it has all the frills of the old classic anime i.e. Brothers, outcasted maiden ninjettes, resurrection etc. and in some cases the movies out do some of the box office smashes in terms of special effects (wait till you see the matrix-type scene...It had my mates & I in bouts of laughter! Dodging bullets in slo-mo? Pffft, only for wusses!) Gameplay? Just like the original: no thinking, all slashing (I dont use the ninja stars...too bothersome) but I like the combo-sequence idea I especially like the TATE slash thing (1. coz its cool and I can dispatch bosses in one hit and still have it look cool 2. TATE in my language means...male testis (how I laughed!) and that proves it...you need balls to play Shinobi-and if you dont like the game then you dont have balls! Simple! Expand
  7. GrahamGreene
    Nov 17, 2002
    0
    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 stoleSeriously 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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Awards & Rankings

#19 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#35 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002