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  • Summary: Ninja Blade is an action adventure game set within modern day Tokyo. Parasites known as alpha-worms have mysteriously appeared, unleashing a wave of human destruction as they rapidly spread east, reaching the shores of Tokyo. With the future of humankind hanging in the balance, an exclusive and elite team possessing highly specialized skills is formed to eliminate the enemy onslaught, and ultimately save mankind from complete obliteration. Unique ninja abilities: Use your Ninja Vision to detect and analyze potential enemy weak points, secret paths, and hidden information within the environment, but be careful, as you are susceptible to extra damage while using your vision. And perform the todomé attack to destroy an enemy's core (heart), by dealing a fatal wound. Balanced and calculated use of both these abilities will be critical to progressing through the game. Variety of weapons, tools, and Ninjutsu: Specialized ninja powers offer an enticing array of options. Varied environments force players to think strategically about which set of weapons and tools will be most effective at conquering the different levels. From dual wielding swords to grapple wire hooks to grenades, every item has distinctive features and characteristics, so choose wisely! Ninjutsu is a special power that results in an explosive electrical force to either stun enemies or protect oneself from attack. Only true Ninja Masters can achieve this technique. Interactive quick-time events: Scattered throughout integral parts of the storyline, characters come across various quick-time events providing the opportunity to directly interact with in-game cut scenes. Quick reflexes are rewarded during the intense battles. Modern realism: Ninja Blade offers a fresh twist to the classic ninja saga by basing all 3-D gaming maps directly from the actual skyscrapers and building tops in modern day Tokyo. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 65
  2. Negative: 6 out of 65
  1. 100
    Ninja Blade is a game full of awesome moments. It's not incredibly deep and it won't redefine the genre but it's a kick-ass title that will please action junkies looking for an adrenaline kick.
  2. In closing, Ninja Blade offers a welcome slice of action gaming that is not only simple, but effective at the same time.
  3. If you have never played a game like Devil May Cry, God of War or Ninja Gaiden before than you'll definitely enjoy Ninja Blade, however for veteran gamers, they may find it a little stale and repetitive.
  4. Ninja Blade is an enjoyable game that's well worth digging out of a bargain bin or taking home pre-owned.
  5. A middle of the road action game.
  6. Ninja Blade is a game that only true fans of the genre should mind. Give it a chance only if you’re not tired enough of Ninjas. The adventure of Ken has occasional good moments, but quickly becomes repetitive and that results in a forgettable experience.
  7. If Ninja Blade succeeds on any level, it’s only in creating a greater appreciation for the superb Ninja Gaiden series. Play them instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Aug 18, 2013
    6
    I'll give this game one thing, it got me excited through the whole campaign, the action scenes and QTE's are simply insane, but, as a whole, it's a style over substance game. Gameplay outside of the "OMAGAH THAT IZ AWSOM" scenes is nothing else them shallow, you have two attack buttons that you use to strike the enemies with your different types of swords and you can use your shuriken that comes with three diferrent flavors too burn, cut, or shock your foes, but, you really doesn't have to do much than just press the X button to win, at least with the normal foes.
    You see, this is the problem, outside of the game action packed moments where you are fighting gigantic flying larvas in the sky or chasing a giant yakuza dog and his medusa daughter with a tank, the game feels boring and uninspiring, simply because there's not much else in this game than that.
    The graphics aren't that special or unique in this game, facial expressions are HORRIBLE, just terrible, try to look into a characters face while his laughing or screaming and try not to be scared by that Character models are okay, nothing special with the exception of Ken, the protagonist and some of the monsters you fight. One thing that shines for me in this game is the clothing customization, it is really cool and you can just make your character look even more badass than he already is. Weapons cannot be customized but they can be upgraded, which changes their appereance and gives you new combos and special attacks, and talking about extras... well, there aren't that much in fact.
    This is a one-time playthrough game, and you should have it clear when you buy it, after you beat it, there's not much to be done. You can look for some gems that will ugprade your health and karma (You'll need that to use the Ninja Vision and the Shuriken attacks) and some pieces of clothing to customize but, aside from that, that's it, and this resumes Ninja Blade, a huge and kinda dissapointing "That's It".
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  2. May 30, 2013
    6
    This game lacks originality as it is clear that it's heavily "inspired" by Ninja Gaiden, but I can't say this is a bad game. It's a very good game, but the main character was clearly a bit of a rip off from Ryu Hayabusa, but the story was it's own thing. Not bad, but could've been better. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2011
    3
    Ninja Blade is a bad game because it has terrible graphics,awful Sound and defective Gameplay,is a game that I hate and I do not recommend to anyone!!!!!! Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2011
    1
    This game is just awful, the constant quick time events make the game boring and repetitive, not to mention frustrating when you have to do the same bit over and over, The Gameplay is average at best and for new gamers even easy mode is hard especially since the first level can take around 1 and a half hours to finish. The game also over estimates its own replay value as if your an achievement hunter requires you to do multiple playthroughs when most cant bare to do one. This is a most definitely to avoid game, it's nothing like Ninja Gaiden,plus I really don't see why this was made because of Ninja Gaiden, the game offers nothing more than Ninja Gaiden if not less. So SAVE your money, not worth the buy. Expand

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