Ninja Blade Xbox 360

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 65
  2. Negative: 6 out of 65
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  1. Ninja Blade is an interesting game but no different from what we’ve seen in the past. It actually brings many key elements together from other action franchises into one action frenzied game. Between the enjoyable hack and slash and the outrageous number of quick-time events, there’s a game that will make you spend a few quality hours until you’re definitely done with it.
  2. For all those who don’t mind trying something a little different, and can accept having to play through lots of quick-time cinematics then Ninja Blade is worth a look.
  3. Derivative, repetitive and QTE heavy – yet still amazingly good fun. This game is more like Dynasty Warriors than Ninja Gaiden in terms of combat as you can eschew learning stupidly tricky combos in favour of button mashing good times.
  4. Between the swearing-hard bits and the lulls, it's actually a lot of fun, much like hanging around with any true mentalist. When I read the back of the (Asian import) box, in its three-screenshotted features, it listed "Quick Time Events" as one. That raised an eyebrow. It's like listing "Ineffectual, infinitesimal penis" on a dating site. But Ninja Blade was right. It totally sold me on its ludicrous quick-time events. [JPN Import]
  5. 70
    Ninja Blade is certainly a game with two different sides, but fortunately each side has enough to recommend it - the glamour of the QTEs, the workmanlike derivativeness of the combat - that you can forgive this rather jarring division.
  6. Ninja Blade is like an old school b movie with a total lack of taste and gory fighting to boot. Even though the actual fighting is done well here the tasteless and somewhat schizophrenic design leaves much to be desired. If you're in the market for some ninja action this is a fun brawler, but a lesser game than the recent entries in the Ninja Gaiden series.
  7. games(TM)
    70
    A game that transcends its weaknesses with the winning combination of pure fun and an unending desire to entertain. [May 2009, p.114]
  8. It’s far from perfect but it supplies gamers with a decent action experience with an awesome QTE mechanic to show off scenes that are totally outrageous, but so memorable.
  9. AceGamez
    70
    Ninja Blade is an enjoyable game that's well worth digging out of a bargain bin or taking home pre-owned.
  10. This cinematic action game is the result of several action classics melted together, without any alchemy. The final product is indeed unpolished and unaccomplished, split between over-the-top quick time events, and repetitive hack’n’slashing. It doesn’t lack personality, it’s more a matter of unbalancing in the features.
  11. It’s a title nowhere near the upper echelon of Xbox 360 titles, but it’ll fit quite well in a catalogue for gamers who prefer action-oriented games over the standard first-person shooter fare that overruns the Xbox 360 game library.
  12. It does have a certain charm to it for simple mindless fun, but those looking for a deeper story or combat will be disappointed from the general clichés.
  13. A middle of the road action game.
  14. For someone who has nothing planned for a weekend, this is a fun thrill-ride with cinematic action that delivers on many levels.
  15. 65
    The whole package is serviceable, even if the majority of the action tends towards the mundane and tedious far too often.
  16. Despite its flashy razzle-dazzle, Ninja Blade feels surprisingly shallow.
  17. n the end, you’d think a game with a see-through plot, derivative gameplay, a mess of bad cut scenes and stinky voice-acting would be a total turn-off, but that’s just not the case. There are times when Ninja Blade is just fun.
  18. 65
    In fact I thought despite the QTE, and some other frustrating parts it was a pretty fun game.
  19. Even though it's a bit of a flashy game, Ninja Blade is surprisingly shallow. It's not particularly long either - you can see everything in less than 10 hours, which doesn't help much with replayability. Worst of all, the novelties it wants you to like, it shoves in your face quite rudely many times over - resulting in a hack-and-slash that could have ultimately been a lot, er, sharper.
  20. 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.
  21. Ninja Blade offers a mix between God of War and Ninja Gaiden and is, in more than one way, pretty action packed. Perhaps too action packed. In between the cut scenes and the end bosses there is little room for 'normal' gameplay, making it hard to really enjoy the game for the hack and slash fans. Ninjas with an appetite for destruction and giant monsters will be more than satisfied while playing Ninja Blade.
  22. Ninja Blade is fun, but it’s fun that wears thin very quickly and when it’s gone you’re left with a game that’s shallow, repetitive, and can quickly become annoying and frustrating.
  23. It features far too many—and poorly integrated—“quicktime” events, frustrating core combat and non-sardonic C-movie camp. There are bright spots here and there, but the fact that said bright spots still pale in comparison to those featured in Ninja Gaiden doesn’t help Ninja Blade’s cause.
  24. Unfortunately, the clunky combat mechanics, camera issues, and overabundance of Quick-Time Events make this a disappointing and unoriginal endeavor.
  25. Shallow, repetitive and easy, but this Ninja Gaiden clone is also mad as a hatter - and that helps a lot.
  26. Ninja Blade's presentation trumps the actual combat. Excessive quick time events result in lots of trial and error, the game chugs along during certain boss fights and monsters have a nasty habit of scoring cheap hits that often put players at a disadvantage.
  27. With Ninja Blade, From Software commits the cardinal sin of the action game developer; it allows the action to become boring.
  28. Another few months in development or some more thorough testing could've saved Ninja Blade.
  29. Ninja Blade's action can be fun for a while, but it doesn't really satisfy. The story and presentation can get ridiculous, and the repetition, easy combat, and lengthy quick time sequences all wear down its edge. Worst of all, it's a complete rip-off of the Ninja Gaiden series, and we wonder how there could be laws to protect such a blatant theft of creativity.
  30. Games Master UK
    52
    Ninja Blade isn't without merit, but little of what it sets out to do is well implemented. [May 2009, p.64]
  31. Ninja Blade provides a banal and vapid experience that only truly dedicated action junkies without any other plans could justify playing.
  32. Edge Magazine
    50
    There are moments of compelling spectacle...But the stop/start intrusion of missed QTE presses hurts these moments of the game, even as the dramatic visuals start to win over the most skeptical player. [June 2009, p.95]
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  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,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. SuleimanM.
    May 14, 2009
    4
    From Software has managed not only to embarrass themselves with this pitiful attempt at an action title, however they have also succeeded in From Software has managed not only to embarrass themselves with this pitiful attempt at an action title, however they have also succeeded in creating a game that manages to stray away from an enjoyable experience all together. Ninja Blade is a mediocre title at best, and has very few elements that warrant a visit. The only thing that I can list as a positive aspect to such a title is the finishers once you have defeated a boss, other than that, Ninja Blade falls flat. Too many quick timed events often lead to frustration and repetition. If I wanted to play a rhythm game, there's a specific genre for that. The graphics in the game are decent, but nothing to brag about, menus and gameplay are sluggish, and offer intense amounts of frustration, and this is coming from a guy who has beat Ninja Gaiden. Speaking of Gaiden, you're better off playing that, it Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2017
    1
    When starting my first playthrough of Ninja Blade, I was excited. However, not a minute into the game, it started showing it's major flaws.When starting my first playthrough of Ninja Blade, I was excited. However, not a minute into the game, it started showing it's major flaws.

    My biggest grievance are the QTEs because they are completely broken, frustrating & unsatisfying. When failing at one, you're met with an annoying "restart" screen, then you're forced to restart from the beginning of the QTE section. The game even prides itself on having QTEs without any shame.

    The glitches and bugs in this game are atrocious, and the fact that Fromsoftware greenlit this for release is embarrassing and shouldn't go unnoticed by anyone, especially those who played the game. The first major glitch I encountered was 1 quarter in the first level. After defeating the first boss, I had to escape a crumbling building to trigger another annoying QTE, but I couldn't because of some bug. I had to completely restart my game from the beginning to resolve the bug, which was annoying.

    During cutscenes, the game struggles to keep a good frame-rate and will often lag because of it. However, during the second mission cutscene, the lag completely froze my console, and I just said f*** it.

    From what I've played, the combat does have potential but it isn't anything special. Whenever I tried to experiment with weapons to create cool combos, I was abruptly interrupted by QTEs.

    I do not suggest picking this game up by any means. It's plagued with multiple glitches, has unrelenting QTEs, and has unsatisfying gameplay. It tries to be hard and challenging, but it falls flat on it's head achieving absolutely nothing.
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